Touring with Mastodon and Converge in 2009 might have had more impact on Matt Pike, the frontman for doom metallers High on Fire, than anyone could have thought. Not only did Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou produce High on Fire’s upcoming album De Vermis Mysteriis but the storyline for the record is as wild and surreal [...]
Slipknot and Slayer to Headline the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Dates and More Bands Announced
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s largest touring heavy music festival, is back for its fifth year. Headlining the main stage will be masked metal miscreants Slipknot, on their first U.S. tour since the passing of bassist Paul Gray, alongside thrash-metal titans Slayer. The fest will announce another major special guest on March 5. [...]
Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Down, and many more!
High on Fire have entered the studio to begin tracking their as-yet-untitled new album. The follow-up to 2010′s Snakes for the Divine is being recorded at Salem Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer, and Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou. “We are really stoked about recording this album,” bassist Jeff Matz said. “The new songs are turning out [...]
There is a type of music that is best listened to in a van. It has to be something as large and unwieldy as the vehicle itself, something that echoes well in a smoke-filled cabin, something that is only improved by an airbrushed depiction of the Grim Reaper wrestling a tiger on a Yin Yang [...]
In the following video High on Fire vocalist/guitarist Matt Pike checks in from New Zealand, where he and his band were on tour when the massive earthquake hit on February 22. High on Fire were on tour with the Melvins and about to board a plane in Christchurch, New Zealand when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck.
General aroma of Webster Hall: Resin-soaked beard.
Number of beards present at Webster Hall: 4,237.
Number of flannel shirts present: 1,482.
Number of dudes wearing the same bootleg Slayer shirt as me: Four. One of us is going to have to change.
Ever since that creepy witch woman stared out from that field on the cover of Black Sabbath's first record, album cover art has been a vital part of the heavy-music scene—that’s why any diehard fan has at least a few T-shirts or posters emblazoned with their favorite cover images. In Revolver's new "The Art of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal" Special Issue—available on newsstands now—we’ve tracked down and interviewed the artists behind the covers of such landmark records as Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell, Queen’s Queen II, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven, Korn’s Korn, Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Ministry’s Psalm 69, Lamb of God’s Ashes of the Wake, and many, many others. We’ve also unearthed all kinds of rare sketches, photo shoot outtakes, and alternate versions, taking readers through the whole creative process behind these iconic album covers. Get your copy now!!!
On August 15, when High on Fire visited the East Coast to do some press for their latest album, Death Is This Communion (Relapse), guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike dropped by MetalKult’s NYC headquarters for an exclusive riff lesson and Q&A. Check out the clips below, where Pike demonstrates how to play some of the classic riffs [...]