High on Fire.
I like a lot of music, I spent years listening to nothing but hardcore and punk rock.
It was the whole hardcore/crossover/metal stuff that was my favorite from that period. DRI,
COC (Before Pepper), Cryptic Slaughter’s first record.
It was bands like those that really made me appreciate metal. There were some killer metal bands then as well, Ludichrist, Carnivore, stuff like that.
Then I spent years listening to rockabilly and psychobilly, I still like all of that even tho now I listen to rockabilly rarely anymore.
But it was 1996 that I first heard Sepultura’s record Chaos AD. It fucked my whole world up. Once Roots came out I had really started listening to a lot of metal, Slayer, Sepultura, and a ton of other bands of that style, from thrash to grindcore, but damn Naplam Death sucked live when I saw them.
Enter 2000, my ex wife is in New Orleans and while she was there she saw a band, she got me the CD. It was High on Fire “The Art of Self Defense”, she told me that I’s like it.
I listened to it and it was like nothing I ever heard before, the first song off the cd, Baghdad is heavy as fuck and I wasn’t really ready for it. But it was the second song: “10,000 years” that blew my fucking mind. High on Fire has a way of going from mellow but heavy to fast and unbelievably heavy, so heavy that it fucking shakes your core. Matt Pike’s guitar work is double fast and heavy as you can imagine.
I like every single Cd of High on Fire’s, I don’t have a favorite, I have favorite songs off each record, 10,000 years and Master of Fists off the first record.
Then ”Surrounded by Thieves” came out, I finally got to see HOF they opened for Motorhead 3 times I ended up at each show, sorry Motorhead, you aren’t the loudest band on the planet anymore. “Speedwolf” and “Thraft of Canaan” are fuckin amazing.
Ok how can it get better??? Well, the next two cd’s “Blessed Black Wings” and “Death is this Communion” are both epic records. All they did is get tighter and heavier, as if that’s even possible, but they did it.
Now comes the CD that I got last week “Snakes for the Divine” I first put it on in my van and I wasn’t too sure about it, generally HOF is too bass heavy to sound right in my van, so I was bummed. But then I got home and listened to it, but it was late and I couldn’t do it loud, Dre was asleep and I didn’t want to wake the neighbors up.
But then, I took it to work and put it on. Holy fucking shit, this is the heaviest CD yet by them, its fuckin brutal, GET the CD NOW. The title song hits so hard that I had to stop was I was doing and just listen, that song and “Bastrd Samuri” I tend to lose myself in HOF, one of the few bands that I can listen to that will bring me back to normal. One of the few bands I will just listen to at full volume by myself. Go get the cd, go see them live. This shit will change your life.
Matt Pike is a pagan god.
Not to mention the band Sleep or Kalas or Asbestos Death...