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High on Fire Create Stoner Metal, Don’t Get Stoned

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“I actually don’t even really smoke weed, and I haven’t for quite a while. As much as people would hate to hear it, we’re not really stoners. We’re more drinkers,” High on Fire drummer Des Kensel admitted to Noisecreep. “But I’m sure getting stoned and listening to it might take it to a whole new level.”

So while the guys in High on Fire don’t light up when writing, they’re staying true to the stoner and doom genres as their latest effort, ‘Snakes for the Divine,’ suggests. The power trio is also staying true to their own core of writing for themselves first and for their fans second. Kensel says he and the other two members of the band write organically, and the songs on ‘Snakes for the Divine’ were at a natural progression point for the band. More importantly, he’s not concerned with fans or critics who say the songs on ‘Snakes for the Divine’ are a step backward.

“I think if we’re happy with something, our fans will be happy because [of] similar taste and stuff,” theorized Kensel. “I feel that it’s been a pretty big progression compared to any of our other stuff. I mean especially if you listen to our first record compared to this one, I mean it’s definitely faster. I feel as musicians we’ve progressed and songwriters we’ve progressed. And yeah, me personally as a drummer, [I’ve] progressed. So people would say that there hasn’t been much of a progression. Well, I mean, if they don’t think so, then they don’t think so. But we do. So I guess that’s what’s important.”

‘Frost Hammer’ is the first single from ‘Snakes for the Divine.’ You can catch High on Fire on tour through May in many parts of America.

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