Monday, February 19, 2007
HIGH ON FIRE - THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE (2000)
I've got to say I thought the live HIGH ON FIRE would be a bigger hit on G.O.M.E. than it was. Either that record is easier to come by than I thought, you guys simply don't like HoF, or you're unfamiliar. Assuming the latter applies to at least some of you, I thought I'd go ahead and post the band's debut.
The Art of Self Defense is guitarist/vocalist MATT PIKE's first project after the disintegration of the legendary SLEEP. Is it as good as Holy Mountain? No. Is it even as good as Volume One? Well, close, but...no. Still, it's a brutal and crushing introduction to a band that would go on to record two of the best "stoner-doom" albums in the history of that ridiculous classification.
This album is yet another Man's Ruin casualty, though it has been reissued on Tee Pee Records with two bonus tracks and very cool cover art. I obviously encourage you all to purchase the reissue, but until then, here's the original Man's Ruin edition.
2. 10,000 Years
3. Blood from Zion
6. Master of Fists