Origin: Long Island, NY, USA
Genres: Power Metal

Holy Mother  

Holy Mother was another of those American 90's bands who relive the glory of 80's metal. They were formed back in 1993 by vocalist Mike Tirelli, who had previously worked with former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr in his Burning Starr band, and eventually a lineup stabilized that featured another Burning Starr alum in drummer Jim Harris, as well as noted bassist Randy Coven. A self-titled debut was released in 1995, but their second album, featuring a decidedly industrial direction, warranted a name change, and so Tabloid Crush was released under the band name N.O.W. (Not Our World). By 1998 the band reverted back to Holy Mother and back to their more comfortable classic metal sound. Of their later material, 1999's Criminal Afterlife, featuring a very faithful rendition of the Dio classic "Holy Diver", might be their most consistent album.

Current Members

Mike Tirelli

vocals/guitars (ex-Burning Starr)

Tommy Hellbent


Mark Vanerp


Frank Gilchriest

drums (ex-Gothic Knights, ex-Riot, Virgin Steele)

Former Members/Guests

Spike Francis


Rich Naso


Jim Bivano


Randy Coven

bass (Ark) RIP: May 20, 2014, age 54

Jim Harris

drums (ex-Burning Starr)


Holy Mother 
1995 Cream/R. Trade
  1. Call Me By My Real Name
  2. Eden
  3. The Train
  4. In Our Minds
  5. Say Goodbye
  6. The Innocent Only
  7. Your Song
  8. Indian Summer
  9. Dealing With Me
  10. Rage
  11. Kayla
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Spike Francis
  • Randy Coven
  • Jim Harris

Tabloid Crush 
1996 Cream/R. Trade
  1. Spit
  2. In The Gutter
  3. Electric Love
  4. Yesterday
  5. Disconnected
  6. Machine World
  7. Time Of The Season
  8. Hole In The Sky
  9. Shoot The News
  10. Spanish Skies
  11. Prince Of The Garden
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Spike Francis
  • Randy Coven
  • Jim Harris

Toxic Rain 
1998 ABS
  1. Wars
  2. Electric
  3. Toxic Rain
  4. The Rats Keep Runnin'
  5. My Destination
  6. Live To Die
  7. The River
  8. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
  9. Symptom Of Withdrawal
  10. Melting Pot
  11. Losing My Bet
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Rich Naso
  • Jim Bivano
  • Randy Coven
  • Jim Harris

Criminal Afterlife 
1999 Shark
  1. Rage
  2. Criminal Afterlife
  3. Holy Diver (Dio remake)
  4. Circle Of The Sun
  5. Call The Ghost
  6. The Memory Dies
  7. Armageddons Call (Part 1 and 2)
  8. Turned In Your Gun
  9. What If Tomorrow Never Comes
  10. Lies
  11. Life In Stone
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Rich Naso
  • Jim Bivano
  • Randy Coven
  • Jim Harris

My World War 
2000 Shark
  1. Livin' On Luck
  2. Freakshow
  3. The Itch
  4. My World War
  5. Where Their Children Play
  6. Yesterday (Remake from Tabloid Crush)
  7. Rebel Yell (Remake of Billy Idol's hit)
  8. High
  9. Hunting
  10. Save Me
  11. Mr. Right
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Jim Bivano
  • Randy Coven
  • Jim Harris

Dealin' With The Devil  COMPILATION
2002 Rusty Diamonds
  1. Livin' On Luck
  2. Freakshow
  3. The Rage
  4. Criminal Afterlife
  5. Turned In Your Gun
  6. Call Me By My Real Name
  7. The Train
  8. In Our Minds
  9. The Innocent Only
  10. Indian Summer
  11. High
  12. Wars
  13. Electric
  14. Toxic Train
  15. Electric Demo
  16. Live To Die Demo
  17. The River Demo
  18. Call The Ghost
  19. In The Gutter

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

2003 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Success
  2. Modern day god
  3. Heaven's door
  4. Agoraphobia
  5. Hungry for exxstacy
  6. Society, anxiety
  7. Skitzo
  8. Nympho
  9. Never say die
  10. Sheer erotica
  • Mike Tirelli
  • Randy Coven
  • Frank Gilchriest

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 


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