High on Fire has released Electric Messiah, an album inspired by the late metal bass god Lemmy Kilmister. The band’s frontman, Matt Pike, wrote the title track after a dream.
“When Lemmy was still alive I always got compared to Lemmy, so I had this dream where he got pissed at me,” says Pike. “He gave me a bunch of s***, basically, and was hazing me. Not that he didn’t approve of me, but like I was being hazed. The song is me telling the world that I could never fill Lemmy’s shoes, because Lemmy’s Lemmy. I wanted to pay homage to him in a great way. And it turned out to be such a good title that the guys said we should call the album ‘Electric Messiah.’ Although at first the working title was Insect Workout With Lemmy.”
Electric Messiah is produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, who also worked with High on Fire for the albums De Vermis Mysteriis and Luminiferous. Bassist Jeff Matz explained the importance of having Ballou on board in an interview with Clunk TV.
“He knows what he’s doing. He’s able to capture the rawness of the band and the energy while keeping a lot of separation between the instruments,” he said. “Everything is really audible and all the tones pop out. That’s hard to do with as much sound as we make. Kurt is able to dial it in so you can make out what each instrument is doing, but it comes out as a crushing wall of sound.”
Check out the title track:
Electric Messiah Track List:
- Spewn From The Earth
- Steps Of The Ziggurat/House of Enlil
- Electric Messiah
- Sanctioned Annihilation
- The Pallid Mask
- God of the Godless
- The Witch and the Christ
- Drowning Dog