High On Fire – “Bastard Samurai” (Stereogum Premiere)
When I posted “Frost Hammer” from High On Fire’s stadium-sized (and divisive because of it) Snakes For The Divine in January, I mentioned “Bastard Samurai,” not just because of its awesome name. As might be expected of Matt Pike & Co., they back up the title musically: It’s one of Snake‘s most gnarled, dynamic, anthemic moments. One that comes off great live. Right, even if you’re still chaffing at Greg Fidelman’s production, it’s hard denying the increased power of the their recent live shows (this from someone who first saw them live close to ten years ago, kept going back). Speaking of … their current tour ends this weekend in their Oakland hometown, where they’re merging with the Mastodon/Baroness tour for a night being billed as “The Missing Link.” More info on that while you dig into “Bastard”‘s multiple explosions.
Snakes For The Divine is out via E1 Music. On 5/8 folks in the Oakland area can catch a big finale at the Fox Theatre with Mastodon, Baroness, Between The Buried And Me, Valient Thorr, and their usual Snakes cohorts (Bison B.C., Priestess), etc. After that, they head to Europe for a few dates with Metallica. The flyer for the 8th: