High On Fire Tour News

High On Fire will be touring the UK in February 2013. The trio comprising Matt PikeDes Kensel and Jeff Matz will play NQ Live, Manchester (oreviously Moho) on 3rd February.
In summer this year, Southern Lord reissued their classic album The Art Of Self Defense
Originally produced/engineered by Billy Anderson at Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, California, and initially released on Man’s Ruin Records, the landmark long player was completely remastered and enhanced by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Noothgrush, OFF! etc.) ready to be added to Southern Lord’s catalogue. This reissue includes the addition of the band’s first ever demo, two bonus 7” tracks as well as a 48-page booklet.
High on Fire get straight to the point, bashing away with a neanderthal sense of purpose and creating hypnotic, droning waves of powerful riffs end low-end thunder and The Art of Self Defense serves up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio’s style remains unique, distinct, heavy and absolutely crushing. An audio hail storm of piledriving riffs, booming rhythms and Pike’s gruff vocal tirades, The Art Of Self Defense remains a staple in High On Fire’s renowned catalog of audio greatness.
Check out this video for ‘Fertile Green’
Other dates on the tour
01.02.2013 – 02 Academy 2 – Birmingham
02.02.2013 – The Sugarmill – Stoke On Trent
04.02.2013 – King Tuts – Glasgow
06.02.2013 – Thekla – Bristol
07.02.2013 – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth
08.02.2013 – 02 Islington Academy – London
09.02.2013 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
10.02.2013 – Waterfront – Norwich

Aural Delights Radio Show – 4th July 2012

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1 Kit B Beat Those Drums (On A Saturday Night) Salford City Radio Free Download
2 Dave Graney and the MistLY Midnight Cats You’ve Been In My Mind
3 The June Brides A January Moon Moon/Cloud
4 From Ashes Rise Rejoice The End Single
5 High on Fire Blood from Zion The Art of Self Defense
6 Opposite Sex Listen Opposite Sex
7 Moff Skellington Blue Arthritis Thorny Conduits
8 The Wind-Up Dolls Ready to Burn Death By Misadventure
9 Van Der Graaf Generator Extractus Alt
10 Van Der Graaf Generator Tuesday, The Riff Alt
11 Yes Perpetual Change The Yes Album
12 Ded Rabbit Navajo Ice Cream EP
13 General Fiasco Bad Habits Single
14 The Happy Fallen Fire Baby (Disco Remix) Demo


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.