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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: (C) 2012 Entertainment One Music
  • Total Length: 52:14
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B007PA5BS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,573 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

De Vermis Mysteriis closes with "Warhorn," one of the best tracks on the album.
Jacob Roberts
Amazing riffs, phenomenal drumming, an in my opinion extremely underrated bass player, great songs, heavy, pummeling, brutal, well produced.
brjoro
Other albums you can cherry pick songs you like, I'd recommend getting this whole thing.
warthog

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24 of 25 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Zeiler on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By warthog on March 30, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By slayerfan on February 3, 2013
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High on Fire have amazed me and opened my eyes to a truly awesome genre of metal. I'm typically a Slayer & Cannibal Corpse kind of person (oh yeah, and some Godflesh). When I first heard HoF on Pandora I loved it immediately. The first song I heard was off of Death is this Communion, which is a 5 star album in my book, but then again so is their previous albums.

Just up front, Des Kensel is at his best on this album. His great drums make this album memorable.

This album shows that HoF will not simply stagnate, but that experimentation will occur and new styles to be copied by others will be created by Pike now and in the future, though we haven't seen anything by him since his sobriety has emerged.

I'd give this album 5 stars if it was the only thing they put out, but they've put out better, so I'm stuck with comparing it I guess, which might not be the most objective way to review an album, but screw it.

I love this album for being an epic theme and the awesome story written by Pike, which is fantastic fiction. He should write books or movie scripts as a hobby.

The beginning of the album starts on a feverish path with the first 3 songs Serums, Bloody Knuckles, and Fertile Green (if you're reading this go to the internet and listen to Fertile Green right now, it's really good).

Madness of an Architect has gotten high praise by numerous reviewers who know music better than I so I need say no more, except to reiterate that fans of Sleep will recognize this style.

Spiritual Rights is typical HoF, that is to say better than anything James Hetfield will ever write.

King of Days is another retrieval from the HoF vault of classic stoner.
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