Band: High On Fire
Opening Bands: GOATWHORE and Corrosion of Conformity
Venue: The Observatory
Location: Santa ana California
Serums of Liao
Rumors of War
Madness of an Architect
Snakes for the Divine
This was my last show for 2012 and i must say it was a great way to go out. Not only was this one of the best shows of the year for me but goddamn high on fire blew me away on another level that i did not expect. The bands sound was crystal clear picture perfect. Everything just came out so loud, so vivid and so fucking clean. The bass was rumbling through out the venue and earth shattering to my ear canals. Matt pikes Guitar tone was loud, heavy and rough on all sides and edges, oh and the drums was loud like a fucking beast hitting every note to perfection!!! I'm not going to go on a long sloppy rant like my other reviews because quite frankly there are already a shit ton of reviews from other people who attended this current tour such as mankz, void flame, and onior so I'm just a make it quick and short. The bands performance blew me the fuck away.. I left the show not only with a giant stoned happy looking grin on my face but i also left knowing that I had a fucking great friday night after a long day of work and what was suppose to be the END OF THE WORLD. Well end or no end I'm glad i got to spend the evening with Mr. Pike and his ferocious loud intense volume of heavy stoner riffs. I went ballistics through out high on fires set. I haven't head bang this hard at a show since Judas Priests farewell tour back in november of 2011 which was when I had long hair all the way down to my ass crack ahahha. I have pretty much zero hair now but that didn't stop me from shaking, pumping my fist, jumping up and down while viciously head banging at MOCK SPEED to every beat of the drum, bass, guitar, and matts raspy loud heavy voice! High light of the set was Rumors of War: During Rumors of War I felt like a metal demon took over my body and i was possessed or something because I couldn't stop shanking my entire body for the entire duration of that song. From my head to eyes, face, chest down to my feet I was literally a shaking ticking time bomb machine(someone in the rail even acknowledged my wildness and was giving me props for going all out during the set
). And i aint talking about two steps back two steps front standing around bull shit: I WAS ALL OVER THE FUCKING PLACE, NORTH EAST SOUTH, WEST SHIT THE WHOLE NINE FUCKING YARDS. More importantly I was on the very front rail going all out next to mr. Matt Pike. Sadly the turn out for tonights show was pretty awful which explains why I got to claim a nice cozy spot on the front center rail because usually I never get in the front, especially at pack shows(a good example was the recent napalm death/municipal waste show which was at this same exact venue. Now that show was packed to the bone. It was so packed in the pit that I practically couldn't breathe in that floor..). All in all I left with a couple of High on Fire shirts and knowing that I just had one of the best times ever. I seriously haven't gone this crazy at a show since the time i saw Judas Priest during their farewell epitaph tour..
Other than that…twas a great evening filled with heavy stoner riffs, mattz big sexy belly, oh and it turns out the world didn't end and we are still alive.
Great way to end 2012.
ON A SIDE NOTE
- Goatwhore was great, sound was crispy and clear. I need to check out more of their work cause i'm not too familiar with them but i definitely left a fan tonight and will indeed start digging more into their discography..
- COC was alright. The sound could have been way better and the vocals were completely mute through out most of their performance which I thought was just plain retarded..
-Matt Pike didn't really say much. He was definitely in a great mood. Matt did say one thing that stood out to me which was when he announced the track "fertile green"...
"Smoke weed everyday. This is "Fertile Green"!!!!!!
Even though Matt has put aside the substance abuse with alcohol at least it's good to know that he still sticks to the medical miracle Cheeba Cheeba ganja plants.
Good bye twenty twelve....