Thursday, February 23, 2012

High on Fire take on SXSW and Release New Album Art

With the release of their new album coming up, High on Fire set their sights on destroying SXSW with no less than five shows in less than a weeks time at this years conference. If you have never had the chance to see them live, they are incredible live:

March 13 Austin, TX Emo's East (Non-SXSW)
March 14 Austin, TX SXSW Showcase
March 16 Austin, TX (Brooklyn Vegan party)
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW TBA
March 18 Austin, TX SXSW (High Times party)

World renowned hard rock band HIGH ON FIRE will release its new studio album De Vermis Mysteris on April 3 via eOne Music. Recorded in Salem, Massachusetts' GodCity Studios with producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, the 10 song effort -- touted as "direct, eye-opening and powerfully supernatural" -- is the band's sixth studio recording and the follow up to 2010's Snakes for the Divine which debuted at #62 on the Billboard Top 200 and has been called "wonderful" by The New York Times and "an exhilarating rush" by The Chicago Tribune.

De Vermis Mysteriis (or "Mysteries of the Worm") takes its title from a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos (Lovecraft mentioned De Vermis Mysteriis as one of the books that "repeat the most hellish secrets learnt by early man"). The album carries a deeply mystical undercurrent, incorporating fantastical themes and lyrics detailing, among other things, time travel, a serum called liao that is made out of a black lotus and "a Jesus twin who can see the past through his ancestors' eyes." And that's just scratching the surface!

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