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Death Is This Communion

High On FireAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 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.

HIGH ON FIRE was formed by guitarist Matt Pike in late summer 1998. Formed out of the need to simply play guitar ... Read more in Amazon's High On Fire Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B000TXG3XQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fury Whip
2. Waste of Tiamat
3. Death is This Communion
4. Khanrad's Wall
5. Turk
6. Headhunter
7. Rumors of War
8. DII
9. Cyclopian Scape
10. Ethereal
11. Return to NOD

Editorial Reviews

The almighty HIGH ON FIRE reemerge from the shadows to conquer the masses with their signature brand of brazen metal. Produced and recorded by Jack Endino (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN), Death Is This Communion is High On Fire's ultimate sonic masterpiece. Matt Pike's unmistakable guitar playing and throaty war cry lead the charge, while Des Kensel's massive drumming takes on a new life and pushes the beast onward more urgently than ever. From the rampaging Rumors of War and Fury Whip, through the hypnotic riffs of Ethereal and the album's title track, Death Is This Communion is HIGH ON FIRE's masterwork.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time will march on.... November 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Well, I was surprised to see so many negative reviews regarding this album. Myself, I was not a huge fan of BBW and still consider it to be my least favorite of the 4 but until now, regarded it as their most ambitious effort. I think bands spend their first couple of albums defining their sound upon riffs written in their infancy. Years of touring, collaborating/writing and experience will always project a band into new territory. Bands like the Ramones and Motorhead are the exception, not the rule.

But enough back story, DiTC is the album BBW was striving to be and say what you want about the production, I think it's far more complimentary than Albinis was and Endino does the band great service. Long gone is the mid-scooped Billy Anderson style which, of course I love, but has been done twice on their first two CD's. Most bands tend to look into the future and more often than not, fans see this as a cop-out way of 'selling out' or 'being accessible'. This again brings us into the whole 'music is subjective' argument. Some people see this as the next Master of Puppets, some people see this as the Black album. It's neither (but closer to Master of Puppets...heh heh).

Pike's guitar sound may have changed but only slighty and lo-and behold, it might have something to do with the fact that he's playing an entirely different guitar and amp setup since Surrounded By Thieves and Art of Self Defense. Name any guitar player that has a sound so unique that they can completely change their rig and you would know instantly who is playing. That's the sound of a true originator. Matt Pike is certainly that. I had to laugh when someone mentioned 'cookie monster' vocals. Nothing could be further from the truth unless you think Lemmy could sing for Morbid Angel and no one would even notice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic January 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
High on Fire are one beastly amalgamation of a band. Sure, they are rooted in doom, sludge, and stoner metal, but shame on you if you think they stop there. They draw influence from numerous other musical styles, and throw in plenty of speed metal, thrash, groove metal, black metal, psychedelic metal, traditional metal, classic, prog, and hard rock, gothic metal, and even some punk elements into their massively expansive, all-encompassing sound. This band is what it would sound like if you put C.D.'s from Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Sleep (which featured frontman Matt Pike, by the way), Soilent Green, Celtic Frost, Led Zeppelin, Slayer, Pantera, Porcupine Tree, and Paradise Lost in a blender (all at the same time, mind you) and hit "puree." But even if no one genre can hold High on Fire, two things are for absolute certain: a) they are unquestionably, 100% pure, grade A metal; and b) they might have a lot of influences, and they might wear them all proudly on their sleeves, but when they are all mixed together, HoF definitely have their own sound (and sound like their own band).

