The hype for this northwest band has been overwhelming in recent months. I was finally interested enough to check them out recently after hearing someone describe them as “Venom with Mia Zapata singing.” Uh, whoa, that is pretty high praise. Christian Mistress do take a lot of influences from bands like Venom and Iron Maiden, for example, with some rooting in punk rock as well. The vocals do sound a lot like Mia Zapata to an extent. There is a real urgency and authenticity to this band’s sound, which exists in a genre that normally bores me. Worth looking into for sure.