A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Last night, as if by magic, Post Mortem was transported beyond the security perimeter and into the cloistered halls of the holiest of holies:
Armed with only a camera, we were prepared to document the human circus therein; prepared to stomach Jimmy Page-levels of depravity; and eager to bear witness to a Willy Wonka-style dream world.
Alas, it was a gentlemanly scene.
The members of High on Fire, Mountain of Wizard, and Eastern Spell were either quiet, contemplative, or wholly absent, often retreating to the sidewalk for cigarettes. The only hint of potential debauchery backstage was a 12 pack of PBR that no one — aside from the photographer — seemed interested in drinking. (Also, it should come as no surprise that Matt Pike is just about the nicest, most decent human being on the planet.)
It turns out that the musicians were just centering themselves for full-throttle performances.
As promised, High on Fire rolled out some new songs, including the memorable “Carcosa” — a return to form that would fit perfectly alongside any tracks from The Art of Self Defense. Pike introduced the song as a “personal new favorite.”
“Carcosa” and the other songs bode well for High on Fire’s next album. Later this month, the band will begin recording their seventh, as-yet-untitled, LP in Salem, Massachusetts.
We’re all ears.
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Yes, we’re monsters.