Veteran Oakland metal band High on Fire have been cranking out thick slabs of fuzzy riffage since their 2000 debut The Art of Self Defense, and the rest of the world is finally catching up to their brand of high-volume badassery. Their 2012 release De Vermis Mysteriis was one of the best metal records to come out that year, and their latest collection, Luminiferous (out June 16), is another instant classic, full of hesher fever dreams and devil horn-worthy anthems.
Produced by brilliant Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (who also produced De Vermis Mysteriis as well as recent top-shelf hard stuff from Kvelertak, Skeletonwitch, Torche, and Hark), Luminiferous delivers everything a headbanger wants: thick riffs, heavy grooves, powerful percussion, and plenty of lyrics about doom to shout along to. (There’s even a glorious seven minute bloodbath called “Carcosa” that feels extra evil.) “The Sunless Years” is a prime example of High on Fire’s skill set: It lays out some solid crunch, but also leaves room for some melodic guitar solos and a thrilling growl of a chorus. But mostly it’s big and loud and awe-inspiring. Get lost in its power by listening to the premiere of “The Sunless Years” below.
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Once you’ve stopped your brain from melting right out of your skull, you can pre-order High on Fire’s Luminiferous here. If you’d rather the band riff you into a fine ash in person, check them out on tour this summer with Pallbearer, Lucifer, and Venomous Maximous.