CD review HOLY MOTHER ‘Face This Burn’

If you dig well-made power metal from the US of A, you can’t miss the new work of Holy Mother. It was last year, that singer Mike Tirelli and drummer Jim Harris reconnected and the two decided to revive Holy Mother.

Holy Mother started in Long Island, NY in 1994 and released their debut album ‘Holy Mother’ in 1995. Until 2003 new longplayers hit the shelves regularly before radio silence took over.

‘Face This Burn’ is now the return of Holy Mother and I can say at this point that it is a successful comeback. To record the album, Tirelli and Harris needed a wizard on strings, which they found in the person of Greg Giordano. Giordano played bass as well as guitar and in the meantime, the band has bassist Russel Pzutto to the line-up, which gives hope for further activities.

The start of the new album is well done. The powerful title track is in pole position and is a modern power metal song that combines melody and heaviness very well. As the name indicates ‘Love is Dead’ is not really a love song, but it can become a favorite song on the album. The tune is dark and from time to time one even feels reminded of grunge. The multi-layered and expressive ‘Legends’ rounds off a good beginning.

With ‘Prince of the Garden’ also calmer tones come to surface, at least in the first half. The tune is not bad but ‘Face This Burn’ has more to offer, like for example ‘Wake Up America’. The track shows a catchiness without going too much into cliches. Especially the verse is very well done.

With ‘The River’ and ‘Superstar’ the album ends as strong as it started. If you ignore the slightly weaker middle part, you can say that ‘Face This Burn’ is a good power metal album that brings the spirit of the 80s into the modern age.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Face This Burn
  2. Love Is Dead
  3. Legends
  4. No Death Reborn
  5. The Truth
  6. Prince Of The Garden
  7. Wake Up America
  8. Mesmerized By Hat
  9. Today
  10. The River
  11. Superstar

Label: Massacre Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2021

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