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High On Fire return with one of the most highly anticipated release of 2010. Called 'one of 50 records you must hear in 2010' by Kerrang! Magazine, Snakes For The Divine is High On Fire's finest release to date and the one that will catapult them to the next level of their career. Pre-release touring with Dethklock has lit the fuse for the band who are poised to be one of the biggest stories in Hard music in 2010.
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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B003174RBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James J. Pfeiffer on February 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Another reveiwer likened Snakes for the Divine to HOF's first two albums, which were solid releases that sounded like they were recorded in a unisulated garage. This record is not what I expected to follow Death is this Communion and Blessed Black Wings. Not bad, but more of a throw back to their earlier wotk. Dez Kinsel is supposed to be using a double bass drum for the first time on any HOF album and the stripped, basic sound that I like from him is gone. Jeff Matz's bass sounds excellent but my biggest critisim of the album is not the music itself or song structure. It's that Matt Pike's mic sounds like it was only halfway plugged in while recording. The producer, Greg Fidelman, is really a mediocre soud guy (World Painted Blood, anyone?).
I saw HOF with Dethklok and Mastodon last year and had high hopes for this record. Death is this Communion is better, however.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pete Hagen on February 23, 2010
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It's a grower of an album, I'll say that much. I wasn't sure at first, especially with how damn good Death Is This Communion was.

The first bunch of times I listened to Snakes For The Divine, it felt like all the songs were interchangeable - no real pacing or order. It sounded like they wrote a bunch of songs and put them together and called it an album, whereas Death Is... sounded like the whole thing was written as an album, and was meant to be listened to as such - with a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Hopefully, with repeat listens, Snakes will deliver and find its identity as an ALBUM. Right now, it holds up as a killer collection of songs though. And the songs do rip. I realized as I was listening today that the song "Snakes For The Divine" reminds me a bit of classic Metallica, in that, when I was a kid, I never realized that the song "Master Of Puppets" was over 8 minutes long, because it never felt like it took that long to listen to. The same goes for "Snakes..."

I read another review that suggested that the last 2 songs on the album should be switched. Thanks to iTunes, you can do that. Upon listening to the album in that order, "How Dark We Pray" would have made a much better album closer.

But, like I said at the beginning there, this album is a grower. Every listen reveals more and the songs only get better with repeat listens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Albert Wiegand on March 5, 2010
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Matt Pike and Co. have once again created a dark,breathtaking and heavy album. I'm not going to comment or talk about the supposed good or bad production by Greg Fidelman. It's been discussed ad nauseum. I lied, I am going to talk for a little bit about it. First of all I've been listening to HOF since The Art Of Self Defense and Sleep prior to that. I feel each album has good and bad points in the production aspect. The first two albums have a hazy almost murky quality to them that I personally never cared to much for. The drums and vocals were to low in the mix and the drums has a slight distortion to them that prevent them from being truly powerful. Just listen to the drum solo at the end of Razor Hoof from Surrounded By Thieves to understand. With the next album Blessed Black Wings I was really happy with the heavy distinct sound of guitar, drums and vocals. Listening back to it the sound is a little dry and brittle but at the same time an improvement from prior albums. It's hard to find a fault with Death Is This Communion production in my mind. Snakes For The Divine sounds almost the same. The bass is throbbing and audible, the vocals clear and powerful and Matt's guitar , I don't think has ever sounded better, especially the harmony on the solos. Now to the actual album. The title track is truly epic and heavy and might be my favorite song they've ever written. This song is over 8 minutes long but never feels it. I love the Maidenesque solos and Matt's voice throughout. Next is Frost Hammer which kicks butt and has a cool trippy middle where bassist Jeff Matz actually helps sing until Matt starts screaming Frost Hammer 4 times that always makes me smile. Bastard Samurai is slow and heavy with Matt actually singing in the beginning and slowly getting crushingly heavy.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy on March 1, 2010
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With heavy metal back in the spotlight and doing big business in the past half decade or so, it seems an immensely talented and hard-working band like High on Fire would have broken out to reach the ranks of Mastodon or Lamb of God by now. While their previous albums worked hard to show the band was more than worth their salt, it wasn't until record label E1 sat up and took notice and signed the band that they were truly offered the shot they needed -- no, scratch that -- deserved.

With producer Greg Fidelman (Slayer, Life of Agony) in tow, the three men of High on Fire seem more than up to the challenge of hanging with the big shots. Showing a workhorse-like effort, "Snakes for the Divine" is a record that builds on the band's strengths while producing a sound that will without a doubt blow away the unsuspecting and uninitiated first-time listener, which is what the album (and the label) seems to be aiming for. Merely eight tracks deep, the record packs a punch by pummeling the listener with song after song of metal that is often thrashy, sometimes sludgy and never flashy. The fact that the album never takes a moment to merely show off the band's prowess and instead puts all its efforts into creating tracks that are memorable and have a groove is a testament to the raw talent at hand here.

Simply put, High on Fire are a metalhead's metal band. Matt Pike's gravelly vocals are forceful and intense without sounding cookie-cutter or ridiculous, recalling a time when singers in metal bands stood out from one another, which is refreshing in and of itself. Pulling double-duty on guitar, Pike's riffing often serves as throwback to the likes of Slayer ("Frost Hammer") and Black Sabbath ("B......
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