High On Fire Working On New Album

It looks like High On Fire have started working on a new album. Bassist Jeff Matz confirmed the news on Instagram:

High On Fire Announce Summer European/UK Tour

High On Fire have announced a summer European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

06/19 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/20 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest Open Air
06/22 Brighton, UK – Chalk Venue Brighton
06/23 Bristol, UK – The Fleece Bristol
06/24 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
06/25 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
06/26 London, UK – The Garage
06/28 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
06/30 Stockholm, SWE – Nalen
07/01 Oslo, NOR – Parkteatret
07/02 Roskilde, DEN – Roskilde Festival
07/04 Dokkum, ET – Dokk’em Open Air
07/05 Essen, GER – Turock
07/06 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
07/08 Wiesbaden, GER – Kesselhaus
07/09 Munich, GER – Backstage Club
07/10 Erfurt, GER – Stoned From The Underground
07/11 Vizovice, CZE – Masters Of Rock

High On Fire Digitally Release “Bat Salad” EP

High On Fire have officially released their “Bat Salad” EP in digital outlets. The effort was previously only available on 12” vinyl as part of this year’s Record Store Day. In addition to the title track, the EP also includes covers of Celtic Frost‘s “Into The Crypts of Rays” and Bad Brains‘ “Don’t Bother Me.“

Drummer Des Kensel Exits High On Fire

Des Kensel has announced his departure from High On Fire. The drummer said he is leaving to focus on “new opportunities and spending time with [his] family.”

Here’s Kensel’s full statement:

“As a founding member of High on Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band.

Being a full time professional musician can have its challenges. One gets through those challenges with patience, hard work and perseverance. After much consideration, it is time for me to announce that I will no longer be performing with High on Fire. I will now be focusing on new opportunities and spending time with my family.

I would like to sincerely thank all of our fans for your support throughout the years. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Lastly, I would like to wish my band-mates the best of luck in the future.”

High On Fire Announce Fall Tour With Power Trip, Devil Master, & Creeping Death

High On Fire have announced a fall headlining tour. Power Trip, Devil Master, and Creeping Death will open.

Tour Dates:

11/07 Austin, TX – Mohawk (‘Levitation Festival‘)
11/08 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live (no Power Trip)
11/12 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/15 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
11/16 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/17 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
11/19 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/20 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
11/21 New York, NY – Elsewhere
11/22 New York, NY – Elsewhere
11/23 Hartford, CT – Webster
11/24 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
11/25 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/26 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
11/27 Chicago, IL – The Metro
11/29 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
12/02 Seattle, WA – Neumos
12/03 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw
12/04 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
12/06 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
12/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

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.

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]