High On Fire

High On Fire

HIGH ON FIRE was formed by guitarist Matt Pike in late summer 1998. Formed out of the need to simply play guitar again, Pike jammed with and settled on a line-up of powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and longtime guitarist friend George Rice, who made the switch to bass to round out the trio. They had scarcely been together for a few months before demo-ing three songs. That demo, featuring 'Master of Fists' and instant classics '10,000 Years' and 'Blood from Zion', became among the most sought-after tapes in recent hard rock history.

HIGH ON FIRE got straight to the point, bashing away with a Neanderthal sense of purpose and creating hypnotic, droning waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder of the likes not heard before. Before the band had even made it's first live appearance, labels flocked to get a piece of the trio. In the end the band chose to record with the Mans Ruin label and the demo surfaced in the form of a mini-CD in early '99, while they continued writing for their debut full-length. That debut, The Art of Self Defense, was welcome respite from commercialized rap-metal and warmed-over stoner-rock cliches of the time. The Art of Self Defense served up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio's style was unique, distinct, and absolutely crushing. Accolades poured in the world over: Rolling Stone, Spin, GQ, Alternative Press, Magnet, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Village Voice and dozens of others publications.

Almost overnight, HIGH ON FIRE were the unassuming heroes of the riff and the most celebrated metal band on the planet. On the waves of such massive exposure, HIGH ON FIRE hit the road. Europe was conquered with ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY in tow and the U.S. was taken in two tours of duty. Summer 2001 saw Man's Ruin close up shop, leaving the band with no label and no distribution. Relapse offered, the trio accepted, and found themselves a new home and new full-length effort titled Surrounded By Thieves with gargantuan songs such as 'Hung, Drawn and Quartered', 'Nemesis', and 'Razorhoof'. Rarely has metal been as powerful and pure in its ability to translate primal fury and aggression.

Current lineup:-

Matt Pike - Guitars, Vocals
Des Kensel - Drums
Jeff Matz - Bass

Past members:-

George Rice - Bass (1998-2005)
Joe Preston - Bass (2005-2006)

High On Fire Discography


MR-193CD High On Fire The Art Of Self Defense (Album) Man's Ruin Records MR-193CD US 1999 Sell This Version
RR 6529-1 High On Fire Surrounded By Thieves (Album) Relapse Records RR 6529-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
Chapter 24 High On Fire Live From The Relapse Contamination Festival (Album) Relapse Records Chapter 24 Spain 2005 Sell This Version
RR 6620-2 High On Fire Blessed Black Wings (Album) Relapse Records RR 6620-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
RR 6705-1 High On Fire Death Is This Communion (Album) Relapse Records RR 6705-1 US 2007 Sell This Version
VICP-64800 High on Fire Snakes For The Divine (Album) E1 Entertainment VICP-64800 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
57046 High On Fire De Vermis Mysteriis (Album) eOne 57046 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
EOM-LP-9311 High On Fire Spitting Fire Live Vol. 2 (Album) eOne EOM-LP-9311 US 2013 Sell This Version
9983591 High On Fire Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (Album) Century Media 9983591 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
EOM-LP-2477 High On Fire Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 (Album) eOne EOM-LP-2477 US 2013 Sell This Version
9985751, CMD9985751 High On Fire Luminiferous (Album) eOne 9985751, CMD9985751 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none High On Fire High On Fire (EP) 12th Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
RR-046 High On Fire / Mastodon High On Fire / Mastodon - Hung, Drawn & Quartered / March Of The Fire Ants (Single) Relapse Records RR-046 US 2003 Sell This Version
GR75-7, GR 75 High On Fire / Ruins High On Fire / Ruins - Brother In The Wind / Gwodhunqa (Single) Skin Graft Records, Skin Graft Records, Relapse Records GR75-7, GR 75 US 2005 Sell This Version
RR072 High On Fire / Coliseum (2) / Baroness High On Fire / Coliseum (2) / Baroness - Untitled (Single) Relapse Records RR072 US 2007 Sell This Version
none High On Fire Speak In Tongues(File, MP3, Single, 256) [adult swim] none US 2010
VEVC 0024 High On Fire / Valient Thorr High On Fire / Valient Thorr - Speak In Tongues / Beast With A Billion Eyes(7", Num, Red) Volcom Ent. Vinyl Club VEVC 0024 US 2012 Sell This Version
SAV 3-14 High On Fire Slave The Hive Scion Audio/Visual SAV 3-14 US 2013 Sell This Version
none High On Fire Blessed Black Wings (Radio Edits)(CD, Single) Relapse Records none Unknown Sell This Version