LONG PLAYER OF THE DAY: High on Fire, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’

The Artist/Album: High on Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis (E1 Music, 2012)

Our Review: Considering how profoundly dazed and confused Matt Pike looks in 90-percent of High on Fire’s press photos–and every single one of Sleep’s–we’re not quite sure if it’s surprising or fitting that his latest flight of fantasy is a concept album centered around a Chinese alchemist, Quantum Leap-like time travel, and Jesus’ sacrificial twin. (What, you didn’t know he had one?) We’ll go with fitting, a classification that also applies to just how in the zone Pike and the rest of the band are throughout their sixth LP–a jilted journey that’s as expertly paced musically as it is thematically, right down to the smoky instrumental interlude that splits it in half.

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