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Metal - Released October 5, 2018 | eOne Music

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Back for another round of bludgeoning stoner thrash, Oakland, California's High on Fire unleash a brass-knuckled haymaker on their eighth studio long player, the punitive and workmanlike Electric Messiah. Working once again with producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who helmed the veteran group's two previous outings, the nine-track set commences with the aptly named "Spewn from the Earth." Heralded by a tsunami of blast-furnace beats and pick slides, the song eventually yields to frontman Matt Pike, who delivers lungfuls of impressionistic, Cthulhu mythos-rich dread that invoke Lemmy by way of AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The former entity looms large over Electric Messiah, with the title cut paying homage to the legendary Motörhead frontman who passed away in 2015, and whom Pike acknowledges had a huge influence on both his writing and vocal style. While the thrash elements of Electric Messiah loom large, as purveyors of uncompromising doom metal, High on Fire remain at the top of their game, dropping epic, Sabbathy beatdowns like "Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil" and "Sanctioned Annihilation," the latter of which clocks in at ten-and-a-half minutes, making it their longest track to date. Elsewhere, late-album highlight "Freebooter" is as kinetic and pugilistic as anything Pike and company have done before, and it bristles with the kind of energy that's usually reserved for bands that have yet to reach their 20-year mark -- the one sonic outlier is the surprisingly melodic closer "Drowning Dog," which hews closer to classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Electric Messiah proves that High on Fire can still blow the unholy horn of plenty, and while fans will know just what to expect when dropping the stylus, that knowledge takes nothing away from the Epicurean pleasure of sidling up to a favorite feast. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Metal - Released September 18, 2007 | Relapse Records

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Metal - Released July 26, 2019 | eOne Music

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Metal - Released June 23, 2015 | Century Media

In the three-year studio interim between High on Fire's mighty De Vermis Mysteriis and Luminiferous, guitarist Matt Pike has been a busy guy. Two volumes of live recordings appeared, and he and OM bassist Al Cisneros re-formed Sleep (after decades off), made a record, and toured with Jason Roeder from Neurosis in the drum chair. One had to wonder whether any of Sleep's stoner psychedelia would rub off when HOF returned to recording. No worries. Pike, with drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz, adhere strictly to their sludgy, bruising, chugging brand of metal. Also returning is producer Kurt Ballou, who helmed De Vermis Mysteriis -- marking the first time that HOF has used the same producer twice. The sound here is even more stripped-down, essential in its churn and burn. Check opener "The Black Plot" with the interplay of ever-ascending riffs and Kensel's slamming tom-tom attack. The tag ends and bridges are classic Pike, his voice roaring into the sonic maelstrom. The same goes for the thrash and burn aesthetic of "Slave the Hive," highlighted by the gang-chanted refrain. "The Sunless Years" is slower, but so rippled with potent, winding side riffs (and a killer lead guitar break) that the tempo itself becomes the catalyst for its bludgeoning force. The heated exchange between Pike's massive riff on "The Dark Side of the Compass," Matz's distorted, fuzzed-out bassline, and Kensel's kit work, which alternates between martial fills and hard-swinging time keeping, is equaled only by its sense of sprawl; the jam is wide open, cranking, with several distinct sections packed into its five-and-a-half-minute length, separated by sharp, melodic guitar breaks. Pike's lyrics are drenched with terrestrial and extraterrestrial conspiracy theories, littered with references to mythology and arcane texts. His crazy conviction is never overstated, it's as matter of fact as it is passionate. One outlier on the set is the power ballad "The Cave," Pike's tale of his personal odyssey through addiction into sobriety, is harrowing but not preachy. His narrative is delivered through a bluesed-out narrative ripped at the seams with a roaring Sabbath-esque riff that could have come from Vol. IV. This is no mere confessional song, this is the tale of fighting with the beast unto the point of death. One reason that High on Fire don't get accused of resting on their laurels is that they always come out hungry, anxious to refine their sound and remove anything that is not absolutely essential to their purposes. Luminiferous accomplishes that as well. It is as fine, if not even better than, De Vermis Mysteriis. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Metal - Released August 6, 2018 | eOne Music

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