28 May 2014
High On Fire: begins work on new album and tours Europe
California rock giants HIGH ON FIRE have begun work on their new, as-yet-untitled studio album. The globally-celebrated group -- guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz -- have convened for strategic writing sessions in both New Orleans, LA and Oakland with early reports indicating the band's new material to be both "epic" and "sonically huge". A winter 2015 tentative release date via Century Media Records (Europe/UK) and eOne (North America) is expected for the new LP, the follow-up to 2012's De Vermis Mysteriis.
"Des, Jeff and I are really getting creative and writing a hell of a new record," states Pike. "It's a crazy project and I can't really explain what it's all about just yet, but we've been writing a lot of crazy intense material that will up the ante, and bring things to another level."
"Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like," adds Kensel. "Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's "Master of Reality" backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea."
In addition to constructing the new album, HIGH ON FIRE has announced a handful of upcoming U.S. live dates as well as an Australian headlining tour and a European headlining trek. The Land of Oz trek will launch on July 16 in Brisbane and the Euro jaunt will kick off on July 23 in Hamburg, Germany and run through August 9 in London, England.
Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness. Described as "a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume," HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique. The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike -- also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP -- along with powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and talented bassist Jeff Matz. HIGH ON FIRE's most recent studio album De Vermis Mysteriis was released in April, 2012
"Like CREAM on a rocket to hell. HIGH ON FIRE dish out low-frequency terror that turns your innards to black tar."- ROLLING STONE
HIGH ON FIRE tour dates:
23.07.2014 Logo, Hamburg, Germany
24.07.2014013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
25.07.2014 Underground, Köln, Germany
26.07.2014 Milhões de Festa, Barcelos, Portgual
28.07.2014 Slakthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
29.07.2014 Bla, Oslo, Norway
30.07.2014 Truckstop Alaska, Gothenburg, Sweden
31.07.2014 Resurrection Festival, Viveiro, Spain
01.08.2014 Glazart, Paris, France
02.08.2014 Roadkill, Waarschoot, Belgium
03.08.2014 KB 18, Copenhagen, Denmark
04.08.2014 Babel, Malmö, Sweden
05.08.2014 Magne,t Berlin, Germany
06.08.2014 Brutal Assault Festiva,l Prague, Czech Republic
07.08.2014 Kellerclub, Stuttgart, Germany
08.08.2014 Jalometalli Festival, Oulu, Finland
09.08.2014 Underworld, London, UK
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