High on Fire were worth every penny of my $15 cover by themselves. This is the third time that I have seen High on Fire live and it doesn’t get old. Besides playing mostly songs off the new album, they played their older hits like “Devilution” and “Hung, Drawn and Quartered”.
High on Fire believes that you should feel the music pulsing through you as well as hear it. They don’t project like the old days with the wall of Green amps behind them but it is still loud. The high energy is still there though and it is a nonstop headbanging and foot stomping affair.
The crowd has evolved as well. I’m sure that this being an 18+ show has something to do with this. I would also have to say, with their increased popularity, there is a bigger meathead gathering. With more meatheads, you have bigger, dumber mosh pits. Oh, and a dirty hippy wearing a faded “Touch of Gray” t-shirt and cut off jean shorts doing a hipy dance through the mosh pit. How did he not get floored? Just a strange crowd. I guess being featured in the Best Buy flier will do that to your following.
There was a 12ish looking kid there with his dad. When I asked the dad who brought who to the show, he said it was a little of both. Bravo dad for introducing your kid to non mainstream music and taking him to club shows when he is young. Unfortunately, the kid got swallowed up in the swirl of the first pit and dad had to pull him out and retreat to the back of the room where he could see even less.