HIGH ON FIRE -- Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) --has released four critically acclaimed albums during its career, starting with their debut, The Art of Self Defense , on the now defunct Man's Ruin label. Their latest album, Death Is This Communion , was released in 2007 and was produced by famed producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney).
Scott Givens, VP of Metal, says, “HIGH ON FIRE is one of the most important bands in the metal genre and we are extremely excited to be working with them.”
Kerrang has called HIGH ON FIRE “a metal juggernaut,” while Spin describes them as “a beast of a band.”
"Stoner Pop" has never existed quite like the mind-blowing debut release from Miami, Flordia's TORCHE. It was hinted at by the singer/songwriter Steve Brooks' former group Floor, founded by the mighty Black Sabbath and nearly accomplished by mainstreamers Queens of the Stone Age... but truly anthemic, triumphant and absolutely massive heavy metal has never been so damn catchy! With gloriously sung, harmonized and soaring vocal arrangements accompanying the most monolithic riffs of modern times, TORCHE reaches to push the envelope and then engulfs it in flames. To say the production on this album is "huge" would be a gross understatement, and to say this doesn't sound like the earth swallowing itself would be a flat out lie. Beauty and brawn have never joined forces with such finesse, and TORCHE are destined to ride high among the leaders of this incredible new era of heavy metal.
Kylesa is, fundamentally, a metal group, but the Savannah, GA-based outfit is otherwise difficult to categorize: elements of hardcore punk, psychedelic stoner rock, technical speed metal, and good old-fashioned Black Sabbath sludge appear in their music. Also, with a front line consisting of three very different singers instead of a single focal point, Kylesa has a musical variety lacking from many of their more monochromatic peers. Kylesa formed in Savannah in 2001, taking their unusual name from "kilesa mara," what Buddhist teachings term demons of defilement and delusion.