HOLY CROSS - PLACE YOUR BETS (Pure Steel Records)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Holy Cross is heading from out of France. I suppose since Hell Fest became one of the biggest open air festivals in Europe the French people became more attended to Heavy Metal although it is very rare to see Metal fanatics in this country. Maybe they are hiding from dangers in the bigger cities, afraid of the hate against Heavy Metal by some other cultures and subcultures. Therefore the name Holy Cross might be well chosen.
Anyway this isn’t the first effort of the band and most eye catching is the fact that these guys have found a new singer, listening to the name Michael Champon. This guy fits with his kind of vocals this music very well as Holy Cross is a traditional Heavy Metal band, at some points playing more Power Metal with a blink of an eye to even Thrash. These guys are not at all original and although they are French some German sources of inspiration can be found, think Accept, Grave Digger etc.
“Place Your Bets” is the kind of album on which you will discover good riffing and decent tunes but this band will never have a leading role, not even in France. Therefore this record contains too many clichés only fans of True Metal will appreciate. Michael Champon is a good add to the band because he’s able to sing in several styles, without containing an exceptional pairs of lungs. Criticasters might say he’s searching for a vocal style, I say he did a good job with it because it makes Holy Cross sound more varied. Best song to me is the more American oriented "Unleash The Cross", musical wise and qua vocals.
This is the kind of band that will forever be a guest to open a True Metal festival but will probably never headline it. Therefore is much more needed and the difference between Holy Cross and the leading bands in this genre is rather big. On the other hand Holy Cross proves that they contain good musicians into their ranks because what they play is musical wise very good, great guitars, very good drums… It’s up to you to listen and like or dislike what you hear. Check them out at http://www.holycrossmetal.com .
My Points: 79 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish