Lots of news about High On Fire and new HoF music today.
First, we received a reminder that the band’s new album, Luminiferous, will be released on June 16 via eOne Music. It was recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou. You can see the artwork above,
Second, the group premiered a new song from the album named “The Black Plot” via Rolling Stone — and I’ll have a bit more to say about it in a minute.
Third, the band announced a headlining U.S. tour that begins on July 30 in San Diego and finishes in New Orleans on August 23. Along for the ride will be Pallbearer, Lucifer, and Venomous Maximus. Here are the dates:
North American Luminiferous Tour
July 30 San Diego, CA The Casbah
July 31 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
August 1 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
August 3 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
August 4 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw
August 5 Seattle, WA Neumos
August 7 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
August 8 Denver, CO The Gothic
August 10 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
August 11 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
August 12 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
August 13 Toronto, ON Opera House
August 14 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
August 15 New York, NY Irving Plaza
August 17 Boston, MA Royale
August 18 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
August 19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
August 20 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
August 21 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
August 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
August 23 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s (* Venomous Maximus will not appear)
Okay, back to “The Black Plot”. Here’s what Matt Pike had to say about the song:
“It’s about aliens abducting people and manipulating our past, present and future. It’s about the top of the pyramid, so to speak,” Pike says. “And it’s also about alien hybrids, and how we’ve been immersed amongst this culture of E.T.s for thousands of years, and how no one has woken up to it until recently.”
Well, artistic inspiration comes from all sorts of interesting ideas, doesn’t it?
Ahem, as for the music, you’ll need to go here to give it a listen — and I recommend you do. Shit, it’s a mountainous steamroller rumbling and rolling at speed, with predictably crushing guitar tone, spine-shaking percussion, and a smoking hot guitar solo. Pike’s acidic howls and wailing clean vocals work well together, too. A real neck-snapping skull-crusher.