High on Fire
Art of Self-Defense


3.5
great

Review

by NickBeijing USER (2 Reviews)
April 4th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meet Matt Pike, one of the few riff Gods on the planet.

After Sleep disbanded after constant problems with releasing their stoner masterpiece "Dopesmoker", Matt Pike went on to create High on Fire with his own twist on what had already been accomplished with Sleep. High on Fire is bass heavy and has great basslines and, has some real tasty, fiery, ember-like guitar tones and riffs from the stoner God, Matt Pike. Matt Pike took elements of his former band and added some speed and heavy metal elements to it as well to create something heavy and awesome. It all started on this album here, Art of Self-Defense.


Baghdad- Starts off the album with some pretty distorted guitar and introduces the audience to Matt Pike’s vocal style and makes you wonder why he never sang lead vocals in Sleep. The lyrics of almost all the songs on the album deal with Religion and mythical quests or tales. Great album opener. 4/5

10,000 Years- Begins with an extremely groovy drum line and bass line. One of my favorite basslines to personally play and listen to. And when that guitar comes rushing in at about 50 seconds, Oh man. It gets even heavier and groovier. This song is probably what it sounds like when mountains move and when volcanoes erupt. One of the best songs on the album. 5/5

Blood From Zion- Has an EXTREMELY driving riff (Not to the extent of “Son of Nothing” by Electric Wizard) and the drums always compliment the riff in this album and along with HoF’s discograpghy. Also has a pretty cool solo in the song. Matt Pike has some pretty “lion-roaring” vocals in this one too. Not one of my personal favorites but is nonetheless, pretty damn good. 3/5

Last- Has a very present wall of feedback as Matt Pike sings the verses and chorus. The songs on this usually have a great vocal melody in them and this one is no exception. I like this song’s epic-ness to it and the drums in this song are outstanding as well. Good song. 3.5/5

Fireface- I just love the heavy presence of bass in this album especially on tracks like “10,000 Years” and this one. The song begins with a pretty sweet bassline and the drums and guitar just slowly come in and begin to melt your face too. I honestly wish people made more albums like this one. This song has another great and maybe the best solo off this album. I just really like this song a whole lot. 5/5

Master of Fists- Sadly, our journey ends here (That is unless you have the Tee-Pee Records edition of this album which has 2 extra tracks and I do not :/) and after all the amazing, incredible riffage in these stoner metal masterpieces, we come to Master of Fists. A 10 minute jam with echoing, intense vocals from Matt Pike (which we ALL should learn to love)and another great drum and bass performance from this trio. The dissonant sound of Matt Pike’s solos in this album are just great. Most likely resulting from his great amp set-up of Laney, Green, and Orange Amps that he has used throughout his music career. Good album ender. 4.5/5

This is my first review and I wanted to do it on something I really appreciate and apparently, not enough people do to make a review about it. This album is pretty rare and I wish they would put this thing on iTunes for all legal music-downloaders to hear. I recommend this album to anyone into any stoner band or heavy music in general. This thing is just great stoner-metal.


user ratings (130)
Chart.
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Psychopathologist
April 4th 2011


1924 Comments


ive only heard bbw by this band but it was boring as fuck

North0House2
April 4th 2011


5880 Comments


Maybe I'll listen to them. But, I have other stuff that I'm enjoying right now, so I'll stick to that.

Inveigh
April 4th 2011


25106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I only have their 3 most recent albums, but I love Sleep so I'm not sure why I never got this and Surrounded By Thieves. gonna have to pick these up, because yes, High On Fire rules (assuming you've got a dick of course).

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

oltnabrick
November 12th 2012


31301 Comments


The main riff on 10,000 Years brings me to tears.

Digging: Lil Debbie - Young Bitch

ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Matt Pike is the shit

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good tears, I presume.

ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Newest album is the best in my top 5 for 2012 fer sure

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Me 2, that album rules so fucking hard.

oltnabrick
November 12th 2012


31301 Comments


good tears totally.

ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually have that album at a 5 can't help it it's too good

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I 4.5'd it. It's damn good. King of Days amazes me every time I hear it.

ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bump that shit to a 5 haha

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ahhh, I can't man. I always find it so hard to 5 things. Plus there are like 2 songs off of DVM that are just ok, so for me, it drops it to a 4. 5

ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well that makes sense I love every song even the little interlude in the middle is cool

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Are you talking about Samsara? Cus that song is pure badassness



ViralOblivion
November 12th 2012


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah that one I can never spell it and I don't wanna try and misspell it but what songs are just okay for you?

oWhoadYo
November 12th 2012


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The title track and Romulus And Remus

dh198
September 14th 2014


463 Comments


Serious jams on here.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy