Electric Messiah

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Electric Messiah
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 5, 2018
Recorded2017–2018 [1]
Label eOne
Producer Kurt Ballou
High on Fire chronology
Electric Messiah
Singles from Electric Messiah
  1. "Electric Messiah"
    Released: August 6, 2018
  2. "Spewn from the Earth"
    Released: October 3, 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 83/100 [3]
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
The A.V. Club A- [5]
Exclaim! 8/10 [6]
Pitchfork 7.8/10 [7]
PopMatters 7/10 [8]

Electric Messiah is the eighth studio album by American metal band High on Fire, released on October 5, 2018 through Entertainment One Music. It is the band's third album to be produced by Kurt Ballou, [9] and it serves as a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister of the band Motörhead. [10] On August 6, 2018, Electric Messiah's title track was released early for streaming. [11] On October 3, 2018, the band released "Spewn from the Earth" as the album's second single. [12] The song "Electric Messiah" won the Best Metal Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards. [13] It is the band's last album with founding drummer Des Kensel, who announced his departure in July 2019.

High on Fire band

High on Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner metal band Sleep.

Entertainment One Music independent record label in the United States

Entertainment One Music is a distribution company owned by Entertainment One in the United States. eOne distributes its own digital content, with physical distribution handled by ADA in the U.S. and German indie SPV GmbH in Europe.

Kurt Ballou American rock guitarist

Kurt Ballou is an American musician and producer based in Massachusetts, best known as the guitarist for metalcore band Converge and for his prolific recording and production work at his own GodCity Studio.



In July 2018, a few months after High on Fire frontman Matt Pike's other primary band, Sleep, released its comeback album, [14] Electric Messiah was announced. [15] Pike called it "the best album we've ever done, by far", and described its flow as "one stream of High on Fire consciousness". [1]

Matt Pike American musician

Matt Pike is a Grammy Award winning American metal musician best known as the guitarist of the doom metal band Sleep and the frontman of High on Fire.

Sleep (band) stoner doom metal band

Sleep is an American doom metal power trio from San Jose, California. The band earned critical and record label attention early in its career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band" and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the 1990s. However, conflict with its record company contributed to Sleep's breakup by the end of the decade. The band reformed in 2009 and has played sporadic live dates internationally since. In 2018, Sleep released their comeback album, The Sciences, on Third Man Records, to critical acclaim.

<i>The Sciences</i> (album) 2018 studio album by Sleep

The Sciences is the fourth studio album by American doom metal band Sleep. The album was released with little warning on April 20, 2018 through Third Man Records. It was the band's first full-length album since Dopesmoker (2003) on which the song "Sonic Titan" appeared as a live bonus track.

Track listing

1."Spewn from the Earth"3:59
2."Steps of the Ziggurat / House of Enlil"9:21
3."Electric Messiah"4:16
4."Sanctioned Annihilation"10:29
5."The Pallid Mask"5:15
6."God of the Godless"5:20
8."The Witch and the Christ"6:32
9."Drowning Dog"6:43
Total length:56:52


High on Fire

Jeff Matz American musician

Jeff Matz is the Grammy Award winning bass guitar player for the stoner rock/heavy metal band High on Fire. His former bands include the thrash metal outfit Holy Terror, stoner band Camarosmith, Wretch Like Me and, the hardcore punk outfit Zeke.

Des Kensel American musician

Des Kensel is the Grammy Award winning drummer of the stoner metal band High on Fire.

Technical personnel


The A.V. Club The Best Metal Albums of 2018
Consequence of Sound Top 25 Metal/Hard Rock Albums of 2018
Kerrang! Top 50 Albums of 2018
Loudwire Top 30 Metal Albums of 2018
Revolver Top 30 Albums of 2018



Chart (2018)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [22] 184
Scottish Albums (OCC) [23] 73
US Billboard 200 [24] 127
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [25] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [26] 23

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