Matt Pike has had a long and storied career as a member of pioneering stoner-metal trios Sleep and High on Fire. But the pandemic has been hard on team players, and so this year the guitarist and vocalist is releasing his first solo album, Pike vs the Automaton—a heartbreaking work of cabin fever. He recorded […]
Most band reunions don’t live up to the hype, but most bands aren’t Sleep. In the early 90s, the Northern California trio—bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius—laid down a guttural strain of Sabbath-worshipping blues metal, filtered through a crusty psychedelic lens. They broke up in 1998 following a years-long […]
It’s finally happening! High on Fire, the most beloved heavy-metal band of the modern era, are going on tour in support of their eighth studio album and best release yet, last year’s Electric Messiah. They’ve tried twice before, but both times they hit roadblocks. In January, the band canceled the second of two tours when […]
Current musical obsessions of Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo, Joshua Hasken of the band Fernando Doppel, and Jamie Ludwig of the Reader
This week’s featured gig poster was created by designer Rick Leech for High on Fire’s two-night New Year’s celebration.
Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day, Seu Jorge, and more of the season’s best live music
The Decibel Magazine Tour, which hit Metro on Friday, featured one of the most photogenic front men in all of black metal.
Six Reader music writers share their favorites from 2014 with year-end lists that do more than just put the same records in a different order.
A Hofbräuhaus veteran launches Greenstar Brewing with two organic pale ales that showcase rich malts.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, May 30
More than you could conceivably want to read about Three Floyds’ 2014 Dark Lord Day—but there are lots of pictures too!
Spiteful says good-bye to winter with an English-style barleywine—and looks forward to summer with enough new tanks to double its capacity.
At a Yob show in February he turned the Flat Iron into a white-hot doom-metal blast furnace, and at this year’s Dark Lord Day he made High on Fire’s stampeding barbarian metal sound as overwhelming outside as I’ve ever heard it indoors.
In which our correspondent attends the annual festival of beer and metal that revolves around Three Floyds’ notorious Russian imperial stout.
Thrash bands new and old converge on Chicago tomorrow