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With a heavy-handed approach and a sound that crashes like thunder, HIGH ON FIRE has put the power back in 'power-trio'. Less a band than a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness, the band has burned the metal rulebook and forged a new archetype.

HIGH ON FIRE was formed by guitarist Matt Pike in late summer 1998. Formed out of the need to simply play guitar ... Read more in Amazon's High On Fire Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media/EMI
  • ASIN: B0034A8AKK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,493 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snakes for the Divine
2. Frost Hammer
3. Bastard Samurai
4. Ghost Neck
5. The Path
6. Fire, Flood and Plague
7. How Dark We Pray
8. Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter

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BBC Review

As BBC4’s recent Heavy Metal Britannia suggested, mainstream culture as a whole is moving wholesale towards an acceptance – if not a fundamental understanding – of all things beefy and loud.

Metal has always been big business and seen a certain level of critical acceptance, and it’s the likes of Baroness and Oakland’s High on Fire who are fighting this new front: journeymen bands who have existed and flourished for years but who are now finding themselves under a new spotlight. Matt Pike, High on Fire’s frontman, served time in the legendary stoner trio Sleep. But with Snakes for the Divine he’s making his strongest case yet for why people who aren’t into metal should at the very least appreciate music this… nasty.

The most impressive aspect of what is a boundlessly impressive album is Snakes for the Divine’s deft summation of various different metallic styles. Frost Hammer’s irresistible head-bang rhythm complements the opening title-track’s spiralling, galloping riffery, while the likes of Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter’s theatricality and Ghost Neck’s bass-heavy assault provide outlets for Pike’s seemingly endless creativity. And the biggest change of pace and most Sleep-like track here, Bastard Samurai – blessed as it is with a fabulous name that is as evocative as it is ridiculous – is a masterpiece of sludge metal brutality, slowly but inexorably rolling forward like a landslide.

Drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz deserve credit for not only keeping up with Pike but ensuring he teeters at the top of his game via their own evident ability. The richness and depth of sound on the frenetic Fire, Flood and the Plague burns with the excitement and hunger of a band half their age and, like the rest of the album, liberally drips with ideas.

It’s tight, concise and thrillingly sharp – what makes High on Fire’s fifth album such a success is its intricacy and balance that allows it to appeal to more than your friendly neighbourhood metalhead. Those in the know will nod in approval; everyone else hitherto untouched by the gnarled clutch of Californian metal can consider themselves very much invited to get involved. --Ben Patashnik

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Hunter on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Oh My God ! This is the best opening to an album i've heard in yonks, Snakes for the Divine- Its all here the grand title, the huge intro, the drums roll,the song stabs with fury, then the one time Sleep guitarist Matt Pike's whisky soaked & smoked vocals kick in. Nothing much has changed here except everything, the songs are bigger, longer, louder, sharper, heavier and more furious than 2006's Death is this Communion.With barely time to catch a breath, Frost Hammer drops, and oh boy does it drop, more like 10 ton frost hammer, the tempo slows slightly for Bastard Samurai then from Ghost Neck to the finish line or should i say the brilliantly titled Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter, its fire & brimstone all the way.With albums still to come from the likes of Down & Killing Joke this year, its gonna be tuff to touch this because High On Fire have raised the bar over their last 2 albums & they've set it even higher with this one.Magical Stuff, Album of the Year!& its only still February
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon Britton on 14 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album a few months ago, and it has already cemented itself as a firm favourite in my CD collection.

The album kicks off with Snakes for the Divine, an explosive track that hooks you with the first riff and does not let you go. As an album opener it is fantastic and really gets you in the mood for the rest of the album. The Next two tracks are completely different but equally good. One is a fast, almost thrashy epic (and one of my favourites); Bastard Samurai is a much more progressive and slow paced song but very well written.

The standout song for me is Fire, Flood and Plague. Fast, powerful and very well written, though really there is no weak track in this album.

