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HIGH ON FIRE are to release new studio album "Electric Messiah" in 2018, the best and most diverse of the band's three albums with Ballou, and a record Pike cannot stop gushing about. Justifiably, too. There's more speed than ever before (the aforementioned title track, the raucous opener "Spewn From the Earth", and the thrashy, Sir Francis Drake-inspired "Freebooter") but the dynamics of "Electric Messiah" hold the listener riveted. Of note is the nine-minute Sumerian historical epic "Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil", which Pike proudly calls his own "rock opera". "The song is the creation story of the Sumerians, the weird dichotomy of two gods fighting over power. I put it into two parts because it's my Sumerian rock opera. At the end I play three different characters: I play the two brothers that clash, and I play Isis, and there's a high, medium, and low part. It's very theatrical. I felt like Meat Loaf doing it, but at the same time Bryan Sours at the studio went, 'I don't know what you just did, but that's fucking cool, just keep doing that!" For all the dream visions and historical epics, the state of the real world permeates Pike's writing on "Electric Messiah" as well, none more blatantly than on the bluesy closing track "Drowning Dog". "That one is about the media and the tomfoolery that's going on," Pike explains. "You're either left or right. Do you see how they've divided us through the media? I'm basically saying, 'Do you see how stupid we are?' Someone's gotta speak out and say shit like that, or we're going to continue to be worse slaves over time. They set this shit up so they can keep us under wraps. What they're afraid of is us ascending and evolving and understanding our past for real. That was the point of a lot of this last album. People not reading the writing on the wall." It feels absurd to think that this late into their career High on Fire have 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 - devilution? - of Pike, Matz, and Kensel. They simply cannot be denied a permanent spot among American royalt
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Specifications
Type: LP
Recorded: 2018
Release Date: 2018-09-20
Label: Eone Music
Country: Euro
Item No: 783071
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Track List
Disc 1
01 Spewn From The Earth
02 Steps Of The Ziggurat / House Of Enlil
03 Electric Messiah
04 Sanctioned Annihilation
Disc 2
01 The Pallid Mask
02 God Of The Godless
03 Freebooter
04 The Witch And The Christ
05 Drowning Dog
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