What's going on with High on Fire?

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...Shit's been quiet on that front. No tour, no new record...?

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 04:49 (sixteen years ago) link

They've been busy getting high...ON FIRE!!!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 05:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Sorry, couldn't resist.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 05:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Good question, though. Surrounded by Thieves was a killer album. And heavy as fuck.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 05:39 (sixteen years ago) link

They'll be on tour soon. I know they're playing here in San Diego near the end of next month, with Dysrythmia.

Famous Athlete, Tuesday, 24 February 2004 06:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw them like over the summer in Providence. I think they did a short tour?

Ian Johnson (orion), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 06:41 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah i saw em in SF maybe 6months ago. fucking killed it

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 06:45 (sixteen years ago) link

also, i think they're playing south by southwest.

Ian Johnson (orion), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 06:47 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, they're playing SxSW, and they're playing in Austin the day before it starts with Dysrythmia & Zeke.


(apologies for foolishly posting directly after someone else with nearly exactly the same name)

ian johno (ian johno), Tuesday, 24 February 2004 12:17 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Just got this announcement via Relapse:



Relapse Records recording artists HIGH ON FIRE will be joined by
bassist Joe Preston (THRONES / ex-MELVINS) for their forthcoming U.S.
tour. Preston replaces long time HIGH ON FIRE bassist George Rice,
joining the power trio alongside guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike (ex-SLEEP)
and drummer Des Kensel.

Preston will make his live debut with HIGH ON FIRE when the band kicks
off a two week U.S. tour beginning August 4th in San Diego, CA. The band
will round out the 14 city trek on August 18th in Chicago, IL. Support on
the tour will come from a host of up-and-coming acts including TOTIMOSHI,

At the conclusion of the tour, HIGH ON FIRE will enter Electrical
Audio Studios with engineer Steve Albini (NEUROSIS, JON SPENCER BLUES
EXPLOSION, NIRVANA) to record the follow up to 2002's heralded
"Surrounded by Thieves". The forthcoming HIGH ON FIRE album, tentatively
titled, "Blessed Black Wings" is slated for a February, 2005 release date
via Relapse.

Updated HIGH ON FIRE news and tour information
will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com
and the HIGH ON FIRE website: www.HIGHONFIRE.net.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 30 July 2004 16:13 (fifteen years ago) link


Best news i've heard all week

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 30 July 2004 16:38 (fifteen years ago) link


Whiskeytown Littlecock (ex machina), Friday, 30 July 2004 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link

wow - excellent news

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 30 July 2004 16:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Glad to hear the news. Did the mastering of Surrounded by Thieves sound completely terrible to anyone else? Like the worst muddy-sludgy-FLAT tones I've ever heard. I'm really afraid to play the album for people as an introduction to the band.

"See 'em live" is my recommendation. (Or buy Dopethrone!)

harshaw (jube), Saturday, 31 July 2004 06:18 (fifteen years ago) link

agreed about the sound of the full length - the ep sounds better (but still a bit....crusty) - don't worry, Preston don't make no junk!

roger adultery (roger adultery), Saturday, 31 July 2004 06:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Preston replaces long time HIGH ON FIRE bassist George Rice

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!

(anyone think this'll last longer than one tour/album?)

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Saturday, 31 July 2004 15:09 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Another news update:


Relapse Records recording artists HIGH ON FIRE have announced Fall,
2004 U.S. tour dates. The critically acclaimed power trio will display
their high volume live prowess when they kick off six weeks worth of
performances beginning November 18th in Salt Lake City, UT. The band
will remain on the road until the end of 2004, concluding the jaunt with
a New Year's Eve show at Philadelphia's Trocadero Theater.

