AOTY 2018

Electric Messiah

High on Fire - Electric Messiah
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #183 / 705
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2018 Ratings: #90
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.
60
The Needle Drop

Apart from the slightly improved production quality and a couple of stylistic risks, Electric Messiah is a pretty standard High on Fire album.

Inglume
86
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.

Edit: It changed, but this is still an amazing effort!
luna128
86
What a versatile record. This is HoF at their most confident, most raw, most emotional. This record SCREAMS peak metal in all facets. You've got strong power epics like Sanctioned Annihilation and Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil, you've got hard and fast compositions like the title track Electric Messiah and God of the Godless, you've got shit begging to be charted in Guitar Hero on this thing, (seriously some of these riffs absolutely SHRED) all with some of the dopest fucking ... read more
thisisabtlgrnd
85
This is the highest on fire I've ever been. Just a pummeling maelstrom of thicc riffs and earth-shaking compositions.

Favorite tracks: Drowning Dog, Spewn from the Earth, The Witch and the Christ, Freebooter
Plats
92
HO-HO-HOLY SHIT!!! This album fucking SHREADS!!! The riffs and drum work are fucking incredible, the performances are fucking powerful and it overall just fucking rocks!

Fav Tracks: Drowning Dog, Electric Messiah, The Witch And The Christ, Spewn From The Earth, Steps Of The Ziggurat/House Of Enlil, God Of The Godless

Least Fav Track: I DON’T FUCKING KNOW!!!

Score:
9.2
FUCKING AMAZING!!!

“OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!” - The guy on the cover
itsyahboinoah
77
One of the most consistent sludge metal acts out there. They haven't dropped one bad record yet. Very pleased with their latest album "Electric Messiah" which demonstrates their furious and frenetic rifts and drumming all across the album. Also,the grooves on here shows much homage of motorhead work's which cant go wrong here. I would say my cons on here would be a song like ''Sanctioned Annihilation'' is too long-winded for its own good and also the latter half not as strong. ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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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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