High on Fire, The Melvins Team Up for Tour

HIGH ON FIRE has announced plans to tour both New Zealand and Japan with The Melvins.  The world renowned trios will kick off the NZ live dates on February 11.  Both bands will then take part in the 2011 installment of Soundwave, an annual music festival held in major cities around Australia.  HIGH ON FIRE will join Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Monster Magnet and more as a featured act on the traveling festival which will launch on February 26 in Brisbane, AUS.

Immediately upon the conclusion of the Soundwave run, HIGH ON FIRE and The Melvins will storm Japan.  The dates will include stops in Osaka (March 9), Nagoya (March 10) and Tokyo (March 11).  HIGH ON FIRE continues to tour in support of its critically acclaimed album Snakes for the Divine.

HIGH ON FIRE‘s upcoming live itinerary is shaping up as follows:

February 13      San Francisco, CA                 Slim’s
February 19      Auckland, NZ                         The King’s Arms (w/ The Melvins)
February 20      Dunedin, NZ                           ReFuel (w/ The Melvins)
February 21      Christchurch, NZ                     Al’s Bar (w/ The Melvins)
February 22      Wellington, NZ                        Bodega (w/ The Melvins)
February 23      Auckland, NZ                          Whammy Bar
February 24      Auckland, NZ                          Whammy Bar
February 26      Brisbane, AUS                        RNA Showgrounds (*Soundwave)
February 27      Sydney, AUS                          Sydney Showgrounds (*Soundwave)
March 1            Brisbane, AUS                       HiFi (Trash Talk & Kylesa support)
March 2            St. Kilda, AUS                       Gershwin Room @ Esplanade Hotel(Trash Talk & Kylesa support)
March 4             Melbourne, AUS                     Melbourne Showgrounds (*Soundwave)
March 5             Adelaide, AUS                        Bonython Park Oval (*Soundwave)
March 7             Perth, AUS                            Claremont Showgrounds(*Soundwave)
March 9             Osaka, Japan                         Club Quattro (w/ The Melvins)
March 10           Nagoya, Japan                        Club Quattro (w/ The Melvins)
March 11           Tokyo, Japan                          O-East (w/ The Melvins)

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIREcreates “bad-ass” modern metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness.  Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has burned the hard rock rulebook since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both unique and absolutely crushing.  The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike, a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP.  Pike was named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “New Guitar Gods” and is one of rock’s most charismatic figures.  HIGH ON FIRE‘s latest album – the critically acclaimed Snakes for the Divine – was released in 2010.

In addition to Pike, HIGH ON FIRE features drummer Des Kensel and bassist Jeff Matz.

HIGH ON FIRE is available to speak with interested media now.  To chat with the band, simply contact Carl Schultz @ ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below.  UpdatedHIGH ON FIRE news and tour information will be made available via HIGH ON FIREonline:www.highonfire.netwww.facebook.com/highonfirewww.twitter.com/highonfireband andACTION! PR online: www.action-pr.comwww.twitter.com/action_pr andwww.facebook.com/actionpr.

“a beautiful, untamable kind of band” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“These Bay Area lifers have so fully internalized metal’s sweep that the genre’s catalog could go up in flames, and as long as the transcendentally intense “Snakes” survived, we’d be able to reverse-engineer the music’s history.” – SPIN

“music heavy enough to unbalance the Earth’s rotation…Pike is one of the best guitarists you will ever hear…one the best live bands you will ever see.”


“High on Fire are the sort of band who put devils or skulls or snake-demon ladies on their album covers just because those things are awesome, not because they illustrate any larger cultural point.  And five albums in, they’re very, very good at generating awesome on demand…High on Fire do it right.” – PITCHFORK

“it’s not often something rocks this hard…stadium-sized” – STEREOGUM

“magnificent…one of the best bands in the business.” – THE ONION

“a band that eats Motorhead, drinks Sabbath, and bleeds Slayer, and Snakes for the Divine proves that they are at the absolute pinnacle of their game” – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

“High on Fire are the new Mötörhead. The trio never falter” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“majestic…monolithic-sounding…on the cusp of attracting a much larger audience than ever before.” – POPMATTERS

“Oakland’s (and possibly Earth’s) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up.” – SF WEEKLY