HIGH ON FIRE (drummer Des Kensel, guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike and
new bassist Joe Preston [ex-MELVINS]) who just completed work on their
highly anticipated new album, "Blessed Black Wings" with engineer Steve
Albini (NIRVANA, NEUROSIS, JESUS LIZARD), will hit the road for a number
of headlining dates before joining CLUTCH and FU MANCHU for a three week
span. Immediately following, HIGH ON FIRE will headline two weeks worth
of dates to round out the year. HIGH ON FIRE's "Blessed Black Wings" is
expected to see a February 1st, 2005 release date via Relapse. An
advance look at the album's artwork can be viewed at this location:

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 17 November 2004 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

That is an awesome cover. And I love Joe Preston. And Steve Albini does well with the hard rock. I bet this will be good.

Ian John50n (orion), Thursday, 18 November 2004 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

cover looks like another Arik Roper piece (I think that's his last name...) he just started doing some illustrations for ARTHUR as well. Good stuff - a mix of Vaughn Bode, Frazetta, etc.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 18 November 2004 00:11 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Well well. Guess what I got in the mail today as a promo copy...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 00:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The new Daft Punk?

Carl Winslow and Jeanne-Claude (deangulberry), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I would like that as well, yes.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

They're playing at my house-uh.

Carl Winslow and Jeanne-Claude (deangulberry), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Is it any good, ned?

Rock Bastard, Wednesday, 5 January 2005 05:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I will report on the morrow.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 06:09 (fifteen years ago) link

...and burn copies for everyone on ilx, you said? okay!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 06:28 (fifteen years ago) link

just d/led this.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 06:30 (fifteen years ago) link


cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 06:38 (fifteen years ago) link

very excited! does the feb1 date still stand?

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 07:04 (fifteen years ago) link

i listened to one track on the relapse site. amazing.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 07:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw them on the 29th at Irving Plaza in NYC, and got a finished copy of the disc in Monday's mail. It's been roaring through my iPod headphones ever since.

It's an amazing record. Better than Surrounded By Thieves for one simple reason: Albini. He plays to their strengths, because the drums and guitar are huge, and Pike's purely functional vocals are downplayed somewhat (though they don't disappear entirely, or anything close to it). The songs are uniformly great, with killin' guitar solos (and an album-closing instrumental!). Actually, I'm overly dismissive of Pike's vocals - he sounds pretty good, still very Lemmy-esque but with more blood in his throat. Most of the tracks here almost sound like mid-90s Motörhead (think the song "Sacrifice," but noisier, and you've pretty much got it). There are some nice slowed-down bits at the beginning and end of songs, but for the most part it's headlong bash bash bash all the way through. And the drums are fucking enormous.

They played four new songs at the show I saw, but they also played "Baghdad." Great set. Ferociously loud.

I gotta say I don't really hear what Preston adds to the band. Part of that is knowing that the guitar and the drums are the really crucial sounds in HOF, and part of it is knowing that the Melvins are wildly, ludicrously overrated, but really, Preston is "just the bassist" here, adding name value for a few dozen and nothing as far as anybody else should be concerned.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 5 January 2005 12:36 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Some PR waffle:

HIGH ON FIRE has announced the details for their first North American headlining tour in support of their highly-anticipated new album Death Is This Communion. Death Is This Communion will see its North American release on September 18.

The “Death Is This Communion North American Tour” kicks off on September 20 in San Diego, CA and will travel across North America for five weeks. Joining HIGH ON FIRE for the entirety of the tour are special guests MONO, PANTHERS, and COLISEUM. The tour is being sponsored in part by Decibel Magazine, Jaxprints, and Fixion Media. A complete listing of tour cities and venues can be found below.

Advance online ticket pre-sales for this tour will become available Friday, June 15 through DucatKing.com, with tickets opening up through all other standard outlets on Friday, June 22. Ducat King is a fan-friendly concert ticketing company dedicated to offering lower service charges and eliminating handling fees to the ticket buyer.

HIGH ON FIRE recently completed recording Death Is This Communion in Seattle, WA with producer Jack Endino.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 June 2007 13:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Best news I've heard all week! Thanks Ned.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:05 (thirteen years ago) link

They're in my part of the world about a fortnight before this so WE get first wind of the new shit. Do this kids still say "w00t"?

