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Friday, August 2, 2013

Heiress' Modern Metal

Posted by on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

(Chop Suey) Prestigious women titles were popular monikers for metal bands toward the end of the last decade. The two most obvious examples, Priestess and Baroness, achieved popularity by taking the modern mid-tempo metal template and injecting classic-rock influences and pop sensibility into the formula. Heiress, however, are having none of that. While their recent full-length, Early Frost, has all the heft of their similarly suffixed kin, the Seattle quintet swaps the Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest hat-tips for more dissonant nods to bands like Dazzling Killmen and Threadbare. Additionally, their forays into melody veer away from the minor-key choruses of other "ess"-men and opt instead for harrowingly somber instrumental passages. If Priestess and Baroness are descendants of Queen, Heiress are the product of Jane Doe. With Caligula, Argonaut and Eternal Bad.


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