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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 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
DevilDriver
A Life Once Lost
Madball
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Throwdown
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Gwar
Chimaira
Unearth
Clutch
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.

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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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More High On Fire, Goatwhore Tour Dates

More dates have been released for HIGH ON FIRE's upcoming tour with GOATWHORE and WATCH THEM DIE:

March 30 - Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
March 31 - San Jose, CA @ Blank Club
April 1 - Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar
April 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Clubhouse
April 4 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
April 8 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
April 9 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
April 11 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
April 12 - Miami, FL @ Churchhill's
April 13 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
April 16 - Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundrolounge
April 18 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Jewish Mother
April 23 - Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
April 25 - Buffalo, NY @ The Icon
April 26 - Columbus, OH @ High Five
April 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Top Cats
May 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
May 5 - Sacramento, CA @ The Library
May 6 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Attic

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High On Fire, Goatwhore First Two Tour Dates

HIGH ON FIRE will be hitting the road later this year with GOATWHORE and WATCH THEM DIE. The first confirmed dates to be released are as follows:

April 14 - Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
May 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas

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High On Fire Plan North American Tour in 2006

HIGH ON FIRE have announced the plans for a full North American headlining tour starting in January. The Decibel Magazine sponsored tour, in support of the band's critically acclaimed album Blessed Black Wings, includes special guests THE BRONX, BIG BUSINESS and labelmates BURIED INSIDE. A complete listing of North American tour dates will be announced shortly.

HIGH ON FIRE will also return to Europe for an appearance at the legendary All Tomorrows Party on invitation from headliners THE MARS VOLTA. The European tour will also encompass headlining shows in France, Spain, and Belgium as well as UK and Greek dates supporting MASTODON.

Additionally, "Devilution," the lead off track from Blessed Black Wings, will appear in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland video game. The video for "Devilution" can be seen on MTV2 and dozens of regional video shows throughout North America.

Currently announced tour dates are as follows: More...

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High On Fire, Withered Support Mastodon In UK

High On Fire are to join Withered on the bill for Mastodon's upcoming UK tour. The tour dates are:

December 1 - Peterborough Cresset December
December 2 - Glasgow Garage
December 3 - Camber Sands Pontins Holiday camp
December 4 - Swindon Furnace
December 5 - London King's Cross Scala
December 6 - Nottingham Rock City
December 7 - Cardiff Barf ly

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High On Fire's Devilution Vid On Music Choice

HIGH ON FIRE's latest music video — for the song "Devilution" — will be added to Music Choice's "Video On Demand" programming beginning today (September 12, 2005).

"Devilution", the roll-out single from HIGH IN FIRE's critically acclaimed album, "Blessed Black Wings", was filmed on location in the hills of San Francisco, CA with director Gary Smithson (TOMAHAWK, GOATWHORE) and features HIGH ON FIRE performing as an evolving storyline unfolds. Exclusive stills from the video shoot can be viewed at this location.

HIGH ON FIRE are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour alongside EVERY TIME I DIE. The month long, 27-city trek launched on September 7 in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Available from most cable providers, Music Choice's "Video On Demand" service includes a variety of music videos as well as MC-exclusive programs — all free on demand. To access Music Choice On Demand, including HIGH ON FIRE's latest video, simply go to the On Demand menu and select "music." Click on the Music Choice button and select a video or click on the MC Exclusive button to access exclusive concerts, interviews, and studio performances.

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Obituary, Napalm Death, Others Do Fuses Metal Show

OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, HIGH ON FIRE and EVERY TIME I DIE have taped appearances on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" to air this coming week. The following summary of the week's shows was posted at the official "Metal Asylum" blog:

"On Monday [Sept. 12], none other than Florida death metal legends OBITUARY stop by! They talk about their new album, 'Frozen in Time', guitarist Allen West quitting and rejoining within a two-day period, and the recent resurgence in death metal.

"On Tuesday [Sept. 13], OBITUARY's touring partners legendary grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH stop by the studio. Among topics discussed are their new album, 'The Code is Red... Long Live the Code', touring with OBITUARY, being in the business for over 20 years, and Barney weighs in on a possible political career after he's done with music. Personally I think he's a guy of integrity and whether you agree with him politically or not, that's something that's sorely needed in global politics.

"On Wednesday [Sept. 14], southern metal gods HIGH ON FIRE stop by. They talk about their new album, 'Blessed Black Wings', their metaphorical lyrics for all the songs including 'Devilution', and Matt even talks a little about his time in the underground legendary band SLEEP.

