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High on Fire

Formed: 1998
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest High on Fire News

Below is our complete High on Fire news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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High On Fire Announces January Shows

High On Fire today announces Winter 2015 tour dates, with the trek kicking off January 6th in Birmingham, AL. The just-revealed run will continue with stops in Richmond, VA (Jan. 8), Brooklyn (Jan. 9) and more, running through January 14th. See below for full routing and details.

Immediately following the east coast run, High On Fire will enter Salem, Massachusetts' GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou to record a new, as-yet-untitled studio album.

"Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like," says drummer Des Kensel. "Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's 'Master of Reality' backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea."

January 6 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
January 7 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
January 8 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
January 9 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
January 10 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
January 11 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
January 13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft at The Chance Theatre
January 14 Providence, RI Simon's 677

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Motorhead Announces Motorboat On-Board Activities

The first annual Motörhead Motörboat - featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax -will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22nd - 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

The fest will also include Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at this location.

Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.

Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming "Swearing Words In Glasgow" CD (out November 13th via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences, Scott certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film "Lemmy," directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski. In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:

Monday, September 22 -- Löud and Hometown Pröud

Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride. More...

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High On Fire Announces Tour Dates

High On Fire has begun work on a new, as-yet-untitled studio album. The group has convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, LA and Oakland, CA, with a 2015 tentative release date via eOne Music expected for the new LP.

Additionally, the band is now gearing up for Summer tour dates. The performances will kick off August 12th in Cambridge, MA with High On Fire headlining the inaugural Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour.

The just-announced run will continue with stops in Toronto, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. High On Fire will also appear among the featured acts at the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, set to take place September 4th - 6th in Raleigh, NC. Catch the band live:

August 12 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair ** #
August 14 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall ** #
August 15 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg ** #
August 19 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex ** %
August 20 San Francisco, CA The Chapel ** %
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival (w/ Mastodon, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Valient Thorr, etc.)
September 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
September 20 Miami, FL Grand Central
September 21 Orlando, FL Will's Pub ?
September 22 THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN as part of Motörhead’s Motörboat
September 27 Portland, OR Dantes More...

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Testament Added To Motorboat Lineup

The first annual Motörhead Motörboat has announced additions to the band lineup for the September 22nd - 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

Testament, Down (featuring Philip Anselmo), High On Fire, and Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown) will join Megadeth, Motörhead, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson on “The Loudest Boat In The World.”

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat are on sale now at this location. The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars, and nightspots.

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High On Fire Working On New Album

California's High On Fire is now beginning work on anew, as-yet-untitled studio album. A winter 2015 tentative release date via eOne is expected for the new LP, which is the follow-up to 2012's "De Vermis Mysteriis."

"Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record," states guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike. "It's a crazy project and I can't really explain what it's all about just yet, but we've been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level."

"Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like," adds drummer Des Kensel. "Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's "Master of Reality" backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea."

In addition to constructing the new album, High On Fire has announced a handful of upcoming U.S. live dates as well as an Australian headlining tour and a European headlining trek. Catch the band live: More...

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High On Fire Posts New Music Video

High On Fire today releases a music video for brand new single "Slave the Hive" today, which can be viewed below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

The song, available as limited edition 7-inch at every stop of the group's current Scion A/V-sponsored headlining tour, marks the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis."

High on Fire's North American headlining tour will run through December 12th. Norwegian sextet Kvelertak opens all dates.

December 4 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
December 5 Calgary, AB Republik
December 7 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver
December 8 Seattle, WA El Corazon
December 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
December 11 San Francisco, CA Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre More...

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High On Fire Releases New Single

High On Fire releases a brand new single titled "Slave the Hive" today. As part of the band's upcoming Scion A/V-sponsored headlining tour High On Fire drops the new single, which marks the first new music from the California act since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." Check it out at Pitchfork.com here.

A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.

The previously announced Scion A/V presented tour will run from November 10th through December 12th. Norwegian act Kvelertak will open all dates. Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 25-27), and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...

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High On Fire Adds More Tour Dates

The previously announced Scion A/V presented High On Fire tour, which sees the California power trio joined by Norwegian crew Kvelertak, has added an additional twelve dates to the incendiary extravaganza with newly announced stops in Boston, Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco, amongst others.

