Toby Cook of The Quietus recently conducted an interview with Matt Pike of the San Francisco Bay Area hard rock band HIGH ON FIRE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
The Quietus: The title of the [new HIGH ON FIRE] record, “De Vermis Mysteriis”, obviously has links to the grimoires of Robert Bloch and H.P. Lovecraft, but the concept is based around the idea that Jesus had a twin who died at birth, and then became a time traveller, right? Can you clear up what the fuck’s going on there?
Pike: Yeah, well, he died at birth so that Jesus could live and then forwards himself through time and sees the destruction that Christianity causes and tries to travel back in time to warn his brother — who’s innocent of all this. But there’s lots of little factors in between that are Lovecraft-ian, (more…)
“De Vermis Mysteriis”, the new studio album from the Oakland, California hard rock band HIGH ON FIRE, can be streamed in its entirety at NPR.org. Due on April 3 via eOne Music, the CD was recorded in Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer and CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou. The 10-song effort — touted as “direct, eye-opening and powerfully supernatural” — is the band’s sixth studio recording and the follow-up to 2010’s “Snakes For The Divine” which debuted at No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart and has been called “wonderful” by The New York Times and “an exhilarating rush” by the Chicago Tribune.
“De Vermis Mysteriis” (or “Mysteries Of The Worm”) takes its title from a fictional grimoire created by “Psycho” author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the “Cthulhu Mythos” (Lovecraft mentioned “De Vermis Mysteriis” as one of the books that “repeat the most hellish secrets learnt by early man”). The album carries a deeply mystical undercurrent, incorporating fantastical themes and lyrics detailing, among other things, time travel, a serum called liao that is made out of a black lotus and “a Jesus twin who can see the past through (more…)
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HIGH ON FIRE (photo: Tom Couture)
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