Listen to High on Fire’s Lemmy-Inspired ‘Electric Messiah’
High on Fire have announced that their new album, Electric Messiah, will come out on Oct. 5. It will follow up 2015's Lumniferous, The news came with the release of the title track, which frontman Matt Pike said was inspired by late Motorhead leader Lemmy Kilmister.
“I had a dream about Lemmy,” Pike recalled in a press release. “When Lemmy was still alive, I always got compared to Lemmy, so I had this dream where he got pissed at me. He gave me a bunch of shit, basically, and was hazing me. Not that he didn’t approve of me, but, like, I was being hazed. The song is me telling the world that I could never fill Lemmy’s shoes because Lemmy’s Lemmy. I wanted to pay homage to him in a great way. And it turned out to be such a good title that the guys said we should call the album Electric Messiah."
Pike noted that the band "keeps evolving. ... This is by far the best record I’ve ever made with the High on Fire stamp. It just keeps getting better and better. We just try to outdo ourselves. I’m not saying the old work is progressively worse, it’s just that we get better every time instead of burning out, which is a common finality for a lot of bands. This album is fucking excellent, I just love everything on it, I’m not bummed about anything. It’s great when you think that about your record.”
You can listen to "Electric Messiah" below.
The new album was produced by Kurt Ballou, and marks High on Fire's third LP with him. "Kurt just has a knack for us, man," Pike said. "We all work really well with him. Even if we have differences about how we want to record something, he works with us and understands what we do. We’ve been sticking with him because we haven’t made a bad record with him yet.”
Electric Messiah is Pike's second album this year. Back in April, Sleep, the band he plays guitar in, released The Sciences, their first album since 2003's Dopesmoker, which included a 63-minute song about marijuana.
High on Fire, 'Electric Messiah' Track Listing
1. "Spewn From the Earth"
2. "Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil"
3. "Electric Messiah"
4. "Sanctioned Annihilation"
5. "The Pallid Mask"
6. "God of the Godless"
8. "The Witch and the Christ"
9. "Drowning Dog"