Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire) Announces May Solo Shows

Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire) has announced a mini headlining tour in support of his solo album “Pike Vs. The Automaton.“ His backing band for the shows will consist of guitarist Chris Evans (Lord Dying), bassist Chad “Chief” Hartgrave, and drummer Jon Reid (ex-Lord Dying). Here’s the dates for the trek:

05/05 Seattle, WA – Barhouse
05/06 Tacoma, WA – Plaid Pig
05/07 Port Angeles, WA – Devil’s Lunchbox
05/08 Portland, OR – High Water Mark

Remastered Vinyl Edition Of Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” To Be Released As Part Of Third Man Records‘ Vault Series

A remastered vinyl edition of Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” is set to be released as part of Third Man Records‘ vault series. Fans who want the record will have to subscribe before midnight CST on April 30. The following was said about the release:

“Announcing Third Man Records Vault Package #52, Sleep: Dopesmoker, featuring remastered audio from the original source tapes of this seminal album. The package includes four “green kush” colored LPs that include the album, a custom etching and alternate takes of “Dopesmoker” and an unearthed studio version of the long-lost track “Hot Lava Man,” a 7″ featuring “Dopesmoker” (Radio Edit) and “Proceeds The Weedian” (marking the band’s first 7″ release since 1991), two foldover posters and a woven patch, all inside a custom LP slipcase. A standard 2xLP version will be available from Third Man later this summer. Sign up is open now through April 30 at midnight CST”

High On Fire’s Matt Pike Premieres Music Video For “Land” Featuring Mastodon’s Brent Hinds

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) has premiered a new video for his new song “Land.” This track features Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and it will appear on Pike’s new solo album, “Pike Vs. The Automaton,” which is set to be released on February 18. Pike commented:

“‘Land‘ was written after I had just come home from a tour. It’s like an old blues song. I was thinking of it as like a bunch of old dudes in a subway doing a doo-wop thing. It has the feel of a two-step like my Mom used to dance to, like Country Western. It’s totally about depression and leading a hard life. Later, I was playing the song for Brent Hinds from Mastodon who had come out to Portland to jam with me and he laid down this smokin’-ass Billy Gibbons kind of solo! I did one solo and then he did his solo and I’m like, ‘You’re a dick,’ (laughs). The bass player from Brent’s other band West End Motel, Steve McPeeks, played some stand-up bass – both plucking and with a bow – and it really brought out this depth to the song. I’ve never written a song like that and recorded it and made it as cool as it is. It’s totally different.”

Watch High On Fire, Fall Out Boy, & Russian Circles Members Cover Van Halen’s “Unchained”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things), and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) for a cover of Van Halen’s “Unchained.” You can check that out below:

Sleep Add Matinee Colorado Springs Show To April Mini Tour

Sleep have added a matinee Colorado Springs, CO show to their April run with Superwolves. Here’s their updated schedule:

04/18 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
04/19 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep (early show)
04/19 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
04/20 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
08/27-28 Pasadena, CA – This Ain’t No Picnic (Sleep only)

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) To Release New Solo Album “Pike Vs. The Automaton” In February, Premieres “Alien Slut Mum” Music Video

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Pike Vs. The Automaton,” on February 18. He worked on the effort with drummer Jon Reid (ex-Lord Dying) and producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire). A number of guests also contributed including Jeff Matz (High On Fire), Alyssa Maucere-Pike (Lord Dying, Grigax), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Steve McPeeks (West End Motel), Josh Greene (El Cerdo), Todd Burdette (Tragedy) and Chad “Chief” Hartgrave.

“Pike Vs. The Automaton” Track Listing:

01. “Abusive”
02. “Throat Cobra”
03. “Trapped In A Midcave”
04. “Epoxia”
05. “Land”
06. “Alien Slut Mum”
07. “Apollyon”
08. “Acid Test Zone”
09. “Latin American Geological Formation”
10. “Leaving The Wars Of Woe ”

Pike said the following about the new record:

“I was just going bonkers during the pandemic. It was like really, truly miserable. And then all the riots here in Portland and all the political shit. I was trapped in my garage, which was the only place I could go and jam and do anything. I was trapped in there ‘cause I couldn’t go jam with High On Fire, I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that, no one could fly. I was going crazy.

