Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 20, 2014

words by Klaus Kinski, photos courtesy of Converse

High on Fire @ MHOW - 8/15/14
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The first-ever Converse Rubber Tracks Live tour roared into NYC on Friday (8/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, bringing along with them a whopper of a free showcase featuring metal Gods High on Fire and Brooklyn chaos outfit Blackest.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another your man Klaus completely missed Blackest. As a matter of fact, I got to the venue just as the lights were being dimmed for High On Fire's absolutely crushing set. I really wanted to see Blackest. They are heavy, aggressive, and as musicians they are tighter than a baby rabbit's b-hole. Did you see them? How was their set? Fortunately for me and other New Yorkers, they play ABC No Rio on Saturday (8/23) as part of a hardcore oriented matinee (which is also a stop on Dangers and Graf Orlock's tour).

As usual, High On Fire delivered a flawless and brutal dose of riffcentric sludge that brought the room's humidity and stank level to a solid 100%. Though derivative to a certain extent in their own right (but who isn't), High on Fire are so influential and so often imitated by lesser cretins that when you actually see them live you can't help but immediately come to the realization that they are simply impeccable; Gods of the genre. Throughout the entire set, which consisted of tunes new and old, the crowd was 110% into it. Some shoving, lots of fist pumping, and copious amounts of singing along made this one of the funnest sausage fests I have been to in ages. They bookended the show with classics, "Fury Whip" and "Snakes for the Divine" and included crushers "Baghdad," "Fertile Green," "Mouth of the Architect," "Devilution," "Rumors of War," and "Fireface," among others. If you were a newbie to High on Fire, this show was a perfect orientation. If you were a veteran fan, the show was a great homage to a staggering career. If you were an idiot, you were elsewhere.

High on Fire's Matt Pike will be back in NYC when Sleep's tour hits NYC on August 25 at Stage 48 with Holy Sons (sold out).

More pictures from the show, below...

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The setlist and a great shot from last night's LA show at Echoplex:


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Comments (39)

lol both him and AL let themselves go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 9:46 AM

Agree. the show was a great homage to a staggering career

Posted by Camisetas de Rock | August 20, 2014 9:47 AM

9:46 has obviously never troued and gained weight from the stress and food you have available.


Really glad to see Pike doing so well and seems to be more productive since he has quit drinking.

So underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 9:50 AM

Blackest have their youth crew stances down flat.

XXX

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:00 AM

where are all the photos?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:20 AM

Blackest absolutely owns.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:28 AM

Thx for the review, agree more photos would be great there were so many photo takers, I didn't bother.

NB, excellent save by Matt Pike first song right into solo. Best I've seen him play and he looks better than last time, give it a break so long as he's alive & well.

Posted by Torch | August 20, 2014 10:48 AM

HoF are unbelievable live. Just skull crushing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:31 AM

sexy time

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:47 AM

Yeah, I am sure Pike is really concerned he's not an anorexic BV commenting twink

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:52 AM

More like Whitest, amiright?

Posted by McDungeon | August 20, 2014 11:58 AM

Don't people usually lose weight after they quit drinking?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:04 PM

Fatty McFatterson (aka 11:52) gets his daily protein from #SVGH, amirite

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:19 PM

^lol 12:19 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:22 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/as/high-on-fire-mhow-6.jpg

^ Ok, this has got to be the hedge fund manager.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:32 PM

Actually I think Pike LOST significant weight since he first blew up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:37 PM

yikes. jenny craig time

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:47 PM

Just smh.

Why is so much of the metal scene fat fucks?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:54 PM

haww haww haw dis hurr hawg hillbilly dundded traded won adickchun fur anuthur

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:56 PM

^yep. Jethro up there put down the bottle and instead is now plowing through 4,000 calories a day of Candy Corn Oreos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:00 PM

Hey, the dollar menu at Wendy's will kill you too, Zeke.


Sausage hayseed should've just kept on drinking. At least then he'd be lit instead of morbidly obese.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:20 PM

If the BV comment section can name a Melvins album, influence Swans cover art, and breakup Friends.....surely we can fat shame this hillbilly into putting on a t-shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:35 PM

Did we really break up Friends? Good for us!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:56 PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:59 PM

dis nigga mus eat da heeeellz out sum hummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 2:15 PM

"I know better than to walk around in public with my shirt off. I mean, the Brooklyn Vegan comments alone..."


- Fat Bro from Friends

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 2:19 PM

lol 1:56 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 2:24 PM

The BV comment section has about has much impact as a fuckin' dust mite.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 4:30 PM

^ Hey, Matt. Did we hurt your feelings?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 4:32 PM

S T I L L W A I T I N G

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 4:49 PM

Don't comment if you weren't at the show.

Posted by ANONYMOUS | August 20, 2014 5:02 PM

^cry more bitch nerd lmao

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 5:33 PM

fatass sausage

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 9:50 PM

all you Internet lameo fan boys are a bunch of badger taint licking hee haws. guess you gotta wear fuggin Capri cock pants and muscle tees to get the respect of you tough guys. Eat a Richard lames...

Posted by JewNiga | August 21, 2014 8:36 PM

^wut

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 9:37 PM

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