High On Fire

De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne Music 2012)

Album review

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Just one song into the newest opus from High On Fire, and it's obvious that it's heads above their last album. Immediately the production is dirtier, closer to that previous High On Fire grit. I like how audible the bass is in the mix, and the guitars are downright crunchy. The tempo is ferocious thoughout the album with few exceptions, as Pike jostles up and down the fretboard while Des Kensel seems to audition for Slayer, giving them a run for their money. "Madness of an Architect" slows down to a nice monsterous hypnotic groove and should be absolutely stunning when performed live. Badass. Matt sounds more like Lemmy than ever on this one, like drinking vodka and gravel, then yelling it out. "Samsara" is a nice welcome mellow instumental break in the middle of the album before the fierce thrash onslaught continues with "Spiritual Rights". Pike does tend to repeat some older riff forms on this one (Hey, isn't that part already on Death Is This Communion?). But it's a fucking solid album from front to back and I can't stop listening to it.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie

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