High On Fire Perform Without Drummer Des Kensel

According to The PRP, High On Fire performed without drummer Des Kensel during their show in Portland, OR last night (May 14). It is unknown why he was absent, but Nick Parks (Gaytheist) was brought in to handle drumming duties for the set. High On Fire are also performing at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, OR tonight (May 15), so it will be interesting to see if Kensel is still absent.

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Listen To High On Fire’s New Song “Bat Salad” And Their Celtic Frost & Bad Brains Covers

High On Fire recently released a new 12″ titled “Bat Salad“ as part of Record Store Day. The effort, which features the new title track and covers of Celtic Frost‘s “Into The Crypts Of Rays” and Bad Brains‘ “Don’t Bother Me“, has since leaked online and can be heard below:

[via The PRP]

Listen To High On Fire’s Cover Of Thin Lizzy’s “Vagabond Of The Western World”

High On Fire are streaming their cover of Thin Lizzy‘s “Vagabond Of The Western World” via Decibel. The track will appear on Glory Or Death Records’ new Thin Lizzy tribute album, “Bow To Your Masters Volume 1: Thin Lizzy,“ which will be released on July 26.

High On Fire Post Teaser For “Bat Salad” Record Store Day Release

High On Fire have posted a teaser for their new “Bat Salad“ 12 inch, which is set to be released on April 13 as part of Record Store Day. The effort will come with three songs, including the new title track and covers of Celtic Frost‘s “Into The Crypts Of Rays” and Bad Brains‘ “Don’t Bother Me.“

High On Fire Cancel January Tour

High On Fire have been forced to cancel their January North American tour due to medical reasons. The band previously cancelled their fall 2018 tour after Matt Pike underwent a partial toe amputation and now the frontman could possibly face even more amputation.

Pike commented:

“Dear Friends and fans,

To my brothers, my crew, and anyone else this affects. I do apologize for the inconvenience of this cancelation. I feel as though I’m explaining lightning striking twice. I wanted nothing more in the world to play these songs live, nor ever cancel something I say I’m gonna do.

I am a warrior for our art, and have endured some painful things to what we do. The timing and repeating nature of this is my nightmare and almost impossible. Nevertheless, to save yet another toe, my big one, I have been grounded by circumstances out of my control. I will have more of a medical report to come but right now I’m at great risk of losing it, and/or a bigger portion of my foot due to Diabetes. Which I have been managing very well.

It just shows how this disease can affect our lives. Please forgive me, and if you know anything about me, you know this is not like me. We will be back!”

High On Fire Announce North American Tour

After previously dropping off their fall tour with Municipal Waste due to Matt Pike’s partial toe amputation, High On Fire will be returning to the road early next year, You can find the dates for their newly announced North American tour below.

Tour Dates:

01/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
01/11 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01/12 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
01/13 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/15 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
01/16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
01/18 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
01/19 Montreal, QC – Fairmount
01/20 Toronto, ON – Opera House
01/22 Chicago, IL – Metro
01/23 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway
01/25 Denver, CO – Oriental
01/26 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
01/27 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
01/29 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
01/30 Austin, TX-Barracuda
01/31 Houston, TX – White Oak
02/01 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

High On Fire Are In The Studio

It looks like High On Fire have been in the studio working on music for a Record Store Day (April 20) release. The group posted the following: