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We didn t try to plan it all out this time, he adds. We kind of waited til we were on the spot and had to do something. We had the basic skeletons of the songs we were prepared but there was a lot of improvisation. There s a lot of soul on this one, and it s got a rollercoaster kind of feel.
The album s title (translation: The Mysteries of the Worm, ) is a nod to a fictional grimoire conceived by the late, great Psycho author Robert Bloch in 1935 and later incorporated into horror master H.P. Lovecraft s renowned Cthulu Mythos. Its a concept record, a little bit, Pike offers. I got this idea about Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception: What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then? He lives his life only going forward until he finds this scroll from an ancient Chinese alchemist who derived a serum out of the black lotus which is actually in Robert E. Howards Conan stories and then he starts traveling back in time. He can see the past through his ancestors eyes, but his enemies can kill him if they kill the ancestor that he is seeing through at the time. Basically, he keeps waking up in other peoples bodies at bad times. It s kinda like that old TV show Quantum Leap. Kurt actually pointed that out to me after I told him the idea. But whatever time travel is a killer concept.
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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.Read more ›
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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High on Fire dominate again with heavy riffs and solid song structure. I don't know how they do it over and over.Published 6 months ago by Michael P. Conte
By far my favorite by them. Though, every one seems to get better and better.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
First off, who imagined High on Fire could get even heavier? Yet, here we are, presented with a concept record that straight up punches you in the throat from the first bar. Read morePublished 19 months ago by matthew j burleson
This is an alright album. It's nothing spectacular, but it's still a good album. I'd recommend you check it out. Buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it.Published 23 months ago by Spikedskull
The jewel case was slightly cracked on the front, as was the other five CDs I also bought. If anything, the carrier is to blame, the packing was sub-par, simply a folded cardboard... Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Alex Erin