12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon first listen, Montreal hard-rockers Priestess unleash the kind of blisteringly loud vintage tones normally associated with retro rockers like Wolfmother and Fu Manchu, but after a few tunes, it’s evident that the Canadian quartet’s attack is just as rooted in ‘80s hardcore punk — not unlike early recordings by Queens of the Stone Age. “I Am The Night, Colour Me Black” detonates with a hard-driving blast better suited for fist-pumping than head-banging, especially once that feral and ferocious guitar solo comes tearing out of the speakers. “Lay Down” takes a Danzig approach to riff-rock, most noticeably in the way frontman/guitar player Mikey Heppner elongates his vowels. The slightly mellower “Run Home” boasts some Thin Lizzy-inspired guitarmonies as Heppner cleverly disguises catchy pop-hooks and a well-written narrative under ‘70s muscle-car rock replete with cowbell. Throughout Hello Master the band’s attempts to feel-it-and-steal-it get blown out by their own originality, whether they’re turning Jimi Hendrix-inspired riffs into their own tones on “Everything That You Are” or narrowly escaping AC/DC comparisons on standout cut “The Shakes.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon first listen, Montreal hard-rockers Priestess unleash the kind of blisteringly loud vintage tones normally associated with retro rockers like Wolfmother and Fu Manchu, but after a few tunes, it’s evident that the Canadian quartet’s attack is just as rooted in ‘80s hardcore punk — not unlike early recordings by Queens of the Stone Age. “I Am The Night, Colour Me Black” detonates with a hard-driving blast better suited for fist-pumping than head-banging, especially once that feral and ferocious guitar solo comes tearing out of the speakers. “Lay Down” takes a Danzig approach to riff-rock, most noticeably in the way frontman/guitar player Mikey Heppner elongates his vowels. The slightly mellower “Run Home” boasts some Thin Lizzy-inspired guitarmonies as Heppner cleverly disguises catchy pop-hooks and a well-written narrative under ‘70s muscle-car rock replete with cowbell. Throughout Hello Master the band’s attempts to feel-it-and-steal-it get blown out by their own originality, whether they’re turning Jimi Hendrix-inspired riffs into their own tones on “Everything That You Are” or narrowly escaping AC/DC comparisons on standout cut “The Shakes.”

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About Priestess

Montreal's Priestess build upon the fury of AC/DC and Black Sabbath for their own new-millennium headbanger blend of '70s Camaro rock. Mikey Heppner (vocals/guitar), Mike Dyball (bass), Vince Nudo (vocals/drums), and Dan Watchorn (vocals/guitar) formed Priestess in 2003. Heppner was playing with punk act the Dropouts at the time, and when three of its members headed to New York to form the Stills, Heppner was left to his own devices. In late 2005, Heppner and co. released their debut album, Hello Master. The fiery rock set was issued via Indica in Canada and on Ace Fu in the U.S. A major-label recording contract with RCA followed in January 2006. North American tour dates opening for Dinosaur Jr. followed that spring. A remastered version of Hello Master arrived in June, and additional shows with the Riverboat Gamblers and the Bronx coincided with its release. In February of 2010 their follow-up album, Prior to the Fire, was released in the U.S. on TeePee Records. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • FORMED
    2003

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