Priestess, Early Man, Rabid Rabbit, Naam Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Dec. 9, 9:30 p.m. 2009

These Montreal metalheads let four years elapse between their debut, Hello Master, and its follow-up, Prior to the Fire. Most of that time they spent on the road—they didn't start recording till 2008—but a big chunk was lost to hassles with their label, RCA. The suits kept insisting, anachronistically, that they didn't hear a radio single in the demos the band was presenting, and they repeatedly sent the boys back to the drawing board. The two parties eventually went their separate ways, and to RCA's credit, Priestess was allowed keep the finished album the label had paid to record; it was released in Canada on Indica in October and will come out in the U.S. next year. Despite (or perhaps because of) all the delays, Prior to the Fire has an undeniable urgency. The band has redoubled its already remarkable ability to write hooky, infectious songs that hitch hair-metal giddiness to stoner metaphysics: "Raccoon Eyes" and "We Ride" have humor and Camaro-rock sass, while "The Gem" and "Trapped in Space and Time" bring the astral travel. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $10, $5 in advance

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