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Posted by Clint W. on 10.06.2006 at 20:52
High on Fire was born after the unfortunate break-up of the legendary Sleep. While Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius went on to form the Stoner/Doom band Om, Matt Pike went on to form the fury that is High on Fire. Make no mistake, I made this topic in the Extreme Metal Forum for a reason, because above all else, that is what they are; extreme. I have read a description of the band as "a modern day incarnate of Dante's Inferno" and I think that is rightfully so. The music the band creates is so brutal it's amazing. At times this band is heavier, faster, and more devastating than most Death and Thrash acts that I have heard. I think it would be safe to say that High on Fire is in a league of their own, and have almost created an exclusive genre for themselves. I don't even want to try and label them, because it seems like it would be an attempt to contain them, and by listening to their music, that's not possible. If anything though, they are some type of Extreme Doom Metal. I am much more familiar with 'Blessed Black Wings' than I am their first two albums, but I really enjoy everything I have had the chance to hear from this band.

Any fans?

(By the way, I love how Matt Pike sounds like an even more extreme version of Lemmy when he wails. Wicked shit. )



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wormdrink414

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  28.02.2011 at 00:40
I bought Snakes for the Divine about six months ago and am already getting High on Fire cravings on a daily basis. Ghost Neck and Snakes are two of the best brass-tacks metal tracks of the past 10 years.
Doc Godin
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  28.02.2011 at 17:33
I really do love Snakes For The Divine, but it kind of pisses me off that they're getting this kind of recognition when it should have been for the previous album. I mean, yes, they did receive a lot of accolades for Death Is This Communion, but it's nothing compared to what they're getting for Snakes..., and not rightfully so if you ask me.

For one, the production on Snakes... is not really all that good standing on it's own, let alone being compared to the top notch work of Jack Endino on DITC. That and the vocals are the most noticeable pitfalls of the album. Relatively speaking, DITC was just all-around better written. Snakes... had a few moments that completely blow DITC out of the water (the intro/outro to the title track for one), but it also has waaaay more "Where the hell are they going with this?" moments. Everything seemed to just flow perfectly with DITC, and it was consistent 100% of the way through, not to mention a more dynamic sound to it. It's easy to say Snakes... was a more varied album, but I found the only real "variation" in it was merely tempo, not much more. DITC had the mandolins, or "tambour", the mellotron, as well as a very cool, tribal sounding drum interlude. Listening to it has the same feeling as reading a book in a way, it felt like it took you somewhere, Snakes... just feels like a collection of songs.

Needless to say my interest in Snakes For The Divine sort of peaked. When I first heard it I was severely disappointed, then it grew on me, now it just makes me want to listen Death Is This Communion.
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BitterCOld
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  28.02.2011 at 20:10
Agree with Doc for the most part. I really like Snakes..., but i love Death.... perhaps removing all the secondary stuff made for more focused songs, but all the other stuff made for a more gripping album overall. but every band hits a high-water mark some point in their career.
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Doc Godin
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  28.02.2011 at 21:58
Yeah, and I guess HoF have hit that, the sad thing is, Snakes... is probably going to be viewed as their high-water mark in years to come.

More Jack Endino worship...
He was the best producer HoF could ever have. Every single Endino-produced album has his thumbprint on it; it's earthy, organic, and very old-school sounding. No over-compression or tinny-ness to it. Though I think it works both ways, I don't think HoF will create nearly as good of an album as they have with Endino, and I don't think Endino is ever going to produce something more fitting to his style than High On Fire. I wouldn't mind seeing them do an album together again.
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afu

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  02.03.2011 at 19:36
I like Snakes and Death about equally. Both have a distinct flavor and are incredibly different. I think Snakes is more intense and the songs are more epic (long intros, tempo shifts, multiple movements), but I think Death is more varied and has a few more songs that are well crafted. Turk makes me want to break shit. That's cool.
wormdrink414

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  03.03.2011 at 02:34
Still haven't listened to Death is this Communion. Making a trip to the local shop to buy it once I have some spare cash. Snakes is making me do it. It wants me to give High on Fire more money.
wormdrink414

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  22.04.2011 at 06:01
Bought it the other day.

Gonna join the bandwagon here and say that it is better. Love Snakes, but Doc's choice adjective "earthy" is spot on. Death's got more dirt, grime, grunge, etc. I don't mind the production on Snakes at all, but it does somehow lack the character that Death is this Communion has. I guess that's to be expected from the dude who mixed Death Magnetic and some of the Spiderman 3 soundtrack, though.
BitterCOld
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  08.12.2011 at 22:04
HOF are back in the studio again per a Facebook update.
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Doc Godin
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  16.12.2011 at 07:17
Boom. That's awesome. I wonder where they're going with this one? As much as I hate to see bands repeat themselves, I really, really, really hope they go back to the fuzzier production as opposed to that sharp sort of sound they had with Snakes... HoF have put out solid album after solid album, so the only thing that really has me concerned is the production/mixing. Something I feel really kept Snakes... from being all that it could have been.
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Spirit Molecule
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  16.12.2011 at 12:15
Yep I saw the update as well.
I enjoyed snakes, I mean it wasn't HoF usual, production wise and they seem to be moving away from the older style, but it still was fucking heavy.
Man, and the bass tone.
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Spirit Molecule
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  26.03.2012 at 20:14
New high on fire on NPR
http://www.npr.org/2012/03/25/148593780/first-listen-high-on-fire-de-vermis-mysteriis
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BitterCOld
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  21.08.2013 at 07:28
HOF coordinating with Three Floyds Brewery on "Razorhoof" beer. sounds win to me.



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Spirit Molecule
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  22.08.2013 at 16:53
Written by BitterCOld on 21.08.2013 at 07:28

HOF coordinating with Three Floyds Brewery on "Razorhoof" beer. sounds win to me.



Ah, could they have been recording a jingle for this?
There was a picture doing rounds on the net of them in the studio. A new album sounds even better. Beer Jingle, not so much.
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Lit.
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  22.08.2013 at 23:49
Is that new reissue of The Art Of Self-Defense worth getting? Looks pretty sweet.
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deadone
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  01.11.2013 at 06:30
Have to say that after all this time De Vermis Mysteris has failed to grow on me. It's got some moments on it but it's certainly not at the level of Death Is This Communion or Snakes For The Divine IMO.
Dr.Overkill26

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  09.02.2014 at 10:57
Listening to Blessed Black Wings Right now, It's better than I remember. It's growing on me you could say.
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