High Priest
Sanctum
(2019)
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like:
Wolftooth, Khemmis, Greenleaf
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago, home to the famous deep dish pizza and Revolution Craft Brews now brings us High Priest. The foursome stoner metal band have quietly released a very impressive EP with Sanctum. Following the release of their 2016 debut album Consecration, High Priest have matured upon their sound and continue to develop a more focused vision that incorporates many styles of metal. What draws us to this EP is the Trouble-like metal influences coupled by timely stoner rock rhythms. They don’t tend cater to one style, just when you think they are going all progressive on us, they take a turn to towards Sword-like heaviness. Be sure to pick this EP up,  it’s a mere $4 at Bandcamp and well worth it.

Tracklist:
1. Descent 04:49
2. Creature 04:22
3. Paradigm 04:30
4. Offering 06:59

Standout Track(s)
Upon the first cut “Decent” they wast no time pulling you in, the lead vocals start with a bang than descend to a low tone with inflections of Glenn Danzig, terrific opening tune. Onward to track three with “Paradigm” and its infectious harmonizing vocals coupled by the fluid progressive stoner rhythm makes this one so damn enjoyable. The more we listen to this EP, we cant help but love the heaviness of  “Offering,” it has a new Alice in Chains vibe, yet a tad darker. 

Adult Beverage Pairing
We must go with a seasonal blend from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing, grab a pack of Spirit Of Revolt IPA. This 8.2% Imperial IPA is smooth with a unique dry-hop blend of Michigan grown Cascade, Cashmere, and Slovenian Styrian Fox hops, add notes of citrus, pineapple, and melon. Brewed in honor of International Women's Day, a portion of sales from this beer benefits programs with connections for abused women and their children. A beer with a cause, what more can you ask for.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9.5 of 11

Originality
8.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9 of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.2 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.9 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
9 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
9.1 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.2 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetic
8.5 of 11

Production Value
8.8 of 11

Final Thoughts:
High Priest have become a mainstay in our rotation. The way they fuse traditional heavy metal with todays stoner rock is a breath of fresh air and very addicting. We look forward to the day we head out to Chicago, make a pit stop at Revolution Brewing and witness these guys live.

High Priest is:
Dan, Pete, John and Justin

Follow High Priest: Bandcamp / Facebook
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