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High On Fire Frontman Talks New Album’s Concept

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High On Fire
Yes, kids. My building is still fucked more than two months after that fire.

The floors in the hallways are just dust- and splinter-covered, staple-sticking messes, and there’s no light in the hallways. Shit still smells like smoke, and there’s a fucking wooden board over the affected apartment. Slow motherfuckers cleaning that shit up…it takes two fucking months? Come on.

Anyways, that has nothing to do with High on Fire. I just needed to vent. The band’s frontman Matt Pike has revealed the concept behind the band’s upcoming album, De Vermis Mysteriis, which I keep forgetting isn’t out since I got that shit on lock down.

“In the story, Jesus Christ has a twin [named Liao], and his twin died so that Jesus Christ could live. But his twin instantly becomes a time traveler,” says Pike.

That’s wacky.

“Now, you can only go forward through time, but he comes across a scroll that was taken from ancient Stygia — and this is where I go into Robert E. Howard. Stygia was a land of black magic and witchcraft. The Vanirs, a race of warlords came and killed all the Stygians and burned all the scrolls, but some of the scrolls were smuggled out.”

OK. “In ancient China, Liao found a scroll that’s about how to make black lotus into a serum, which allows you to travel back through time and look at the past through your ancestor’s eyes. Now, Liao puts his name on the serum and he goes on a quest to find why his brother is this religious icon in the future that’s caused all this destruction and massive war.”

I need to get high with this man. This, I am sure of. De Vermis Mysteriis drops April 3.