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Live at the Contamination Fest

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  • I was really stoked when I saw some months ago that High on Fire was releasing a live CD. They have become one of my favorite bands. Juggernaut is the word so often used to describe them and I gotta say it’s an accurate description of their sound. But after seeing the track listing I was left wondering, why? Why such a short live album? Why so many songs from their weakest album? Why does it seem as if this is just a CD made to fulfill a recording contract? Did I buy it anyway? Hell yeah!! It’s High on Fire!! This is a CD that hard-core fans will want and enjoy. The cover of Venom’s Wiching Hour is cool, but I really wish they would’ve released a longer live album with more from Art of Self Defense and Blessed Black Wings–maybe that will come later with some material off of Death is this Communion as well. This is NOT a bad CD, I just don’t see the need in it, most HoF fans have all these songs (except for the Venom song), it’s very heavy on Surrounded by Thieves stuff (which I think is a weaker album), and it’s too short–maybe that was their whole set–but still it’s short for a live release. Is it worth the money–Yes. If you’re already a fan, buy it. If you’ve never heard them before or you’re just getting into them I suggest Blessed Black Wings and Death is this Communion first. Then Art of Self Defense followed by Surrounded by Thieves. Oh yeah, if you ever get the chance to see them live, don’t pass it up–you’ll understand why they’re described as Juggernauts.

    Posted on January 27, 2010