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Should be good. Assuming this will be on Relapse?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:56 (thirteen years ago) link


Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

So what are the dates?

Reatards Unite, Thursday, 14 June 2007 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

September 20 San Diego, CA Casbah

September 21 Los Angeles, CA El Ray

September 22 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse

September 23 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad

September 25 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit

September 26 Dallas, TX Granada Theater

September 27 Austin, TX Emo’s

September 28 Houston, TX Meridian Red Room

September 29 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks

October 1 Knoxville, TN Blue Cats

October 2 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club

October 3 Asheville, NC Orange Peel

October 4 Wilmington, NC Soapbox

October 5 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place

October 6 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

October 7 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts

October 8 New York, NY Webster Hall

October 11 Cambridge, MA Middle East

October 12 Providence, RI Living Room

October 13 Montreal, QC Les Saints

October 14 Toronto, ON Opera House

October 16 Buffalo, NY Showplace Theater

October 17 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

October 18 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

October 19 Chicago, IL Double Door

October 20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon

October 21 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

October 24 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards

October 25 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café

October 26 Portland, OR Mt. Tabor

October 28 San Francisco, CA Independent

October 29 San Francisco, CA Independent

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 June 2007 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

BBW is going to be hard to follow, but I cant wait for this. I love these guys.

Bill Magill, Thursday, 14 June 2007 15:08 (thirteen years ago) link

is preston on the new album/tour?

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Friday, 15 June 2007 08:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Preston's long gone (he can't stay in any band for more than 12 months, it would seem). The new bass player is Jeff Matz from Zeke, who was already touring with them at this time last year. I did see them twice on the UK tour with Preston on bass and it was an awesome thing to behold - as my mate pointed out at one point during the set - "he's playing that bass like a piano" (sounds better in a Scouse accent).

myopic_void, Friday, 15 June 2007 10:41 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

UK/Europe tour dates announced; UK dates are with Russian Circles:

September 1 Birmingham, UK The Barfly

September 2 Glasgow, UK Nice N' Sleazy

September 3 Manchester, UK Jabez Clegg

September 4 Bristol, UK The Cooler

September 6 London, UK Underworld

September 7 Paris, France Gibus

September 8 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Club

September 9 Dortmund, Germany FZW

September 10 Berlin, Germany Bastard

September 11 Tilburg, Netherlands 013

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 July 2007 16:40 (thirteen years ago) link

And a new track, "Rumours of War," is up:


Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 July 2007 15:13 (twelve years ago) link

"RumOURS"? Pike's an anglophile now?

Bill Magill, Friday, 13 July 2007 16:43 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

New album is good

Reatards Unite, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:22 (twelve years ago) link

Very possibly great. Time will tell.

Reatards Unite, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:16 (twelve years ago) link

Best yet. (even) More consistent than BBW.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...

listening to Art of Self Defense tonight, haven't heard it in ages...underpraised album! gonna go see 'em tomorrow, fuck yeah - I haven't seen them since...well...the Art of Self Defense tour

J0hn D., Wednesday, 6 February 2008 01:29 (twelve years ago) link

Probably the most retarded (for the listener)/insane live band I've ever seen in terms of sheer musical force....just awesome. The volume they play at should not even be legal.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 02:03 (twelve years ago) link

John OTM. Much as I've loved everything since, they still haven't topped the debut. More groove and variety, plus killer songs. And, yeah, one of the very best live bands I've seen in the last half decade.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 05:23 (twelve years ago) link

Sounds good. Easy stuff to like. But I haven't listened to them much so if it's horribly rote I'm not hearing it.

jmm, Monday, 8 June 2015 23:35 (five years ago) link

i dunno. i'm not sure they have any album that really shows them at the best of everything they do.

j., Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:58 (five years ago) link

Probably true. Blessed Black Wings is my go-to, but I also love the slicker version of them that shows up on Snakes for the Divine, and the slower material on The Art of Self Defense, too. Haven't listened to the new album yet.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:19 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Haven't out anything between Death is This Communion and the new one... They seem to have got a lot more pleasingly melodic in the interim. The Falconist is catchy as shit! I can almost imagine people doing acoustic covers of that one.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:57 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

World renowned hard rock band HIGH ON FIRE

you would think listeners on other planets would have taken notice of HOF if anyone

j., Wednesday, 13 April 2016 03:01 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

caught them at Psycho Las Vegas a few months ago. First disappointing HoF set I've ever taken in :(. Wasn't really their fault - they were in a 10,000 seat arena and their sound actually was small and muddy in it.

