Priestess Prior To The Fire

Priestess Prior To The Fire
The wait was worthwhile; it seems like forever since Montreal's Priestess sucker punched the world with debut effort Hello Master in 2006. Despite the woes and difficulties though, the quartet have not only prevailed but surpassed the shining example set forth with that album's infectious melodies and weighty low-end. With Prior To The Fire though, Priestess delve into darker, heavier territory than expected. Featuring modestly progressive elements, while still adhering to their adoration of hard rock's rudimentary elements, as established by the likes of Tank and Motörhead, the overall atmosphere here is more imposing thanks to thicker distortion and scratchier vocals. Those elements breed a more guttural attack and some of the overt radio-friendly elements are downplayed to ensure Prior To The Fire projects more aggression and confidence. Kicking off with the pelvic chug and double-time of "Ladykiller," before blasting out "Firebird" and "Sideways Attack," Priestess may have established themselves with subtle intimations to heavy, bombastic rock'n'roll initially but with this epic release, they assault with refined prowess. (Indica)