Nothing is better proof of the above paragraph than this Oakland, Californian trio's fourth long-player, 2007's triumphant "Death Is This Communion." Mr. Pike has decided to follow up 2005's excellent "Blessed Black Wings" by experimenting with his band's sound and making it a bit more progressive. Granted, the changes he has made here are only slight, but they are just enough to give the music some great texture, interesting nuances, and different dimensions. As a result, the new album sounds novel and innovative, but simultaneously manages to be familiar and comfortable enough as not to lose longtime fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Doom! September 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really like the first High on Fire album but the last two I wasn't crazy about. However, I love this album. Some of the leads are more similar to some of Sleeps leads. Matt Pike follows no one. He's doing his own thing and it's refreshing. This album of course has a lot of Sabbath influence. Which is a good thing. It's prodding and heavy, and it gallops sometime. Heavy on the hoof.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing Excellence October 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Death Is This Communion" is nothing new from High on Fire. It does not forge a new direction, it does not reinvent the wheel, it does not outdo past albums...but it doesn't need to. I am pleased to say it is Blessed Black Wings Pt. 2 - equally powerful, equalling thundering and gripping. It slays. Simple.

For those unaware of the HoF sound- they fuse the powerful dirges of Sleep and Sabbath, the rampaging onslaughts of Slayer and stunning guitar heroics from Matt Pike, truly one of the best leads in metal today. For "Death Is This Communion" the band brought in some new flavours to the mix, such as bursts of 12 string guitars and some middle-eastern instruments to give a more international feel. This works very well, especially when juxtaposed with crushing metal, such as with one of the album's highlights "Waste of Tiamat" and the short excerpt "Khanrad's Wall".

This is not to say HoF have branched out and beyond their sound. Having such a unique sound in the first place, it would have been difficult, and potentially ruining to attempt a dramatic shift. The classic HoF tones are there in full glory. Opener "Fury Whip" immediately recalls the raging "Devilution", and the title track's monolithic doom harkens to the bands origins. "Turk" is the standout track for me as it combines everything great about the band, and sees Pike experimenting with a little bit more melody with his vocals.

For fans of past releases this should not disappoint. Every box is checked for the HoF fan. For those new to the band I would suggest starting with "Blessed Black Wings", as it is the band's most accessible, and often most inspired work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not their best, but still awesome
My rankings of HoF studio albums:

1) Blessed Black Wings
2) Snakes for the Divine
3) Surrounded by Thieves
4) Death is this Communion
5) De Vermis... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dandylion
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless riffs with progressive textures
DITC is another great album from Matt Pike and the band, another great assembly of heavy riffs. This one is masterfully produced by Jack Endino. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Shreds
I just recently got into this band with"Snakes for the Divine". Liked it enough to try another album, knowing a couple songs from this one, I gave it a try, and was not... Read more
Published 11 months ago by barry volz
Aggressive and bizarre, like a disheveled, self proclaimed street prophet on a bad acid trip, babbling incoherent wisdom, as the police wrestle him to the ground. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ACRIMONIOUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipient loved it!
I got this to fulfill a Christmas wish list. The CD, I understand, is hard to find. I ordered it, it came swiftly, I was pleased. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Haverkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite High On Fire Album
It rocks! This is where they really hit their stride as a band. The song writing and production is spot on. It's got a great variety of tracks. Good stuff.
Published 18 months ago by Random Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
The cd is a great heavy/grove metal album. I really got into this 3 piece band after I got big into the band mastodon!
Published 19 months ago by Chris N. Prenatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
After listening to the wife play her sad bastard music in the car during trips, Headhunter and Rumors of War are exactly what I need to bring me back from the sad and boring death... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anonmino
5.0 out of 5 stars This album shows off some finer points of HOF.
There is something about this album that just keeps you hooked in through the whole ride. Which is hard to say on previous albums. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chancey
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is High On Fire At Their Best
I'll keep this short and simple:

If you've never heard High on Fire: This is the place to start. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Sarah A Quallen
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Why $1 cheaper?
This took me forever to figure out why. View the first one for $12.97 and click on the larger image of the album cover. Then look at the picture of the back of the album. In small, very hard to read print above the first song title it says a bonus dvd is included.
Jan 12, 2008 by T. Turner |  See all 2 posts
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