HIGH ON FIRE + RUSSIAN CIRCLES

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With a heavy-handed approach and a sound that crashes like thunder,
HIGH ON FIRE has put the power back in ‘power-trio.’ Less a band than a
supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness, the band
has burned the metal rulebook and forged a new archetype.

HIGH
ON FIRE was formed by guitarist Matt Pike in late summer 1998; a scant
six months after the breakup of his previous band, the enigmatic
stoner-metal legend SLEEP. Formed out of the need to simply play guitar
again, Pike jammed with 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.

HIGH ON FIRE are a supersonic
exercise in conquest by volume. Equal parts molten metal and earthquake
panic, HIGH ON FIRE’s MOTORHEAD-meets-SLAYER roar is outrageously loud
and absolutely punishing. With their latest release, “Blessed Black
Wings”, guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike (ex-SLEEP) unleashes a
devastating combination of bombastic guitar and howling war cries,
weaving fantastical tales of supernatural beasts, forgotten battles and
rivers of blood over an unstoppable bass and drum assault. HIGH ON FIRE
are a class unto themselves, manhandling rock music while locking into
grooves that transcend time.

http://www.highonfire.net/

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HIGH ON FIRE + PELICAN

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It becomes fitting, upon listening to Pelican’s music, that the band hails from Chicago. When Tortoise and their contemporaries ushered in a new wave of instrumental music over a decade ago from the Windy City, it was a pastiche of genre-defying sound, simultaneously cohesive and expansive in influence. Similarly, Pelican’s songs touch on so much from the canon of rock music. Yet they have refined their own sound over the course of their career—perhaps nowhere as progressively and courageously as on their third full-length, City of Echoes.

Now, with City of Echoes, a new step in Pelican’s evolution is unveiled. However, this new album doesn’t depict a shift as much as it exemplifies maturation. Growth is in the sharpened and charged delivery, and the clarity that the band’s dynamics are finally afforded. Pelican has always reveled in textured progressions, but this new album showcases more twists and unexpected turns; songs with more of a narrative or lyrical feel. And as evidenced by the post-DC-punk influenced title track, the band’s disparate influences are urgently clear—Failure and Jawbreaker are now easier reference points, thanks to a stellar recording by Andrew Schneider (Keelhaul, Cave In, Old Man Gloom). Fans of the band’s heavier side won’t be disappointed, though, with behemoths like “Dead Between the Walls” and “Bliss in Concrete.” And whereas past recordings seemed to push forward Laurent Schroeder-Lebec and Trevor de Brauw’s dynamic guitar playing, this album finds the rhythm section of brothers Larry and Bryan Herweg more exhilarating and present than ever before. “Far From Fields,” “Lost in the Headlights” and “Spaceship Broken – Parts Needed”—songs inspired by spending months criss-crossing the country in a van—show Larry and Bryan finding exceptional new ways to drive the songs as a whole, rather than simply backing the guitar lines.

http://hydrahead.tortugarecordings.com/pelican/

With a heavy-handed approach and a sound that crashes like thunder, HIGH ON FIRE has put the power back in ‘power-trio’. Less a band than a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume and sheer heaviness, the band has burned the metal rulebook and forged a new archetype.

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.

Singer/guitarist Matt Pike previously played guitar for the pioneering metal band Sleep. (the other two members went on to form OM).

http://www.highonfire.net/

 

 

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