Since HOLY MOSES lost Andy Classen from their ranks prior to the release of “Strength Power Will Passion” in 2005, we were all worried if the song writing for the band would suffer. But it didn’t, as we saw on that album, but I was still cautious going into this album (excited too, to tell the truth) on the terms that their last effort could have been a one trick pony.
HOLY MOSES is not a one trick pony.
This latest album, “Agony Of Death” not only showcases the best of this band in this modern time but perhaps some of the best material for the band in its entire career. “Agony Of Death” is some of Thrash Metal at its best – particularly in it’s aggressive German niche.
One thing that is interesting about this release is that it does not necessarily have some of their catchiest tracks as individuals. But this album as a whole is entirely impressive. The solidity of this release as one album, and not as 12 songs, is outstanding. The guitars, the bass, the vocals, and the massively impressive drumming all work as one as they pummel and shred their way through this release with little effort and even less hesitation. Monster riffs, melodic leads, fret burning solos, thundering bass, machine gun drumming, sinister vocals – this release has everything a Thrash fan could love – and everything HOLY MOSES could bring to the table.
But there is also something unique on this album. The fact that each song is threaded together with atmospheric synthesizers and keyboards is a great concept for the band. My one complaint with this album at all is that sometimes these interludes get to be a little long, like one or two minutes. Add that to the fact that this is a long album to begin with and sometimes I just crave getting to the next song. This is just a little nit-picky complaint to an otherwise practically perfect release.
“Agony Of Death” was everything I wanted from a HOLY MOSES release. They dogs are definitely reborn on this release – and the Thrash fan in me couldn’t be happier.
Songs to check out: “Pseudohalluzination”, “Angels In War”, “Alienation”.
(Online August 25, 2008)