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{{Infobox musical artist
Name = High on Fire
Img = High on Fire.jpg
Img_capt = HOF live in 2008
Background = group_or_band
Birth_name =
Alias =
Born =
Died =
Origin = Oakland, Californiamarker, U.S.marker
Instrument =
Genre = Sludge metal
Stoner metal

Heavy metal
Occupation =
Years_active = 1998 – present
Label = Relapse

Man's Ruin

Notable_albums =
Notable_songs =
Related_acts =
Associated_acts = Sleep


The Melvins


Asbestos Death

Current_members = Matt Pike
Jeff Matz
Des Kensel

Past_members = Joe Preston
George Rice
}}High on Fire is a heavy metal band from Oakland, Californiamarker that formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, previously played guitar for the influential stoner metal band Sleep.


Matt Pike founded the band in 1998 with drummer Des Kensel and bassist George Rice (from Dear Deceased, who originally auditioned to be the band's vocalist). The band's first recordings were released on 12th Records, with a full-length entitled The Art of Self Defense released later on Man's Ruin Records. (That album would later be re-released by Tee Pee Records as Man's Ruin Records had become defunct.) The band then signed a deal with Relapse Records and recorded the album Surrounded by Thieves, released in 2002. After a vigorous touring cycle promoting that album, bassist George Rice left the band. The band's next album, 2005's Blessed Black Wings, was largely written by Pike and Kensel before recording took place, and ex-Melvins/Thrones bassist Joe Preston joined them later in the studio. After about a year of touring to promote their latest release, the band again lost their bassist. Zeke bassist Jeff Matz joined up to help the band finish touring, later becoming a full-time member and contributing to the recording of their next album with famed producer, Jack Endino (Nirvana/Mudhoney). The new record entitled Death Is This Communion was released in September 2007 after a small string of Northwest shows to promote new material on the album. The band did a headline tour of North America in September and October 2007, with support from the Japanese post-rock band Mono, along with Panthers and Coliseum. [145319] In August 2009, the band went into post-production of it's follow-up to "Death Is This Communion" in Los Angelesmarker with producer Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slayer, Johnny Cash). The band finished tracking the album at The Pass studios in L.A. The album, tentatively entitled "Snakes For The Divine," is expected to be released in January 2010. They are currently on the Adult Swim Presents tour with Converge, Mastodon, and Dethklok.


Current members

Former members

  • Joe Preston - bass
  • George Rice - bass
  • Karl Larson - guitar
  • Ron Crockett - bass



  • 1999: Early Recordings Promo
  • 2005: Split 7" with Ruins




  1. MusicMight: High on Fire biography
  2. High On Fire Reveals New Album Title

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