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De Vermis Mysteriis [VINYL]

High On Fire Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B007I0X5KC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Serums of Liao
2. Bloody Knuckles
3. Fertile Green
4. Madness of an Architect
5. Samsara
6. Spiritual Rights
7. King of Days
8. De Vermis Mysteriis
9. Romulus and Remus
10. Warhorn

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BBC Review

It always feels like a new album from High on Fire should be heralded by battle drums, natural cataclysms or a stirring of ancient deities. While many metal acts lose their edge as the years take their toll, it seems theirs has never been keener.

Much of the responsibility for this rests on the shoulders of rock‘n'roll lifer Matt Pike, who, despite being a rather cheerful, unassuming fella sounds like he’s had to weather frost, fire and the grasping claws of giant scorpions on the way to the recording studio.

His is a commanding voice that rumbles between Lemmy-ish grunts of discontent and the hymnal commands of a tentacled Old One, while his musicianship foregoes guitar store wizardry and instead suggests the swarthy physicality of a barbarian warlord wrassling some mythic beast to the floor before pummelling its thorny skull with the haft of a broadsword.

This said, the album doesn’t quite start by putting its best hoof forward. Opener Serums of Liao is perhaps the album’s sole weak point, a borderline rote number that thunders along but doesn’t quite click. Thankfully this false start quickly shifts into the roiling torrents and avalanche percussion of Bloody Knuckles, a resounding hammer blow of a track that sets a far better precedent for the heavy metal mastery to follow.

As with each of the band’s albums, De Vermis Mysteriis showcases a gauntletful of subtle evolutions while the essential Motörhead-meets-Celtic Frost kernel remains untouched. Madness of an Architect, for instance, indicates a slow, smoke-fugged nod towards Pike’s previous – and semi-resuscitated – outfit Sleep, while the instrumental Samsara has Jeff Matz in full Cliff Burton bass demigod mode.

Maybe the most significant departure, though, comes with King of Days, whose unfamiliar baritone and funereal countenance see the band grappling with the trad-doom of Candlemass or modern upstarts Pallbearer.

Combining such songcraft and impeccable riffmanship with a frankly lunatic narrative arc (hint: it involves Jesus’ dead-in-the-womb twin and the kind of space-time continuum-defying logic that’d have Scott Bakula weeping as he repeatedly tries and fails to strangle Dean Stockwell’s hologram) it’d be hard to see how De Vermis Mysteriis could possibly disappoint and, put simply, it doesn’t. Once more they’ve turned sludge, slime and slurry into heavy metal gold with alchemical prowess, proving beyond all doubt that this, right here, is a band you can truly believe in.

--Martin Longley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is real power here... 13 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Remarkably `Snakes for the divine' came out two years ago. This is not remarkable because two years is a long time to make an album (just ask Guns `n' Roses), but because `Snakes for the divine' was such an unbelievably good, unbelievably dense album that its various charms and mysteries are only now, after many, many listens, starting to fully unravel themselves. This is not because High on fire are unbelievably complex. They are not a latter-day Tool, for example; it's more that Matt Pike (formerly of Sleep) and his merry cohorts Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) lay down such a tar-stained, beer-soaked wall of dirty, corrosive sound, that separating out all the layers is like teasing apart a stack of soaked rizla paper.
So, here we are two years later and Matt's seeming mission to become the heaviest band ever to grace a record deck continues unabated with the much-anticipated `De Vermis Mysteriis', an album that snarls and claws like the savage beast depicted on the mind-blowingly brilliant cover (created by Tim Lehi), arriving to the sound of Des Kensel's rolling-thunder drum assault and proceeding to deliver ten (we will speak of bonus tracks later) monstrous aural assaults that somehow combines the raw-throated rock `n' roll of Motorhead with the somnambulant riffs of Sleep and Kyuss and the furious proto-psychedelic-metal of Neurosis to form some of the most devastating slabs of sound ever laid down... and that includes `snakes for the divine'.
There is no gentle easing in to `De vermis Mysteriis', no lilting intro, just Des' furious drumming augmented by Matt's searing guitar and acid-wrecked vocal chords on the immense opener `serums of Liao'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings the fire back 15 Aug 2012
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After losing High on Fire for a few releases while I was searching other oceans I came back to High on Fire on this release and it revived the great sounds I found on surrounded by theves and Blessed black wings. They must of been bobbing for riffs in the sludgy doom soup they grew this album out of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High On Fire - unstoppable 31 May 2012
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Another fantastic album from this powerhouse of a band, just as raging and crushing (and unique) as their previous efforts, this time with a tiny bit more diversity. Matt even approaches `singing' at times on this opus, and it works really well! If you love this band, you WILL love this new album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Make Me Go Van Gogh 5 April 2012
By Clark B. Schenck III - Published on
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For the record, this is a biased review. I believe High on Fire best represents the essence of contemporary heavy metal (that is "heavy metal" without need for a prefix).

