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High On Fire

Spitting Fire Live Vol. 1 & 2 (eOne)

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., Aug. 2, 2013

Metallurgy

A two-volume live release feels like a formality for stoner thrash beast High On Fire, given that the Oakland trio's studio work maintains such crushing immediacy. Spitting Fire draws from every prior LP, reveling in Matt Pike's crusty growl, relentless riffs, and jackhammer guitar. Despite set list quibbles (no "Blessed Black Wings"?), the performances atomize neurons with brutal consistency and high-volume intensity. ***

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