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Holy Moses

Formed: 1980
From: Aachen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Holy Moses News

Below is our complete Holy Moses news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
Asphyx
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Bölzer
Carach Angren
Cripper
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Pit Stories: The On-Stage Circle Pit

For this week's Pit Story, we caught up with German metal outfit Holy Moses, which was also covered in our Sunday Old School column last month.

The pit usually takes place apart from the band, but at a festival stop last year the fans had to share the mosh directly with Holy Moses! Vocalist Sabina Classen shares this story of a circle pit breaking out on-stage while the band was still playing:

We had a cool pit story in August 2013 at Oulu Festival in Finland. We already played there a few years before. A Holy Moses tradition is to bring up a few people to the stage for the last song to headbang with us. This seems to be rather unusual there and the Finnish rules are strict. Back then the security was a bit overwhelmed with all the people coming unto the stage. When we showed up this time, the first thing they asked us, was if would do that again. We said “of course!”

At this festival there were special areas a bit further in the back, where people could drink alcohol. It wasn’t allowed in front of the stage. So there were a lot of people rather in the back having a beer and some thirsty people in the front. At the last song we invited, as usual, some people to join us on stage. These people were on fire. They started doing a circle pit on stage. We never had that before. We had to be a bit careful to not get run over, haha. We all had great fun. I think some the guys stole some of our stage beer, but that was OK. We were done anyway and they were not being allowed drinking in front of the stage and they were thirsty.

You can see the on-stage circle pit for yourself via the video below (at about the 50 second mark). Check it out, and let us know about your favorite time at a show that the band and the fans collided for some good old fashioned moshing.

Holy Moses has a new album titled "Redefined Mayhem" out now via SPV/Steamhammer, with the artwork available below the video clip. More...

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Eindhoven Confirms New Bands For 2014 Festival

Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland More...

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Thyrfing, Ensiferum, And More Playing Eindhoven

Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Ensiferum
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Urfaust
Woland

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Sunday Old School: Holy Moses

Germany is a country whose history and legacy of thrash metal is rivalled only by that on the United States. It’s given the world such excellent acts as Kreator, Destruction and Assassin and still has more to uncover. This week, Sunday Old School will look at another of the country’s fastest heavy groups, who helped strike a blow for women’s place in metal music, Holy Moses. The band was formed in the spa town of Aachen, located in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1980 by bass player Ramon Brüssler, guitarist Jochen Fünders and drummer Peter Vonderstein while they were in high school and played their first show only four days after forming, with Fünders handling vocal duties, before that same year, they recorded and released their first demo, "Black Metal Masters." In 1981, the band was to change forever when both Fünders and Vonderstein left the band, with the latter being replaced by Paul Linzenich, a singer known only as "Iggy" and guitarist, Andly Classen.

Just before the year ended, Iggy decided to leave the band and Classen brought in his partner Sabina to be the group’s new singer. They worked on new material until they felt they were ready to perform, debuting their new incarnation in November 1982, before recording several new demos. The demos, such as "Walpurgis Night" and "The Bitch" helped them gain attention in the metal underground, eventually leading to a deal with Aarrg Records, through which they released their debut album, "Queen of Siam" in 1986. They were scheduled to promote the record by opening for American speed metal act, Agent Steel, however drummer Herbert Dreger failed to show up and was fired from the band as a result, with Uli Kusch replacing him. The last founding member of Holy Moses, Ramon Brüssler decided to quit soon afterwards, his place taken by Andre Chapelier. More...

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Triptykon Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Triptykon, Holy Moses, and Morbus Chron are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon, and the currently revealed lineup is as follows:

AT THE GATES
HOLY MOSES
MORBUS CHRON
PRIMORDIAL
TRIPTYKON
URFAUST

The full festival is set to include 32 bands across two stages. Get all the details and find ticket information at the Eindhoven website here. More...

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Holy Moses Details New Album "Redefined Mayhem"

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses will release the new album "Redefined Mayhem" in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the USA on April 29th through SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available as a standard CD, double gatefold LP with colored vinyl plus bonus track and the CD in a cardboard sleeve and as download (CD and LP have different covers).

"Redefined Mayhem" is a prime example of an album, which expertly blends past and present. "Holy Moses have never released standard thrash songs, and we never will," Sabina Classen explains with some pride. "We write songs which we like ourselves and don't compromise in terms of trends and concessions to wrong expectations. We don't have to please everybody, we're our own brand, we have our own sound, which includes the occasional odd beat, technically demanding passages and unusual chord structures as well as interesting lyrics which deal with the dark side of people and their minds."

In 2014, Holy Moses doesn't show any symptoms of fatigue mainly due to the perfect balance consisting of founder members and musicians who have played in other groups: vocalist Sabina Classen has been the voice and face of HOLY MOSES since 1981, bassist Thomas Neitsch has been in the band for six years, drummer Gerd Lücking joined the fold three years ago, and guitarist Peter Geltat was enlisted in 2012, supporting his colleagues immediately in a number of successful shows such as the Barge To Hell Cruise 2012. The current line-up is ready to face new challenges in a permanently evolving metal genre. "This is Holy Moses, mark 2014, and 'Redefined Mayhem' defines a new chapter of our band history," explains Sabina Classen, adding: "We had to redefine ourselves as a band and gel as a team. There were people who voiced their doubts that it would work. But the new songs prove beyond all doubt that HOLY MOSES continue to be a force to be reckoned with."