And about the time I wondered "is it just me", Matt started getting agitated and chatting with people off stage between songs, and occasionally making passive aggressive comments about the sound. By the time they got it right, the set was over. Tom G Warrior also made similar complaints in the same facility during the Triumph of Death set. shame, because HoF's new material is tailor-made for their live shows.

going to catch them in a much more intimate venue on Tuesday, so I have a feeling things will be "back to normal". I really like the new album, kinda dials up the Motorhead-y elements a bit more. "Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil" is just a massive song and should be a crowd-crusher live (which it wasn't in PLV).

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 November 2019 20:13 (eight months ago) link

this is one of the only bands in recent memory that has fucked my hearing up for 2+ days after the show.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 November 2019 20:14 (eight months ago) link

Did they have a new drummer for that show? I heard Des left.

With an Extreme Burning (aka The Tormentor) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 11 November 2019 22:27 (eight months ago) link

Think so

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Monday, 11 November 2019 23:02 (eight months ago) link

Chris Maggio now. Dunno em

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Monday, 11 November 2019 23:03 (eight months ago) link

Chris was in Coliseum for a while, then Trap Them, and is now in Jacob from Converge's project Wear Your Wounds.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 01:23 (seven months ago) link

oh cool I know Trap Them

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 01:28 (seven months ago) link

I'm weirded out by the fact Matt wore a shirt through their entire Austin show the other night

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:24 (seven months ago) link


Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:41 (seven months ago) link

like there are fewer things certain in life than death, taxes, and shirtless Pike!

I remember the second time I saw them in 2014 (probably my 5th favorite show, like, ever), he was headed back inside and I semi-drunkenly clapped him on his bare back to say "awesome show", and he was mega cool, turned around to shake my hand and say thanks. but this is Florida in the summer in a packed venue with drunk people and poor AC. so after said back-clapping, a thick layer of sweat-slime wound up on my hands. I fused with Pike, it was cool.

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:45 (seven months ago) link

Sharing a mycelium w/Matt Pike would be awesome

With an Extreme Burning (aka The Tormentor) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 15:02 (seven months ago) link

Yea it might help my shitty guitar playing

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 16:09 (seven months ago) link

Let us know how they do tonight! I was thinking of trying to catch them next week.

☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 17:34 (seven months ago) link

Ill be amazed if it's not amazing.

Will report back. Can't wait to hear their new material again

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 17:42 (seven months ago) link


Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 04:13 (seven months ago) link

Yeah you can't miss this.


Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 04:56 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...


A) Holy shit Matt Pike looks great
B) These guys have unsurprisingly good taste

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:11 (four months ago) link

Was not expecting to see Pike pull out a copy of Live-Evil. Awesome.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:23 (four months ago) link

i want to see a clip of him getting his hearing checked.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 02:24 (four months ago) link

lol just imagining 30 minutes of them playing the test tones for him and him turning around and saying "are you going to start the test soon?"

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 03:49 (four months ago) link

HoF shows are some of the loudest I've ever been to. I remember trying to train a class the day after one in 2015 and I was pretending to hear 33% of the words my class was saying.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:07 (four months ago) link

I saw them play for the first time in 1999 at some weird show. I want to say they mostly cleared the room, except for one lunatic standing ten feet in front of the stage, grinning like a madman.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:22 (four months ago) link

was that one person...you?

