The long gap between the two Priestess albums — 2005’s Hello Master and the just-released-in-the-U.S. Prior to the Fire — is only partially the band’s doing. The Montreal-based Hard Rock quartet, formed in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist Mikey Heppner when his Dropouts bandmates abandoned him to form The Stills, committed themselves to a relentless touring schedule after Hello Master’s release, supporting the likes of Megadeth, Motorhead, Black Label Society, Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. and amazingly finding common ground among them all.
Priestess’ extended road grind lasted for two and a half years allowing them little time to develop new material. When they did turn out new songs, the ears at RCA Records were less than enthusiastic. Still, the band’s schedule opened, the label relented, producer Dave Schiffman was installed and Prior to the Fire was recorded two years ago.
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