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De Vermis Mysteriis

High On FireAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bloody Knuckle
2. King of Days
3. Serums of Liao
4. Spiritual Rites
5. Romulus and Remus
6. De Vermis Mysteriis
7. Madness of an Architect
8. War Horn
9. Fertile Green

Editorial Reviews

High On Fires new album, De Vermis Mysteriis. Produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at God City Studios in Salem, MA, the record marks the next devastating chapter in High On Fires gloriously unhinged metal saga. I think its kind of a cross between the experimentation of Death Is This Communion and the driving darkness of Blessed Black Wings. There is plenty of thrashy stuff, but there is also a lot of Sabbathy doom-type stuff. Matt Pike enthuses.

We didn t try to plan it all out this time, he adds. We kind of waited til we were on the spot and had to do something. We had the basic skeletons of the songs we were prepared but there was a lot of improvisation. There s a lot of soul on this one, and it s got a rollercoaster kind of feel.

The album s title (translation: The Mysteries of the Worm, ) is a nod to a fictional grimoire conceived by the late, great Psycho author Robert Bloch in 1935 and later incorporated into horror master H.P. Lovecraft s renowned Cthulu Mythos. Its a concept record, a little bit, Pike offers. I got this idea about Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception: What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then? He lives his life only going forward until he finds this scroll from an ancient Chinese alchemist who derived a serum out of the black lotus which is actually in Robert E. Howards Conan stories and then he starts traveling back in time. He can see the past through his ancestors eyes, but his enemies can kill him if they kill the ancestor that he is seeing through at the time. Basically, he keeps waking up in other peoples bodies at bad times. It s kinda like that old TV show Quantum Leap. Kurt actually pointed that out to me after I told him the idea. But whatever time travel is a killer concept.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Make Me Go Van Gogh April 4, 2012
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For the record, this is a biased review. I believe High on Fire best represents the essence of contemporary heavy metal (that is "heavy metal" without need for a prefix).

The best thing about High on Fire is their strict adherence to the metal standard. Call it the Slayer or Motorhead ethic. Their ethic is this; never water it down. Matt Pike delivers the riffs and primordial howls. Des Kensel and Jeff Matz deliver a thunderous and fluid foundation. The subject matter is always arcane and provocative. Their work ethic is hardcore. They deliver the goods and the goods are badass. This is what makes metal, metal. They've maintained the ethic since "The Art of Self Defense" issued in 2000.

De Vermis Mysteriis shows the full breadth of HoF's power and surprisingly strives to expand Matt Pike's vocals. Pike's voice is "interesting" to begin with, but his style of shredded throat/rumbling growl/apocalyptic scream is perfectly matched with the riffage and perfectly suited to the subject matter. He stretches his vocal range on tracks "King of Days" and "Warhorn" more than on any previous effort. Des Kensel is simply a thunderous beast. He has managed to introduce more texture and ripping fills to his already cacophonous tribal beats. Jeff Matz is solidified on bass after his third HoF recording with Pike and Kensel. He alternately provides sweeping plateaus and a driving backbone for Pike's riffs.

Out of the gates, HoF delivers a trio of rippers in the narcotic "Serums of Liao," the pugilist pummeling of "Bloody Knuckles" and the weed-worshipping "Fertile Green." "Madness of the Architect" begins with a Sleep-like swoon which gives way to searing acid vocals and a relentless Stygian groove which spirals into chaos buried in a titanic riff and swirling drums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't play darts in the man cave anymore November 15, 2012
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I'm finding it impossible to aim while head banging. This album is every bit as vicious as their previous ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By warthog
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I really though American metal was just gone or sleeping, and had turned to Europe and Asia for heavier fare until a friend slapped me around for being ignorant and led me to HoF. Now I'm hooked and have every album. If you are a fan, you don't need to read my thoughts, you'll already have this. I Wrote this review for non-fans who may want some information in a roundabout and obtuse way.

While something like Snakes for the Divine is better for the gym, and earlier albums are just pure awesome... De Vermis is great all around (working in the shop, working out, drinking, when you're happy, when you're grim, ... it just works all the time). It really holds together as a whole album (not sure if 'concept album' is playing it too high, let alone saying 'rock opera' but it's the kind of album you play the whole damn thing through).

