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High On Fire : Snakes For The Divine

Barbaric Thrashy Dooooom.

One Label change doesn’t always mean a change in the musical goals. At any rate, not for the power trio led by a though master in the person of Matt Pike, formerly divine ex-riffs-purveyor for the mythical Sleep some years ago – almost a decade!

You still get the violent mix between Venom and Motörhead, but this time no seasoning with pure Stoner spices to lighten the broth! Oh no, you’ll get a much hotter flavour: the band delivers Thrash riffs as thick as an arm of a Canadian lumberjack. Finesse? High On Fire do not know the word, they just crush your face with barbaric mid-tempo riffs, giving you the impression that Attila the Hun has just decided to charge and erase you from the surface of the earth.

But where the two previous albums sounded a bit strained, painfully struggling to produce something a bit different, 'Snakes For The Divine' puts the record straight. The influence of Slayer’s greater days has now been added to the usual brew of the band, giving the album a very rough edge. When you’ll take ‘Fire, Flood And The Plague’, ‘Ghost Neck’ or ‘How Dark We Pray’ on the face, you’ll understand the meaning of the expression "music with balls'. Look no further, the best discharge of utter primitive sound of 2010's is there.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Snakes for the Divine
2. Frost Hammer
3. Bastard Samurai
4. Ghost Neck
5. Fire, Flood & Plague
6. How Dark We Pray
7. Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter
8. Mystery of Helm

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

Visit the High On Fire bandpage.

Reviewed on 2010-11-11 by Laurent Lignon
Hate Your Guts Records
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