PRINCESS Welcome Winter (self-released) **** (out of 5)
Seattle's skull-loving hard rockers Princess have the terrible habit of teasing us once a year with quick blasts of new music that, while great, really only result in an insatiable craving for more. Last year, the foursome released their debut EP, The Grim Energy, which is an intense six-song expedition that clocks in at just over 20 minutes. I thought for sure a full-length would follow. Alas, it's already November, and all Princess have given us is Welcome Winter, a three-song, 10-minute-long EP that's over before you really have a chance to realize how much you fucking love it.
The opening track, "Kate," unapologetically pummels you from the first note. Heavy, racing bass and guitar come at you so fast it feels like you're being chased down a hallway that's getting more and more narrow.