AGONY & OPIUM
20 BUCK SPIN
Northwestern female fronted metal quintet Christian Mistress drops an authenticated traditional metal vibe on the six-track offering AGONY & OPIUM. Bolstered with Mercyful Fate-esque twin guitar heroics at every turn while led by a smoky vocal delivery that successfully juxtaposed the mystery of Stevie Nicks with the power of Doro Pesch, this well-versed troupe displays a knack for delivering a bevy of heavy riffs with a vintage feel without coming off as a mere retread of the storied glory days of the NWOBHM era. Instead, they seem to use their lessons in metal history as a springboard to effectively create the kind of raw and aggressive music that channels Budgie, Iron Maiden, and the like.