Venue: Grog Shop
I got to the Grog around 8:15. Just in time to grab a beer and catch Forged in Flame. They are an awesome local band with a singer whom I am passing acquaintances with. They had a new guitar player who had only be there about two weeks. With such short notice to prep for this show, their performance was great.
After them, I went to check out the merch. High on Fire had a lot of new shirt/hoodie designs. All t-shirts were $15, hoodies were $30, signed tour poster was $15, ashtray, coozie and sticker pack were $5 each and they had vinyl for $25 and CDs for $20. The best design of the night was a big picture of Richard Pryor that said High on Fire below (High on Pryor, get it? haha). The design was on a shirt and coozie, so I picked up both. Very clever, funny idea. The hoodie was sweet too, but I didn't want to spend any more cash. It was kinda of a smokey gray and red script of the band name.
Next up was Lo-Pan from Columbus. They were all right. The singer sounded like they just picked him up off the street. The band was tight though. Basically a stoner rock band.
After them was Goatwhore. Not a fan, I'll move on.
FINALLY High on Fire took the stage around 11:20. I haven't seen them since they opened for Mastodon and Dethklok over three years ago. I missed out on getting to see them on the Snakes touring cycle two years ago.
With Pike being sober now, I was curious to see if his performance would change at all. Short answer...nope. He still murders it! They busted out an intense hour and 15 minute set. Dez and Jeff were fierce all night long.
Serums of Liao
Rumors of War
Madness of an Architect
Snakes for the Divine
The highlight for me was Speedwolf by far, just because it's my favorite and I've never seen them play it live. Pits kept popping up at random during the whole set. Devilution and Rumors of War were the most intense.