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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).

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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Anderson_%28music%29). 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.

In early 2006, Joe Preston left the band and was replaced by jeff matz of Zeke. High On Fire then went on to release the Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) produced and recorded album, ‘Death is This Communion,’ in September 2007. To celebrate this release, and the start of their tour for the album, the band played a free show at San Francsico’s Amoeba records.

The band released their fifth full-length album Snakes for the Divine in February 2010 through E1 music. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman and stripped away much of the acoustic textures and layering of the previous album, leaving a monolithic heavy sound to the record.

Edited by SeaDogMariner on 21 May 2012, 07:14

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Formed in
  • 1998
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  • Oakland, California
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