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High On Fire, Pelican - Rock hard, if you can!
It took me until the last day of their European tour to finally see High On Fire again, but better late then never right? Co-headlining on this tour was the instrumental rock foursome Pelican, who wisely played first. It's time to rock hard, and if the volume allows, rock even harder.
Pelican is a band that was new for me, but that did not matter. I reckoned that anything that toured over 2 months with High On Fire should sound kick ass. Well, that it did, although not in the common sense. The music was without any vocals, which really appealed to me. The lack of vocals was superbly compromised by the ultra groovy riffs and snoring bass lines. I found myself being very appreciative of this stage performance and it prompted me instantly to buy their record City of Echoes, which, as I found out later, they almost completely played. (Mat-Core)
As soon as the bulldozer known as High On Fire took the stage it was time for thunder. Numerous songs from their four album discography were smashed into the crowd, as if Motörhead never even existed. The volume wasn't nearly as loud as last time at 013 unfortunately/fortunately (cross out which applies to you), but the mass consumption of beer and marihuana filled in for me instead. I banged my head like there was no fucking tomorrow. This is rock 'n metal in its purest form, and that signature stoner guitar sound Matt Pike plays with it becomes even more intense. The tight bass and deadly pounding drums took care of the rest, while the guitar solos screamed with emotions. You have to experience it to believe it, this is rock like it should be in the 21st century. (DemonDust)