High on Fire - _The Art of Defense_
(Man's Ruin, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (7.5 out of 10)
Ex-Sleep singer Matt Pike steps away from the sometimes long routed, sludge and grind of Sleep to form a high-octane stoner-rock band chock full of thrashing guitar riffs, hearty vocals and a solid rhythm section to boot. The music on _The Art of Defense_ is very heavy, a trait that comes to the front almost as soon as the disc starts, due to the rawness of the production. My only complaint is that some of the songs sound the same. This is their first disc, so I'll cut them some slack. Fans looking for a reason to rock out and get high, pick up High on Fire's debut and get smokin'. Choice cuts: Opener "Baghdad" and "Blood From Zion".

(article published 10/1/2001)

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