High On Fire are a b and from Oakland, California that plays a mixture of stoner, sludge, and doom metal and this is a review of their 2000 album The Art Of Self Defense" which was re-issued by Southern Lord Records during the year of 2012.
Drums r ange from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine stoner, sludge and doom metal together, while the lead guitars a re very 70's sounding stoner/doom metal/hard rock guitar solos and leads.
Vocals are all clean singing stoner/doom metal vocals as well as a brief use of more aggressive sounding vocals, while the lyrics cover darkness and mythology themes, as for the production it has a very heavy, dark, strong and powerful sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length in addition there are some demo tracks presented on this re-issue.
In my opinion High On Fire are a very great sounding hybrid of stner, doom, and sludge metal and if you are a fan of t his band, you probably already own this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Baghdad" "Blood From Zion" "Fireface" and "The Usurper" which is a Celtic Frost cover. RECOMMENDED TRACKS.