High On Fire

High on Fire's latest album, De Vermis Mysteriis, is a low-end avalanche that barrels headlong into Distortion Valley. Drummer Des Kensel's toms especially pound your head like bowling ball-sized hail chunks, and Matt Pike's caveman bellow rides atop the thunderous riff cloud like he's riding a steaming bronco in slow motion. It's really business as usual for the Oakland power trio, who have by now—six albums in—properly carved its name into the rugged face of stoner rock's Mount Olympus along side the likes of Mastodon and Kyuss. This show's a must for anyone with a taste for the abrasive. With Goatwhore, Lopan. TODD HAMM

Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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