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CHRISTIAN MISTRESS - TO YOUR DEATH - ALBUM REVIEW

RELAPSE RECORDS | Release Date: September 18 2015

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There’s and almost Patti Smith quality and warmth to Christian Mistress’ singer Christine Davis’ voice especially on opening track ‘Neon’. I’d half expected, sight unseen, and judging by the cover art to hear high-pitched Metal shrieks and growls, but to be honest Christian Mistress is more retro Hard Rock with a little groove and swing than what we now ink of as Metal.  Imagine NWOBHM has come again and you get the flavour. It’s music that seems to predate the creation of genres and is all the better it is for it.


Second up ’Stronger Than Blood’ has its heart and soul solidly rooted in early eighties NWOBHM and once you get settled and used to the rather understated vocals then you find yourself feeling strangely comfortable. Indeed it’s hard to describe Christian Mistress except as a ‘band out of time’ as there’s clearly no bandwagon these guys are riding, and that makes them strangely compelling and even though stylistically you get it, it’s still rather pleasing to the ear.


The remainder of the album stands up just as well if not better – with standout tracks ‘No Place’ – all solid and workmanlike and yet beautiful in its simplicity; and ‘Walkin’ Around’ as bombastic as rock comes yet somehow equally restrained! It’s as if the band fully appreciate the components of what makes Rock and Roll so compelling and yet have no desire to reinvent the wheel or what makes up the wheel, in a concerted attempt to step quietly back rather than boldly forward – like so many others do.


With all the retro-Metal and Retro-Rock out there it’s refreshing to hear a band that has their own unique take on things, and ironically they may just have built the next big bandwagon…


Very impressive from first to last.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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