I’m under strict orders from IMV Senior Editor Clayton not to write this review in all caps. *deep breaths*
Our first petrol-flavored taste of the new High on Fire album Electric Messiah is here, folks! If you’re like me, you’ve been analyzing every word of Matt Pike’s interview with DC Heavy Metal last month trying to get as much insight into the upcoming record as possible. Or, you’re of sound mind. Either way, the title track is finally here, and it shreds.
If you’re going to melt faces off, why waste any time, right? After a brief drumstick count from Des Kensel, the boys are off. Pike’s guitar barrels in with a crunchy tone reminiscent of The Art of Self Defense, but with a riff that says “Lemmy was here.” And that’s no surprise, as the song is quite literally a tribute to the late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. True to that form, the song hits the asphalt with punk rock speed and doesn’t stop thrashing until Pike’s long, closing howl. This is far from the most nuanced High on Fire has ever been, but why meticulously disassemble when a sledgehammer will do?
Electric Messiah will be released October 5th on eOne. Check out the album art and track list below.
1. Spewn From the Earth
2. Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil
3. Electric Messiah
4. Sanctioned Annihilation
5. The Pallid Mask
6. God of the Godless
8. The Witch and the Christ
9. Drowning Dog