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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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,390 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sonicabuse on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unreal1066 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Butlin on 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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By dimebag on 15 Nov. 2014
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Perfect as always
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By Neil Halpin on 18 Oct. 2014
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