Sabina Classen - Holy Moses
Holy Moses! The Queen of simultaneous, spontaneous combustion has returned with her new Agony Of Death. This German Thrash band from the early 80's is still going strong, and raging steel. Their newest forthcoming release will placate old schoolers and new fans alike.
I was offered the opportunity to speak with the Angel Of World Chaos, herself, the dynamic, aggressive, and yet so sincere Sabina Classen - a true Teutonic Thrash Icon. Her new album is a total return to the terminal terror of the past, showing that this princess of the dawn is not finished with her dogs of war just yet.
We spoke about many topics, even the tragic death of Sodom's Witchhunter...so heed the call of the demon dogs!
MettleAngel: Hello Sabina, I'm very grateful to speak with such a female Teutonic thrash legend, as yourself. After all, Holy Moses has been around for nigh three decades.
MettleAngel: Well, other than Doro, and perhaps Kate from Belgium's Acid, or Lynda "Tam" Simpson from Sacrilege (UK), you are one of the originators of the female brutal thrash style. You all were the first to play aggressively, and with a forceful intent. When I first heard Finished With The Dogs and Queen Of Siam, I thought to myself this is some angry shit, like Motörhead with a chick's gruff growl. It was as if Girlschool had mated with Sodom.
MettleAngel: Speaking of Sodom, how are you handling the tragic death of Chistian "Witchhunter" Dudeck?
MettleAngel: We all are, as he was a great drummer back in the day. I love Sodom's Persecution Mania release, as well as Agent Orange. I'm so glad he was able to record the Return to The Sign Of Evil, last year, as it would be his final work.
MettleAngel: I recall watching him on the Sodom DVD - Lords of Depravity Part 1, and just thinking what a shame that he was no longer in the mettle vibe. I could tell he was wasting away inside, reaching an all time low. he did not even respect Tom's effort to include him in this project. He seemed so bitter and cold, and obviously drunk.
MettleAngel: I do sympathize with his family and friends, but I want to talk to you about your new album, and Holy Moses. In keeping with the timing of drummers, how awesome that you now have Atomic Stief (Guido Richter) back in the band. He too played with Sodom, as well as Living Death, Violent Force, And Assassin. How did this come about?
MettleAngel: Then he is the perfect choice. I agree his unique drumming really adds to the character and quality of Agony Of Death. I really dig Living Death & Violent Force. I'm so glad all those, as well as your early releases have been remastered. I had your titles, and Living Death on a lame GWR cassette, for years.
MettleAngel: His drumming definitely drives the dynamic, and passion of the narrative. You have had some great drummers in the past, like Uli Kusch, who played on the New Machines of Liechtenstein, but Atomic is the best for your sound.
MettleAngel: I've noticed that your lyrics deal with tragedy and loss. There are some overarching themes persistent like mental illness, depression, amnesia, desperation, and obviously the many facets of death.
MettleAngel: Is this why there will be three unique versions of the new CD?
MettleAngel: Tell me about it, I've purchased more vinyl this year than in the last two decades. Hell, I'll even buy Metallica on vinyl tomorrow. I recently found a copy of South Of Heaven on picture disc, new, at my local Hot Topic! Another cool fact about your new CD, is that you have a number of guest musicians contributing to the new album.
MettleAngel: Oh, I did not think this was ever the case...
MettleAngel: Well, that's the true spirit of mettle, right there. I also noticed that you were able to get Henning Basse of Metalium fame to sing the Beauty & The Beast vocals with you, for the song "Schizophrenia". Given your gruff style, and his polished pronunciation, that makes for a killer cut!
MettleAngel: You are correct in your thinking there. Your vocals are so unique, harsh, yet audible. You had this disgruntled nuance, even before Death Metal became the fashion.
MettleAngel: This is why you are so venerated as a thrash icon. So, I hear you are making plans to finally tour the States, how is this coming along?
MettleAngel: I agree, but now is the best time for Holy Moses to do this, as thrash has made such a resurgence. I remember when Tankard finally came to America, to play only one show, which they were not permitted to finish. Even still, us fans so appreciated all they went through, just to play this one gig. I'm confident when you visit America, it will truly be worth it.
MettleAngel: I understand, which is why when a European act visits us, we go out of our way to welcome them. We will be seeing Helloween & Gamma Ray in a few weeks, and we are so excited about this. SPV have been very supportive in promoting this mini tour as well. My wife and I love German Metal, and we truly support the bands who go through the extra effort to tour here.
MettleAngel: Definitely, I won't want to miss out on that opportunity to meet you in person. Sabina, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, and reflect upon the loss of Witchhunter. Congratulations on a truly worthy new release. I've been encouraging all my old school friends to get this. We are all so thrilled about the Deathrow titles: Satan's Gift & Raging Steel finally being released on CD legally, for the first time. We are all stoked about the return of the classic Teutonic Thrash sound. Hail Germany!