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:27 (four months ago) link

def woulda been me had I known who they were back then.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:30 (four months ago) link

saw them in '02, certainly top 5 in the loudest bands i've ever seen.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:33 (four months ago) link

Psycho Las Vegas was about the only time I ever saw a venue swallow them up, and that's cos they had the misfortune of being stuck in a 10,000 seat convention center and the guy running sound was clueless the whole weekend. had they put them in the HoB, it woulda been a mass of sound bouncing every which way.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 04:36 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I’m just listening to these guys for the first time, Electric Messiah, and wow I’m into it. I’ve made a habit out of avoiding a lot of metal and hard rock because I just hear straight dude language and I’m averse to that. But realize it’s a little surfacey. Anyway this really rips ass and is suitably freaky. Very compellingly crafted.

i am a horse girl (map), Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:14 (two months ago) link

Awesome! Def make sure you work your way back to the early albums, those are so good too. Surrounded by Thieves, Blessed Black Wings or De Vermis Mysteriss would be my next recommendations.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:28 (two months ago) link


i am a horse girl (map), Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:52 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

electric messiah has sort of taken over my listening lately, it's extremely effective workout music. i'm really in love with how everything sounds in the mix.

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Monday, 8 June 2020 03:08 (one month ago) link

checking some more out in backwards order. luminiferous is cool but definitely lower-key / not as accomplished as em

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

Bands ruuuuuuules. Currently without a drummer, though, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

was electric messiah a big deal when it came out? it has a lower discogs rating than some of their other releases for some reason maybe because it's a bit more maximalist / polished / commercial. 'drowning dog' is like an emotional song maaann

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:38 (one month ago) link

for real though it makes me cry sometimes lol

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:43 (one month ago) link

I need to revisit EM. I remember it being...fine, but I'd liked Luminiferous better. If I had to rank their albums right now today, it'd probably go

Blessed Black Wings
Snakes For The Divine
The Art Of Self Defense
Surrounded By Thieves
Death Is This Communion
Electric Messiah
De Vermis Mysteriis
(The two Spitting Fire Live albums are really good, but splitting them up is a cheat; it should have just been a 2CD set.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

i think they've been kind of on a holding pattern/decline for the past couple (plus live ones). mystery worms was the last one where it seemed like they were really on their thing

j., Tuesday, 9 June 2020 21:26 (one month ago) link

was electric messiah a big deal when it came out?

i dunno, i thought the consensus was that it was pretty dang good but maybe i was just projecting my opinion out into the world in general. i felt like it was kind of a return to the Blessed Black Wings/Art of Self Defense era, albeit not as catchy.

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:37 (one month ago) link

lowest rated on Metal Archives, 3rd lowest rated (by 0.01) on RYM for what little that's worth

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:40 (one month ago) link

ok cool i'll keep going in backwards order then

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:07 (one month ago) link

De Vermis Mysteriis is pretty sick, love "MAdness of an Architect".

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 23:34 (two weeks ago) link

so i finally went back to "blessed black wings". i remember seeing the buzz back in the day but it wasn't my thing. it's a really great album but it sounds like a different band, probably different vocalists? (too lazy to check rn), hazier and more true cult but great songs and melodic sensibility. i still feel like electric messiah is the culmination of something they've been working towards over the last few albums. it's almost cartoonish compared to what they used to be because the production is tricked out to the max to make the songs sound insanely balls-to-the-wall but that makes it sound more like "real metal" tbh. there's so much heart in it. glorious album tbh.

carin' (map), Friday, 26 June 2020 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty sure Pike sings on BBW.

Mule, Friday, 26 June 2020 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

I wanna listen to it now. Excellent album.

Mule, Friday, 26 June 2020 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know if it's just me but Art/Surrounded/BBW sound like a triptych and they changed their sound a little bit after that and got more like... i don't know how to describe it, but more metallic in a different way? more riffs that sounded like they were descended from thrash? am i crazy?

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 04:27 (one week ago) link

nah, yr right, they totally did. the riffs from mid to late career really hit you in the fuckin' face, which is why I know lots of people who aren't into the whole doom/stoner aesthetic love them.

I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 04:34 (one week ago) link

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