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With a heavy-handed approach and a sound that crashes like thunder, High On Fire has put the power back in 'power-trio'. Less a band than a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness, the band has burned the metal rulebook and forged a new archetype.
Before the band had even made it's first live appearance, labels flocked to get a piece of the trio. In the end the band chose to record with the Mans Ruin label and the demo surfaced in the form of a mini-CD in early '99, while they continued writing for their debut full-length. That debut, The Art of Self Defense, was welcome respite from commercialized rap-metal and warmed-over stoner-rock clichs of the time. The Art of Self Defense served up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio's style was unique, distinct, and absolutely crushing.
Accolades poured in the world over: Rolling Stone, Spin, GQ, Alternative Press, Magnet, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Village Voice and dozens of others publications. Almost overnight, High On Fire were the unassuming heroes of the riff and the most celebrated metal band on the planet. On the waves of such massive exposure, High On Fire hit the road. Europe was conquered with Alabama Thunderpussy in tow and the U.S. was taken in two tours of duty.
The now-legendary High On Fire tour juggernaut celebrated with a marathon North American Tour that saw them traverse the continent for six consecutive months and a Japanese and European headlining tours. The touring was capped by the band being named one of Alternative Press Magazine's "25 Most Important Metal Bands".
In June 2006, after a long, intense writing process, High On Fire entered Seattle's Avast 2 and Soundhouse studios with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) to record their long-awaited new full-length, Death Is This Communion. Death Is This Communion is High On Fire's ultimate sonic masterpiece. Matt Pike's unmistakable guitar playing and throaty war cry lead the charge, while Des Kensel's massive drumming takes on a new life and pushes the beast onward more urgently than ever. From the rampaging 'Rumors of War' and 'Fury Whip', through the hypnotic riffs of 'Ethereal' and the album's title track, Death Is This Communion is High On Fire's masterwork.