High on Fire
High on Fire live in 2008
|Origin||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Labels||Relapse, Man's Ruin, Koch|
|Associated acts||Sleep, Thrones, Melvins, Zeke, Asbestosdeath, Kalas, Below the Sound|
|Members|| Matt Pike |
|Past members|| Des Kensel |
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.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the US and United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 432,897 as of 2019, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854, which officially made Oakland a city. Oakland is a charter city.
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. He is well known in the metal scene for never wearing a shirt during live performances.
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High on Fire was founded in 1998 by Sleep guitarist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice (from Dear Deceased, who originally auditioned to be the band's vocalist). The band's first full-length album The Art of Self Defense was released on 12th Records, and released later on Man's Ruin Records. (The album would later be re-released by Tee Pee Records, with two bonus tracks, as Man's Ruin Records had become defunct.)
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.
Des Kensel is the Grammy Award winning drummer of the stoner metal band High on Fire.
The Art of Self Defense is the debut studio album for High on Fire. It was released originally by Man's Ruin Records in 2000.
In 2001, High on Fire signed a record deal with Relapse Recordsand recorded the album Surrounded by Thieves . The album was released on May 28, 2002. After the tours promoting Surrounded by Thieves, bassist George Rice left the band and was replaced by ex-Melvins/Thrones bassist Joe Preston.
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Surrounded by Thieves is the second studio album by Oakland stoner metal band High on Fire. It was their first album for Relapse Records and was produced by Billy Anderson and the band itself. "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" was utilized as the album's promotional track. It was featured on a 7" split with Mastodon's "March of the Fire Ants" and had a music video which aired on Uranium and Headbangers Ball.
Thrones is the solo project of bassist Joe Preston.
The band's next album, 2005's Blessed Black Wings , was largely written by Pike and Kensel before the recording of the album took place. The album was produced by Steve Albini, and was released on February 1, 2005. A music video was produced for the song "Devilution."While touring with Goatwhore and Watch Them Die to promote Blessed Black Wings, Joe Preston left the band for undisclosed reasons, and was temporarily replaced by Zeke bassist Jeff Matz. Matz finished the tour with High on Fire and became a full-time member during the recording of Death Is This Communion . Death Is This Communion was released on September 18, 2007 (September 10, in Europe).
Blessed Black Wings is the third studio album by heavy metal band High on Fire. The vinyl version was released as a double LP and contains a bonus track, "Rapid Fire," originally by Judas Priest.
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After Death is This Communion was released, High on Fire played a small string of Northwest shows to promote it. The band did a headline tour of North America in September and October 2007, with support from the Japanese post-rock band Mono, along with Panthers and Coliseum.High on Fire also played on 2008's Gigantour, which was followed by a North American tour with the bands Opeth, Baroness, and Nachtmystium.
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On December 17, 2008, High on Fire signed a recording deal with Koch Records. On August 1, 2009, it was announced that a new album would be recorded with producer Greg Fidelman.Later that month, following the news of the new album, High on Fire announced a tour with Mastodon, Dethklok, and Converge. The tour spanned from October 2 to November 21.
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In August 2009, the band went into post-production of the follow-up to Death Is This Communion at The Pass Studios in Los Angeles. The album artwork for the new album was released on January 7, 2010.On January 15, following the release of the album artwork, the song Frost Hammer was posted on the band's Myspace page, and a video for the song was released on March 16, 2010. High on Fire's fifth album Snakes for the Divine was formally released on February 23, 2010.
In March 2010, the band announced a headlining U.S. tour to promote the album; supporting bands for the tour include Priestess, Black Cobra, and Bison B.C..On April 6, 2010, the band announced they would be opening for Metallica for eight European shows.
In 2010, the band was confirmed as being part of the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of Splatterhouse. On April 3, 2012, High on Fire released their sixth studio album, De Vermis Mysteriis . Metalsucks.net reviews editor Sammy O'Hagar argued that the band has "rebounded in epic fashion" since their last album, and that "Even for a band as esteemed as High on Fire, [De Vermis Mysteriis] is a career high point."
High on Fire was scheduled to play the 2012 Mayhem Festival but dropped off the tour due to Matt Pike's health.Matt Pike returned to the band and they once again began touring in November 2012.
High on Fire's album Luminiferous became available in full for free streaming as a preview with NPR music on June 7, 2015, with the official release of the album nine days later on June 16.Luminiferous is the second High on Fire album in a row produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. NPR reviewer Adrien Begrand credits Kurt Ballou with "helping rejuvenate the band's sound" on their previous album, and praises the album as evidence of High on Fire's consistency, fueled by the "right combination of adherence to formula and subtle experimentation." Dan Epstein, writing for Rolling Stone, concurs that "one could definitely make the case that [Luminiferous] is High on Fire's finest album yet."
At the 61st Grammy Awards held on February 10, 2019, High On Fire won their first Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for their song "Electric Messiah".
Drummer and co-founder Des Kensel announced his departure from the band on July 26, 2019.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Hard Rock Albums|| Independent Albums ||Tastemaker Albums|| Heatseekers Albums ||Top Rock Albums|| Billboard 200 ||Top Album Sales|
|2000|| The Art of Self Defense ||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2002|| Surrounded by Thieves ||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2005|| Blessed Black Wings ||–||–||–||40||–||–||–|
|2007|| Death Is This Communion ||22||18||10||2||–||142||–|
|2010|| Snakes for the Divine ||5||6||4||–||14||63||63|
|2012|| De Vermis Mysteriis ||5||7||10||–||21||63||63|
|2015|| Luminiferous ||2||5||5||–||15||110||52|
|2018|| Electric Messiah ||5||5||4||–||23||127||24|
|2005|| Live from the Relapse Contamination Festival ||Recorded on location at the Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, January 19, 2003 for the Relapse Contamination Festival.|
|2013||Spitting Fire Live, Vol.1||Recorded live at the Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY on November 30, 2012 and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on December 01, 2012.|
|2013||Spitting Fire Live, Vol.2||Recorded live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on December 01, 2012.|
Singles, EPs and splits
|1999||"High on Fire"||12th Records||EP|
|2003||"Hung, Drawn & Quartered / March of the Fire Ants"||Relapse Records||Split with Mastodon|
|2005||"Brother in the Wind / Gwodhunqa"||Skin Graft Records||Split with Ruins|
|2007||"Relapse Single Series"||Relapse Records||Split with Coliseum & Baroness|
|2012||"Speak in Tongues/Beast with a Billion Eyes"||Volcom Entertainment||Split with Valient Thorr|
|2019||"Bat Salad"||E1 Music||Record Store Day Exclusive|
|2010||"Frost Hammer"||Snakes for the Divine||E1 Music|
|2010||"Speak in Tongues"||De Vermis Mysteriis||E1 Music|
|2012||"Fertile Green"||De Vermis Mysteriis||E1 Music|
|2013||"Slave the Hive"||Luminiferous||Scion Audio/Visual|
|2002||"Hung, Drawn and Quartered"||Jenny McGee||Surrounded by Thieves|
|2005||"Devilution"||Gary Smithson||Blessed Black Wings|
|2007||"Rumors of War"||Soren||Death Is This Communion|
|2010||"Frost Hammer"||Kevin Custer||Snakes for the Divine|
|2012||"Fertile Green"||Phil Mucci||De Vermis Mysteriis|
|2013||"Slave the Hive"||NA||Luminiferous|
|2016||"The Black Plot"||NA||Luminiferous|
|2018||"Electric Messiah" (Lyric Video)||NA||Electric Messiah|
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