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High On Fire Ignites at the UC Theatre

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High On Fire
UC Theatre, Berkeley
December 6, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

After winning a Grammy Award in 2018, High on Fire went through a bit of a tumultuous remainder of the year, but all their troubles now seem to be well in the rear view mirror. The band has not only emerged but have soared back to their perch as one of the leaders of the pack of the current crop of heavy metal bands. They recently returned to Oakland to play a sold-out show at the UC Theatre, and judging from the reaction of their long-time hometown fans, they are indeed sounding better than ever.

High On FIreWith new drummer Chris Maggio behind the kit, High on Fire tore their way into “Blood From Zion” to start their set. From there, the band wasted no time in digging into their latest record, Electric Messiah. “Spewn From the Earth” and “Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil” were both total rippers, and kept the pit at full capacity, as well as keeping the fans flying over the barricade. Matt Pikes thunderous riffs and Jeff Matz pounding bass made sure of it.

High On FIreHighlights from their set included “Rumors of War,” “Snakes of the Devine,” and “Devilution,” and by the time High on Fire closed the evening with the title track of the new record, it was quite apparent that High on Fire is not only back, but is more on fire than ever.

Power Trip

Power Trip

Openers Devil Master and Power Trip did a terrific job setting the stage for High On Fire with flaming sets of their own.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of all three bands by Raymond Ahner:

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High On Fire:

Setlist: Blood From Zion | Spewn From the Earth | Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil | Rumors of War / DII | Speedwolf | Fertile Green | Devilution | Carcosa | Baghdad | Freebooter | Fury Whip | Snakes for the Divine | Electric Messiah 

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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