HIGH PRIESTESS is a heavy psych doom trio from Los Angeles throwing down lush harmonies and psychedelic crushing riffs and grooves. Consisting of Katie Gilchrest on guitar and vocals, Mariana Fiel on bass and vocals, and Megan Mullins on drums, they have created a sound that echoes both past and future incarnations of doom and psychedelia.
High Priestess was formed in the spring of 2016 when Mariana Fiel placed an ad on Craigslist seeking like minds for a devastating project. Luckily Katie and Megan heeded the call, and they immediately started producing long, hypnotic jams that morphed into crafted songs with dynamic crescendos and soaring improv sections.
The band self-released a five-song demo in July 2017 that through sheer word-of-mouth gained high critical praise and a growing fanbase. Recently signing with Ripple Music, the demo saw a full release as the bands self-titled first album in May of 2018. Tours, both domestic and abroad, will abound to spread the gospel of thick fuzz and rhapsodic melody. Basically, wherever this band can go, they will go. Prepare to worship at their altar.
The Doom Charts debuted their demo at #7 for August 2017, ahead of such genre stalwarts as Monolord, Elder and Sasquatch:
"High Priestess deliver diverse, heavy and exotic riffscapes interwoven with soaring, dreamy vocals (and the odd growl here and there). This debut release is entitled ‘DEMO’ but it sounds massive, seamlessly blending a swirling cauldron of doom, stoner, psych, and even heavy groove blues (have a listen to the dense groove in ‘Take the Blame’)."
Brazilian webzine, The Source, included High Priestess on their “Best New Bands You Should Be Listening To” list.
Desert Psychlist made an exception in this case:
“Desert Psychlist is not in the habit of reviewing demos but there are occasions when a band release a demo so damn good that it would be a disservice to both music fans and the band not to give 'em a well-deserved plug, as is the case with High Priestess's aptly titled "Demo".
Word on the Street
guitar / vocals
bass / vocals
Los Angeles, CA