Oakland sludge/stoner/doom metal troupe High On Fire have been creating gloriously monolithic, brutal music since forming in 1998. In fact, they might be the best contemporary metal band to have burst out of the Bay since the glory days of the blossoming thrash scene that brought us Metallica, Exodus, Testament, etc. Last year’s Electric Messiah album, their eighth, was one of the best metal releases of 2018, and it was recently given the stunning picture disc vinyl treatment. Songs such as the title track and “The Witch and the Christ” are particularly intense, and they’ll surely sound huge live.
High On Fire plays with Power Trip, Devil Master and Creeping Death at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the Observatory.