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Before we get started with this month’s column, a quick programming note: For scheduling reasons, Black Market founder and Stereogum editor Michael Nelson has passed the torch. In his stead, I (Doug Moore) will be kicking off each month’s clutch of tunes. Michael is among the sharpest writers and analysts in music — I’ve happily… More »

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

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… More »

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Stream High On Fire Luminiferous

There may be no band on the metal underground more consistently great than the long-running Bay Area power trio High On Fire. The band alway…
Tom Breihan | June 8, 2015 - 9:43 am

High On Fire – “The Sunless Years”

Matt Pike's long-running berserker power trio High On Fire, one of the most dependable bands on the metal underground, is back later this month with…
Tom Breihan | June 2, 2015 - 11:51 am

High On Fire – “The Black Plot”

Next month, the great Bay Area riff-metal power trio High On Fire returns with the new album Luminiferous. They recorded this one with Converge guitarist…
Tom Breihan | May 12, 2015 - 12:28 pm

High On Fire – “Slave The Hive” Video

We haven't gotten any word on a new album from the world-wrecking Bay Area metal power trio High On Fire, but they do have a…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 11:08 am

High On Fire – “Slave The Hive”

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Miles Bowe | October 15, 2013 - 3:59 pm

High On Fire – “Fertile Green” Video (NSFW)

Here's the text at the beginning of the new High On Fire video: "He is Balteazeen, the Christ Twin, who sacrificed himself to give Jesu…
Tom Breihan | August 17, 2012 - 10:23 am

Stream High On Fire De Vermis Mysteriis

Oakland riff-metal power-trio High On Fire has been working different variations on the same thundering fast-growl hurtle ever since Matt Pike formed the band i…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2012 - 5:20 pm

High On Fire – “Speak In Tongues”

So far Adult Swim's Kia-sponsored 8 Singles In 8 Weeks campaign's brought us tracks from Black Lips, Superwolf, and Washed Out, etc. Things get noticeably…
brandon | June 22, 2010 - 5:17 pm

SXSW 2010: Salome, Torche, High On Fire Smoke Up Austin

Yesterday I saw 12 metal bands before High On Fire hopped onto the outdoor stage at the Mohawk sometime around midnight to make it a…
brandon | March 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

High On Fire – “Frost Hammer” Video

I gave an abridged history of High On Fire when posting "Frost Hammer," the lead single from the Oakland trio's fifth album Snakes For The
brandon | March 10, 2010 - 3:07 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 6

In this installment I intentionally paired two longstanding bands who've shifted their approach/sound significantly during the course of their careers, not always to their fans'…
brandon | February 9, 2010 - 8:15 am

New High On Fire – “Frost Hammer” (Stereogum Premiere)

A couple years ago when reviewing High On Fire's fourth full-length Death is This Communion, an album that landed at no. 7 on my 2007
brandon | January 13, 2010 - 10:04 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 4

I included the longstanding occult black metal group Nightbringer's Apocalypse Sun on the list of my 10 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010 (scroll all the…
brandon | January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am