High On Fire @ Headliners

Thursday, July 29

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088
$11-$15; 7 p.m.

There’s something gratifying about power trios in the metal idiom. It’s not that bands with more members are better or worse, it just seems as if a three-piece is getting shit done in a more efficient manner. Case in point: High On Fire. Playing rugged stoner rock, the California-bred band is touring for their fifth album, Snakes for the Divine. Its vast sound is striking: herd-of-buffalo-stampeding-over-a-cliff drive by bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel, and guitarist Matt Pike’s tasty licks and chugging riffs (Pike wields a custom nine-string axe — that’s three threes, dude!). If that wasn’t enough, their album covers always feature demons, warriors or naked sorceresses. Live, you get everything except the naked sorceress. Torche, Beings, Ohlm and Old Vikings open. —Jay Ditzer

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