High on Fire- De Vermis Mysteriis
“I got this idea about Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception: What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then?”
Now, these aren’t the maniacal ideals of a two-bit cult leader, or even a “drunk off the communion wine” Catholic Priest. This is Matt Pike, singer/guitar player of the band High on Fire describing his inspiration for the lyrical concepts found on their newest record “De Vermis Mysteriis”.
High on Fire are a trio from Oakland, California who have fine tuned their portrayal of stoner, sludge, and progressive metal over the last ten years of their existence. Since their origin, High on Fire has always mixed aggressive rock/metal with strange and borderline outlandish concepts into their music. This record is no different, but what does stand out however is that “De Vermis Mysteriis” has a much more raw, thrashing feel to it courtesy of production credits by hardcore/metal mastermind Kurt Ballou. Between Ballou’s stripped down approach to recording and High on Fire’s “take no prisoners” songwriting style, this record carries a sense of urgency that was lost in translation on previous efforts. Fast paced riffing, insanely technical guitar solos, Motorhead inspired vocals, dirty low end bass licks, and frantic drum parts make this 52-minute slab of epic rock and metal something you will walk away from bruised and broken, yet yearning for more.
It may take an Easter miracle to understand the concepts on High on Fire’s “De Vermis Mysteriis”, but it’s a no brainer that this record is extreme metal fans musical revelation. You can follow this artist through their Facebook, purchase this record through Insound, or stream a track below: