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Release date: 3 April 2012
Style: Stoner metal, Sludge metal

Rating:

8.1 | 138 votes

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17 want it


01. Serums Of Liao
02. Bloody Knuckles
03. Fertile Green
04. Madness Of An Architect
05. Samsara [feat. Kurt Ballou]
06. Spiritual Rites [feat. Ashley Redshaw]
07. King Of Days
08. De Vermis Mysteriis
09. Romulus And Remus
10. Warhorn [feat. Kurt Ballou]
11. Speak In Tongues [Japanese bonus]

The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album Of 2012

Review
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Matt Pike - vocals, guitar
Des Kensel - drums
Jeff Matz - bass

Guest musicians
Ashley Rose Redshaw - vocals
Kurt Parker Ballou - guitars

Staff review by
Doc Godin

Rating:
9.0
Here's something not many bands can pull off; 6 albums, none of which suck. While there's not too much re-imagining going on here, it definitely seems like High On Fire have found a nice little crossroads of all their best aspects. In fact, De Vermis Mysteriis makes a lot of their previous recordings almost sound like beta testing.

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published 17.04.2012 | Comments (71)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

04.04.2012 Nothing fancy here. The band that put the POWAH! in power trio, High On Fire, are back with another pummeling album featuring dalekian vocals, pounding drums, pummeling guitar and bass riffs, and Matt Pike's frenetic solos. Tracks like "Spiritual Rites" and "Serums Of Liao" are the sonic equivalent of a bar room brawl. Enjoy.

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J. N. - 23.02.2012 at 23:54  
  Do fuckin' want.
Xnoybis - 24.02.2012 at 00:57  
Rating: 9
Written by J. N. on 23.02.2012 at 23:54

Do fuckin' want.


agree. fired up about this one.
LordFezzington - 24.02.2012 at 01:11  
Rating: 8 Yes please! Snakes was the album of 2010 for me - so expecting big things.
Alex Fenger - 24.02.2012 at 02:08  
Rating: 7 This should be good
btbamfan20 - 24.02.2012 at 05:52  
Rating: 9 Haha thats awesome, we all have the same reaction to this news, TOKE!!!
bloodwrage - 24.02.2012 at 05:56  
  Hopefully Pike writes more for this album. Snakes wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either.
EW - 24.02.2012 at 10:11  
  Toke indeed.
J. N. - 24.02.2012 at 21:10  
 
Written by Xnoybis on 24.02.2012 at 00:57
agree. fired up about this one.

So fired up you had to say it three times?
Xnoybis - 24.02.2012 at 22:29  
Rating: 9
Written by J. N. on 24.02.2012 at 21:10

Written by Xnoybis on 24.02.2012 at 00:57
agree. fired up about this one.

So fired up you had to say it three times?


seems my laptop was three times as fired up as i was!
afu - 25.02.2012 at 01:54  
Rating: 8 YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doc Godin - 26.02.2012 at 09:18  
Rating: 10 Stoked.

Though, admittedly, I'm not too keen on that cover artwork.
Boxcar Willy - 28.02.2012 at 22:16  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 26.02.2012 at 09:18

Though, admittedly, I'm not too keen on that cover artwork.

neither am I, I was expecting a little more... colour.
Alex Fenger - 29.02.2012 at 19:33  
Rating: 7 New song http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13243-fertile-green/
afu - 29.02.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 8 Fertile Green: http://youtu.be/DX4yy3TwdvM
Doc Godin - 09.03.2012 at 23:09  
Rating: 10 Fertile Green doesn't sound really all that good. The main riff (when audible) feels extremely recycled from "Waste Of Tiamat". I'm not so much into this mixing where everything is cranked, leaving no room for any of the subtleties they threw into their previous albums. Some people like that, not so much myself.

