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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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Dethklok and Mastodon Announce Massive US Tour

This fall, two of the most popular bands in metal will co-headline a 34-city North American tour as the Grammy® Award-winning Mastodon hits the road with Dethklok, the world’s most brutal animated death metal band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. In one of the most highly-anticipated tours of the year, the Adult Swim Presents Dethklok and Mastodon tour will kick off on October 2 in Portland, Ore. and bring mayhem and destruction to local venues throughout the nation. Adding even more layers to this fall’s top metal tour, Oakland’s High On Fire and Converge will open each show. There will be a ticket pre-sale that begins on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM EST, while the full allotment of tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, August 7. For more information about the tour including the pre-sale ticket password, price ranges and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com.

As sponsor for the entire tour, Adult Swim will feature "Brütal Legend" gaming stations for fans to experience the videogame first-hand, while a two-minute animated content piece, created by Titmouse, will air during each show. Print ads, AdultSwim.com and on-site materials will also feature the videogame as the tour’s key sponsor. "Brütal Legend" is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky – all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend.

Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Swigelf, Toki Wartooth and Pickles – better known as Dethklok – will take to the road in support of the band’s latest CD release from Williams Street Records, "Dethklok: The Dethalbum II," which will be released as both a standard and deluxe edition on September 29 from Williams Street Records. A limited-edition vinyl of the album will also be released at local record shops starting November 24. Bringing the animated band to life on stage each night will be series co-creator and composer Brendon Small along with an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. These real life-musicians will perform live while dark-lit and playing underneath a giant projection screen featuring all-new animation and music videos from Dethklok to create a truly unique concert experience.

Sharing the bill with Dethklok on this seven-week tour is Grammy® Award-winning hard icons Mastodon, who are currently touring Europe and the UK with Metallica. The band’s groundbreaking new album Crack The Skye was released on March 24, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11 to overwhelming international critical praise.

Also on the tour is High On Fire. Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness,” High On Fire has forged a style and sound that is both unique and absolutely crushing. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike, a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP. Pike was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its “New Guitar Gods.”

Also on the tour, Converge will release their anticipated new album "Axe To Fall" on Epitaph on October 20th. The release is the follow up to their highly-acclaimed "No Heroes" album, released on Epitaph in 2006.

The tour schedule for Adult Swim Presents Metalocalypse’s Dethklok and Mastodon with High On Fire and Converge is as follows: More...

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High On Fire To Enter The Studio

High On Fire has announced that they are currently planning to enter the recording studio to begin work on their as-yet untitled new studio album with producer Greg Fidelman, who recently produced the new Slayer record, "World Painted Blood." The album will likely be released towards the end of the year or early 2010.

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High On Fire Announces California Tour Dates

California's High On Fire has announced a run of headline dates in California in August. High On Fire will be supported by Early Man on all dates. The dates are as follows:

August 7th Noctumum Eureka, CA
August 8th Harlows Sacramento, CA
August 10th Starline Fresno, CA
August 11th Fat Cat Modesto, CA
August 12th Alex's Bar Long Beach, CA
August 15th Casbah San Diego, CA - co-headline show with Earthless

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High On Fire To Play Bonnaroo Festival 2009

High On Fire have been confirmed to play at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival. The Festival will take place in Manchester, TN on June 14th. Other confirmed bands include Nine Inch Nails, Shadows Fall, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. More information on the festival can be found here.

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Mastodon Posts New Song, "Divinations," Online

Atlanta hard rockers, MASTODON, have revealed a brand new song, "Divinations," from their new studio album, "CRACK THE SKYE." The single can be heard here and will be available digitally from iTunes and all other participating digital retailers.

MASTODON has also been confirmed as headliners of the Scion Rock Fest in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on Saturday, Feb 28th, at the Masquerade. Other artists confirmed to appear include Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, Torche and many others. The event will run from Noon to midnight.

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Georgia's Scion Rock Fest Details Revealed

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:

Mastodon
Neurosis
Converge
High on Fire
Boris
1349
Cryptopsy
Torche
Nachtmystium
Wolves in the Throne Room
Baroness
Harvey Milk
Kylesa
Zoroaster
Withered
Krallice
Toxic Holocaust
Skeletonwitch
Rwake
A Storm of Light
Warbringer
Salome
Suidakra
Tyr
Alestorm

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High On Fire Signs To Koch Records

KOCH Records has announced the signing of critically-acclaimed heavy trio HIGH ON FIRE to its roster. The band just completed a run of West Coast dates and now will focus on writing the new CD that will be released in Summer 2009.

HIGH ON FIRE -- Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) --has released four critically acclaimed albums during its career, starting with their debut, "The Art of Self Defense," on the now defunct Man’s Ruin label. Their latest album, "Death Is This Communion," was released in 2007 and was produced by famed producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney).

