| Los Angeles psychedelic doom metal band High Priestess has signed to Ripple Music (Mothership, BANG). The underground buzz band, quickly becoming known for its compellingly hypnotic heavy music, will release its eponymous debut album on May 18.
Formed in 2016, High Priestess features bassist Mariana Fiel, drummer Megan Mullins and vocalist / guitarist / organist Katie Gilchrest. The trio self-released a five-song demo in July 2017 that, through sheer word-of-mouth, gained high critical praise and earned the band a growing fan base due to its tonally rich riffs, perfectly pacing, meditative moods, metallic noise, underlying command and the intertwining vocal melodies of Gilchrest and Fiel atop Mullins’ drums. High Priestess was recently spotlighted by LA Weekly as part of a focus feature titled “Three Bands That Prove L.A.’s Modern Doom-Metal Scene Is Maturing”; the country’s largest alt-weekly noting that “High Priestess have so far recorded one self-released demo, but the strength of that demo and local live performances has made the band stand out fairly quickly.”
Now signed to Ripple Music, High Priestess‘ celebrated demo will enjoy a full release onMay 18 as the group’s self-titled debut. Striking cover art by California artist Caitlin Mattisson (Chelsea Wolfe, The Black Angels) adds to the album’s potent allure.
In advance of the album’s release, High Priestess has unveiled the new track “Take the Blame“. Stream it now at this location.
High Priestess has announced North American tour dates in support of the debut LP. Set to launch on May 28, the west coast run will also feature Ripple label mates Ape Machine and Salem’s Bend. The tour itinerary is as follows:
High Priestess tour dates:
May 28 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
May 29 Seattle, WA Funhouse
May 30 Vancouver, BC Astoria
May 31 Calgary, AB Palamino
June 1 Edmonton, AB Temple
June 2 Alberta, BC Vantopia Fest
June 3 SikSika, AB Siksika Community Centre
June 4 Kalispell, MT Old School Records