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This Is Metal,
This review is from: Snakes For The Divine [Digipack] (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.