High On Fire

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Tags: stoner metal doom metal sludge metal stoner rock seen live stoner sludge metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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US stoner metal band formed in 1998 in San Francisco, California, by Matt Pike (guitar/vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and George Rice (bass). Pike had formerly worked with Sleep, the cult doom metal band that had disbanded the same year after their record company had refused to release their third album. High On Fire drew on the sound pioneered by Sleep, an intensely heavy reworking of the Black Sabbath / Celtic Frost blueprint, with Pike’s aggressive guitar playing more to the fore than it had been in Sleep. The trio’s demo recordings attracted immediate interest from a number of independent metal labels, with Man’s Ruin releasing The Art Of Self-Defense in 2000. Critics weary of the then fashionable rap metal and nu-metal sound greeted the album as a beacon of traditional heavy metal.

High On Fire’s follow-up, Surrounded By Thieves, was released in 2002 via the more prominent Relapse Records label. With barely any let-up in...

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