Mystic Priestess aptly and creatively revamps traditional deathrock and anarcho-punk, resulting in a sound that is at once refreshing and familiar. Combining furious vocals with the cavernous decay of aggressive guitar melodies, haunting synths, and insistent rhythms. Their multi-faceted approach has led them to play with a diverse set of punk and deathrock luminaries, including punk legends Negative Approach, TSOL, The Mob and the Iconoclast, deathrock visionaries Gitane Demone of Christian Death, Screaming Dead, Twisted Nerve, and 13th Chime.
“With their new “Part Time Punks Sessions” EP, Oakland’s Mystic Priestess have unveiled a classic, powerful deathrocker of a release. Some sonic points of reference for this exciting band may be helpful: Many songs recall the innovative strength of 80s UK groups like Blood and Roses or Brigandage, pioneers of the old British “positive punk” movement that led to the creation of gothic rock in the 80s.
As well, lead track “Smoke and Mirrors” brings to mind the style of music played by Northern California colleagues in Crimson Scarlet: Driving and to-the-point, but with enough unsettling atmosphere to please fans of classic/trad gothic rock. Mystic Priestess announce that much of their music concerns “facing the shadows of chaos in the world and revealing the facade of inauthenticity that creates self-doubt and division that keeps us following the herdsman and our own demise.”
Mystic Priestess’s spectral, guitar-driven sounds also incorporate some of the political feelings of the zeitgeist, giving voice to LGBTQ and feminist issues that instill the band’s music with a compelling and modern urgency, marrying the gothic-punk tradition to political concerns sometimes not commonly found in the darkwave scene. The vital “PTP Sessions” EP is a great example of Mystic Priestess’s top-shelf, witchy gothic punk rock”- Post Punk