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Priestess signs with Tee Pee Records

Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:08 PM PT

Official press release:

Electrifying hard rock band Priestess has signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records. The Montreal-based group will issue its highly-anticipated sophomore album Prior to the Fire in February, 2010.

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer David Schiffman (System of a Down, Mars Volta), Prior to the Fire underlines Priestess' hard-hitting songwriting, memorable hooks and earth-shaking ability to rock. With a sound built upon a resolute sense of purpose and shaped by hundreds of explosive live shows, Priestess' Prior to the Fire is an electric recording, bringing to light a colorful pool of both creativity and innovation. The long-awaited follow up to 2006's critically acclaimed debut Hello Master, Prior to the Fire sees Priestess at once hungry, fierce and focused. The record's majestic power merges titanic riffs, memorable metal, progressive rock and hard psych elements with the powerful, expressive vocals of frontman / guitarist Mikey Heppner to create an album that will floor heavy music fans.

"It wasn't the easiest record to make," says Heppner. "But the hard work definitely paid off and we're really, really proud of the end result. We've done so much touring and seen so much since our first record that it only galvanized our feelings of what the band is. The songs that make up "Prior to the Fire" were meant to be heard live and loud. We can't wait to get out on tour again and really do them justice!"

In celebration of Prior to the Fire and its new label home, Priestess has announced a special NYC live performance as part of the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon. Priestess will join new label mates Namm, Nebula and more at Tee Pee's CMJ day party on Thursday, October 22 at Brooklyn's Union Pool and will headline an absolutely stellar bill at the Tee Pee Records showcase on Friday, October 23 at NYC's Cake Shop. Additionally, Priestess has announced December, 2009 U.S. tour dates, giving fans a chance to hear the new songs previous to the release of Prior to the Fire.

Formed in 2003, Priestess has consistently garnered top notch praise for its dynamic sound and monstrous modern rock. The band has toured incessantly since its inception, sharing stages the world over with friends and peers such as Mastodon, The Sword, Converge, Dinosaur Jr. and Motörhead. The band's song "Lay Down" is currently featured in the video game Guitar Hero III; Legends of Rock and the new song "Raccoon Eyes" (from Prior to the Fire) appears on the soundtrack to the wildly popular EA Sports game NHL 10.

In addition to Heppner, Priestess features Dan Watchorn (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Dyball (bass) and Vince Nudo (drums, percussion, backing vocals).

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