Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mistress-Brains and Bruises

Brains And Bruises cover art

I reviewed Mistress's other record Heavy Mental fairly recently and was pretty impressed with their tight riffs and anthemic choruses. Now I get to cover their first record, the fun and powerful Brains and Bruises. This is the sort of female-fronted NWOBHM style release that the world needs to see more of. It speaks to the incredible might of Mistress, not just as musicians, but as an artistic and creative force. There is something a lot more exciting about these guys that not a lot of their peers can tap into and this establishes them as a pretty exceptional and dynamic act.

Now, while Brains and Bruises may be a bit rawer than the bands later stuff, this is still pretty exciting and tight rock and roll music. Deanna Gardas, or as she is affectionately known, "Babe Mustaine" has quite the voice, and her pipes are really allowed to shine on Brains and Bruises. Meanwhile, the songwriting is very tight, and its clear that the band has a wealth of experience behind them. My favorite moments are when we get to hear harmonized guitar lines which are at best reminiscent of Thin Lizzy. The more progressive bits found on the longer tracks are also pretty darn wonderful. These guys know how to structure some top notch stuff and keep the listener fully engaged for many a spin.

The combination of elements found in the Mistress sound is the kind of thing that will keep your mind enthused and body ready to rock. Reminiscent of groups like Sister Sin, but with a wholly unique vibe that is all their own, Mistress will bring the heavy down upon the heads of all the posers. Engaging and easy to fall in love with, Brains and Bruises is a wonderful introduction to the magic that is to come. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think Mistress could really go places, they have an exciting sound and their metallic attack is impossible to stop!

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