Spin - p.1043 stars out of 5
-- "[H]ere, the Bay Area band increase their stylistic range, with flashes of psychedelia, droning Eastern folk, and creatively druggy overtones..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.48
"Every riff Matt Pike unleashes is beyond colossal and the perfect counterpoint to the black-hearted lyrics torn from his tortured larynx..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.72Ranked #18
in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[A] lumbering metal juggernaut."
Personnel: Matt Pike (vocals, guitar); Jeff Matz (banjo, tamboura, background vocals); Des Kensel (drums, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jack Endino.
Current titleholders of "metal band you may be able to get your indie-rock friend into", Oakland stalwarts High on Fire play their tar-black rumble metal like there's nothing else they'd rather be doing. Certainly the direct offspring of Motorhead's Lemmy, singer/guitarist Matt Pike growls like a '70s muscle car's exhaust system while his guitar tears up reality, at once heavy as a truck and thick as motor oil. New bassist Jeff Martz plucks the strings with suitably deep menace and drummer Des Kensel moves from train track gallops to plodding footsteps with ease, creating a primal caveman racket. Often dismissed as "stoner metal", the thick miasma of cannabis clings around the group's sound, but there's just as much classic proto-black metal like Celtic Frost and Venom in the sound as well, making it just as well suited for strident head banging. Dark and powerful, DEATH IS THE COMMUNION reveals a beast of a band, ready to feast.