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Christian Mistress – Possession

- by Thomas

Listening to “Possession” is like being caught in a time warp. It is obvious right from the start that Christian Mistress have a thing with eighties metal. Opener “Over & Over” is a fast one that comes with an early Metallica vibe. Plus it immediately shows off Christine Davis’ pipes. The same can be said for “Pentagram and Crucifix” which comes with a nice solo towards the end. One thing that draws attention is the production, which is very spartan and stands in stark contrast to most albums that are being released today where everything is plastered shut with noise. I have to say… it took some getting used to.

On the follow-up to 2010’s “Agony & Opium” EP, Christian Mistress prove they can keep things interesting throughout an entire full-length by switching faster tracks with slower ones like the title track which is built around a doomy riff or “There Is Nowhere” which starts off as a power ballad.

I’m not sure if they’ll revive the whole NWOBHM sound and inspire a slew of other bands to do the same thing but by going back to an older sound, this band does end up sounding surprisingly fresh.
Score: 6.5 out of 10

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