"On Friday [Sept. 16], Buffalo rockers EVERY TIME I DIE drop by the 'Metal Asylum' set and all hell breaks loose. God knows what was talked about besides Michael Madsen (cameo in their new video), 'cause fire alarms were literally going off, sarcasm being dished out in high doses and rock was coming at you from every angle. I swear to you it's a show not to be missed!"

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SOTU Photos From Vancouver Posted

The photos for the Sounds of the Underground tour in Vancouver have been posted in the photo gallery.

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The Esoteric To Join Warped Tour, Every Time I Die

Lawrence, KS' THE ESOTERIC continue their non-stop touring in support of the critically acclaimed With The Sureness Of Sleepwalking with a stint on the east coast run of the Van's Warped Tour. The band will be appearing on the East Coast Independent Stage starting August 4th in Jacksonville, FL. The dates will be followed by an appearance on this years edition of Hellfest and a round of dates supporting Every Time I Die when they will be replacing The Chariot. Their video for Ram-Faced Boy continues to receive solid support from Fuse Metal Asylum and MTV2's Headbanger's Ball programs.

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ETID, High On Fire, The Red Chord Tour Dates

The first batch of dates for the upcoming Every Time I Die, High On Fire, The Red Chord, and The Chariot tour have been disclosed. Here's the latest:

9/7 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/8 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/9 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
9/12 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
9/13 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
9/15 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
9/16 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/17 Tampa, FL @ Masquerade

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ETID, The Red Chord Tour Dates Announced

The first batch of dates for the Everytime I Die, High on Fire, The Red Chord, The Chariot tour have been revealed:

Sept. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Sept. 08 New York City, NY Irving Plaza
Sept. 09 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Sept. 10 Philadelphia, PA TLA
Sept. 12 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
Sept. 13 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
Sept. 15 Nashville, TN Rocketown
Sept. 16 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Atlanta
Sept. 17 Tampa, FL Masquerade Tampa

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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High On Fire Planning On DVD

From the High On Fire camp:

A full-length High on Fire DVD is just getting started. Here’s where we need a bit of help:

We’re taking submissions since we know there is a bunch of High on Fire stuff out there. So if anyone has any good video of us playing live (from any show/tour) and would be so kind as to make a copy and send it to us at the address below (with your name and contact e-mail and phone number), it would be appreciated. We can’t guarantee submissions will be used but if yours is we’ll get you a free copy of the DVD and some other cool High on Fire stuff that you’ve never seen (or will see) anywhere else.

The mailing address is:

High on Fire
c/o Leafy Green
150 Santa Marina
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA

Also, if anyone has any killer High on Fire gig posters and flyers (especially posters) that they could scan and send as a hi-res jpg or pdf to highonfireyeti@yahoo.com that would be appreciated as well.

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Lamb of God Confirmed Headliner For SotU Tour

I didn't think this was a secret or anything, but LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed as the headliner for 2005 SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds of the Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour- this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

Joining LAMB OF GOD will be:

CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
OPETH
UNEARTH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
CHIMAIRA
GWAR
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
HIGH ON FIRE
MADBALL
TERROR
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE RED CHORD
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES

Sounds of the Underground 2005 Tour Dates are as follows:

6/25 - Lowell, MA - Paul E Tsongas Arena
6/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
6/28 - Pontiac, MI - Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
6/30 - Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 - Portsmouth, VA - Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 - Montreal, QC - Stade Uniprix
7/04 - Mississauga, ON - Arrow Hall
7/05 - Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
7/07 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
7/10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Village
7/12 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/15 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
7/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
7/29 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 - Denver, CO- Universal Lending Pavilion

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Roadburn Festival To Be Webcasted Live

Holland`s major network, VPRO 3voor12, will pull off a live coverage of the 10th Roadburn Festival this Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 013-Tilburg, Holland. The live webcast starts at 18.45 hrs CET ( 12.45 pm EST). Click web radio for the live stream.

The live webcast will feature Sunn 0))), Alabama Thunderpussy, High on Fire, Electric Wizard, Litmus, Astrosoniq, Brant Bjork and the Bros, Space Ritual, Vic Du Monte`s Idiot Prayer, Hypnos 69, Black Moses, Josiah, and Hulk.

The Roadburn Festival (i.e all the performances) will be available on demand for free later throughout the week via VPRO 3voor12 and roadburn.com.

For a direct link to the live webcast page, click here.

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