As I alluded to in my previous reviews for
Huntress and A Sound of Thunder, there is a new breed of female metal
that is providing a fresh new sound to the genre known as heavy metal.
disrespect intended to fine operatic soprano vocalists such as Simone,
Turunen, or Floor Jansen. You can add the name Christine Davis of
Mistress to this list of up and coming “old school”
female metal vocalists.
This is not to say that Davis sounds anything like Jill Janus or Nina
On the contrary, Davis does not have the spectacular vocal range or
of any of the aforementioned sirens. What she does have is an alluring,
quality to her voice that is reminiscent of late 70’s and
early 80’s era metal
and punk rock. The Christian Mistress sound can best be described as
raw doom metal of early Black Sabbath, the punk-metal drumming style of
Motorhead, and the heavy blues of Led Zeppelin. This can definitely be
the guitar interplay between Oscar Sparbel and Ryan McClain. The riffs
like “Over & Over” and Pentagram and
Crucifex” have an Iomni meets Page
quality to them. The Tony Iomni influence is especially felt on the
track, which is also one of the strongest offerings on the album.
Johnny Wulf and drummer Rueben Storey lay down a solid precise
keeps the music tight and energetic. Christian Mistress has been dubbed
“throwback” band. While this may be an over-used
description, it works in this
circumstance. The songs are not long, most are under five minutes, as
guess by the albums total running time of less than forty-five minutes.
band saves the best for last with the frenzied attack of “All
Abandon”. If you
like your metal music over-produced and polished to perfection with
multi-layered harmony vocals, you can look elsewhere.
“Possession” is a
no-frills, heavy, sludge, raw, and most definitely