I’m no journalist, but High on Fire is my favorite band, so, in order of how they were released (assuming you’re going to get Death is this Communion) I will try to explain the differences. The bottom line is that all of the records are good and you should just buy them all. Anyway, here goes:
-Art of Self Defense is probably their “softest” record. But it’s the first after Sleep, so maybe you could consider it a transition. I still love that album. It gets right to the point and the aggression is immediate. The Southern Lord Reissue makes
-Surrounded by Thieves has some great songs, but I honestly don’t like how the recording sounds.
-Blessed Black Wings is probably the closest peer to Death is this Communion. It has that dirty sound while still being well recorded (Steve Albini’s work).
-Snakes for the Divine is wonderful, but the production is very polished.
-De Vermis Mysteriis is probably their best sounding record ever, the drums are just amazing and the songs are punishing from beginning to end. Recorded by Kurt Ballou from Converge if that means much to you.
For my money, I’d get De Vermis Mysteriis and Death is this Communion if you had to start somewhere. That being said, if you’re pre-ordering YOB from relapse, it’s probably easiest to get Blessed Black Wings and DitC as they were both released on that label.
I think a lot of it has to do with the track ordering, too. “Marrow” definitely benefits from being last.
“Nothing to Win”… Honestly, I’m trying to think of things to say about this album and I really can’t think of anything more than you’ve already said. It’s just that good.
OH. FUCK. YES.
Also, if you can only listen to one track, make it the last one, “Marrow.” It will just rip your emotions out and tear them to shreds. DO IT.
I’m so clumsy, but you already know…
You caught me. I will freely admit to never having been to one of their festivals. But from a pure economic standpoint, I do think there is an overload.
I think it’d be perfectly okay for them to be gone. In the US alone we had over 800 festivals. There’s too many. Look at what happened with Moogfest in Ashville, for example. The two companies split and tried to make two festivals, one of which cancelled and now Moogfest is biennial. They saturated the market.
Not every festival can be a winner. Let’s just accept that and let the bad ones die.
For what it’s worth, I snooped around and found it. I’ll third the AOTY comment. I’ve gone through it three times now and by the end I’ve just been sitting there mind blow, “whoa.”
P.S. if you’re going to get vinyl pre-order now, it looks like Relapse has only pressed so many copies.
People have been mentioning how awesome this album is for months now. This song lives up to the hype. Album pre-ordered.
The way he says, “ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THIS ICP GLASS DILDO CASE CAN SHOVE ONE UP THEIR ASS,” implies that he should also be participating in this activity because technically he is involved.
HELL YES!! There’s basically no way you could like High on Fire and not Dopesmoker. It’s definitely not as continuously pummeling as HoF, but I really enjoy how it ebbs and flows as a track. It has some very intense moment followed by some room to breath and back again.