Holy Moses
Finished with the Dogs


4.5
superb

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (65 Reviews)
August 15th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most frighteningly powerful metal albums in existence, Finished With The Dogs is extreme thrash perfection.

While it's easy to name some extreme thrash classics-Darkness Descends, Epidemic Of Violence, Pleasure To Kill, Reign In Blood, Chemical Exposure, among others-it's unlikely that you've either heard of Finished With The Dogs or listened to it. Which is too bad, because in it's own right it's one of the most frighteningly powerful thrash metal albums in existence, and one that easily deserves a place among the well known thrash classics.

Probably the most notable thing about the album instrumentally is vocalist Sabina Classen, one of the few female vocalists in thrash. Don't expect clean vocals though, as she gives one of the most powerful and almost scary vocal performances one can find in thrash, with a mixture of terrifying screams and shouts that make her among the best thrash vocalists. However, her sheer power may turn away some listeners, sadly. Guitarist Andy Classen provides some extremely fast riffs but can also tone down his speed to deliver crushing slow ones, as well as execute more technical lines. Bassist Ramon Brussler more or less follows the guitar work of Andy but performs some of his own lines as well, and drummer Uli Kusch (future drummer for Helloween) delivers a stellar performance, easily sailing through double bass and providing some nice fills, as well as managing some crushing and slower sections.

The album immediately opens with the violent title track, with seems to vary between two paces, fast and excessively fast, instantly opening the album at close-to-full power. The following track, Current Of Death, only increases the insane power, opening at breakneck speed with one of the albums most violent riffs, before slowing down to a grinding pace prior to the solo. In The Slaughterhouse doesn't waste any time flying into violently powerful riffs and provides some of the albums catchier riffs, all at breakneck pace.

The album isn't adverse to slowing down though, as Fortress Of Desperation demonstrates some of the albums most eerie tones and catchiest riffs as it slows down a fair bit throughout. Six Fat Women may have a silly title but possesses one of the more memorable riffs of the album, before leading into another more mid paced track, Corroded Dreams, which provides some of the albums best riffs before exploding into its verse with Sabina's vocals launching it into full speed. Rest In Pain slows down the pace a fair bit, before exploding into some frighteningly powerful riffs. Closer Military Service opens in a surprisingly catchy fashion, before entering some more powerful riffs.

What's best about this album is that it has pretty much no weak tracks on it. The only fading point is Criminal Assault, but it is still a great thrash track. The production is spot on too, with every instrument having breathing space and clarity. Overall, Finished With The Dogs is exceptional and is one of the best extreme thrash albums in existence.

Recommended Tracks:
Current Of Death
Finished With the Dogs
Corroded Dreams
Fortress Of Desperation



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


6205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drumming of Uli Kusch is simply unbelievable in this one.

Good call for the review.

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ZedO
August 15th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice to see this album reviewed, pos dude...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


6205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Current of Death is totally awesome

ZedO
August 15th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

indeed...

suppersready
August 15th 2012


61 Comments


awesome

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


6205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This has elements of the first four Mekong Delta albums but it is not a MD rip off.

lostforwords
August 15th 2012


446 Comments


Great review, pos.

Love how Sabina's voice is more masculine than, let's say, Schmier's, hehe.
Current of Deassssss!

Madbutcher3
August 15th 2012


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah this really needed a review. It sounds like a lot of thrash albums but has its own stuff so is pretty original.
It's also a lot better than most of them :P
I might do Queen Of Siam or Terminal Terror at some point. The latter opens so brutally that it's probably the one I'll do.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


6205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just found out that Holy Moses re-recorded some of their classics along with some new tracks and released them as a 30 year anniversary double album.

Now seeing that they haven't touched "Current of Death".

They did rightfully so, that track is perfect as it is.

Madbutcher3
August 15th 2012


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah Current Of Death is seriously like one of the very best thrash metal tracks of all time. Drumming is great on it too.

CaptainDooRight
August 15th 2012


29940 Comments


gd band, gd al, gd rev, pos'd

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Colliiiin
August 16th 2012


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kudos for reviewing this man, album rips. Also solid review.

KILL
August 17th 2012


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

rest in pain bitch

great review

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KILL
April 24th 2013


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

IM PRAYING FOR YOUR EXECUTION IM HUNGER FOR YOUR BLOOD

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 24th 2013


5643 Comments


Hmm havent heard anything by these guys

KILL
April 24th 2013


71955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

*guys n gal

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 24th 2013


5643 Comments


Damn female vocalist here : )

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 26th 2013


5643 Comments


Thraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaashing haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard \m/

facupm
July 5th 2013


8054 Comments


"The album immediately opens with the violent title track, with seems to vary between two paces, fast and excessively fast"


pos

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Mister Twister
December 30th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

slays for days



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