The more that is revealed about this album, the less optimistic I become.
The Benighted - 31.03.2012 at 04:03  
Rating: 8 Oh god. This is fucking ridiculous. The production is finally back on after the lackluster affair from the previous release (Snakes for the Divine) and the riffs are some of the best the band has ever put forward to record. This is one to hear, folks.
Xnoybis - 06.04.2012 at 00:55  
Rating: 9 Listened to it maybe half a dozen times or so over the last two days and really like it a lot. might be up there with "Death Is This Communion" as my High On Favorite.
afu - 08.04.2012 at 09:57  
Rating: 8 The solo in King Of Days is pure awesomeness.
strade - 09.04.2012 at 08:23  
  I should probably listen to this.
errorcode99 - 10.04.2012 at 21:19  
Rating: 9 This rocks my head off
Doc Godin - 18.04.2012 at 00:43  
Rating: 10
Written by Doc Godin on 09.03.2012 at 23:09

Fertile Green doesn't sound really all that good. The main riff (when audible) feels extremely recycled from "Waste Of Tiamat". I'm not so much into this mixing where everything is cranked, leaving no room for any of the subtleties they threw into their previous albums. Some people like that, not so much myself.

The more that is revealed about this album, the less optimistic I become.

Hey pal, go fuck yourself. This is awesome.
Mr. Doctor - 18.04.2012 at 01:29  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 18.04.2012 at 00:43

Written by Doc Godin on 09.03.2012 at 23:09

Fertile Green doesn't sound really all that good. The main riff (when audible) feels extremely recycled from "Waste Of Tiamat". I'm not so much into this mixing where everything is cranked, leaving no room for any of the subtleties they threw into their previous albums. Some people like that, not so much myself.

The more that is revealed about this album, the less optimistic I become.

Hey pal, go fuck yourself. This is awesome.


Hehehehe I was wondering about your comment and not a 8 or a 9 but a friggin 10 next to it. Seems like it's a grower.
PocketMetal - 23.04.2012 at 19:53  
Rating: 9 I don't like it when they slow things down , I need more listens to rate it , anyway : Respect High On Fire
Boxcar Willy - 08.05.2012 at 22:00  
  Wow,

Tasty! I don't know why I put off listening to these guys for so long.
RAVASTATOR - 03.06.2012 at 22:25  
Rating: 10
Written by Boxcar Willy on 08.05.2012 at 22:00

Wow,

Tasty! I don't know why I put off listening to these guys for so long.


... fuck yeah.

ALSO may i just reiterate that King of Days is a prime-time, class-a, bona fide, earthquake causing, prefix-attaching motherfucking ROAD GRADER of a track. My highlight of 2012 so far. Yes i am easily pleased, and yes it feels great thank you
Ace Frawley - 24.06.2012 at 14:37  
Rating: 6
Written by afu on 08.04.2012 at 09:57

The solo in King Of Days is pure awesomeness.


Agree. "KIng of Days" is a beast.
Lustful Maid - 25.10.2013 at 13:58  
Rating: 3 Listening to this album made me felt like drinking a full glass of ketch-up while eating french fries.
Lit. - 26.10.2013 at 20:08  
 
Written by Lustful Maid on 25.10.2013 at 13:58

Listening to this album made me felt like drinking a full glass of ketch-up while eating french fries.

Then why'd you give it a three?
Lustful Maid - 26.10.2013 at 21:24  
Rating: 3
Written by Lit. on 26.10.2013 at 20:08

Written by Lustful Maid on 25.10.2013 at 13:58

Listening to this album made me felt like drinking a full glass of ketch-up while eating french fries.

Then why'd you give it a three?

Because I puked up french fries due to the full glass of ketch-up.
(frankly the overwhelming pretentious bass rhythms really brought down the credits of all the good structures of other member's efforts)
Lit. - 26.10.2013 at 22:12  
 
Written by Lustful Maid on 26.10.2013 at 21:24

Because I puked up french fries due to the full glass of ketch-up.
(frankly the overwhelming pretentious bass rhythms really brought down the credits of all the good structures of other member's efforts)


Wimp.

It's the same thing High on Fire been releasing in the last decade. It's a good album and evidently, it's not your taste. Maybe you should try Sleep first, they're a little more accessible and easy to listen to.
deadone - 27.05.2014 at 03:30  
Rating: 6 I found this one to be somewhat unfocused compared to the previous 2. The songwriting seemed lazy and the last half or so of the album is kind of tedious.

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