High on Fire, Priestess, Black Cobra, Bison B.C. | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

High on Fire, Priestess, Black Cobra, Bison B.C. Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., April 2, 8 p.m. 2010

High on Fire have been making a mainstream breakthrough in slo-mo for a couple years now, but this heavy-as-fuck Oakland trio's long-awaited fifth album, Snakes for the Divine (Koch), could be the one that finally punts them over the top. Produced by Greg Fidelman, who's worked with Metallica and Slayer, the record has a crisp, clean quality that's a little bit at odds with their manky, throbbing swamp soup of a sound—especially when Matt Pike revisits his Sleep roots for a slow, nightmarish nap on "Bastard Samurai." Who expected polished-chrome-shiny doom? Pike's guitar brilliance really comes through in this context, though, and the shifting structures of the epic title track and the fist-pumping "Frost Hammer" have a timeless, fierce glory. But turn the drums back up, please! —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, 18+

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