My friend Jon Reid, who was the original drummer for Lord Dying, had moved to Portland and was babysitting my dog, Crom, and he was drumming for my wife’s band, so he had his drums already set up at my place. I finally said, ‘Dude, do you want to come over and just start jamming?’ So, I just started this thing with my friend Jon. I was like, ‘Dude, fuck it. Let’s start a side band and we’ll just demo this and act like we’re starting it as teenagers, you know?’

The album title, ‘Pike Vs. The Automaton‘, wasn’t an ego thing for me. Billy and Jon said, ‘Dude, you should use your name in this. This is your solo project.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do that’. The Automaton, in Greek mythology, is the big robot that’s the guardian of the Gods, basically. It’s a soulless, big machine named Talos. The big machine that’s working against mankind at this moment. In ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, Jason and the Argonauts have to battle this big machine guy that protects the island. Basically, what the album title is saying, metaphorically, is ‘Pike against the World.’

I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High On Fire fans would like And maybe if you’re not a Sleep or High On Fire fan, you might like it too. I definitely think it’s interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It’s got everything and it still works together, it doesn’t sound odd. It’s just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record.”

A video for the effort’s first single, “Alien Slut Mum,” can be found below. Pike added the following about that:

“Four friends enter the woods, for a getaway, little did they know they would never return! Dogmen, Sasquatch, Reptilians, or alien slut mum?!?! Where have they gone??”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) To Release “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) will be releasing a new book titled “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike” on November 9 via Rare Bird. The effort will feature visual representations of Pike‘s lyrics from artists such as Arik Roper, David V. D’Andrea, Santos, Brian Mercer, Skinner, Jondix, Stash, Tim Lehi, Jordan Barlow, and Derrick Snodgrass. Rare Bird’s Tyson Cornell commented:

“Matt Pike’s lyrics are just as important and powerful as his riffs, and his words deserve to be celebrated alongside the fantastic imagery that the artists have put together in this book. ‘Head On A Pike‘ is a natural for any Sleep, High On Fire or Matt Pike fan, but the work is also relevant to greater conversations around lyrical poetry, formal and free verse and tattoo inspirations for years to come.”

Sleep Celebrate 4/20 With New 12″ Singles

Sleep are celebrating 4/20 with some new 12″ singles. They include a standalone “The Clarity” 12″ and an “Iommic Life” edition featuring “The Clarity” and “Leagues Beneath.” Those can be purchased HERE. The band commented:

“New 12” Clarity vinyl remastered by Bob Weston, featuring a brand new etching by artist Dave Kloc. Special double vinyl 12” “Iommic Life” edition featuring the new Clarity mix and Leagues Beneath with exclusive artwork by Dave Kloc. Limited edition prints available in both US and EU. New merchandise for your 4(20) legged friends, and beyond. Proceed.”

Hjelvik (Ex-Kvelertak) Releases Uncensored Version Of His “Glory Of Hel” Video

Hjelvik (ex-Kvelertak) has released an uncensored version of his video for “Glory Of Hel.“ You can check that out below. “Glory Of Hel“ features Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and it will appear on Hjelvik’s new album “Welcome To Hel,” which is set to be released on November 20. Hjelvik previously commented:

“I’m excited to finally unveil ‘Glory Of Hel‘ in all its…glory! It’s one of the hardest rocking tracks from ‘Welcome To Hel‘ and is visited by the mythical Matt Pike (High On Fire & Sleep) who lends his killer voice and face melting guitar solo. To top that off, there’s a badass animated music video created by the disgustingly talented Adam Avilla. The video depicts a twisted take on the death of Odin’s son Balder and the ensuing events of Ragnarok with an animation style reminiscent of cult classics like ‘Heavy Metal‘ and ‘Fire and Ice‘. Thanks to both Matt and Adam for their amazing contributions and I hope people love it!”