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High on Fire
Blessed Black Wings (Life Is Abuse)

By: Jeb Branin

This is serious metal for series metal fans. HIGH ON FIRE is one of those stellar bands that based on nothing more than proficiency, has endeared itself to heavy music fans across the spectrum. Thrash/speed metal fans claim HIGH ON FIRE as saviors of their sound. Sludge fans hail them as the forerunners of the new generation of mid-paced tar-core. Death fans don't hesitate to describe HIGH ON FIRE as a band lighting its torch from the flame of ENTOMBED. Doom fans invoke sacred names like TROUBLE and CANDLEMASS. Stoner fans are getting HIGH ON FIRE. Even fans of hardcore and noise rock and black metal are in the groove. HIGH ON FIRE literally seems to have found a magic formula that allows them to be all things to all people. How? I would suggest just one listen to Blessed Black Wings and you'll know. It is so crushing that some scientists are beginning to wonder if the center of black holes are home to copies of Blessed Black Wings instead of collapsed stars. Certainly I don't actually have to say the words "mandatory release" for that fact to be obvious?!?
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