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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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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B003174RBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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I really enjoy the guitar work and the drumming.
Walter T. Blythsom
I really like this group and all of their albums, but I must say that this one is my favorite so far.
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It blew away any expectations that i had for the album.
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15 of 18 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 D. Chilstrom on March 7, 2010
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Matt Pike, Des Kensel, and Jeff Matz have fulfilled some lofty expectations with another skull-banger of an album. These guys stay true to their aesthetic blueprint, but if it ain't broke, there ain't a point in fixin' it. Rest assured, HoF is rampaging as hard as ever.
Contrary to the opinion of some, I have to say that the second half of the album flows well and crushes at least as mightily as the first half - which features the rather contemplative (but no less awesome) "Bastard Samurai." Snakes is riff-tastic from start to finish, and just like all previous HoF albums seems to get better and more better-flowing with each listen.
The very minor knocks I would note are the quantity of tracks (seven without the 1:20 "The Path) and production, but these points come with qualifications: the songs are enjoyably extensive and I could not have criticized the production without analysis from minds more knowledgeable than mine. Suffice to say that I (like most) thought the sound of DITC to be perfect, and Snakes would have benefited from the same treatment.
Still, Pike and Co. are going as strong as ever, and the material here is tops. Snakes is one of the most necessary record purchases of 2010, no doubt.
Bonus points for the sick and truly metal artwork!
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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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