Electric Messiah

High on Fire - Electric Messiah
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #97 / 605
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #15
October 5, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

The band’s eighth studio album towers alongside its best work, offering both peerless, full-speed-ahead blitzkriegs and slower, heavier epics like the 10-plus-minute “Sanctioned Annihilation.”

90
Metal Sucks
Here, High on Fire have shaken off any insecurity and fluff that once plagued their music, and as a result sound bigger, meaner, and more ready to conquer the world than they ever have before.
80
Exclaim!

High On Fire have been on a hot streak with their records in recent years, but their latest is far and above the strongest release they've put out to date.

80
AllMusic

Electric Messiah proves that High on Fire can still blow the unholy horn of plenty, and while fans will know just what to expect when dropping the stylus, that knowledge takes nothing away from the Epicurean pleasure of sidling up to a favorite feast.

80
Metal Injection

Electric Messiah stands as High on Fire's most diverse and energetic album in recent years and the band is tighter and powerful as ever.

80
NOW Magazine

It falls short of the band’s more certified classics like Death Is This Communion and Blessed Black Wings, but Electric Messiah feels basically satisfying – like a meal ordered from your favourite restaurant. A heavy, greasy, gut-ballasting meal.

78
Pitchfork
The music’s still dirty as hell, yet there’s a bigger purpose behind it all.
75
Consequence of Sound

Although the flow of Electric Messiah occasionally drags in parts, it’s a welcome addition to the band’s discography.

75
Spectrum Culture

This is a band at the height of its members’ individual and collective powers, and proof positive that High on Fire have gone from being a fun throwback act to one of the luminaries of a crowded contemporary metal scene.

70
PopMatters
Despite such niggling issues which prevent this album from residing at the top tier of their discography, it's unlikely that High on Fire's eighth studio album will disappoint the band's faithful, particularly since it's home to some of the fastest tracks they've laid down to date.
BradTasteMusic
95
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
wacochran
89
Excuse me whhaaaaaaaaaaaat?
Inglume
91
The album cover was my face when listening to this. Incredibly well-structured and aggressive record from start to finish. Very consistent, solid, and full of detail as well. Probably the best metal record this year for me, but my opinion might change.
ThrowBackG
88
So apparently they made this in remembrance of Lemmy Kilmister.

He'd be proud.

Edit: Why of course they're from Oakland, +1 then. They're pissed 'cause the Raiders suck this year.
laz456
85
\m/

Edit: Yeahhh it's the metal AOTY for sure.
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Track List

  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
  7. Freebooter
  8. The Witch and the Christ
  9. Drowning Dog
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Added on: August 6, 2018