HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCE ELECTRIC MESSIAH TOUR 2019 WITH STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO
PSYCHO LAS VEGAS CONFIRMED
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ELECTRIC MESSIAH OUT NOW
Toronto, ON – November 30, 2018 – High On Fire have announced the Electric Messiah tour 2019 in continued support of their new LP, released earlier this year. These dates will be the first time the band has played live since the cancelation of their tour with Municipal Waste earlier this year, due to the partial amputation of Matt Pike’s toe. The tour will make stops in Montreal and Toronto in January – see below for a complete list of dates.
High On Fire released Electric Messiah on October 5 to some serious critical acclaim. The A.V. Club stated that, "The bar for metal album of the year has been raised" and they couldn't be more correct. Electric Messiah has landed on both Revolver Magazine and Loudwire’s top albums of 2018 lists.
Consequence of Sound said the new LP “successfully construct Sabbath-ian, earth-moving riffs as their blueprint." Pitchfork said boldly, “When High On Fire rip, it’s like they're tearing through the whole universe.”
“I had a dream about Lemmy,” says Pike, explaining the inspiration behind the title of High on Fire’s title track, Electric Messiah. “When Lemmy was still alive I always got compared to Lemmy,” the gravelly-voiced guitarist elaborates, “so I had this dream where he got pissed at me."
"He gave me a bunch of shit, basically, and was hazing me. Not that he didn’t approve of me, but like I was being hazed. The song is me telling the world that I could never fill Lemmy’s shoes because Lemmy’s Lemmy. I wanted to pay homage to him in a great way. And it turned out to be such a good title that the guys said we should call the album 'Electric Messiah.'"
Additionally, High On Fire will be performing at 2019 Psycho Las Vegas taking place August 16-18, 2019 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort. Tickets are on sale now, click here for more info.
Electric Messiah served as the follow-up to Luminiferous, released in 2015, which went on to be one of the band's most critically acclaimed albums. NPR said about Luminiferous, "For High On Fire to exude this much vigor 17 years into its existence only reaffirms the band's mastery of the form." Pitchfork called the collection of songs "among the most enthusiastic and bracing of the Oakland metal band's career."
Finally, Rolling Stone said it was "a ferocious blast of charging guitars, blasting drums and Pike's inimitable hoarse roar" in their feature outlining the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015.
Electric Messiah reunites the band once again with producer, Kurt Ballou (Converge, Torche, Kvelertak), for the third time. “Kurt just has a knack for us, man,” Pike says. “We all work really well with him. Even if we have differences about how we want to record something, he works with us and understands what we do. We’ve been sticking with him because we haven’t made a bad record with him yet.”
It feels absurd to think that this late into their career High on Fire has hit a new career peak, but that’s what happens when you have a trio that works this well together. For all of Ballou’s sonic wizardry, Electric Messiah is all about the evolution of Pike, Matz, and Kensel. They simply cannot be denied a permanent spot among American royalty.
“This band keeps evolving,” Pike enthuses. “This is by far the best record I’ve ever made with the High on Fire stamp. It just keeps getting better and better. We just try to outdo ourselves. I’m not saying the old work is progressively worse, it’s just that we get better every time instead of burning out, which is a common finality for a lot of bands. This album is fucking excellent, I just love everything on it, I’m not bummed about anything. It’s great when you think that about your record.”
High On Fire is: Matt Pike / Des Kensel / Jeff Matz
Purchase/stream Electric Messiah: smarturl.it/ElectricMessiah
January 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
January 11- Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
January 12 - Richmond, VA - Broadberry
January 13 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
January 15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
January 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
January 18 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
January 19 - Montreal, QC - Théâtre Fairmount
January 20 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
January 22 - Chicago, IL - Metro
January 23 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway
January 25 - Denver, CO - Oriental
January 26 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
January 27 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
January 29 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
January 30 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
January 31 - Houston, TX - White Oak
February 1 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
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