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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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Gigantour 2008 Lineup Revealed

The complete lineup for Gigantour 2008 has been revealed. The tour is scheduled to kick off mid-April and run through the end of May and will feature the following acts:


In the meantime, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message at the Gigantour forum:

"As some of you may have heard on last week's Rockline with Bob Coburn, I kind of alluded to a great Japanese magazine that I love talking to called Burrrn! (not a typo) and I gave them a little taste of something about Gigantour 2008's line-up. Well, Bob asked me again about the line-up and I playfully mentioned some more 'stuff.' And although I did not actually confirm or deny it, as of yesterday, we are officially on our way! I am happy to say that yesterday I did a cover story photo-shoot with the front-men of the other bands of this year's 'helluva line-up!' at my upcoming heavy metal festival and I think we had a pretty kewl afternoon.

And as Gigantour grows, it is continuing to develop the 'roll' part of 'rock and roll.' The breaking news is we are going to have five bands this year, instead of eight. The decision to drop it down from eight bands to five was based on timing, set lengths, stage sizes, unions, and most importantly allowing 'us' — the musicians — to deliver to 'you' — the fans — the best shows we can. Besides it is easier to remember five bands' and crews' worth of names than eight.

"It is pretty much not a secret anymore who the bands are, but we are still going to 'officially' announce the line-up as soon as our business partners return from the holidays, and their celebrating putting together such a great line-up this year!

"We will be announcing shortly after that when and where our Gigantour baseball game is going to happen. You may remember that for the last two years of successfully Gigantouring North America, that we had played a softball game each year and gathered food for the homeless and provided meals for the shelters for delivery to homes, as well as providing our gloves and other baseball artifacts, uniforms and equipment to charity for auction. In 2005 and 2006 the charity of choice was Mr. Holland's Opus. This charity provides musical instruments for underprivileged children. We will be providing info for our choice for the baseball games charity to support this year.

So, to the guys I met yesterday (and in some cases before) _____, _____, ___, and ______ and their management and crew from yesterdays photo shoot for Revolver, I will see you guys soon and be sure and check out what these great guitarist and bands have to say here in their chats, posts, blogs, podcasts, and video footage (if any).

I am still hopeful that we will be able to video tape this year's Gigantour, but after the last one and the way it finished, I think that my people are not as open-minded to going through that whole ordeal again. Cross your fingers though. I always keep trying, that is why it seems like I win a lot. I do win a lot, it's just I have a lot of defeats too; and I don't dwell on them or try to let you know of them.

We will be launching the new face of the site soon too, so stay tuned for that. And we will be announcing something that happened at the end of this year too, that will no doubt provide many new and exciting possibilities for us. I will be referring back to this post and the day 12.18 when we do make our announcement.

Until then, I love you guys, and have a great Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and I hope that you had a great Hanukkah!"

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High On Fire Announce Winter Tour Dates

HIGH ON FIRE has announced the second US leg of their Death Is This Communion World Tour.

This five-week winter tour will begin in mid-January and include support from A LIFE ONCE LOST and SAVIOURS. Also joining the tour on various dates will be guests RWAKE, INTRONAUT, ARCHONS, and more. A listing of these dates follows with more details being announced shortly.

High On Fire are currently out on their first North American run in support of Death Is This Communion. Immediately following, the band will team up with PELICAN for a co-headlining European tour beginning November 14th. A complete listing of High On Fire tour dates can be found below.

Tour dates:

All Dates From October 18th thru October 29th with MONO, PANTHERS, COLISEUM
18 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
19 Chicago, IL Double Door
20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
21 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
24 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards
25 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
26 Portland, OR Dante’s
28 San Francisco, CA Independent
29 San Francisco, CA Independent

All Dates From November 14th thru December 18th with PELICAN
14 Groningen, NL Vera
15 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
16 Copenhagen, DK Loppen
17 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
18 Oslo, NO Garage
19 Stockholm, SE Debaser
21 Berlin, DE Maria Am Ufer
22 Leipzig, DE UT Connewitz
23 Wroclaw, PL Firlej
24 Prague, CZ Rock Café
25 Vienna, AT Arena
26 Innsbruck, AT Pmk
27 Milan, IT Music Drome
28 Geneva, CH L’Usine
29 Toulouse, FR Les Vents Du Sud
30 Barcelona, ES Sala Be Cool

