Judging from the massive mainstream success of bands like Mastodon in recent years, people are willing to embrace metal again. This is in large part thanks to Oakland's High on Fire, underground critical darlings who've hashed out several new and nasty ways to power through their unbelievably loud, doom-influenced, stoner-tinged metal.
On their fourth album, the goal continues to be to outdo themselves in terms of heavier-than-thou riffs, thundering drums and ominous aggression. They're worshipped for their success in evolving at a frighteningly brilliant pace while admirably maintaining the monolithic aesthetic that's been their top draw all along.
High on Fire play the Opera House Sunday (October 14).