The ancient Persians worshipped fire, so much so that they believed fire was the sacred symbol of purity. The Zorastarians, as they were known, never held a ritual without the presence of this sacred conflagration, understanding that fire represented the light of their god, Ahura Mazda. The same light burned brightly on Monday night at Strange Matter, where doom metal gods, High on Fire, opened up the heavens and reigned down the sacred incantations conjuring snakes of the divine, bastard samurai, and the falconers.
Lead Singer Matt Pike is a living legend. Part sage, part prophet, and part wizard, Pike has been a genre defining madman who’s understanding of the sonic landscape has shaped countless bands over the years. The sold-out show at Strange Matter on Monday only proved the staying power of High On Fire and delivered their rightful place alongside the ancient gods who understood that “death is this communion.”
Some of the best photos from the show can be found below:
Photos by Landon Shroder