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January 9th, 2010

2010 Album Preview: High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine

High On Fire
Snakes For The Divine
Century Media
22 Feb 2010

What they’re saying
Talking with the guys over at Noisecreep, Matt Pike has implied the new record will be even heaviest yet from High On Fire:

“We went a little over-aggressive with the drumming, and me and Jeff [Matz, bassist] collaborated a lot more throughout the songwriting process. We went for a more aggressive approach. It’s what we do well. We went for a heavier, ballsier, faster-paced sound that still has a lot of cleverness to it … there are lots of stops and stalls, crazy licks. It’s really heavy, a little more aggressive than our last album, a little less psychedelic. For the most part, the songs are amazing.”

Watch Matt Pike from High On Fire talking with Full Metal Jackie

Thrash Hits verdict
When High On Fire hit the road last year with Mastodon, Dethklok and Converge, it was one of the few times we’ve ever truly been jealous of our friends living Stateside. For a lot of people, High On Fire would’ve been the small-fry act on that tour of champions – but as longtime devotees of Matt Pike’s former band, Sleep, it was the riff-worship of High On Fire that tipped us from feeling moderate levels of tour envy, to experiencing full-blown, wild-eyed, moon-howling jealous rage.

The prospect of a record even heavier, even more riff-worshiping record from the Californian trio makes us want to give 2010 a good kicking for not reaching the February release date already. Even Matt Pike’s statement that the album is going to be slightly less psychedelic doesn’t phase us – if anything, it shows a willingness for High On Fire to well and truly separate themselves from their Sleep-heritage, and to stand up and be judged by their own works alone.

High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine tracklisting
Snakes For The Divine
Frost Hammer
Bastard Samurai
Ghost Neck
The Path
Fire Flood and Plague
How Dark We Pray
Holy Flames Of The Firespitter


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