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Blessed Black Wings - High On Fire

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: High On Fire / Audio CD released 2005-02-14 at Relapse

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      11.08.2008 01:47
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      This majorly heavy stoner trio have been critically acclaimed through this album as creating a masterpiece of stoner metal riffery and song-writing. Any fans of the band sleep will be familiar with vocalist and only guitarist Matt Pike who's vocals suit the music brilliantly and although extremely throaty they often carry a melody line to the music. The drums have a heavy tribal feel throughout with a continued rolling rhythm at the beginning of the monster track that is "Devilution".
      Stoner metal isn't a massive genre and there's a reason that these guys are breaking it. The album is far from just a pure wall of sound. Pike's songwriting makes for a huge variation in the feel of each song and still maintains the bands sound.
      Some riffs are really cleverly written and the second track on the album is certain to get some headbanging involved.
      The last and one of the foremost tracks on the album; "Sons of Thunder" brings a slightly more progressive side out and the power and tension built up by the track is truly awesome.
      The whole album is likely to be enjoyed by fans of: Sleep, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Bongzilla, Gojira, Sepultura, Soulfly etc

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      23.07.2008 22:30
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      High on Fire's third album (2005).

      High on Fire were formed by vocalist and guitarist Matt Pike in the wake of Sleep, and this more recent band takes a heavier and faster approach to stoner doom metal, a far cry from the fuzzy atmosphere of bands such as Electric Wizard and comparable to the work of Dax Riggs, were he a bit more evil.

      Pike's vocals are gravelly and completely suited to the heavy, down-tuned guitar tone he uses throughout, complimented by the hard-hitting drums on songs such as the title track. 'To Cross the Bridge' is convincingly hellish and finale 'Sons of Thunder' has a great atmosphere, but for the most part, the music is more concerned with a direct impact through heavy riffs and screaming solos over a persistent tone, which is what elevates it above the majority of hazy stoner doom. 'Cometh Down Hessian' threatens to be a little more melodic before once again collapsing into a doom onslaught, and every song is led by powerful guitar lines.

      1. Devilution
      2. The Face of Oblivion
      3. Brother in the Wind
      4. Cometh Down Hessian
      5. Blessed Black Wings
      6. Anointing of Seer
      7. To Cross the Bridge
      8. Silver Back
      9. Sons of Thunder

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Devilution
    2 The Face of Oblivion
    3 Brother in the Wind
    4 Cometh Down Hessian
    5 Blessed Black Wings
    6 Annointing the Seer
    7 To Cross The Bridge
    8 Silver Back
    9 Sons of Thunde