Saturday, 8 February 2014

High on Fire - The Art of Self Defense

'The Art of Self Defense'
High on Fire

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Stoner/Doom Metal
For Fans Of: Red Fang, Mastodon, Black Tusk

Unlike the colossally heavy riffs that characterized his time with Sleep, Matt Pike's band "High on Fire" is an interesting combination of classic stoner/doom elements with a focus on fast and ruthless energy powering it's progression. I once read that if Sleep is music to smoke weed to, then High on Fire is music to snort cocaine and chug whiskey to- and I think that's a pretty good comparison. Despite all of the songs being anywhere between five to ten minutes long, the album goes by extremely fast with each song starting out fast, and only getting faster (and heavier) as the album goes on. Much like Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus who would go onto form Om after the dissolution of Sleep, High on Fire focuses on aspects of spirituality much like his former bandmates do- however with far more wild guitar solos, and deeper intensity.

1. Baghdad
2.10,000 Years
3. Blood from Zion
4. Last
5. Fireface
6. Master of Fists


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