High On Fire Shares “Cometh the Storm”

High on Fire, will release its new LP, Cometh the Storm (MNRK Heavy), on April 19, 2024. The group, celebrating its 25th anniversary, recorded Cometh the Storm at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts  with producer Kurt Ballou. The 11-song effort — the band’s ninth studio album — marks the release of the first new High on Fire music since 2018’s Electric Messiah and the first to feature drummer Coady Willis (Big Business, Murder City Devils), alongside bassist Jeff Matz, and guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike.  Cometh the Storm boasts runic art and design by longtime High on Fire collaborator  Arik Moonhawk Roper. Pre-order/save High on Fire’s Cometh the Storm here. Now, High on Fire drops a music video for the new album’s title track, directed by Phil Mucci for Diabolik Films.

“Cometh the Storm” was built from a riff I started playing on bass at practice,” explains bassist / guitarist Jeff Matz. “I was noodling around with this melancholic harmonic minor line, just hammering the notes with my left hand, when Matt yelled out “Are we recording this!?” The chorus riff was something Coady and I came up with when we were jamming in LA. Matt then came in and worked up some rough lyrics and came up with the vocal line. For the chorus, I used this fretless bass I’d acquired. The weight of the low frequencies this thing produced was insane—how it blended with the guitars and drums, it was like being hit with a sledgehammer. We knew right away that this was going to be an epically heavy track.”

“This was the first time I got to work with the guys on set and we had a blast,” offers Mucci. “High on Fire lyrics can always be interpreted in a number of ways, so I started by trying to define “The Storm”. A huge list of visual ideas got whittled down to the two essential characters at work, The Man and Gaia, representing duel ends of the spectrum — with a very destructive cross-over. I always try to keep things light and encourage everyone to come with ideas — like Coady’s burning cymbal idea! No better way to end your High on Fire shoot than with exploding cymbals!”

High on Fire will kick off U.S. headlining tour dates in support of Cometh the Storm on May 4 in Orlando, FL. The jaunt will feature support from Venezuelan post-rock outfit, Zeta, and Massachusetts crossover crew High Command. Dates listed below.

High on Fire ‘Cometh the Storm’ spring U.S. tour
   (w/ Zeta, High Command)

   May 4    Orlando, FL            Conduit
   May 5    Columbia, SC         The Senate
   May 7    Greensboro, NC     Hanger 1819
   May 8    Richmond, VA         The Broadberry
   May 10  Baltimore, MD         Baltimore Soundstage
   May 11  New Haven, CT       Toad’s Place
   May 12  Jersey City, NJ        White Eagle Hall
   May 13  Cambridge, MA       The Middle East
   May 15  Albany, NY              Empire Live
   May 16  Cleveland Heights, OH   Grog Shop
   May 17  Detroit, MI               The Magic Stick
   May 18  Chicago, IL              3 Floyd’s Brewing (Dark Lord Day feat. High on Fire, Abbath, Fugitive, 1349, Spiritworld)