Back in 1998, High on Fire rose from the ashes of the band Sleep, the legendary sludge metal monster and an absolute fan favorite. High on Fire, fronted by Matt Pike, is universally lauded for their heavy riffs.
Instead of relying on the mesmerizing formula of Sleep, High on Fire sets itself apart through sludge and Motörhead grooves on full cylinders, creating a wall of sound that’s hard to ignore. Ever since 1998, the band has released seven albums and the recipe hasn’t changed all that much since then. “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” seems to be their mantra. Although we do have to say that the opener on the re-issue of “The Art of Self Defence” does remind us a bit of the band that preceded High on Fire. This is going to be a show that’s great for headbanging.