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Oakland, San Francisco CA, United States (1998 – present)

High on Fire is a metal band originally formed from the remnants of the legendary stoner band Sleep. Matt Pike, from Sleep, sings and plays guitar in High on Fire and founded the band with George Rice (bass) and Des Kensel (drums), formerly of Connecticut hardcore band Mindwar. High on Fire’s sound is extremely heavy, drawing influences from the aforementioned Sleep, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, and hardcore punk.

The Oakland, California band formed in 1998 and released ‘The Art of Self Defense’ on Man’s Ruin Records, in March 2000. After Man’s Ruin Records folded, the album was re-released via Tee-Pee Records on CD and vinyl with new artwork and two bonus tracks: Steel Shoe (an original) and The Ursurper (Celtic Frost).

Following, the band signed with relapse records and released ‘Surrounded by Thieves’ in 2002, with production help from Billy Anderson ( Founding member and bass player George Rice, would leave the band shortly before recording the next album.

In 2004, Relapse and Throne Records released the ‘Live from the Contamination Festival’ CD and LP (respectively) which was recorded in Philadelphia, PA. The CD is limited to 2000 copies and the LP only 1000.

‘Blessed Black Wings’, produced by Steve Albini, was released in early 2005, and was their first and only to feature Joe Preston (Earth, Melvins, Thrones) on bass. The vinyl version as well as the Japanese CD version of this album had the Judas Priest song Rapid Fire as a bonus track.


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  • Parabellum13x

    Complaining because Matt Pike doesn't have Freddie Mercury's voice, how very metalz.

    20 Apr 5:57pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    they are an absolute wall of sound, fucking great

    3 Apr 6:30pm Reply
  • Barney9

    There is only one word to describe HIgh on Fire "Brutal". But its a good kind of brutal.

    29 Mar 1:15am Reply
  • jonowev

    Fuck that, sucks how there's this slow-bubbling backlash against the supposed over-saturation of the doom scene happening at the moment. Who the fuck cares bru? Just listen to the bands you happen to discover and enjoy, that should be enough. The scene will sort itself out in due course through natural selection.

    27 Mar 2:08pm Reply
  • missing_sock

    This is something of a fresh breath among all the unbelievably generic, pointless and uncreative stoner bands around. Still though, those vocals piss me off too, and not for the right reasons.

    27 Mar 10:29am Reply
  • jonowev

    First album fucking destroys

    26 Mar 7:30pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    If I ever see another person insult my waifu Asuka I will fucking destroy them. [2]

    24 Mar 9:13pm Reply
  • Martynas_J

    Some serious Celtic Frost going on here at times

    17 Mar 12:26am Reply
  • dmsnvndr

    14 Mar 8:23am Reply
  • Cyankali

    The connotation of good vocals hmm in respect of what? The vocals are harsch, sound pissed off and fit to music incessantly.

    9 Mar 10:18am Reply
  • emptycookiejar1

    If I ever see another person insult my waifu Asuka I will fucking destroy them.

    22 Feb 3:30am Reply
  • CanIUseThis

    Says the even bigger fag with a weeb avi. Get fucked, nerd.

    19 Jan 1:12am Reply
  • silent_phace

    his fatness sort of suits him

    16 Jan 10:06pm Reply
  • I__--__--__I

    Matt Pike got pretty fuckin' fat.

    3 Jan 6:54am Reply
  • EliasOE

    I love it. It's dirty

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Yelyah-Williams

    Says the fag who thinks these vocals are good.

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fuck-hate

    ALARM!!!ALARM!!! Russians are coming! Read and listen carefully! Still think U are cool? No, if U didn't listen this gorgeous EP! No more boring music styles! There is no limits for this crazy RUSSIAN bastards! They will really explode your mind! So, if U are not like other sad people , just listen them and tell your friend about G.G. Nonsense! Like it or not U gonna love this guys!

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CanIUseThis

    His vocals do not suck, they're dirty, raw and pissed off; everything good metal vocals should be. He sounds like Lemmy after 9 bong hits to the face. Also, lol @ the idiot calling them groove.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SchWarG

    awesome show last week!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • defnoob

    Matt Pike's vocals suck, the riffs are good but his voice makes me want to tear my ears off.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
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