HIGH ON FIRE – Birmingham O2 Arena


Alunah, Lizzard, Jumping Jack, HIGH ON FIRE

Birmingham O2 Academy

February 1st 2013

When I arrived at Birmingham’s O2 Academy to see my first High On Fire gig I was worried, I knew that they are regarded as one of the loudest and pummeling live acts anywhere on planet earth but the queue down the Bristol Road was not the expected demographic – luckily the line of strangely-dressed teens was for Irish Indie group Two-Door Cinema Club (apparently they once did an advert for Debenhams….).  The smaller line was the one I needed and lead to a room which promised Metal Ecstasy in the shape of Matt Pike’s High On Fire – in the UK to support 2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis and promising to give the second city a pumelling to remember.  Local Doom merchants Alunah (6) opened the show to a sparsely populated Academy, filling the largely empty room with their brand of slow-riffing Priest-esque metal, softened only by Sophie Day’s vocal, commanding the few in attendance.  Go to ‘On The Road’ to see more

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