Prior To The Fire Review

artist: Priestess date: 11/05/2010 category: compact discs

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Priestess: Prior To The Fire
Released: Oct 20, 2009
Genre: Stoner rock, Heavy metal
Label: Indica, TeePee Records
Number Of Tracks: 11
Priestess blends metal, hard rock, and even a tad of folk in this album, making for an album with great variety.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 10 
 Votes:
 3 
 Views:
 123 
review (1) 1 comment vote for this album:
overall: 8.7
Prior To The Fire Reviewed by: sam_brault, on november 05, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Unlike in 'Hello Master,' Priestess has gone more towards their progressive roots, and it is mostly all for the better. Priestess blends metal, hard rock, and even a tad of folk in this album, making for an album with great variety. This album features even more crunching guitar, pounding drums, and air-guitar-worthy moments than their previous release. // 8

Lyrics: The band opted to write more about topics of interest on this album, as opposed to real life ventures. Whether it be a song about Jack the Ripper (in Lady Killer), Werewolves (in Communicating Via Eyes) or a world apocalypse (in The Gem), Priestess used this album to show a more storytelling side of themselves. With all band members contributing to the lyric-writing portion of the songs, we see many different lyrical styles all throughout the album. Singer Mikey Heppner gives this album more of a rough edge than their previous album, yelling out lyrics at all the right times. He also shows that he has grown as a singer, as the vocals on this album are displayed with great power. // 9

Overall Impression: What I have heard most of Priestess is that they are a heavier, more modern Black Sabbath. However, I find that they have created their own sound, but still respecting their roots. Prior to the Fire is a step in the perfect direction for Priestess, and I find it to be almost a step up from Hello Master. What I love the most about this album: I can listen to it from beginning to end without have to skip a single song. I do not hate anything about the album, but I think some songs could have been made longer. If this album were to be lost, I would definitely pick up another copy. // 9

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