Scott Givens, VP of Metal, says, “HIGH ON FIRE is one of the most important bands in the metal genre and we are extremely excited to be working with them.”

High on Fire performed on Gigantour 2008, alongside heavyweights Megadeth and KOCH recording artists In Flames, and recently wrapped up a tour with Opeth.

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Black Cobra To Support High On Fire

Black Cobra will be touring in support of High On Fire for a few dates in December. The latest Black Cobra tour dates are as follows:

12/01/08 El Corazon, Seattle WA w/ Dub Trio
12/02/08 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR w/Dub Trio
12/03/08 Samurai Duck, Eugene OR
12/06/08 Stork Club, Oakland, CA w/ Totimoshi

with High On Fire
12/09/08 Brick By Brick, San Diego CA
12/11/08 Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara CA
12/13/08 Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA

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High On Fire Announces Tour Dates

California based metallers High On Fire will embark on a short headlining tour in December.

The tour dates are as follows:

December
9 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
10 - The Knitting Factory - Los Angeles, CA (free show)
11 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
12 - The Blank Club - San Jose, CA
13 - The Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA
18 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

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Nachtmystium Drops Off Opeth Tour

Nachtmystium has cancelled the remainder of their tour dates with Opeth and High On Fire. Here's a statement from the band:

"Due to some issues beyond our control, we've been forced to pull off of the Opeth/High On Fire tour. We're aggressively working to try to get things together for the 2nd leg of our fall tour starting in Los Angeles on October 8th with Wolves in the Throne Room.

"We apologize to anyone who was hoping to see us on the Opeth leg of the tour. Thanks to all of those who came out in support at the shows that we did manage to play, it was great seeing you maniacs out!"

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Opeth Announces More Headlining US Tour Dates

Opeth will make their way back to American shores this fall for their first headline trek in support of the recently released "Watershed." The tour will commence on September 16 in Buffalo and run for six weeks, with High on Fire serving as main support. Nachtmystium will open the first half of the tour, with Baroness taking over that slot on October 6.

Opeth enjoyed the main support slot on the first ever Progressive Nation Tour last spring, opening for labelmates Dream Theater. The band spent the summer on the European tour circuit but is thrilled to be bring its always unique blend of death/folk/prog metal back to American audiences this fall.

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Baroness Announces Tour w/ Genghis Tron, Opeth

BARONESS has announced two fall tours in support of their most recent release, "Red Album."

BARONESS will first team-up with label-mates GENGHIS TRON and Vancouver's BISON for the Exclaim Aggressive Tendencies Tour 2008. This cross-Canada tour will kick-off on September 23rd in Montreal, QC before heading west, concluding the tour in Portland, OR.

Immediately following, BARONESS will join OPETH and HIGH ON FIRE for a three-week U.S. tour starting in San Francisco, CA on October 6th. This tour will take BARONESS to the east coast where they will break-off after the Baltimore, MD date to embark on their own headlining tour in the Northeast. A complete listing of confirmed BARONESS tour dates can be found below. More...

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Nachtmystium To Join Opeth, High On Fire On Tour

Nachtmystium will join the first half of the upcoming North American Opeth / High on Fire tour, opening the first half of the tour's shows (with Baroness opening the second half of the tour) beginning in September.

The touring lineup for this tour will include permanent band members Blake Judd and Jeff Wilson, new full-time member Jon Necromancer (ex-Usurper) on bass and Zach Simmons (Goatwhore) drumming, as well as the spaceship psychedelics provided by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea) who recorded and produced the now critically praised "Assassins" album.

Here are the Nachtmystium tour date with Opeth and High on Fire:

09/16/2008 The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
09/17/2008 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
09/18/2008 Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
09/19/2008 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
09/20/2008 Theatre Imperial - Quebec City, QC
09/21/2008 Centennial Hall - London, ON
09/23/2008 House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
09/24/2008 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
09/25/2008 The Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
09/26/2008 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
09/27/2008 Myth - St. Paul, MN
09/29/2008 The Garrick Center - Winnipeg, MB
09/30/2008 Odeon Events Centre - Saskatoon, SK
10/01/2008 Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, AB
10/03/2008 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
10/04/2008 Showbox @ The Market - Seattle, WA

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Paul Romano Releases Originals For Sale

Known by many for his contribution to the music scene for creating amazing works of art for album packaging, fine artist, Paul Romano is now releasing a number of originals for sale to the public for the first time ever on Ebay. Within this first offering of originals, you will find original works of art pertaining to the following bands and their albums: Chiodos, Trivium, Mastodon, At All Cost, The Red Chord, High On Fire, Slayer and This Mourning After.

