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Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would seem to share so much in common.

Not merely in their thrust or in the pummel and whirlwind they’re able to conjure when reaching a similar maximum velocity, but in the ability to balance the real and the unreal while doing so. Luminiferous is High on Fire‘s second collaboration with producer Kurt Ballou, and like the movie, its nine tracks / 54 minutes are executed with minimal trickery. Real stunts. Sure, Des Kensel‘s toms and snare on second cut ‘Carcosa’ or the second half of closer ‘The Lethal Chamber’, or that of ‘The Sunless Years’, or in the midsection of ‘The Dark Side of the Compass’ have a war-drum sound to them, huge, thudding, but it’s not inorganic in its construction.

High on Fire - Luminiferous

And while both movie and album can seem superficially at times to be sacrificing all else for the sake of the sheer badassery of their impact, High on Fire‘s latest is actually among their more progressive works, following 2012’s adrenaline-pumped stunner De Vermis Mysteriis – their first with Ballou — with more of a flow from one song into the next and likewise fluid shifts between tempos and flourishes of melody and emotion on ‘The Falconist’ or ‘The Cave’ to go along with all-out thrashfests like ‘Slave the Hive’ or the penultimate title-track, which is sandwiched between the two longest tracks here, ‘The Cave’ and ‘The Lethal Chamber’, both of which stand as evidence of the desire from High on Fire — guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike (also Sleep) and bassist Jeff Matz, in addition to Kensel — to continue the creative development that’s been there to hear all along throughout their 17-year run for anyone willing to look under the sometimes-masking layer of raw brutality.

Even if Luminiferous is better constructed and more dynamic overall than was De Vermis Mysteriis, its opening salvo is still geared toward finding out how big of a crater it can make. Opener ‘The Black Plot’ has its hook but is among the record’s nastier thrashers, Pike following his guitar and taking a somewhat surprising melodic turn in the chorus vocally as Kensel and Matz hold together a gallop that’s as much of a signature move as High on Fire has.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK | REVIEW | High on Fire – Luminiferous
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Album of the Day: Steve Von Till – A Life Unto Itself

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Factory Worker Media: Whether folk music is inherently suited to grim, mature musings or vice versa, the turbulence which permeates the work of a “dark” or “angry” young songwriter seems to catalyze over time, to potentially yield songs that, despite their softer, subtler tread, are broader in […]

Album of the Day: Les Discrets – Live At Roadburn

Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Live albums always feel, at best, a little bit redundant to me. Live music is an all-round sensory experience – the sights, the smells, the volume and the engagement are all things that are bred from actually being there and unless the band intend on […]

Album of the day: Sammal – Myrskyvaroitus

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: You might remember a year or so ago we covered a little EP by a Finnish band called Sammal, who sing in their native tongue and pay homage to some of the great prog and heavy rock bands of the ’70s. That debut EP […]

Album of the Day: FOGG – High Testament

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Does the world need another psychedelic power trio in thrall to Led Zeppelin, friendly hallucinogens and biker grease? Probably not, but there are loads of permutations of familiar pleasures whose proliferations are welcome, despite being completely unnecessary to the planet’s well-being: methods of brewing coffee. […]

Album of the Day: Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Often bands are formed for a shared love of similar tastes of music. Not only born out of eclectic tastes, Royal Thunder have absorbed these influences into their music to produce an unusual hybrid of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Indie, Goth and Grunge. This makes Royal […]

Album of the Day: The Exploding Eyes Orchestra – I

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: Over the past few years, Jess and the Ancient Ones have become a revelation in the world of metal and extreme music. Their haunting occult-based sound is infectious and enrapturing, and their powerful singer has pipes that can put the world to shame. Seeing […]

Album of the Day: Insect Ark – Portal/Well

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Angry Metal Guy: Once upon a dark and glum time, also known as the beginning of the dank ‘90s, a bunch of enigmatic German misfits got together, formed a band called Bohren & der Club of Gore, and started playing music that was quite novel for its […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]

Album of the Day: Death Alley – Black Magick Boogieland

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: For as long as rock’n’roll bands have been making rock’n’roll records, there’s been criticism of those records for not accurately or adequately capturing the inherent energy of rock. There are a few exceptions, of course – Let There Be Rock comes to mind, and Raw […]

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