High on Fire Finish Work on New Album

What we know about the next High on Fire album: It exists. Converge‘s Kurt Ballou, who produced 2015’s Luminiferous (review here) and 2012’s De Vermiis Mysteriis (review here), helmed it. That’s about all. No song titles yet. No album title. No artwork. No audio. No behind-the-scenes documentary clips on YouTube where Matt Pike talks about battle axes and raiding villages and all that kind of stuff. None of that. But yeah, it exists. That’s worth a press release.

I’m curious though why it’s slated for “late 2018.” It’s March. Even with a summer spent touring and a full hype machine behind it of videos, track premieres through major outlets, press releases for the title, the artwork, the song titles, the behind-the-scenes documentaries, etc., it doesn’t seem unreasonable to me to think a September release would be possible. When I read “late 2018,” I think more October/November. That seems a long way off.

Or maybe I just want to hear new High on Fire sooner rather than later. That’s entirely possible. Here’s this from the PR wire:

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HIGH ON FIRE WRAP PRODUCTION ON ALL NEW ALBUM DUE LATE 2018

Legendary metal band HIGH ON FIRE have wrapped production on their eighth studio LP and is gearing up for its release later this year. The band has been busy in the studio since February putting the finishing touches on yet another blistering album.

“We are pretty happy with how the new material came together on this one,” says drummer Des Kensel. “We usually go into the studio with about two-thirds of the record done which can be a little stressful but it forces us to make final arrangement decisions which would normally be put off in a rehearsal studio atmosphere. It also puts some pressure on us to perform at a higher level.”

“The bar has definitely been raised on this one, at least for me. There’s a good mix of fast and slow. The fast has gotten faster and the slow is…still slow.”

Bassist Jeff Matz adds, “We’ve definitely pushed ourselves musically on this album. The material covers a broad range of tempos and styles, but the overall sound and vibe are unmistakably High On Fire.”

And finally, vocalist and lead guitarist Matt Pike declares, “hold on tight! You’re in for a ride!”

HIGH ON FIRE again teamed up with producer Kurt Ballou and God City Studios where the last two LPs were created. Additional tracking was done by Bryan Sours of Sour Sound.

The as-yet-unnamed release will serve as the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Luminiferous, which garnered its own massive critical acclaim.

HIGH ON FIRE has also been confirmed for the 2018 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Festival taking place August 17-19 at the famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).

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One Response to “High on Fire Finish Work on New Album”

  1. Jose Humberto says:

    Good news: new HOF album
    Bad news: probably no new Sleep album this year :(
    …again

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