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Musicians You Should Know – High on Fire

In Musicians You Should Know on July 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm


For this week, the article is dedicated to Oakland’s own High on Fire.


High on Fire was formed back in 1998 by Matt Pike. If that name sounds a bit familiar to you, you may know him from his former band, Sleep. As stated, he formed High on Fire back in ’98 with drummer Des Kensel. Their first recordings was released on their first LP, The Art of Self Defense. The sound of High on Fire can best be compared to a band like Motorhead. It goes without saying that Pike’s voice definitely resembles Lemmy’s. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that High on Fire is a blatant rip-off of Motorhead. I am just giving you a sense of what to expect when you listen to a High on Fire album.

The riffs are amazing. Pike certainly has a knack for writing riffs that contain groove and are heavy as well. Like I said, if you’re a fan of a band like Motorhead, or stoner metal, you really need to check out High on Fire.



– Early Recordings Promo – 1999
– Split 7″ With Ruins – 2005


The Art of Self Defense – 2000 (Man’s Ruin/Tee Pee)
– Surrounded by Thieves – 2002 (Relapse Records)
– Blessed Black Wings – 2005 (Relapse Records)
– Death is this Communion – 2007 (Relapse Records)
– Live From the Relapse Contamination Festival – 2009 (Relapse Records)

  1. I have never heard of this band, but I checked them out yesterday and I can’t stop listening to them. They are awesome!

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