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HIGH ON FIRE Ready New Album Cometh The Storm

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 10:53 AM


Out April 19th; "Burning Down" Video Launches

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Photo credit: James Rexroad

Iconic U.S. rock band, HIGH ON FIRE, will release its new LP, Cometh the Storm, on April 19 via MNRK Heavy. The GRAMMY Award-winning group, celebrating its 25th anniversary, recorded Cometh the Storm at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with producer Kurt Ballou. The 11-song effort -- the band's ninth studio album -- marks the release of the first new HIGH ON FIRE music since 2018's Electric Messiah and the first to feature drummer Coady Willis (Big Business, Murder City Devils), alongside bassist Jeff Matz, and guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike.

Cometh the Storm is advanced by the lead track, "Burning Down", and a haunting, fever dream video, directed by Lars Kristoffer Hormander. Experience HIGH ON FIRE's "Burning Down" on KNAC.COM HERE.

"Burning Down" kicks off with a classic Pike riff," says Jeff Matz. "I think this song harkens back to the early HIGH ON FIRE sound, but infused with fresh, new elements. It has a killer groove that you can really sink into. The body of the song took shape in our PNW rehearsal space, and we came up with the bridge/solo section and finalized the arrangement while we were at GodCity. Kurt Ballou's input as a producer was also hugely helpful. His keen ears and fresh perspective were invaluable in making this album."

"Burning Down" lyrics:

No one will listen here. Too late now so we dread it.
Decrepit word and lies. Will we live to regret it?
Our castles burning down. Not a soul left is sentient.
Give us the eyes to make us wise.
Your temple is crumbling down. No disguise for the revenant.
Your death is spiritual. Read it on to you like you never had said it.
A stone around your neck and you're thrown to the weather.
You should be burnt alive. With our indignity together.
Your castles burning down. Not a soul left is sentient.
Your temple is crumbling down. No disguise for the revenant.
Justice is fear for you. Sentence on to you and a curse to remember.
Our castles burning down. Not a soul left is sentient.
Give us the eyes to make us wise.
Your temple is crumbling down. No disguise for the revenant.
Your death is spiritual. We read it on to you like you never had said it.
No one will listen here.

"I think this band's always had a really good drive," states Matt Pike. "It's a different entity. It's its own thing. Which, I think, makes all of us very proud to be a part of it. It's not an average band."

"Being a fan of each other's bands for a long time, it feels like all bets are off and anything goes which is a liberating feeling," shares Willis. "That feeling of making something out of all of these imperfect parts and it becomes this magical, weird, new idea that none of us ever anticipated. Against all odds. That's the joy of it."

"It's interesting, whenever there's a lineup change in a band," offers producer Kurt Ballou. "It can take a little while to rebuild. But it's also an opportunity to reinvigorate the band and I think that's what's happened here."

Track listing:

  • "Lambsbread"
  • "Burning Down"
  • "Trismegistus"
  • "Cometh The Storm"
  • "Karanlık Yol"
  • "Sol's Golden Curse"
  • "The Beating"
  • "Tough Guy"
  • "Lightning Beard"
  • "Hunting Shadows"
  • "Darker Fleece"


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