High On Fire Announce New Album, 'Cometh the Storm'

High On Fire Announce New Album, 'Cometh the Storm'

- By Ramon Gonzales

The presentation features production from Kurt Ballou and arrives as the band marks their landmark 25th anniversary.

Rock heavy stalwarts High On Fire have made good on the tease of new music with the announcement of their next full length effort, Cometh the Storm. Setting an April 19th arrival date, the album serves as the band's ninth studio full length and the first since 2018's Electric Messiah. The album also is the first to feature the configuration of drummer Coady Willis (Big Business, Murder City Devils), alongside bassist Jeff Matz, and guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike.

Enlisting revered producer Kurt Ballou of Converge to helm the project, Cometh the Storm bears the added significance of coinciding with High On Fire's 25th anniversary as a band. 

Presenting the initial offering from the effort, High On Fire has shared the mammoth first cut in "Burning Down" - a track that showcases the band's signature, steady heft and well-established songwriting prowess. Coupled with a haunting visual directed by Lars Kristoffer Hormander, the introduction is one that suggests Cometh the Storm is peak HoF. 

“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.”

Producer Kurt Ballou also shared his perspective on the kind of creative corner High On Fire has turned. “It’s interesting, whenever there’s a lineup change in a band,” explained 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.”

Cometh The Storm from High On Fire arrives April 19th via MNRK Heavy. Order the album - HERE

   Cometh the Storm tracklisting

   2. Burning Down 

   3. Trismegistus
   4. Cometh The Storm
   5. Karanlık Yol
   6. Sol’s Golden Curse
   7. The Beating
   8. Tough Guy
   9. Lightning Beard
 10. Hunting Shadows
 11. Darker Fleece 
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