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High On Fire’s Next Album is Done, Remaster of The Art of Self Defense Coming This August


The wait for some new High On Fire is coming close to an end, as the band announced that their so far untitled ninth studio effort is complete. Positioned as the band’s follow up to 2018’s Electric Messiah, the new slate of music has a lot to live up to its Grammy-winning predecessor.

With the work now complete, the band says they’re working on buttoning everything up before making the album’s official reveal. Along with that bit of news, the band is also celebrating its quarter century of existence by planning some as well as the announcement of “a special slate of rejoiceful revelry,” that will include a “slew of live performances spotlighting specific eras from the trailblazing band’s historic career.”

“High on Fire wishes to thank everyone that has supported our efforts over the last 25 years, including the labels, road crews, friends, and families, but most importantly the fans. We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with everyone and sharing new music soon.”

Furthermore, if you’ve searched for High On Fire on your favorite streaming platform, you may have come to the disappointing conclusion that their debut album The Art of Self Defense was nowhere to be found. It’s a huge bummer, for sure, but that’s also about to change in the near future.

According to High On Fire frontman Matt Pike, the 2000 album is getting a fresh coat of paint in the form of a remixed and remastered version slated for release on August 4 via MNRK Heavy. The reissue will be completely remixed by its original producer Billy Anderson, with Justin Weis handling the remastering effort.

“Remember when you guys started asking me where Art of Self Defense went? Well not sure when it wandered off to, but it came back like new and totally polished! Like a feral dog wandered onto a truckbed during a deluxe car wash…”

The remastered and remixed version of Art of Self Defense will be available in a range of vinyl color variants, which you can pre-order today.

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