Fans of the band can look forward to a contemporary thrash metal oeuvre, which reflects the band members' influence while skilfully forging an arch to the group's successful past with classics such as "Finished With The Dogs" (1987) and "The New Machine Of Liechtenstein" (1989). Classen commented: "It's still first-rate thrash metal, fast-paced and powerful, chaotic at times but with a modern touch and amazingly multi-faceted guitars and drums."

The track listing is: More...

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Holy Moses Splits With Band Member

Holy Moses will release new album "Redefined Mayhem" on April 29th, with pre-orders now available at this location.

The band has also now checked in with the following brief update about parting ways with Oliver Jaath: "Dear Friends of Holy Moses, we have to say, that Olli left the band... Olli, we wish you good luck and thank you for all these years!"

Olli also comments: “Hi folks, after almost 8 years I decided to part ways as guitarist with Holy Moses to start some new musical projects. Many thanks for all the exciting years. I wish Holy Moses all the best and success for the future, see ya soon!” More...

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Holy Moses To Release New Album

Holy Moses will release new album "Redefined Mayhem" later this year, and the band comments:

"As we know, some of you are waiting for a new album….

"Two years ago, we released the 30th Anniversary Album. With that we closed a chapter of our band history and now we are setting the course for the future. On 28 April 2014 (Germany: 25 April 2014; US: 29 April 2014) we release our new album Redefined Mayhem.

"The name says it all. We had to redefine ourselves as a band and gel as a team. There were people who voiced their doubts that it would work. But the new songs prove beyond all doubt that Holy Moses continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

"You´ll get 13 first-rate thrash metal songs, that are fast-paced and powerful, chaotic at times and with a modern touch, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Extol).

"Stay tuned for Moses 2014!" More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

"The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

"The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

"And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following bands have now been announced: More...

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Holy Moses Posts New Live Video Clip

Germany's Holy Moses is celebrating the band's 30th anniversary with the new album "30th Anniversary - In the Power Now." Today Holy Moses has released a live video clip with a new line-up.

The clip for the song "SSP" was recorded at this year's Walpurgis Metal Days Festival in Germany and can be viewed below. You can also check out the re-recorded version of the classic song "Def Con II" at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"Holy Moses are giving away the snare skins which have been thrashed by drummer Gerd Lücking throughout the whole recording of 30th Anniversary - In The Power Of Now. Additionally the snare skin has been signed by all HOLY MOSES-members who were involved in the production. All you have to do to catch this unique piece of thrash history is to visit Facebook until May 31st!

"In 2011 Sabina Classen and her HOLY MOSES men secretly locked themselves into the Absurd Studio in Hamburg, Germany to start the recordings for the '30th Anniversary - In The Power Of Now' double album. The new drummer Gerd Lücking (GiftDwarf / ex-Rebellion) took care of the drum tracks on the new record. The album will have new versions of 20 of the most important songs of the 30 years of HOLY MOSES history plus 2 brand new songs.

"The band got together in late summer of 1980 in Aachen, Germany. Despite a number of line-up changes in the course of their career, HOLY MOSES have distinguished themselves through a high degree of musical consistency and downright disarming physical energy. They have been touring Europe regularly with thrash classics such as Finished With The Dogs, The New Machine Of Liechtenstein and World Chaos. When the international thrash scene experienced a perceptible slump in the early Nineties, Sabina Classen took time out from HOLY MOSES and founded Temple Of The Absurd.

"Based on a new lyrical and musical approach, she released two albums with her new band and reactivated HOLY MOSES at the beginning of the new millennium, followed by numerous shows all over the world, performances at important festivals such as the W:O:A and With Full Force, the Pusam Festival in South Korea, and the release of successful recordings such as Disorder Of The Order (2002), Strength, Power, Will, Passion (2005) and Agony Of Death (2008). HOLY MOSES are alive and kicking and are set to cheat the grim reaper for years to come!" More...

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Holy Moses Streaming Re-Recorded Track

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses is streaming a newly re-recorded track "DefCon II" (heard below), which originally appeared on the band's 1989 LP "The New Machine of Liechtenstein." The re-recording appears on the forthcoming release "30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now." The release features mostly re-recorded tracks featuring the band's latest lineup, as well as two new tracks "Entering the Now" and the aforementioned "Borderland." The release date is scheduled for April 23, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track listing for ""30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Clash My Soul
2. Jungle of Lies
3. Finished with the Dogs
4. Symbol of Spirit
5. World Chaos
6. SSP (Secret Service Project)
7. Borderland*
8. Lost in the Maze
9. Walpurgisnight
10. Welcome to the Real World
11. Near Dark

CD 2:

1. Reborn Dogs
2. DefCon II
3. I Feel Sick
4. Nothing For My Mum
5. Disorder of the Order
6. Corroded Dreams
7. Entering the Now*
8. Creation of Violation
9. Panic
10. Decapitated Mind
11. Master of Disaster

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Holy Moses Streaming Preview Clip Of New Song

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses posted a preview clip of the new track "Borderland" (heard below), which will be featured on the band's new release entitled "30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now." The release features newly re-recorded classics with the band's latest lineup, as well as two new tracks "Entering the Now" and the aforementioned "Borderland." The release date is scheduled for April 23, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track listing for ""30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Clash My Soul
2. Jungle of Lies
3. Finished with the Dogs
4. Symbol of Spirit
5. World Chaos
6. SSP (Secret Service Project)
7. Borderland*
8. Lost in the Maze
9. Walpurgisnight
10. Welcome to the Real World
11. Near Dark More...

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