High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
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Pitchfork - High on Fire's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, or "The Mysteries of the Worm", has a complicated conceptual arc attached to it. The title references a fictional magic book created by the writer Robert Bloch and later employed by H.P. Lovecraft in a number of his stories. Then there are the songs themselves. In the words of HoF frontman/guitarist/stoner-philosopher Matt Pike, the album's content is framed by a couple of theoretical questions: "What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then?" Listening to this blistering 52-minute set, though, you're better off forgetting all of that and just enjoying the group's raw, rollicking return to form.