So who would really enjoy this album?
If you enjoyed any of their previous albums then this is a great album. It is heavier than Death is this Communion, but still maintains their traditional style and avoids becoming a meaningless thrash-fest.
If you've never heard anything by them before, then fans of Metallica or Motorhead will probably enjoy the first two tracks and Fire, Flood and Plague the most, though the rest is still really worth a listen. Mastodon fans (certainly those who enjoyed Crak the Skye and the last half of Blood Mountain) should appreciate the technicality and progressiveness that courses through pretty much every song.

Overall an astonishing album. Another user used the phrase "album of the year, and it's only February!" I think they're certainly on to something there, certainly one of the best albums I've heard in a while. High on Fire are astonishing musicians, and it may seem a bit cliche but they really are on fire with this new album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By silent dave on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: MP3 Download
Another thunderous offering from High On Fire, and once again, these guys don't disappoint.. Their 5th studio album continues their particular riff laden, rhythm avalanche of groove-heavy, heavy metal.. And another great selection of mysticly weird song titles. Have to catch them live again. Oh, did i mention that they were heavy?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Nicholls on 13 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Being in my early twenties I have grown out of the 'metal is the only good music' sort of phase, and developed a much larger taste in music. This change in ethos includes growing out of more generic, typical sorts of metal bands while sticking with those I consider a bit different, or at least the cream of the crop. This release by High on Fire pretty much personifies metal in my eyes. Prior to buying this cd I was not at all familiar with the work of High on Fire or Matt Pike, in that I had heard of both but had never got round to listening to them. When I popped this in... wow. The title track remains my favourite and it is just about the most metal song ever, a great pump up tune, with real tempo, a great chorus, solo, breakdown... everything you want in a metal track essentially. The lyrics are also a lot cleverer than Pike's previous output with the band in my opinion (on albums like Surrounded By Thieves or Death Is This Communion, both of which I have subsequently bought).

Realistically I shouldn't give this five stars. As an album the tracks other than Snakes For The Divine, Bastard Samurai, Frost Hammer and How Dark We Pray I liked, but did not love. At least this was true initially. The tracks mentioned are still favourites, particularly the first two. I still prefer this to their earlier output from what I have heard, though I have only listened to the other two albums mentioned a couple of times each, so this opinion could change. I decided to award this five stars because I would say it is better than an 8/10, probably 8.5 or 9.

This band is like a marriage of Sabbath and Motorhead (the latter noticable particularly in the vocals) but probably on steroids! A really great album that eclipses the passion and fury of most metal bands out there, and definitely worth purchasing. It isn't too extreme at all, so should appeal to most metal fans, and anyone with a mind (and ear) open to heavier music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amplified Man on 31 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
On hearing the opening bars of 'Snakes for the Divine' I was initially disappointed. I have been an avid fan of High On Fire since their debut, 'The Art of Self Defense' came out in 2000. It was an absolute monolith of a stoner rock record; propelled by massive mid-tempo riffs and stomping drums. High On Fire, through out their discography, have slowly been speeding up and getting more an more furious. On the opening title track on Snakes for the Divine, our protagonist, Matt Pike kicks off with an uber-cheesy progressive metal lick that made me cringe. How can this be the same band that gave us the slow bludgeon of '10,000 Years' and 'Thraft of Caanan'??

But because it was still High On Fire, there's an unstoppable, elemental force compelling you to listen. After listening through a couple more times, I realised; why the hell am I bothered if it's cheesy or not? What does it matter? Once this thought has settled and you can listen to this album without an objective viewpoint or without preconceptions (yes the cover art is cheesy, yes it's pretty much as "metal" as you can get but;) it's one of the most enjoyable albums I've heard in years.

The whole album is a perfectly executed exercise in displaying pure and unashamed disregard for subtlety. High On Fire pummel you with monster riffs for 49 minutes and 53 seconds. The title track is just immense - 8 minutes of frenetic, adrenaline fueled madness. That cheesy metal lick builds up with the rest of the band in an explosion of chugging fuzz and tribal drumming. It's utterly cathartic.

The whole reason people listen to metal - as with a lot of types of music, including dubstep & drum & bass - is for transcendence; for the music to take you somewhere else or to make you feel & respond to it in some way.
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