I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling 2018 on a music level. There have been so many great releases from artists as diverse as Graham Reznick, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Oneohtrix Point Never, Deafheaven, Mystic Sunship, Wooden Shjips, NIN, Jake Schrock, Isvisible Isinvisible, Beach House, King Tuff, Landing, Rival Consoles, and Sleep.
Yep, Sleep. The 4/20 release of The Sciences was a pleasant surprise for all of us that craved something new from the stoner/doom metal titans. Not that there’s anything wrong with playing Dopesmoker or Vol. 1 for the millionth time, but we all had secretly hoped there would be a reunion and indeed those THC-laced dreams came true. Not only did Sleep get back together and tour, but they dropped a brand new record for us all to get a contact high from.
So to my pleasant surprise, not only do we get one Matt Pike nugget of metal for 2018, but we get two! Yes, Matt Pike and High On Fire will be releasing their first album since 2015’s incredible Luminiferous. It’s called Electric Messiah and they just released lead single and title track “Electric Messiah”.
Guess what? It’s a pure blast of sonic, chugging metal. It has a Motorhead feel, and that’s because it’s a tribute, of sorts, to Lemmy. After being compared to Lemmy for years, Pike decided to lay it all out and explain that he could never take the place of our mole-wearing king of speed metal. Though after hearing this song, I think Matt Pike has proven he’s a worthy successor to the filthy king’s crown.
These days Matt Pike looks like he’s got ten years on anybody in Metallica or Slayer, yet he’s only 3 years older than me(I’m 44, btw.) Hard livin’, man. Hard livin’. Doesn’t matter, though. Matt Pike is a goddamn highlander. He’ll outlive us all. He’ll be riding a giant, radioactive cockroach into the triple sunset with his trusty Gibson Les Paul, a mailbag full of plutonium-grade kush, and his trusty sidekick Keith Richards watching out for roving bands of cannibal mutants.
I can sleep better knowing that.
Check out the song below, as well as the track listing for Electric Messiah and get ready for October 5th.
1. Spewn From the Earth
2. Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil
3. Electric Messiah
4. Sanctioned Annihilation
5. The Pallid Mask
6. God of the Godless
8. The Witch and the Christ
9. Drowning Dog