1 Madrid, ES Moby Dick
2 Angouleme, FR La Nef
3 Nantes, FR Olympic
5 Paris, FR La Locomotive (with Mono)
7 Athens, GR AN Club
8 Brussels, BE VK (w/ PRIESTBIRD)
10 Belfast, IRE Limelight
11 Dublin, IRE Whelans
12 Sunderland, UK Independent (with Priestbird)
13 Glasgow, SCOT Oran Mor (with Priestbird)
14 Bristol, UK Cooler (with Priestbird)
15 Birmingham, UK Barfly (with Priestbird)
16 Sheffield, UK Corporation (with Priestbird)
17 London, UK ULU (with Priestbird)
18 Den Bosch, NL W2 (with Priestbird)

All Dates From January 17th thru February 23rd with A LIFE ONCE LOST, SAVIOURS
17 Santa Cruz, CA Veterans Hall (with Archons)
18 San Jose, CA Blank Club (with Archons)
19 Pomona, CA The Glass House (with Archons)
20 Tucson, AZ Plush (with Archons)
22 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom (with Rwake)
23 Corpus Christi The Compound (with Rwake)
24 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves (with Rwake)
25 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room (with Rwake)
26 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (with Rwake)
27 Nashville, TN Exit / In (with Rwake)
29 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
30 Atlanta, GA E.A.R.L
31 Orlando, FL Back Booth

1 Miami, FL Churchhill’s
2 Tampa, FL Springs Theatre
3 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
5 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
6 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle
7 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out
8 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
9 Reading, PA The Silo
10 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
11 Milford, CT Daniel Street
13 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs
14 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
15 Columbus, OH Ravari Room
16 Louisville, KY Uncle Peasants (with Intronaut)
17 St. Louis, MO 2 Cents Plain (with Intronaut)
18 Iowa City, IA The Picador (with Intronaut)
19 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck (with Intronaut)
20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (with Intronaut)
22 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (with Intronaut)
23 Oakland, CA Uptown Nightclub (with Intronaut)

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High On Fire Announce Tour Dates With Pelican

HIGH ON FIRE and PELICAN will team up for co-headlining European tour this winter. The tour is set to kick-off on November 14 in The Netherlands and continue on for five weeks covering ground all across Europe.

This tour will come on the heels of HIGH ON FIRE's current North American headlining tour with MONO, PANTHERS, and COLISEUM. HIGH ON FIRE launched their '"Death Is This Communion World Tour" in early September with a brief European run before embarking upon North America. A complete listing of confirmed HIGH ON FIRE tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.

HIGH ON FIRE saw the release of their brand new album "Death Is This Communion" on September 18 in North America (September 24 internationally). The band recently lensed a video for "Death Is This Communion" track "Rumors Of War" that is scheduled to make its world premier on Monday, October 1. "Rumors Of War" can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates: More...

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Pelican and High On Fire Plan UK Tour

In December Pelican and High On Fire will team up for a UK tour. Here are the planned tour dates:

12/10 Belfast @ Limelight
12/11 Dublin @ Whelans
12/12 Sunderland @ Independent
12/13 Glasgow @ Oran Mor
12/14 Bristol @ Cooler
12/15 Birmingham @ Barfly
12/16 Sheffield @ Corporation
12/17 London @ ULU

Pelican has just embarked on a tour of Japan and Australia this week.

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High On Fire Working On New Video

High On Fire is currently in Los Angeles, CA working on the first music video for their upcoming full-length, "Death Is This Communion." The video is for the track “Rumors of War" and is being directed/produced by Soren (Unearth, Cephalic Carnage).

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High On Fire In-Studio Episode 4 Online

High On Fire posted their in-studio episode #4 from the making of their new self-titled album, dropping September 18th on Relapse. The clip features frontman Matt Pike recording his guitar solos and his vocals, promising no love songs on the new disc. More...

