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Holy Moses: Finished With the Dogs

Germany's Holy Moses didn't really ignite the trash metal world in 1987 with their sophomore release Finished With the Dogs. Now, listening to the reissue of this "cult classic" almost 20 years later, it's not hard to see why. Despite the frantic rhythms and speed of light guitar work, the production is sorely lacking and the lead vocals leave a lot to be desired. Many of the songs here just sound really juvenile when you consider what some of the other thrash bands of the same era were producing. Speed for speed's sake just doesn't cut it, and although the band admirably rage through some obvious scorchers here like "In the Slaughterhouse", "Criminal Assault", and "Corroded Dreams", in the end they come across like a poor mans Nuclear Assault, a band who had a lot of notoriety but also never grew out of their cult status. Included on this reissue are four live bonus tracks, making this a must have for longtime fans of the band. However, if you are looking for a classic example of 80's thrash, better look elsewhere as there is much better out there than this.

Track Listing
1. Finished with the Dogs
2. Current of Death
3. Criminal Assault
4. In the Slaughterhouse
5. Fortress of Desperation
6. Six Fat Women
7. Corroded Dreams
8. Life's Destroyer
9. Rest in Pain
10. Military Service
11. Road Crew
12. Life's Destroyer [Live][*]
13. Current of Death [Live][*]
14. In the Slaughterhouse [Live][*]
15. Finished with the Dogs [Live][*]

Added: November 21st 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Locomotive Records
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Language: english

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Holy Moses: Finished With the Dogs
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-11-21 14:44:05
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In 1987, we had the mighty Helloween, who would set the world on fire with a new style soon to be called Power Metal. It was also during this time that we had a large number of Thrash Metal bands on the world scene and one such band was Holy Moses. Don't wrack your brain if the name does not ring a bell to your historical Metal reference banks as it is pretty easy to understand why this is the case after listening to the re-issue of Finished With The Dogs. Yes, the band possessed the might of a female singer who growled her way through the songs long before the occurrence became commonplace but other than that there is really nothing all that memorable or outstanding about the group. The song structure and riffing are simply quick Thrash displays that at this point in Metal history had been both done to death and also done better by other groups. Of course there are fans for every group and I am sure that even Holy Moses had their fair share. Perhaps they were even the trailblazer who inspired Angela Gossow to become the Metal Demoness that we experience night after night with Arch Enemy, one of Metal's most vital bands today. The re-issue of this "classic" album in the bands history is probably more suited for that hardcore fan who might still hold some special memory in their heart about them, and this listener will also be happy to find previously unreleased live tracks available as well. Comprised of Sabina Classens (vocals), Andy Classens & George Symbos (guitars) the group delivered a tight sounding blend of Hardcore meets Thrash that perhaps would have been of larger success had they aimed the bar a little higher at being different and focused on capitalizing on Sabina's presence in the lineup. This is for dedicated fans more than anyone else and would not be an enjoyable listen to wider based Metal fans since the sound is at the end nothing more than generic. According to press releases, this group is still active today which surprises me since one so rarely hears them brought up.

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