High On Fire

BiografieIt was the late, great novelist and caffeine enthusiast Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) who said, “Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.” And yet High On Fire have managed to do all three. Since the Oakland power trio’s inception in 1998 they’ve released six earth-splitting albums, each seemingly more unstoppable than the last. Forever haunting the halls of the Iommic Temple—the band’s own philosophical monument to Black Sabbath riff master Tony Iommi—High On Fire have become legends in their own time. As bong-huffing genre music rises and falls around them like so much windborne detritus, guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz comprise the all-seeing eye of a perpetual riff-storm, always looking toward a future in which The End is always near.

After unleashing one of the most momentous debuts in the history of heavy music with 2000’s The Art Of Self-Defense, High On Fire doubled down in 2002 with the absolutely punishing Surrounded By Thieves, an album that even notoriously finicky music website Pitchfork rated an 8.8 out of 10. “Surrounded By Thieves pushes drones to its limits, with a crushing wall of bass tones guaranteed to alter heart rhythms and weaken building infrastructures,” they gushed, before adding the obvious disclaimer: “If you’ve never experienced street drugs, it’s a safe bet you probably won't enjoy this album.”

And the hits just kept on coming: High On Fire’s 2005 album, Blessed Black Wings, was named one of the top 50 albums of the 21st century by prominent UK music weekly Kerrang! In 2007, the band’s Death Is This Communion ranked # 3 on Revolver magazine’s year-end list, while landing the # 4 spot in Total Guitar. That same year, Matt Pike was named one of rock’s “New Guitar Gods” by Rolling Stone.Quelle: - High On Fire (EP)

2000 - The Art Of Self Defense

2002 - Mastodon/High On Fire (Split)

2002 - Surrounded By Thieves

2005 - Live From The Relapse Contamination Festival (Live)

2005 - Blessed Black Wings

2005 - High On Fire/Ruins (Split)

2007 - Death Is This Communion

2010 - Frost Hammer (Single)

2010 - Snakes For The Divine

2010 - Speak In Tongues (Single)

2012 - Speak In Tongues/Beast With A Billion Eyes (Split)

2010 - Fertile Green (Single)

2012 - De Vermis Mysteriis



De Vermis Mysteriis - Cover
HIGH ON FIRE haben sich mit Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, DOOMRIDERS) einen neuen Produzenten gesucht. Eine gute Wahl, immerhin hat Mr. Ballou u.a.
Death Is This Communion - Cover
Zugegeben: Was die drei Kalifornier mit ihrem neuen und vierten Album abliefern, ist nicht von schlechten Eltern. Die Mischung aus Thrash `n Roll und Stoner fräst sich bedrohlich in die Gehörgänge.

HIGH ON FIRE sind wirklich keine neue Erscheinung – seit 2000 gab es bisher 12 Alben – aber dennoch war die Band nie eine welche im großen Rampenlicht stand.
The Art Of Self Defense (Re-Release) - Cover
Mal wieder ein schönes Beispiel für Polarisierung: während mein Kollege Lars H.