High Priestess: New Album Recording Underway for 2020 Release

Los Angeles atmospheric doom three-piece High Priestess toured Europe for most of May earlier this year supporting their 2018 self-titled debut (review here) on Ripple Music, making well-received stops at Desertfest London and elsewhere on the continent before seeming to have set about putting the finishing touches on material for their second long-player. That album is currently in progress according to a pair of thee social medias updates, one from the band and one from bassist/vocalist Mariana Fiel. They entered the studio this past Tuesday and plugged away at getting the instrumental tracks done ahead of returning for vocals, with guitarist/vocalist/organist Katie Gilchrest helming the proceedings.

As the trio of Fiel, Gilchrest and drummer Megan Mullins had one of the best debuts of the year last year, it should go without saying the follow-up is right up there with the slew of anticipated outings for 2020. Ripple will once again stand behind the work, and while there’s no targeted release date set and obviously it all depends on when they get in to finish the rest of making it, plus mixing, plus mastering, a Spring release doesn’t seem entirely unlikely. That would put them back on track for another trip abroad as well, were they inclined to travel.

I also asked the band if they had anything they wanted to add about the record to what was posted and they gave an awesome update. Here’s what they had to say:

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High Priestess on new album recording:

We recorded the second album in our practice space where we did our first album. The room itself sounds great and there is something about playing in there closely together that conjures a special energy. Magic is created, from song creation to completion and we love setting mics up and capturing essentially a live performance. Katie owns Mythology Mastering, a music production company, and used her mobile recording setup to do the job.

Percussion, vocal, guitar and keyboard overdubs are following this week. We made sure to have a ritual beforehand with a High Priestess candle to set intentions for the recording and what follows. We channeled the balance of light and dark energies, creating heaviness while keeping it ethereal.

The album will begin with an eerie call of the elements in a ritualistic setting and from there, we slowly take you on a journey into the depths of an inferno with our most enchanting music yet. We can’t wait to unveil it to the universe!

– We started unloading around 11 AM, had mics set up around 1:45 PM, by 7:30 PM we opened up the bubbly to celebrate the recording of the instrumental parts of our new album, to be released in 2020 by Ripple Music.

– The only casualties today were while trying to tune back to E my tuning peg took a dump. Luckily there was an unused bass laying around *cough* thanks Josh *cough* to record the last song. Super stoked about today though, bass issues aside, it went seamlessly… the energy was perfect and I couldn’t be more grateful to have mega multitalented Katie not only laying down the heavy riffs and solos galore, but also setting and coordinating all the mics and making sure the sound was perfect and Megan laying down the thunder of doom on the drums.

High Priestess is:
Katie Gilchrest – guitars, vocals, organ
Mariana Fiel – bass, vocals
Megan Mullins – drums, percussion

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High Priestess, High Priestess (2018)

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