Drummer Jim Harris is a powerful force in heavy metal, flaming out of the Burning Starr outfit that was ignited in the '80s by guitar hero Jack Starr. Harris and another Starr associate, vocalist Mike Tirelli, went on to form their own band based out of Long Island, NY, sanctified with the combo name of Holy Mother and also featuring the fine bassist Randy Coven.
Followers of this band may have had to do a touch of detective work in order to keep with the discography, beginning easily enough in the mid-'90s with a self-titled debut. Perhaps because metal was going through a short phase of unpopularity by this time, Harris and bandmates decided to try out some so-called industrial music, obviously creatively accessible since so many critics had been comparing the latter style to the sounds of a heavy metal band tuning up. Nonetheless Holy Mother adopted the acronym of N.O.W. or Not Our World for this second release, a CD entitled Tabloid Crush.
This new band name might have been perceived as a form of self-criticism since the musicians involved were clearly much more comfortable with the vintage, classic metal style. In 1999 there was a new release, Criminal Afterlife, and a return to the Holy Mother moniker, the artistic direction made very clear by the inclusion of a Dio cover, "Holy Diver." Holy Mother also took part in one of a surprising number of available compilation tributes to Iron Maiden. Harris was eventually replaced by Frank Gilchriest; by 2003 Tirelli was the only remaining original member.