Holy Mother
Face This Burn

Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands: Seven Witches/Jag Panzer/Liege Lord

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
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 Hate
9. Today
10. The River
11. Superstar (Carpenters cover)

Mike Tirelli - Lead Vocals
Greg Giordano - Guitars, Bass
James Harris - Drums, Backing Vocals

Holy Mother (1995)
Tabloid Crush (1996)
Toxic Rain (1998)
Criminal Afterlife (1999)
My World War (2000)
Agoraphobia (2003)

Mick James – Bass & intro on "No Death Reborn"
Violet Tirelli – Backing vocals on "No Death Reborn", "Wake Up America", and special effects on "Face This Burn" and "Legends"
Christina Harris – Backing vocals on "Wake Up America"
Wayne Banks – Bass on "Today" and "No Death Reborn"
Jason Banks – Guitars on "No Death Reborn" and "Today"
John Perry – Guitar solo on "Today"

Produced by Mike Tirelli and James Harris at Much Music Inc Studio and DBT Music Studio, New York
Pre-production for "No Death Reborn" at Beneath The Sun Rehearsal & Recording Studio, New York
Mixed and mastered by Kane Churko at The Hideout Recording Studio, Las Vegas
Cover artwork by Anthony "Tone Man" Bell

Released 2021-01-22
Reviewed 2021-04-18


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After a long period of silence from Holy Mother it is time to Face This Burn that is the first album since 2003 by this band. They started all the way back in 1994 then it was silence since the latest effort they have disbanded and now reunited for another album, their seventh. It looks kind of good this one, but it also looks pretty typical of the heavy metal genre and that can be seen as a bit of a worry for the one looking for something fresh and exciting.

Face This Burn is a fairly typical heavy metal or power metal album, kind of done according to the standards of the genre. The production is fairly modern, the style quite retro with simple songs and structures that have been established for many years and by a multitude of bands. They do not offer any surprises, and the album isn’t particularly varied, and I think it is a little bit on the longer side. I think it could have been a bit shorter, perhaps removing a few tracks would have helped the dynamics of the album.

The album is acceptable, the songs are good enough to listen to. None of the album can be described as excellent or really good, I don’t think that it is a particularly interesting or exciting album. It is just another one of those heavy metal releases that make up the numbers, adding one more the overflowing pool of albums within a genre in dire need or rejuvenation. Still, there is a decent likelihood that it will go down well with the fans of the genre as it presses the right buttons for those kinds of fans, but I still don’t expect any of them to think of this album as anything but a brief diversion that will be pretty fast forgotten.

Mediocre album for those who dislike personality and fresh idea, doing things according to set parameters is good in manufacturing but music is not manufacturing and to be relevant in that area you need to dare to think outside the box. I am not impressed with what I hear, Face This Burn is just another one of those pointless albums that isn’t bad, but that nevertheless is a complete waste of time and attention.