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Album Review: High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

Album Review: High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

Thursday 3rd May, 2012 2:52PM

What is immediately evident from the beginning of Oakland, California metallers High On Fire's sixth album De Vermis Mysteriis (Latin for "Mysteries of the worm") is the thunderous and utterly locked in rhythm section of Des Kensel and Jeff Matz. A massive drum intro is then joined by Matt Pike's instantly recognisable and gritty guitar and Matz' furious bass, completing the aural triptych with aplomb. Compared to the great shredding intro that opened 2010's Snakes For The Divine and showcased Pike's nine-string skills, "Serums of Laio" is more a statement of intent from the band as a whole: "we are not gonna let up for this entire album". And they certainly do not.

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