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High On Fire – Death Is This Communion

January 12, 2008

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Metal used to be the music I listened to most back when I was 16, 17 or so. I usually don’t find it that interesesting nowadays, however I do occasionally check out some albums which reviews present as musically interesting, or beyond the average, which I now tend to classify as narrow-minded pretence or mental illness.

High On Fire are, Wikipedia tells me, generally classified as stoner metal or doom metal. Indeed, there’s that taste of guitars (if stoner means QOTSA to you, well, yes, you could imagine these guys as a mean version of them). The singer is not screaming or growling in an imitation of what some suppose his evil majesty sounds like – he’s mostly just shouting.

Death is this communion, bands fourth album, has received some good reviews. The riffs are powerful, imaginative, ranging from galloping, midtempo, to groovy even. Solos have their place and recognizable ideas. But, there’s diversity as well. For instance, Khanrad’s Wall proves that the band is capable of oriental acoustic melodies, while Headhunter is a remarkable euphoric drums-only track. This is one good album, I’m glad I found it.

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