In summer this year, Southern Lord reissued their classic album The Art Of Self Defense (which they will be playing exclusively at 2013’s Roadburn Festival this year). Originally produced/engineered by Billy Anderson at Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, CA and initially released on Man’s Ruin Records, the landmark long player was completely remastered and enhanced by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Noothgrush, OFF! etc.) ready to be added to Southern Lord’s ever-growing catalog of sonic enormity. This reissue includes the addition of the band’s first ever demo, two bonus 7” tracks as well as a 48-page booklet.
Legendary cult metal favourites High On Fire have announced that they will be touring the UK in February 2013. The trio comprising Matt Pike, Des Kensel and Jeff Matz will hit the following cities and venues:
01.02.2013 – 02 Academy 2 – Birmingham
02.02.2013 – The Sugarmill – Stoke On Trent
03.02.2013 – NQ Live – Manchester
04.02.2013 – King Tuts – Glasgow
06.02.2013 – Thekla – Bristol
07.02.2013 – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth
08.02.2013 – 02 Islington Academy – London
09.02.2013 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
10.02.2013 – Waterfront – Norwich
High on Fire get straight to the point, bashing away with a neanderthal sense of purpose and creating hypnotic, droning waves of powerful riffs end low-end thunder and The Art of Self Defense serves up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio’s style remains unique, distinct, HEAVY and absolutely crushing. An audio hail storm of piledriving riffs, booming rhythms and Pike’s gruff vocal tirades, The Art Of Self Defense remains a staple in High On Fire’s renowned catalog of audio greatness.
Check out this video for ‘Fertile Green’ –