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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 always comes off like a hoard of stampeding elephants, just ripping through these magnificently huge gutbuster gallops. But Luminiferous, the band’s new album, might stand as one of their best albums. More »

By: 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 the new album Luminiferous. Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou produced it, and he knows how to make a band like High On Fire sound like it should sound. We’ve posted first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2015 - 11:51 am

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2015

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 »

By: Doug Moore / May 29, 2015 - 10:02 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 Kurt Ballou, probably the greatest producer in metal, and I wish they’d only record with this guy from here on out. Frontman Matt Pike says that first single “The Black… More »

By: 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 blistering new single called “Slave The Hive,” and now they have a video for that single. The clip centers around the practice of medicine in a nighmarish Orwellian rabbit-world, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2013 - 11:08 am

High On Fire – “Slave The Hive”

It’s probably too soon to be waiting for a new High On Fire album since we all get our minds blown by last year’s De Vermis Mysteriis (our third favorite metal album of 2012), but that hasn’t stopped Matt Pike’s group from putting out new material. This new single, “Slave The Hive,” was issued by… More »

By: 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 Jesus life. Forever hunted, he roams the slaughterhouse of Time, searching for answers to the riddle of his own existence.” What follows is an insane, incoherent apocalyptic supernatural biker movie from… More »

By: 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 in 1998. Their albums don’t sound all that different from one another, and in their case, that’s a good thing. The band’s new album is called De Vermis Mysteriis, after a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 5:20 pm

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 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 louder in week six (appropriate) via High On Fire’s “Speak In Tongues.” It’s a song recorded during the Snakes For The Divine sessions: Matt Pike’s spoken lovingly about the trackMore »

By: brandon / June 22, 2010 - 5:17 pm

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… More »

By: brandon / May 6, 2010 - 11:09 am

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 perfect baker’s dozen. A few of those were a lot of fun — Chicago’s upswinging Atlas Moth and their three-guitar tapestries (and beer-buzzed banter), frontwoman Grace Perry’s afternoon pit-initiating for… More »

By: 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 Divine, because they’re a band who inspire detailed contextualization. Not just because main man Matt Pike was a member of Sleep or that HoF’s released some certified classics (Death isMore »

By: 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’ approval. Katatonia released their eighth album Night Is The New Day toward the end of 2009. It landed at No. 11 on my year-end list. Rotting Christ’s excellent Aealo i… More »

By: 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 year end list, I said something about how Matt Pike, Des Kensel and then new bassist Jeff Matz had managed to top 2002’s Surrounded By Thieves and all that came… More »

By: 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 way to the end). I’ve heard a few complex, intense, buzzing tracks from it. Judging from those, the new collection, which follows 2008’s Death And The Black Work, will blow… More »

By: brandon / January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am