As part of the tour, High On Fire will release a new single titled "Slave The Hive" on October 16th, marking the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.

Kvelertak will open all dates, while Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 25-27), and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...

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High On Fire Announces North American Tour

Scion A/V presents High on Fire's North American tour, which kicks off November 10th in Atlanta at The Masquerade and runs through mid-December, wrapping up in Los Angeles on December 12th.

As part of the tour, High on Fire will release a new single titled "Slave The Hive" on October 16th, marking the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.

Norwegian sextet Kvelertak will open all dates. Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 27) and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...

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High On Fire To Release Two Live Albums

Bay area titans High on Fire will release "Spitting Fire" Volumes 1 & 2 on June 18th, 2013. The track list spans the course of the band's history with songs like "Fertile Green," "Frost Hammer," and "10,000 Years."

"Spitting Fire" was recorded live in two New York City venues - The Music Hall Of Williamsburg and The Bowery Ballroom. It was later mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA with additional engineering by Kurt Ballou. The track listing is:

Volume 1
1. Serums Of Liao
2. Frost Hammer
3. 10,000 Years
4. Devolution
5. Last
6. Fertile Green
7. Speedwolf

Volume 2
1. Rumors Of War
2. DII
3. Fury Whip
4. Madness Of An Architect
5. Face Of Oblivion
6. Hung Drawn and Quartered
7. Blood From Zion
8. Snakes For The Divine More...

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Anthrax's Metal Alliance Tour Announces Dates

Update: Anthrax has now announced its split with guitarist Rob Caggiano, and the band is currently seeking a replacement for these dates. Further details will be announced in the near future.

The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail has added High On Fire on to the bill and officially announced the dates, beginning in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on March 23, 2013.

The dates are as follows:

3/23 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
3/24 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
3/25 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/27 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
3/28 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
3/29 The Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
3/30 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
3/31 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
4/2 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
4/4 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
4/5 House of Blues Chicago, IL
4/6 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
4/7 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH
4/9 House of Blues Dallas, TX
4/10 House of Blues Houston, TX
4/12 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/13 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
4/14 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4/16 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
4/18 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
4/20 Irving Plaza New York, NY More...

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High On Fire Lights Up New Orleans

All was quiet in the Quarter, save the sidewalk in front of the renowned One Eyed Jacks. The entire heavy scene of New Orleans is in attendance tonight; the beer flows like water as we all file into the main room where opening band Lo-Pan is about to take the stage.

Lo-Pan’s last NOLA performance at Siberia in 2011 garnered a small crowd, playing with local doom groove outfit Endall and Ryan McKern,tThe band now has a packed house to play its unique post-rock hybrid sound. The opening notes are low and dominating, somewhere between Clutch and older Corrosion of Conformity. Jeff Martin’s vocals kick in and it immediately shifts to a softer Soundgarden vibe. The band is passionate about the music, and this is evident in the live show: well-rehearsed structures and tight playing abilities win over the crowd. More...

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Lo-Pan Gearing Up For Tour With High On Fire

Ohio road burners Lo-Pan are readying for their next round of live assaults supporting heavy metal juggernauts High On Fire. The full North American takeover will commence on November 15th in Austin, Texas and is slated to run through December 22nd in San Francisco, California.

Additional support will come from Goatwhore as well as special guests Primate (featuring Mastodon's Bill Kelliher and Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth) and Corrosion of Conformity on select dates. Additionally, Lo-Pan will be picking up a few off dates in surrounding cities. Check the full itinerary below.

Lo-Pan is performing in support of 2011’s Benny Grotto–produced "Salvador" full-length, released via Small Stone Records. More...

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Primate Joining High On Fire For Tour Dates

Ruthless grindcore faction Primate has been confirmed to support High on Fire on the newly announced North American tour later this Fall. Bringing a raging brew of old-school, hardcore influenced speed-grind disorder to the masses, Primate will be infiltrating the lineup on seven East Coast dates of the massive tour alongside Goatwhore and LoPan. Upcoming Primate dates are:

11/23/2012 Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
11/24/2012 The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
11/26/2012 Opera House - Toronto, ON
11/27/2012 La Tulipe - Montreal, QC
11/28/2012 Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
11/29/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2012 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
12/01/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

Relapse Records officially issued the band’s debut album "Draw Back A Stump" in July, following the extremely limited self-released CD version last year. Relapse’s re-release bears three additional tracks not found on the initial version. Stream "Draw Back A Stump" in its entirety at this location.

