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High on Fire

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, bass player George Rice, and drummer Des Kensel formed High on Fire in 1999, following thecollapseof Pike's previous band, doom metal titans Sleep. But while Sleep had built their fame on impossibly slothful tunes andcopiousweed consumption, High on Fire's first release, The Art of Self Defense, displayed a far more aggressive though stillfantasy-themed style of heavy metal. Released to mildly enthusiastic reviews, the album's prospects suffered from label Man'sRuinimminent bankruptcy, and it wasn't until High on Fire landed on grindcore powerhouse Relapse Records ...read more

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, bass player George Rice, and drummer Des Kensel formed High on Fire in 1999, following thecollapseof Pike's previous band, doom metal titans Sleep. But while Sleep had built their fame on impossibly slothful tunes andcopiousweed consumption, High on Fire's first release, The Art of Self Defense, displayed a far more aggressive though stillfantasy-themed style of heavy metal. Released to mildly enthusiastic reviews, the album's prospects suffered from label Man'sRuinimminent bankruptcy, and it wasn't until High on Fire landed on grindcore powerhouse Relapse Records for their secondalbum,2002's devastating Surrounded By Thieves, that their abundant promise was rewarded. Extensive touring and an ever-increasingfan base followed, so that by the time they unleashed their third release, Blessed Black Wings, in early 2005(introducing newbassist Joe Preston [ex-Thrones and Melvins]), High on Fire had earned their place as one of the most widelyrespected heavymetal outfits on the planet. Preston would be replaced by Jeff Matz, who would play on their 2007 release,Death Is ThisCommunion. In 2010, High on Fire returned with their fifth studio album, Snakes for the Divine, released on Koch.De VermisMysteriis, which translates to "The Mysteries of the Worm," followed in 2012. The following year the stoner metalmastersreleased a pair of live albums, Spitting Fire Live, Vol. 1 and Spitting Fire Live, Vol. 2, capturing two skull-crushingperformances inNew York City with a two-album set. « hide

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LPs
De Vermis Mysteriis
04/03/2012

3.9
426 Votes
Snakes For The Divine
2010

3.6
411 Votes
Death Is This Communion
2007

3.9
438 Votes
Blessed Black Wings
2005

3.9
341 Votes
Surrounded By Thieves
2002

3.5
166 Votes
Art of Self-Defense
2000

3.5
136 Votes
EPs
High On Fire
1999

4
2 Votes
Live Albums
Spitting Fire Vol. 2
06/19/2013

4.5
5 Votes
Spitting Fire Vol. 1
06/18/2013

4.1
5 Votes
Live From The Contamination Festival
2004

3.7
9 Votes

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