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High on Fire Post Preview Track from New Album

High on Fire have posted a preview track from their new album, "Death Is This Communion". The track, “Rumors of War,” can be heard exclusively via the band’s MySpace page:http://www.myspace.com/highonfireslays . "Death Is This Communion" is set for a September 18th North American release date and September 24th internationally. Also, High on Fire have announced the following tour dates:


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High on Fire Announce European Tour Dates

HIGH ON FIRE has announced the first European dates of their forthcoming world tour in support of their brand new album, Death Is This Communion. The Oakland, CA trio will tour through the U.K. and mainland Europe in early September prior to their recently announced North American tour. Joining High On Fire in the United Kingdom will be guests RUSSIAN CIRCLES. A complete listing of High On Fire tour dates can be found here.

High On Fire has also posted another in-studio video from the album’s recording sessions at this location. Footage was shot last month while the band was in Seattle, WA working with producer Jack Endino.

Death Is This Communion will see its North American release on September 18 (September 24 internationally). Advance song titles include: 'Fury Whip', 'Death Is This Communion', 'Rumors Of War', 'Cyclopian Scape', and 'Ethereal'. More...

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High On Fire Commence Recording

HIGH ON FIRE has recently entered Avast II in Seattle, WA with legendary producer Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY) to record the follow-up to its critically-acclaimed "Blessed Black Wings" CD. This as-yet-untitled record will be mixed at Soundhouse Studios and is expected to see an early fall release.

In other news, HIGH ON FIRE has announced a number of tour dates following the recording session. The band will perform a number of shows throughout the Midwest U.S. during the latter part of July. Also included in this run of dates is an appearance at the city of Chicago's annual Wicker Park Summer Fest. More...

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High on Fire Announce July Tour Dates

Oakland, California metallers HIGH ON FIRE have announced the following upcoming live dates:

20 - Mangy Moose - Teton Village WY
21 - The Other Side - Missoula MT
22 - venue tba - Bozeman MT (tbc)
24 - Aquarium - Fargo ND
25 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis MN *
26 - Mad Planet - Milwaukee WI *
27 - Otto’s Club - DeKalb IL *
28 - Subterranean - Chicago IL *
29 - Wicker Park Summerfestival - Chicago IL *
30 - Waiting Room - Omaha NE
31 - Larimer Lounge - Denver CO


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High On Fire Set To Enter Studio in May

HIGH ON FIRE will enter the studio in late May to record their follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Blessed Black Wings.

HIGH ON FIRE will be teaming up with legendary producer Jack Endino (NIRVANA, MUDHONEY, ZEKE, ACCUSED) for what will be the band’s the fourth studio album. Recording is set to happen at Avast II (formerly Ironwood Studio), while mixing will move to Soundhouse Studios. This still-as-yet-untitled record will see an early Fall release.

This will be the first HIGH ON FIRE album to feature new bassist Jeff Matz (ZEKE). The band has been debuting new material as part of their recent regional dates and has announced a handful of Northwest shows leading up to recording. A listing of tour dates can be found online here.

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Sunn 0))) Members To Host NYC Event

TV EYE DVD Magazine and Southern Lord Records will be putting on an event to celebrate the release of TV EYE's fourth installment, which features Sunn 0))), Isis, The Melvins, High on Fire and more. The event will feature a live performance by Sunn 0)))'s Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson alongside David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr Del Sol) as well as live DJ sets by Stephen O'Malley and his various cohorts.

The party will be happening Friday, November 3rd from 5-8PM at the Rockstar Bar in Brooklyn, NY. Admission and beer are free.

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Devildriver and Goatwhore On Venom Tour

GOATWHORE have been added to the rescheduled VENOM tour, as well as DEVILDRIVER and HIGH ON FIRE on select dates. The updated tour is as follows:

August 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
August 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues*
August 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
August 30 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 1 - St. Louis, MO @ TBA
September 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
September 3 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
September 5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

(* = With High On Fire and Devildriver)

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High On Fire Post More Tour Dates

High On Fire have a few new North American dates booked, they include:
September 20th Olympia, WA - Capitol Theater (Feat. "Suicide Girls Burlesque Show")
September 21st Vancouver, BC - Red Room (Feat. Goatsblood, Pequod)
September 22nd Seattle, WA - Neumo's (Feat. Suplecs, Hell Bound Glory, Book Of Black Earth)
September 23rd Portland, OR - Sabala's (Feat. Suplecs, Hell Bound Glory, Book Of Black Earth)

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High On Fire to Headline Free '666' Fest in CA

HIGH ON FIRE will be show headliners on the pinnacle day of the free Ovrcast Music & Art 666 Festival taking place June 5th through the 7th in Los Angeles, CA.