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Goatwhore To Tour With High On Fire

New Orleans, LA's Goatwhore will return to the road this Fall in support of High on Fire. The tour will run from November 15th through December 22nd with Primate (Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, & more) on select dates in November and Corrosion of Conformity on select dates in December. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Additionally, a brand new video for the song "Death to the Architects of Heaven" from Goatwhore's latest album, "Blood for the Master," has been completed and is streaming online. The video features the lyrics from the song, as well as live footage of the band The Summer Slaughter Tour 2012. Check out the video below.

Goatwhore is also excited to announce that "Diabolical Submergence of Rebirth," a track from the "A Haunting Curse album," will be heard in the upcoming season of HBO's Treme. The third season of the show will begin airing on September 23rd. The song will appear in episode #7, which is currently scheduled to air on November 4th. More...

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High On Fire Releases New Video Clip

California metal band High on Fire has announced that front man and guitarist Matt Pike has emerged from his recent treatment for alcohol rehabilitation and is ready to conquer the world. High on Fire is celebrating by releasing the first music video from new album "De Vermis Mysteriis," for the track "Fertile Green."

The video was directed, animated, and edited by Phil Mucci for Doomsday Entertainment (Passion Pit, Islands). Check out the Vice premiere of "Fertile Green" now through Noisey.vice.com at this location, or in the player below.

High on Fire's upcoming tour dates are:

September 28 Melbourne, AUS
September 29 Sydney, AUS
September 30 Brisbane, AUS More...

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High On Fire To Reissue "The Art Of Self Defense"

Southern Lord Recordings today is extremely pleased to announce the reissue of "The Art Of Self Defense," the first recording from Oakland trio High on Fire. Set for release on July 31st, the long player has been completely remastered and enhanced by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Noothgrush, OFF! etc.) and includes the addition of the band’s first ever demo, two bonus 7” tracks, as well as a 48-page booklet. The track listing is as follows:

01. Baghdad
02. 10,000 Years
03. Blood From Zion
04. Last
05. Fireface
06. Master of Fists

Bonus 7” Tracks (2001)
07. Steel Shoe
08. The Usurper (Celtic Frost cover)

Self-Titled Demo (1999)
09. Blood From Zion
10. 10,000 Years
11. Master of Fists

The following press release was also issued about the album:

"The Art Of Self Defense was initially released in 2000 by Man’s Ruin Records. Featuring the collective energies of guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice with producer Billy Anderson, the record billows at the seams with Pike’s instantly recognizable guitar tone, first unleashed during his days with stoner metal behemoths Sleep. An audio hail storm of piledriving riffs, booming rhythms and Pike’s gruff vocal tirades, The Art Of Self Defense remains a staple in High on Fire’s renowned catalog of audio greatness."

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Relapse Records Streaming Entire Catalog Online

Relapse Records has unleashed the label's prestigious 20+ year catalog online via Bandcamp at this location. All of the albums from the catalog can now be streamed for free.

The official Relapse page features over 122 artists including Baroness, Dying Fetus, Pig Destroyer, Red Fang, Necrophagist, Revocation, and many more, each streaming their entire Relapse catalog for free in addition to offering the albums as high quality 320k mp3 or FLAC downloads.

Additionally, the label has made available a page for Relapse alumni including Mastodon, Neurosis, Amorphis, Nile, High in Fire, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and over 20 additional artists at this location.

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Heavy MTL Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Saturday August 11th

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
CANNIBAL CORPSE
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
KATAKLYSM
PERIPHERY
THE FACELESS
VEIL OF MAYA
GOATWHORE
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
ROSE FUNERAL
ORIGIN
EXHUMED More...

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High On Fire Streaming New Single

High On Fire will be unleashing its new album "De Vermis Mysteriis" on April 3rd via eOne Music. A single has been posted for one of the songs off that ten-track album in the form of an upload for "Fertile Green." High On Fire will also be appearing at SXSW in March and embarking on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour 2012 during the summer.


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