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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.

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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 […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Sunday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Here is the fourth issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Adrien Begrand, the usual daily picks of must see acts plus a wish list of artists the contributors would love to see grace the Roadburn stages in […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Saturday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Here is the third issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Alex Mysteerie, the usual daily picks of must see acts and Walter Roadburn very own heartfelt memories of previous years festivals, which we felt was so […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Friday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Here is the second issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by José Carlos Santos, the usual daily picks of must see acts and our Roadburn memories from previous years. 1,000 copies will be printed (limited edition!) which […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Thursday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Here is the first issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of last night’s Hardrock Hideout by Pete Green, and picks for today’s must-see acts at the first day of Roadburn, as well as a special look at the Cul de […]

The Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Returns to Roadburn 2015!

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015

For the second year in a row, Roadburners will be able each day to pick up a new issue of Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine, Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, at the 013 venue. Introducing a daily publication was something we did for the first time in 2014, and the results were great! […]

Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]

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