The Oakland, CA power-trio will be performing on Tuesday, June 6th at the Vangaurd (6021 Hollywood Blvd) along with Oxbow, Saviours, Boy Jazz and more. The June 5th show will feature Conifer, Splatterhouse, Sulaco and more with accompanying art shows Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information on this festival, please visit ovrcast.com.

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"Heavy Metal Thunder" Book To Hit Stores June 1

MTV.com reports:

A few years back, metal journalists James Sherry (Metal Hammer, Kerrang!) and Neil Aldis (Rock World, Terrorizer) decided to sift through their record collections and put the best of the bunch into coffee-table-book form. That spawned "Heavy Metal Thunder," an extensive archive of the most kick-ass metal-album art of the last four decades, set to land in bookstores June 1.

According to Sherry, the book's intended to guide lifelong metalheads down memory lane — a time when you'd buy an LP based solely on the image that graced the sleeve, a time when ridiculous album covers were a genuine art form.

"We wanted the book to be entertaining for people who aren't necessarily into metal," he said. "I wanted it to appeal to people who are really heavily into the music and can look through the book and go, 'Oh, I remember that record — I had it when I was a kid.' ... But we also wanted it to appeal to people who have no interest in the music and can look through it and go, 'These covers are hilarious.' We're not afraid to poke fun at it."

The book's documents everything from the earliest days of groundbreaking bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest through today's current class of metallers, like Mastodon and High on Fire. The book covers all the bases, with chapters devoted to black metal, death metal, nü metal, thrash, stoner rock and glam rock. There's even a forward penned by Anthrax's Scott Ian and an interview with Derek Riggs, the man who created Iron Maiden's symbolic Eddie icon.

"We were originally going to do each chapter in a different theme," Sherry explained. "We were going to have a chapter of all covers that just featured men with swords, which there are many. It's an ongoing theme in old metal records. We wanted a whole chapter on glam-rock covers, fantasy covers, ridiculous covers — even covers with babes on them. That became way too complicated, so we decided to do it genre by genre."

Several chapters are devoted to specific bands that've become known for their album imagery. "One of the first things we decided was that we had to give Manowar their own chapter," he said. "With this book, you get a taste for the imagery of each genre. I just think that metal, more than any other music, is very visually led. As a child, I would often buy records on the strength of the album cover, on how metal the cover looked. That doesn't happen anymore. Kids can hear stuff before they buy it."

One of the more amusing chapters is the one that examines the punk-inflected thrash era. "I love the thrash covers because it's all pre-computers, and these bands would have a friend who would say, 'Hey, I could draw you a picture for your cover,' " Sherry said. "That's why there was so much drawn artwork on those sleeves, and some of it's just terrible, but brilliantly funny as well."

Several album covers were cut from the book, including Marduk's 1995 masterpiece, F--- Me Jesus, and Autopsy's 2003 album, Sh--fun.

But Sherry's favorite album cover, and one of the first that readers encounter in "Heavy Metal Thunder"? "I love the first Black Sabbath album cover, because I think that one's genuinely creepy. You kind of look at it, and it's genuinely a quite scary album cover," he said. "I like a lot of the black-metal covers, too, because there's just something a bit creepier about them that's genuinely quite scary, whereas it's hard to get too scared by men with swords."

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Sounds Of The Underground DVD Info Revealed

Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.

DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).

Featuring live performances from:

All That Remains
A Life Once Lost
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge On AOL Music

"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

Here is the full track listing: More...

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High On Fire Recruit Zeke Bassist For Tour

Bassist Jeff Matz of Zeke will be playing bass for High On Fire during their spring tour with Goatwhore and Watch Them Die. Matz is filling in for bassist Joe Preston, who left High On Fire for undisclosed reasons earlier this year.

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Details

MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.

On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.


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