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Returning with nine tracks of vintage metal excellence, Washington’s Christian Mistress bring the world POSSESSION. This female-fronted, twin guitar unit’s latest offering channels the dark undercurrent of their Pacific Northwestern residence with an occult metal slant chock full of NWOBHM intonations and ‘70s heavy metal bravado. Showcasing the ability to break into Mercyful Fate-esque fretwork (“Pentagram and Crucifix”) as quick as they can ride out a sinewy groove (“Haunted Hunted”), this group executes with the swagger of Zeppelin and the brawn of Sabbath in their back pocket. Naturally smoky and slightly mysterious with a meticulous attention to detail, Christian Mistress are a band whose admiration for their craft and love for the sounds of classic metal shapes a top notch record whose top flight musicianship trumps the rest of the retread set in spades. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS