Scion AV Presents
High On Fire & Kvelertak
735 Queen St. E .
Toronto, ON, M4M 1H1
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
High On Fire
Born from the ashes of their respective former bands seventeen years ago, High On Fire wasted little time in calling down the incomparable thunder and tumult, inspiringcountless other bands and artists in the time since. Over the course of their career thus far and through various lineup changes, the three-piece consisting of Matt Pike (vocals/guitar), Jeff Matz (bass), and Des Kenzel (drums) is the band at their most fully realized and utterly relentless. Through six full-lengths and a number of live releases and EPs, the punching command of High On Fire has established the band as an unmatched and wholly unmistakable force in the realm of heavy metal.
Beginning with 2000’s The Art of Self Defense, the band’s rise to nearly universal acclaim and respect was not unlike the full throttle gallop of their music with critics, fans, and peers alike heralding the band’s sound as a masterful nod to metal’s roots threaded through an unforgiving ferocity and execution that remains matchless even now. After joining independent metal’s esteemed label Relapse Records in 2001, High On Fireunleashed what would become three of the most dynamically influential heavy music releases of the 21st century thus far with Surrounded by Thieves (2002), Blessed Black Wings (2005), and Death Is This Communion (2007).
A year after signing with the highly regarded eOne label, High On Fire released 2010’s Snakes for the Divine – a powerhouse record that saw the band embrace a more ornate approach with their sound without compromising its most inimitably raw edges. The album garnered the band enough well-deserved notice that they soon found themselves supporting Metallica in the same year. With widely respected producer/engineer Kurt Ballou at the helm, 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis brought High On Fire immediate and virtually universal acclaim from critics and listeners alike who lauded the record as the group’s most compositionally flawless to date. Just twelve years after their debut, High On Fire had become the litmus test for nearly every other group who might lay claim to the title of “heavy” in their wake.
Now, three years later, High On Fire are set to unbridle their most formidably heavy release yet with Luminiferous. A nine-track venture into those signature sky-shredding riffs of Matt Pike, pummeling bass work of Jeff Matz, and hellish gallop of Des Kensel, Luminiferous is the unequivocal culmination of the band’s characteristically unhinged yet entirely focused savagery. Make no mistake, though. This is not some casual revisit to formula for the Oakland-based trio. Building on those tendencies of its last two predecessors, Lumifierous finds Pike at his most vocally daring yet, infusing the explosiveness of sound with his melodic but no less scorched vocal stylizations.
Beginning with the whiplash rhythm of “The Black Plot,” Luminiferous charges forward with abandon, only briefly slowing its churn with “The Cave,” and its descent into a psychedelic and ethereal haze. Whether with the breakneck anthem of “Carcosa,” the blistering thrash of “Slave the Hive,” or the roaring sonic gauntlet of “The Sunless Years,”Luminiferous represents yet another definitive stroke of heavy metal mastery for this inimitable band that’s been breaking and rewriting the rules for years now. Further proof that heavy metal’s throne remains occupied with only one band, Luminiferous is a crowning achievement for High On Fire and an undeniable declaration that their reign isn’t likely to end any time soon.
Since the release of Kvelertak’s eponymous debut album in 2010, the band have traversed the globe playing over 500 shows in 4 continents over the last 4 years, and picking up three Norwegian Grammy’s (Spellemann awards). They have supported Converge, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Metallica, Kiss, and most recently Anthrax and Slayer on a European wide tour.
The critical acclaim for this first record saw the band labeled “the best Norwegian debut album of all time” by Norwegian rock authority Asbjørn Slettemark and “the best Norwegian band since A-Ha” by Simon Young of Kerrang, the album delivered near perfect marks from magazine reviews across Europe, US and Australia:
9/10 Metal Hammer (UK), 8.5/10 Terrorizer (UK), 88/100 Aardschok (NL), 4/5 Kerrang! (UK), 4/5 MetalSucks (US), 9/10 Decibel (US), 9/10 Rock Hard (DE), 4/5 Zero Tolerance (AUS).
This worldwide acclaim and success is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band, unlike most rock band that succeed internationally, they sing in Norwegian.
For their second release, Meir, in March 2013, the band set up their own label, Wørld Recørds, to produce the album and then licenced it to major label partners – Sony in the Scandinavian region and RoadRunner Records for the rest of the world.
The second album received even greater acclaim both in Norway and around the world, debuting at #1 on the Norwegian album charts. The band increased their touring base in North America, as well as sold out European and Nordic headline tours (2 nights at Rockefeller) – including 21 Norwegian shows.
Meir received album of the week reviews in every major rock publication around the world, and filled the end of year polls in mainstream as well as specialist media.
Highlights included: #2 on SPIN’s Metal Albums of 2013, #2 on Rolling Stones Best Metal Albums of 2013, Rolling Stones 27 Best album’s you didn’t hear, New York Times Best Song of 2013 list, #15 on Stereogum’s Best Albums of 2013 (all genres), #4 on Revolver’s album of the year.
The band is currently working on their third album for release in Spring 2016 and will be touring around the world to support the album from April 2016.
Formed in the polar caverns of antarctica Doomriders have honed their genius into a pure and concentrated laser that can shoot right out of their eyes. As their radioactive mental waves melt off your hair and skin you will know the true power and prowess these otherworldly beings possess. They can also piss tidal waves out of their dicks. Doomriders......THE GREATEST BAND IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. EVER TO EXIST.
Doomriders released their debut album "Black Thunder" on Deathwish in 2005.
Doomriders "Black Thunder", was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou (Converge) @ Godcity Studios. Recorded primarily in a live setting, "Black Thunder" is a collection of thirteen unbridled songs filled with spontaneity and vigor. From the infectious hook of the title track, to the soul wrenching track "Voice of Fire", "Black Thunder" is as eclectic of an album as they come. Paying homage to their collective musical heroes, while boldly serving as a monster of an introduction to the independent music community.
After the release of "Black Thunder" Doomriders toured the world with bands like Saviours, Coliseum (also releasing a split CD/LP with them), and more. They even managed to get shows with Danzig and Blue Cheer under their belts. In 2008, the band paired up with friends Disfear to release a split 7"EP on Deathwish. This release showed the band growing into something truly musically infectious.
Rage and gloom came home to roost in Doomriders' second proper full length album "Darkness Come Alive".
Recorded and engineered at Godcity Studios by Kurt Ballou, "Darkness Come Alive" shows a more monstrous Doomriders emerging from the depths. Songs like "Jealous God" and "Heavy Lies The Crown" carry a precision and infectious quality that is rare to experience, while the title-esque track "Come Alive" is a stunning example of their new found muscle. The opening seconds of the aforementioned sets an electrifying backdrop before erupting into one of the most hook laden ebb and flows of recent memory. Effortlessly throughout the album they continue this bombardment, with rhythm section JR Conners (Cave In) and Jebb Riley (Disappearer) as the hurricane force wind at the back of Chris Pupecki's (Cast Iron Hike) riffs and Nate Newton's (Converge) gritty duel guitar/vocal attack. Shedding influences to stand with them as contemporaries, Doomriders "Darkness Come Alive" is a monumental full length achievement. Proving not only that aggressive music still has much to offer, but that Doomriders are, in fact, more soulful and heavier than all.