High on Fire
Death Is This Communion


4.0
excellent

Review

by PeteyThePistol USER (9 Reviews)
September 7th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Call it progressive, call it sludge, call it stoner, or just refer to it as High On Fire.

I am a fan of Mastodon, and I liked their most recent album Crack The Skye, but to me nothing has ever reached the primal aggression that their music had on Remission. Then I heard High On Fire, it was like someone had taken all that aggression and fury I loved, threw it into a cage with a wolverine, and then served the shredded remains with a glass of kickass on the side.

High On Fire’s songs on Death Is This Communion are VERY fast and they rampage along their own path, taking many twist and turns that give them that progressive feel to their music. The guitar is heavy and punishing and doesn’t hesitate to break out into a blistering solo such as in the song “Waste of Tiamat.” A song that really showcases their ability to create a song that slithers and creeps along at its own pace but still has the substance to hold your attention and keep you interested and banging your head is “Death Is This Communion.” Middle eastern influences are found throughout the entire album especially in some of the tracks such as “Khanrad’s Wall” where a sitar is used.

The tracks are great as stand alones or as a piece all together, for instance “Khanrad’s Wall” serves as a break after the slow and twisting “Death Is This Communion” and sets the stage for the drum dominated track “Turk” to kick in. “Rumors Of War” leads into “Dii” and if you are not paying attention to the track by track you would think they are the same song. The ending of “Cyclopian Scape” slows and lightens the tone and melds perfectly with “Ethereal.” This serves to hold your interest and really engulf you in this primal and brutal world they are creating with their lyrics.

Matt Pike is a great guitarist and his vocals are equally impressive, his low and raspy voice compliments the guitar’s low and almost muffled sound perfectly. Jeff Matz’s bass is stellar and is heard throughout the entire album, and gives the music’s low end a boost, helping to create that sludge/stoner sound that they are so known for.

Now on to my favorite part, the drums. Des Kensel beats his drum kit up like it owes him money, and it sounds amazing. Take “Rumors Of War” where the beat he creates gives the music an ominous marching sound, as if towards some type of battle. “Turk,” like mentioned before is a track where he really sets the tempo and dominates the song with his drumming. You won’t find machine gun double bass or simple snare-cymbal beats here, only thick, heavy, progressive drumming.

High On Fire is a breath of fresh air for metal fans in a genre full of stale breakdowns, repetitive vocals and generic guitars. This is not for everyone, this is for someone who wants to be transported to another time and get a taste of something fresh from their music all while still banging their head in enjoyment.



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HenchmanOfSanta
September 7th 2009


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For some reason when I clicked on this review I got the correct summary but the review from 2007. Solid for your second review but not as good as that one.



The main riffs of Turk and Cyclopean Scape are the tits.

Ulsufyring
September 7th 2009


1748 Comments


album rules, solid review, very manly

PeteyThePistol
September 7th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, and yeah I am still getting the hang of this whole reviewing thing.

Phantom
September 7th 2009


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

grow some balls

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2009


3113 Comments


These guys are touring with Mastodon and Converge this fall. Are they any good live?

OllieS
September 7th 2009


2148 Comments


No one f*cks with this band. Good review.

Ulsufyring
September 7th 2009


1748 Comments


actually they are kind of boring live, to be honest
drummer rules, though

PeteyThePistol
September 7th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hopefully will be seeing them with Mastodon and Converge and Dethklok. I just really liked how Mastodon sounded on Remission, it seems like every release they get a cleaner sound and I don't know if it suits them to be honest, at least in my opinion.

KYZAR
September 7th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i think this is ok, but it does little for me overall

charlesfishowitz
September 7th 2009


1794 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

now you realihiiiyyze



DEATH IS THIS COMMUNYUUHNN

Ulsufyring
September 7th 2009


1748 Comments


metal

lostforwords
September 8th 2009


449 Comments


Good review and pos

Nice album, but I wouldn't call it progressive

PeteyThePistol
September 8th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might sound like a really big scrub here but what does "pos" mean, because Im assuming it doesn't mean piece of shit. Sorry I am new to this site and the reviewing things.

Roach
September 8th 2009


2148 Comments


Was this Review Well Written? Yes | No


Pos is when someone chooses yes, neg is when someone chooses no.

PeteyThePistol
September 8th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oooh alright, well in that case thank you!



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