The best thing about High on Fire is their strict adherence to the metal standard. Call it the Slayer or Motorhead ethic. Their ethic is this; never water it down. Matt Pike delivers the riffs and primordial howls. Des Kensel and Jeff Matz deliver a thunderous and fluid foundation. The subject matter is always arcane and provocative. Their work ethic is hardcore. They deliver the goods and the goods are badass. This is what makes metal, metal. They've maintained the ethic since "The Art of Self Defense" issued in 2000.

De Vermis Mysteriis shows the full breadth of HoF's power and surprisingly strives to expand Matt Pike's vocals. Pike's voice is "interesting" to begin with, but his style of shredded throat/rumbling growl/apocalyptic scream is perfectly matched with the riffage and perfectly suited to the subject matter. He stretches his vocal range on tracks "King of Days" and "Warhorn" more than on any previous effort. Des Kensel is simply a thunderous beast. He has managed to introduce more texture and ripping fills to his already cacophonous tribal beats. Jeff Matz is solidified on bass after his third HoF recording with Pike and Kensel. He alternately provides sweeping plateaus and a driving backbone for Pike's riffs.

Out of the gates, HoF delivers a trio of rippers in the narcotic "Serums of Liao," the pugilist pummeling of "Bloody Knuckles" and the weed-worshipping "Fertile Green." "Madness of the Architect" begins with a Sleep-like swoon which gives way to searing acid vocals and a relentless Stygian groove which spirals into chaos buried in a titanic riff and swirling drums. The push and pull of the track sequence is perfect, with "Samsara" providing a Sabbath-like instrumental interlude and slow burns "King of Days," "Romulus and Remus" and "Warhorn" filling in the cracks. "Spiritual Rites" is vintage "Surrounded By Thieves" and it gels seamlessly into De Vermis as Pike threatens "Deny my power and I'll burn you as the dead is". The title track lives up to billing, as Pike's warbled vocals hint at the unholy secrets enclosed in the cryptic tome, Mysteries of the Worm.

This album is High on Fire's 6th full length album and they show no signs of slowing down. De Vermis Mysteriis reeks of all the best elements of High on Fire and sees the band at its utmost power. Maybe now High on Fire has achieved the Slayer/Motorhead ethic. I hope the steamroller keeps on rolling.

All I know is when High on Fire decides to stop making music, I'll want to cut my ears off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't play darts in the man cave anymore 15 Nov 2012
By Brian D. Zeiler - Published on
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I'm finding it impossible to aim while head banging. This album is every bit as vicious as their previous ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're new to HoF, not a bad album to chew on first 30 Mar 2014
By warthog - Published on
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I really though American metal was just gone or sleeping, and had turned to Europe and Asia for heavier fare until a friend slapped me around for being ignorant and led me to HoF. Now I'm hooked and have every album. If you are a fan, you don't need to read my thoughts, you'll already have this. I Wrote this review for non-fans who may want some information in a roundabout and obtuse way.

While something like Snakes for the Divine is better for the gym, and earlier albums are just pure awesome... De Vermis is great all around (working in the shop, working out, drinking, when you're happy, when you're grim, ... it just works all the time). It really holds together as a whole album (not sure if 'concept album' is playing it too high, let alone saying 'rock opera' but it's the kind of album you play the whole damn thing through).

If you are new to HoF, some fans will point you to the older albums to start with. They are right if you are into a more raw feel, but I'd really recommend De Vermis as an entry point too. It has the sludge, the raw power, the wild lyrics weirdly poetic but also somehow catchy (not in the way perhaps that Bastard Samurai gets in your head, but catchy in a deeper sense). The production is really spot on for the content of this album (vs some criticisms of previous albums, check out reviews from smarter folks than me). I do wish they would have some more of the drum-focused sections MEAN a little more, blend in better with the songs, but that's like wishing for just one more beer with your steak and 40oz'er. Sample Madness of an Architect and King of Days, if they catch your ear you'll like the whole album. Other albums you can cherry pick songs you like, I'd recommend getting this whole thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another master work from Matt Pike 4 April 2012
By Joshua Alexander - Published on
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I don't think I there is another working metal band putting out records today that I enjoy as much as High on Fire. I had been anxiously awaiting the release of De Vermis. This album seems to have merged the greater elements of Thieves, Death and Snakes into one fiery dose. Des Kenzel's signature pounding reaches a new level, perfectly paired with the Matz's masterful bass, forming the perfect rhythm section to keep pace with the Celtic tuning mastery of Pike. I can't imagine anything knocking this off the mantle of record of the year. Unlock the Mysteriis for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars train keeps a rollin'! 3 April 2012
By electric woodsman - Published on
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Another brilliant slap of Metal from the modern day warriors High On Fire. All the trade mark sounds are there but with some new wrinkles to boot. Listen closely and you'll hear the melvins influence, also they seem to loosen up abit and jam with serious groove. Don't get me wrong they still do their death march stomp most of the time, with Des doing his best tazmanian devil drumming to date. Screw neil peart and his 100 piece drum kit, give me Des and a 5 piece any day. Buy this album, crank it up and enjoy the trip.
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