High on Fire - "The Art of Self Defense" 2LP

High on Fire - "The Art of Self Defense" 2LP

High on Fire

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High on Fire - "The Art of Self Defense"

Format: Double LP on "shirtless" vinyl (coloured)


The cult classic first recordings of High on Fire remastered & restored…

Cult metal favorite High on Fire was formed by former Sleep guitarist Matt Pike in late summer 1998. Berthed out of the need to simply play guitar again, Pike jammed with and settled on a line-up of powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and longtime guitarist friend George  Rice, who made the switch to bass to round out the trio. They had scarcely been together for a few months before demo-ing three songs. That demo, featuring Master of Fists and instant classics 10,000 Years and Blood from Zion, became among the most sought-after tapes in the underground metal scene. High on Fire got straight to the point, bashing away with a neanderthal sense of purpose and creating hypnotic, droning waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder of the likes not heard before. Throughout 99’, High on Fire continued writing for their debut full-length. The band recorded their debut with Sleep engineer/producer Billy Anderson at Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, CA. The Art of Self Defense served up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio’s style was unique, distinct, HEAVY as all fuck and absolutely crushing. The album immediately became a cult classic and not even the the closure of the label that released the album (Mans’ Ruin) could stop the powerhouse that had been unleashed. Tee Pee records reissued the album in 2001 with 2 bonus tracks: Steel Shoes and a ripping cover of the Celtic Frost song, The Usurper.

Double vinyl version repressed. Gatefold jacket + printed inner-sleeves. Another meticulously packaged vinyl release from the masters of the craft! Without question one of the most supernal releases in the history of the label.


A1 Baghdad
A2 10,000 Years
A3 Blood from Zion
B1 Last
B2 Fireface
C1 Master Of Fists
C2 Street Shoe
C3 The Usurper
D1 Blood from Zion
D2 10,000 Years
D3 Master Of Fists


1999 // 2021 Repress Southern Lord Records

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