As the studio overflows with original work, Paul has made the choice to share his work with the public. Over the years many fans of Paul's work have asked for the opportunity to purchase original works and now that request is granted. Never before seen sketches and original works are now available for bidding.

Stay tuned in the coming months, as this will be an ongoing project offering various originals on Ebay.
Check out the various auctions on Ebay (most end late tomorrow, July 22):

This Mourning After - "The Sleep"
Mastodon/Remission Original Pen and Ink
The Red Chord - "Bird Bath"
Mastodon - "Blood Mountain" Booklet
Mastodon - "Colony Of Birchmen"-
High On Fire Original Pen and Ink
Chiodos - "Couple (un)connected"
Chiodos - "Bone Palace Ballet"
At All Cost - Original Pen and Ink
At All Cost - Original Graphite Drawing
Slayer/Decibel Mag
Trivium - "Becoming The Dragon"

View the artwork of Paul Romano at his official site and MySpace page.

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Mustaine's Smaller Gigantour Returns Strongly

The Bell Center is a pretty good venue in terms of size and sound quality, but for those of us who weren’t able to buy ground tickets before they sold out, the seats were a bit lame. I don’t want to complain, but the bands were really far away – you try headbanging from the stands with five inches of standing room without bashing into the people standing nearly on top of you.

On the other hand, the people-watching in the large arena was excellent, particularly because Megadeth tends to draw metal fans as well as metalheads. By this, I refer to the hordes of young teenage boys flocking to the over-priced merchandise stands to don $40 Megadeth tees as their girlfriends went about in whatever Hot Topic is peddling to the angsty-girl demographic these days. On the opposite end of the spectrum, overweight middle-aged men guzzled down expensive beer and sat in their seats looking bewildered until Megadeth came on. Before I become too disparaging of the crowd, however, I am compelled to note that the enormous pit where people are typically embroiled in hockey battling looked like a great deal of fun from where I was sitting. More...

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In Flames Checks In From Gigantour

In Flames, who are currently performing on the Gigantour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom, High On Fire and Job For A Cowboy, have posted the following message:

“We have now done NEARLY half of the tour and so far things are going great. It feels really good to be out playing live again and to, finally, be able to play the new songs for you all. Hope you who have seen the shows enjoyed it as much as we have!

All the other bands on the tour are awesome and we are having a great time!

See you soon for more shows around the globe.”

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Complete NEMHF 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.

The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.

"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.

Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.

The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.

Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.

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Gigantour 2008 Adds Second New York Date

By overwhelming demand, a second show at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City has been added to Gigantour 2008 North America for April 23. Presented by Hot Topic - Gigantour, featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, and High On Fire is set to kick off its six-week trek across the USA and Canada on April 12.

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High On Fire Streaming Concert Online

Woozyfly.com report:

Oakland, California-based band HIGH ON FIRE (Relapse Records) invited the film crew of the new music social networking site Woozyfly.com to film their Europa Night Club show in Brooklyn, NY.

Watching their show you will see why High On Fire puts the "power" in power trio with the distinctive guitar playing and throaty war cry of Matt Pike, Des Kensel's massive drumming and George Rice's thundering bass lines. This is a must see concert.

You can enjoy the concert on Woozyfly.com by clicking here.

High On Fire's 'Rumors Of War' video, the first from the band's Death Is This Communion album, made its Headbanger's Ball debut in December on MTV2. The clip was lensed in Los Angeles by director/producer Soren (UNEARTH, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, GREELEY ESTATES).

High On Fire are also be part of this year's Gigantour, which is scheduled to kick off in North America mid-April and run through the end of May. Headlining the trek will be MEGADETH, with additional support from CHILDREN OF BODOM and JOB FOR A COWBOY.

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Municipal Waste Release More March Tour Dates

MUNICIPAL WASTE have lined up the following tour dates for next month:

March 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 w/ Soilent Green, Iron Lung
March 8 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway w/ Iron Lung
March 10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian Red Room w/ Iron Lung, Pretty Little Flower
March 11 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Naked Ray Gun, Cancerbats
March 12 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club w/ The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Iron Lung
March 13 - Austin, TX @ SXSW Relapse Showcase w/ High On Fire, Genghis Tron, Coliseum
March 14 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ Annihilation Time, Clockcleaner, Iron Lung, Paint It Black
March 15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ The Breeders, Fucked Up, Annihilation Time, Pissed Jeans, Matt and Kim, Brian Posehn, Jeanane Garolfalo
March 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The Crossing
March 18 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Iron Lung
March 19 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ Torche, Iron Lung
March 20 - Gainesville FL Common Grounds w/ Iron Lung
March 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Iron Lung
March 22 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Iron Lung, Coliseum, Battlemaster

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