Snakes for the Divine

Snakes for the Divine

Snakes for the Divine
Studio album by High on Fire
Released February 23, 2010
Genre Stoner metal, sludge metal
Length 45:55
Label E1 Music
Producer Greg Fidelman
High on Fire chronology

Death Is This Communion
(2007)
Snakes for the Divine
(2010)
De Vermis Mysteriis
(2012)

Snakes for the Divine is the fifth studio album by High on Fire.

History and recording

Snakes for the Divine was recorded at The Pass Studios in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman. The album cover art and track listing were revealed on the band's Myspace page on January 6, 2010. Snakes for the Divine was released on February 23 through E1 Music. It was considered the "Album of the Day" by Roadburn on February 24, 2010.[1]

Theme

In an interview, Matt Pike stated: "The title 'Snakes for the Divine' is based on the premise that Adam and Eve weren't the first people on Earth, and Adam actually having a wife that was a Reptilian named Lilith. They were the first two people to actually take the reptilian DNA, and make shape shifting human beings that go between the fourth-dimensional, the Anunnaki, and human beings. Eventually, from ancient Mesopotamia, this spawned a thing called the Illuminati - the enlightened ones - coming up through the centuries, and choosing the kings, controlling your media, controlling your banking, blah blah blah. It's just theory at most points. I thought it'd make a great metal song, so I just went ahead and started writing about that. That's how the record came about, as far as the theme.."[2]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth 8/10 stars[5]
Drowned In Sound 7/10 stars[6]
Jukebox:Metal 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10 stars[8]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[9]
Rock Sound 10/10 stars[10]

Exclaim! named "Snakes for the Divine" as the No. 9 Metal Album of 2010.[11]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by High on Fire
[12]
No. Title Length
1. "Snakes for the Divine"   8:23
2. "Frost Hammer"   6:07
3. "Bastard Samurai"   6:37
4. "Ghost Neck"   5:01
5. "The Path"   1:20
6. "Fire, Flood & Plague"   6:08
7. "How Dark We Pray"   8:06
8. "Holy Flames of the Fire Spitter"   4:13
9. "Mystery of Helm" (Bonus Track) 4:01
10. "Eyes & Teeth (Live)" (Best Buy Bonus Track) 4:31
11. "Cometh Down Hessian (Live)" (Best Buy Bonus Track) 4:33

Personnel

References

External links

  • Snakes for the Divine: High on Fire