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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 the collapse of Pike's previous band, doom metal titans Sleep. But while Sleep had built their fame on impossibly slothful tunes and copious weed consumption, High on Fire's first release, The Art of Self Defense, displayed a far more aggressive though still fantasy-themed style of heavy metal. Released to mildly enthusiastic reviews, the album's prospects suffered from label Man's Ruin imminent bankruptcy, and it wasn't until High on Fire landed on grindcore powerhouse Relapse Records for their second album, 2002's devastating Surrounded by Thieves, that their abundant promise was rewarded. Extensive touring and an ever-increasing fan base followed, so that by the time they unleashed their third release, Blessed Black Wings, in early 2005 (introducing new bassist Joe Preston [ex-Thrones and Melvins]), High on Fire had earned their place as one of the most widely respected heavy metal outfits on the planet. Preston would be replaced by Jeff Matz, who would play on their 2007 release, Death Is This Communion. In 2010, High on Fire returned with their fifth studio album, Snakes for the Divine, released on Koch. De Vermis Mysteriis, which translates to "The Mysteries of the Worm," followed in 2012. The following year the stoner metal masters released a pair of live albums, Spitting Fire Live, Vol. 1 and Spitting Fire Live, Vol. 2, capturing two skull-crushing performances in New York City with a two-album set. When re-entering the studio, the trio re-teamed with producer Kurt Ballou, who helmed De Vermis Mysteriis. High on Fire's seventh studio full-length, Luminiferous, was issued in 2015; it featured the band's sound at its most elemental and stripped down. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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High On Fire

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High On Fire

  1.   Song
  2.   Face of Oblivion
  3.   Rumors of War
  4.   Bastard Samurai
  5.   Snakes for the Divine
  6.   10,000 Years
  7.   The Cave
  8.   Mystery Of Helm
  9.   Spiritual Rights
  10.   Bloody Knuckle
  11.   Blood from Zion
  12.   Hung, Drawn and Quartered
  13.   The Dark Side of the Compass
  14.   Frost Hammer
  15.   Fury Whip
  16.   Cometh Down Hessian
  17.   Romulus and Remus
  18.   Baghdad
  19.   Luminiferous
  20.   The Sunless Years
  21.   The Path
  22.   Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter
  23.   Ghost Neck
  24.   Witching Hour
  25.   Death Is This Communion
  26.   Devilution
  27.   Last
  28.   Master of Fists
  29.   Slave the Hive
  30.   Carcosa
  31.   The Black Plot
  32.   Fertile Green
  33.   Madness of an Architect
  34.   Serums of Liao
  35.   King of Days
  36.   How Dark We Pray
  37.   Fire, Flood & Plague
  38.   Dii
  39.   Turk
  40.   Sons of Thunder
  41.   Blessed Black Wings
  42.   To Cross the Bridge
  43.   Razor Hoof
  44.   Surrounded by Thieves
  45.   Thraft of Caanan
  46.   Speedwolf
  47.   Eyes and Teeth
  48.   Steel Shoe
  49.   Fireface
  50.   The Lethal Chamber
  51.   The Falconist
  52.   War Horn
  53.   De Vermis Mysteriis
  54.   Nemesis
  55.   Return to Nod
  56.   Ethereal
  57.   Cyclopian Scape
  58.   Headhunter
  59.   Khanrad's Wall
  60.   Waste of Tiamat
  61.   Silver Back
  62.   Anointing of Seer
  63.   Brother in the Wind
  64.   The Yeti
  65.   The Usurper
  66.   Samsara
  67.   Float in a Dream of Ex-TC
  68.   Nemisis
  69.   Steel Shoe
  70.   Float in a Dream of Ex-TC
  71.   Bonus Material
  72.   Cyclopian Scape by Stanley Cowell
  73.   Death Is the Communion by Stanley Cowell
  74.   Dii by Stanley Cowell
  75.   Ethereal by Stanley Cowell
  76.   Fury Whip by Stanley Cowell
  77.   Headhunter by Stanley Cowell
  78.   Khanrad's Wall by Stanley Cowell
  79.   Rapid Fire
  80.   Return to Nod by Stanley Cowell
  81.   Rumors of War by Stanley Cowell
  82.   Turk by Stanley Cowell
  83.   Waste of Tiamat by Stanley Cowell
  84.   Steel Shoe
  85.   Float in a Dream of Xtac
  86.   Comet Down Hessian
  87.   Blood of Zion
  88.   Speak in Tongues
  89.   No Name
  90.   The Black Pot