If you are new to HoF, some fans will point you to the older albums to start with. They are right if you are into a more raw feel, but I'd really recommend De Vermis as an entry point too. It has the sludge, the raw power, the wild lyrics weirdly poetic but also somehow catchy (not in the way perhaps that Bastard Samurai gets in your head, but catchy in a deeper sense). The production is really spot on for the content of this album (vs some criticisms of previous albums, check out reviews from smarter folks than me). I do wish they would have some more of the drum-focused sections MEAN a little more, blend in better with the songs, but that's like wishing for just one more beer with your steak and 40oz'er. Sample Madness of an Architect and King of Days, if they catch your ear you'll like the whole album. Other albums you can cherry pick songs you like, I'd recommend getting this whole thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another master work from Matt Pike April 3, 2012
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I don't think I there is another working metal band putting out records today that I enjoy as much as High on Fire. I had been anxiously awaiting the release of De Vermis. This album seems to have merged the greater elements of Thieves, Death and Snakes into one fiery dose. Des Kenzel's signature pounding reaches a new level, perfectly paired with the Matz's masterful bass, forming the perfect rhythm section to keep pace with the Celtic tuning mastery of Pike. I can't imagine anything knocking this off the mantle of record of the year. Unlock the Mysteriis for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars train keeps a rollin'! April 3, 2012
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Another brilliant slap of Metal from the modern day warriors High On Fire. All the trade mark sounds are there but with some new wrinkles to boot. Listen closely and you'll hear the melvins influence, also they seem to loosen up abit and jam with serious groove. Don't get me wrong they still do their death march stomp most of the time, with Des doing his best tazmanian devil drumming to date. Screw neil peart and his 100 piece drum kit, give me Des and a 5 piece any day. Buy this album, crank it up and enjoy the trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic. December 26, 2012
By Chancey
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De Vermis Mysteriis and Death Is This Communion are really great albums, solid all the way through. The production is great and differs from earlier albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't get more powerful than this April 24, 2012
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We may have to rename the power metal genre, which is populated by Iron Maiden, Sabaton and other more conventional and musical metal bands. This is all due to one band that redefines the word power and makes said term all its own. High On Fire is beyond just being heavy. This three piece outfit has so much energy and crushing riffs it can cause earthquakes under the homes and vehicles that their CD's are playing over. Start with the heaviest Motorhead ever, around the "Overkill" through "Ace of Spades" era, add Matt Pike's whiskey drenched voice that does resemble Lemmy's gutteral drawl but with much more menace and his astonishing guitar attack and a ferocious rhythm section in bassist Jeff Matz and monster drummer Des Kensel and you get a sound that is so powerful it could level neighborhoods if a large enough system was playing it.
"De Vermis Mysteriis" is a concept album that asks what would happen if Jesus' long lost twin brother were to reincarnate from time to time in different parts of the world at different times, and what he would report to his brother. Conceptual albums are not particularly a strong selling point for me personally, but it is an interesting concept. Matt Pike is nobody's fool and writes intelligent and informed lyrics for those who care about that stuff.
Me, I'm sold on the music. It's just incredible. For HOF long time fans, "De Vermis Mysteriis" is less polished than its predecessor "Snakes For The Divine" and stylistically falls in between "Blessed Black Wings" and "Death Is This Communion", meaning it's smart, brutal and has great playing amidst the barrage. This will be a major contender for metal album of the year. Pity any band that has to share a stage with these guys. If their live sound is anything like their albums, nobody will be able to touch them. It'd be the sonic equivalent of picnicking in a town that was just leveled by a tornado. There just won't be anything left! Get this CD and tie yourself down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Alright Album
This is an alright album. It's nothing spectacular, but it's still a good album. I'd recommend you check it out. Buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Spikedskull
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar metal album
The jewel case was slightly cracked on the front, as was the other five CDs I also bought. If anything, the carrier is to blame, the packing was sub-par, simply a folded cardboard... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud Sickness
Another punishing record from High on Fire. If this was or is your first High on Fire record, you made a wise choice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Austin D Zachary
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I'm not a big fan of sludge or drone metal, but High On Fire is an amazing band, and De Vermis Mysteriis is, in my opinion, their best record next to Snakes for the Divine.
Published 8 months ago by OJS
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any more metal than this
Raw, pure, energy. That's the best way to describe High on Fire and their latest offering. Each song will have you head banging like it's 1995 again.
Published 12 months ago by Nicholas DiMucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Metal Album
I'm not even sure how to categorize this--it has elements of doom, thrash, and death--and this is part of its appeal. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brad M. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 all time
High on Fire are pure American heavy metal. I have come to expect greatness from these guys and that is what I got with this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by W. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern day Motorhead basically
Take Lemmy, move him to the US, fill him with weed, and you get Matt Pike. High on Fire is fast, sludgy and awesome speed metal. That's it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt pike is a barbarian
Great album. Total respect Mr. Pike. In inter views he is humble and self depricating. In his music he makes no apologies. Read more
Published 16 months ago by c e
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a really solid offering by High On Fire, I loved snakes for the divine, and I think De Vermis Mysteriis is even better. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. Drouganis
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