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Apart from the latter half of the nineties, Holy Moses has, in a lot of different shapes, been more or less active since the early eighties and female lead vocalist Sabina Classen has been a part of this outfit since 1981, but otherwise the band holds a pretty new lineup at this point. I'm familiar with the band since a long time, yet it never gave any major lasting impressions to me personally and this issue is one of the reasons to why I decided that it was time to give this brand new release a shot.
Redefined Mayhem mostly shows mean and genuine thrash metal with an even meaner vocal performance. Classen works mainly between rather typical aggressive thrash vocals and some kind of death growl that absolutely puts a signature to this record, but personally I guess I'm not too fond of these sort of vocals when I enjoy this type of music.
It's rather traditional and intense with a distinct element of a brutal approach. Naturally it holds a little more modern tone than what was created three decades ago, although its origin surely can't be mistaken. In general, this record follows a pretty clear direction, although all the songs of course aren't copies of each other, as they vary slightly with a couple of heavier songs that in some moments even could be labeled as heavy metal.
Although a number of songs have stuff with great capacity, they are somehow not really appealing when you look at the big picture. As I see it, it's pretty much the same performance most of the time. It battles through in a firm and rather brutal form, but I never find those crucial and impeccable ongoing moments that are able to launch records to greater points.
I can't find many songs that really have an impact that makes me want to put the gauntlet on and wield the axe to exercise full-blown metal rites. It seems like the indications of greater deeds lurk somewhere in the shadows and this release can't convince me in total. In the end, I think this release is pretty okay though, nothing more, nothing less.
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