Southern Lord Recordings have announced the reissue of The Art Of Self Defense, the classic first recording from Oakland power trio HIGH ON FIRE. Set for release on July 30, the landmark long player has been completely remastered and enhanced by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Noothgrush, OFF! etc.) and includes the addition of the band’s first ever demo, two bonus 7” tracks as well as a 48-page booklet.
The Art Of Self Defense was initially released in 2000 by Man’s Ruin Records. Featuring the collective energies of guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice with producer Billy Anderson, the record is notable for Pike’s instantly recognizable guitar tone, first unleashed during his days with stoner metal band Sleep.
Imagine The Mob crossed with a death metal band and you get somewhere close to this ear scorching sound with insanely heavy piledriving riffs, sub-aquatic rhythms and Pike’s “Lemmy with a sore throat” vocal acrobatics, The Art Of Self Defense remains a staple in HIGH ON FIRE’s renowned catalog.