In this week's paper
, Phil Freeman tacked the topic of
's brutality--y'know, since the band is headlining The Loft on Sunday night in what should be a fairly epic display. Especially since the band is touring in support ofSnakes of the Divine
, its fifth studio album--and maybe best to date. Writes Freeman of the disc:
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The result is High on Fire's cleanest, most accessible album to date. Of course, the members keep their trademarks. Pike's vocals are a hoarse roar somewhere between Motorhead's Lemmy and the Melvins' Buzz Osborne with throat polyps. And the rhythm section of bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel thunders like an avalanche. But each instrument occupies its own space, with room for subtle ornamentation. And Pike's guitar, one of the fiercest and most punishing axes in modern metal, has moments of surprising clarity.
Just remember to bring your earplugs.
Especially since, for 10 of you, the folks at The Loft have kindly offered to take care of your tickets. That's right: We've got five pairs of tickets to give away to this sucker. Want one of the pairs? Shoot me an email right now with the words "Higher on Fire" in the subject line and, if you're among the first five to do so, you and a friend are seeing this show for free. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners.