High on Fire
Death Is This Communion

Reviewed by: Todd DePalma
Reviewed on: 2007-10-26

Posted 10/26/2007 - 04:45:45 AM by meatbreak:
 Hmmm. I was expecting a much more enthusisatic appraisal of this. This album has really lit a fuse in me and I think you probably could have written a fair bit more about how exciting and fun this actually is. I do find this subtle in many places, Waste Of Tiamat (as well as being a precariously funny joke) is patiently doomy, there are so many expert touches with the solos, the way they burst out of a drum break and slide back into the body of the songs. I would count those as use of subtlety as well as being 'tightly reigned'. You're dead right about the majesty of this, it's probably the key to why I'm finding it so compelling.
Posted 10/26/2007 - 08:28:07 AM by dubidet:
 Did we listen to the same record, meaty?
Posted 10/26/2007 - 10:47:49 AM by meatbreak:
 Yeah. Am I saying that much different stuff to the review? I can't quite explain why I like this so much when I wasn't at all a fan of their previous albums. I don't listen to very much thrash and death metal at all, so maybe that's why, this might have all the best bits of everything distilled down nice and tightly. Though having said that, I think Cobalt's eater Of Birds is similar but far superior to this.
Posted 10/26/2007 - 01:34:12 PM by raskolnikov:
 Why do so many metal bands use three word titles with "of" in the middle? Whether referring to Master of Puppets or to Waste of Tiamat, does any lyricist think "stiffness of syntax" instead? I like this band a lot, I love Kensel's drumming and Pike's massive guitar, but they also have the stupidest name of any good band that I can think of in the last ten to fifteen years....they are ferocious live as well if never experienced.
Posted 10/26/2007 - 02:26:46 PM by dubidet:
 Astute observation and impressive commentary...
Posted 10/26/2007 - 06:35:44 PM by raskolnikov:
 You mean of course astuteness of observation and impressiveness of commentary?
Posted 10/27/2007 - 01:57:50 AM by dougrokakis:
 Knew I'd get a Raskolnikov comment on this one. Metal rulez.