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Release date: 23 February 2010
Style: Stoner metal, Sludge metal

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8 | 163 votes

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01. Snakes For The Divine
02. Frost Hammer
03. Bastard Samurai
04. Ghost Neck
05. The Path
06. Fire, Flood & Plague
07. How Dark We Pray
08. Holy Flames Of The Fire Spitter
09. Mystery Of Helm [bonus]

The best Stoner / Sludge Metal album of 2010

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Release dates:

February 23: US
March 8: Europe

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
8.6
Opening with a particularly urgent guitar line before all hell breaks loose, Snakes For the Divine announces the return of High On Fire… a power trio that have drawn comparisons to the legendary Motorhead. It's fitting. It is three guys playing fast, furious and dirty metal.

The first thing longtime High On Fire fans will likely take note of is the production on this release. The production values for the band have morphed from the garage-like sound of Blessed Black Wings to a much cleaner result in Death Is This Communion, which struck a great balance between clear-sounding instruments while still retaining the raw, visceral nature of their music.

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published 05.03.2010 | Comments (5)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

26.02.2010 Came out on Tuesday and has dominated my cd tray since. The production allows the bass and drum support, usually overshadowed by Pike's mighty axe, to shine through as well. This power trio is ugly, dirty, loud, barbaric, and tight. \m/

FROST HAMMERRRRRRRR!

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Doc Godin - 13.02.2010 at 11:24  
Rating: 9 Just checked out the preview tracks. I was a bit indifferent toward the title track until the final 14 seconds, that was just incredible. It seems like this one is the biggest departure from their regular sound they've ever made, it's going to be a hard adjustment but after a few listens it seems it should pay off.
BitterCOld - 24.02.2010 at 07:51  
Rating: 8 After 1.5 listens, i like the album all in all. the weird thing is the production is not particularly fitting. it's like whomever mixed it accidentally switched the values for the vocals and guitars.

Pike's singing is mediocre. at best.

Pike's guitar playing is fucking awesome.

the drums and bass do shine through... shame the guitar isn't a bit more upfront.
Dangerboner - 24.02.2010 at 08:04  
Rating: 7
Written by BitterCOld on 24.02.2010 at 07:51

After 1.5 listens, i like the album all in all. the weird thing is the production is not particularly fitting. it's like whomever mixed it accidentally switched the values for the vocals and guitars.

Pike's singing is mediocre. at best.

I'm not sure if this is true, but I heard somewhere that the same guy responsible for the shitty sound on the new Metallica and Slayer albums produced, mixed, or mastered it, but I've only heard good things about the music so far.
BitterCOld - 24.02.2010 at 08:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Dangerboner on 24.02.2010 at 08:04

Written by BitterCOld on 24.02.2010 at 07:51

After 1.5 listens, i like the album all in all. the weird thing is the production is not particularly fitting. it's like whomever mixed it accidentally switched the values for the vocals and guitars.

Pike's singing is mediocre. at best.

I'm not sure if this is true, but I heard somewhere that the same guy responsible for the shitty sound on the new Metallica and Slayer albums produced, mixed, or mastered it, but I've only heard good things about the music so far.


music is great. production is not nearly as bad as Slayer or as unbelievably bad as Death Magnetic. it's just kind of an odd choice for this particular band.
Mr. Doctor - 24.02.2010 at 14:31  
Rating: 8
Written by BitterCOld on 24.02.2010 at 07:51

Pike's singing is mediocre. at best.

Pike's guitar playing is fucking awesome.

the drums and bass do shine through... shame the guitar isn't a bit more upfront.


I just listened their myspace and I disagree about the vocals, I found them perfect....
FROST HAMMER!!!!
Mansdone - 26.02.2010 at 15:53  
Rating: 9 I love this album, I think its their best work since Blessed Black Wings. I like where they are going with their music. It sounds like a faster and more agressive album, and those are the things I like most in my music. This album is a real step forward for them.

Favorite Songs-
Sanakes for the divine
Bastard Samurai
Fire, Flood, and plauge
Dangerboner - 01.03.2010 at 12:11  
Rating: 7 Ehhh I'm not really liking this... it just sounds far too restrained and emotionless for sludgecore

I'm giving it a 7 for now, but I doubt it'll stay that high, assuming that I feel like listening to it again later
eveerett henry - 10.02.2011 at 08:52  
  2 guitars and one drum set make for a balance that a professional mixer likes to hear. The unique drum pattern (Desi) allowss Matt and Jeff pluck their strings on thier guitars creating that nasty sound we all got to know and hear. Matt guitar hanging low or close to the chest creats thosee screams we sometimes hear from a superior player. Jeff echoes the sound from Matts playing creating the major and minor sound to our ears. The drums smooth the guitar soounds. Like lightening and thunder or fire and heat their balance is easily recognized by teens, young mature people or even mature people. No other band can copy their sound.:););D:D
Vikcen - 12.02.2011 at 05:29  
Rating: 8 Awesome, in my opinion this album is better than "Death Is This Communion".
Vikcen - 22.04.2011 at 04:51  
Rating: 8 Well, finally i got the album and what i dislike is the sound of the guitar so low in the production, for my taste i would have liked more volume in this sense...

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