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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n13 (03/31/2010) » Section: Left of the Dial

High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine

There’s not a more explosive and propulsive band than the sludgy, doom metal demigods High on Fire. The trio of singer/guitarist Matt Pike, bassist Jeff Matz, and drummer Des Kensel expertly mix maximum riffing, a taste for hard and fast rhythm with nihilistic themes, dark folklore, and twisted historic touchstones, resulting in music ready to sit in your record collection alongside those favorites by Black Sabbath, Motorhead, and Slayer.

Them Crooked Vultures - Self Titled

The term “super group” doesn’t seem fitting for Them Crooked Vultures. Often the moniker recalls a failed blind date, with the members’ managers like overbearing mothers throwing the rock stars in a room, yelling “Go,” and little chemistry resulting.

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