Blog High on Fire @ Manning Bar

High on Fire @ Manning Bar

Posted Feb. 23, 2016, 9:24 p.m. by T

Advertisement
Radio K 2

High on Fire

Manning Bar

Sydney, AUS

February 21, 2016

The Swiss label Off the Disk Records was founded by Thomas Mölch and Erich Keller (Fear of God fame, breaker of Henry Rollins’ microphone, and now renowned academic) in 1988, which is when they released Infest’s classic Slave LP (“Youth of Today im Elektrozaun”). Hemorrhaging quality releases since its inception, I blindly ordered Sleep’s Vol.2  7” in 1991, which was my first exposure to the wizardry of Matt Pike channeling Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath. Two of the songs on the 7” found their way on what is widely considered to be the blueprint for the evolution of stoner metal: Sleep’s seminal album Holy Mountain before they recorded a single one hour long self-immolating song called “Dopesmoker,” which became their last album.

From the ashes of Sleep and evolving from mid-paced stoner metal rose Pike’s new band, High on Fire, and while maintaining his signature guitar tone, it became an increasingly fiercer, faster, and more aggressive incarnation with him handling vocal duties as well. Cue “Masters of Reality played backwards on 78pm enhanced on mescaline”.

In a live environment, High on Fire is a virtuosic, brutish force of nature:

Backed by a stack of Orange amps, Des Kensel pummeling double bass drums, and Jeff Matz nimble bludgeoning on bass, both completing and echoing Pike’s writhing, rumbling riffage and growling, the triumvirate descended upon the University of Sydney’s campus and plowed through a close to 90-minute sweaty and career spanning display of pre-Ice Age archaic hominis.

Especially the newer material of their current album Luminiferous shines live. Produced yet again by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, the 9 heavy hitters epitomize the strong points of HOF’s oeuvre: weighty, sludgy drawn-out compositions, pushing and pulling tempos at will, circular hooks and marvels of rhythm perfection with more emphasis on vocal harmonies, anthemic choruses, and multi-layered song structures without sacrificing bile and venom.

High on Fire were brought to Australia by the heads behind Life Is Noise, a solid touring company with a focus on weird, genre-pushing, experimental, and exciting music. From dense noise to droning doom, tripped out acid-rock to screams, metal, and all the spaces in between. They’ve worked with the likes of Neurosis, Sleep, Pallbearer, Yob, Boris, Om, Tortoise, Earthless, High on Fire, Sunn O))), Elder, Grails, et cetera and have yet to stage a show that is not well planned, enjoyable, and professionally organized.

--

Photos by KAVV

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Boy George @ Café del Mar

Posted by T
June 19, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Boy George Café del Mar Sydney, AU June 12, 2017 Despite the focus being on his recent stint as a judge on one of those castings shows down under, Boy ... read more

Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows

Posted by T
June 11, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Fantastic Food and Drink and Naturally Good Shows ICC Exhibition Centre Sydney, AU June 4-5   Premium. Gourmet. Handcrafted. Delicious. Unique. Extraordinary. Fantastic – a few adjectives and superlatives that ... read more

Hot Brown Honey @ Opera House

Posted by T
June 10, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Hot Brown Honey Opera House Sydney, AU June 9, 2017 Sass, empowerment and politics rooted in hip hop culture are the pillars that form the foundation of Hot Brown Honey – ... read more

Metallica Ride Out The Lightning in Denver

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
June 9, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

Metallica Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, Colorado  June 7, 2017   The storm was supposed to roll through early - before opening acts Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold took ... read more

Colourblast Party @ Bungalow 8

Posted by T
June 9, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

Colourblast Party Bungalow 8 Sydney, AU June 8, 2017 Colourblast is a multi-room visual extravaganza of interactive and exciting performances and entertainment—the essence of Vivid in a nightclub environment.   ... read more

Advertisement
Dwarves skyscraper
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.