"Queen of Siam" (Locomotive; 1986 / 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Originally released in 1986, Holy Moses' "Queen of Siam" gets the re-issue treatment here which is cool for those of us who really never knew the band. 

"Queen of Siam" is a collection of thrash metal songs that, for the most part, still sound strong today. The guitars are powerful, the rhythms galloping and the backbeat crushing. What's perhaps most surprising are the demonic vocals, provided by female vocalist Sabina Classen. Although of basically the same era, Classen sounds nothing like Joan Jett or Lita Ford, but rather delivers a much more fierce and growling more like Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow. Pretty surprising, and impressive, for a recording over twenty years old.

This version of "Queen of Siam" also features the band's "Walpurgisnight" demo which is as raw and as unrefined as any demo you've probably heard, with the vocals really sounding rough. It's interesting for reasons of the band's history but also features some killer guitar.

For more information, check out www.holymoses.de.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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