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De Vermis Mysteriis

April 3, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Copyright: Entertainment One Music
  • Total Length: 52:14
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B007PA5BS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,189 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Clark B. Schenck III on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Alexander on 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 By electric woodsman on 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 By Chancey on December 26, 2012
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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 By Scott Hedegard on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EVAN ZACHMANN on April 19, 2012
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of a cd this is boys and girls. high and fire are one of those bands that when i hear a date of release i literally count down the days and get it the day it comes out. then when i saw the album cover i knew this was gonna be one hell of a cd. when i popped it in for the first time i already got the sense it was one of my favorite high on fire cds. after i few more listens it very well may be the top one. the production is top notch here. u can hear everything clearly yet it isnt overly produced which is a good thing.its got that old feel to it. i dig it. the intro to track number 4 reminds be alot of sleep. high on fires frontmans first big band he was in if u didnt know. contender for best album of 2012 along with meshuggah, mars volta, and lamb of god. and again the cover work is absolutly amazing to me. one of my favorite covers of all time. long live real metal
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