De Vermis Mysteriis

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  • Band members: Matt Pike, Des Kensel, Jeff Matz
  • Summary: The concept album for the heavy metal band led by Matt Pike was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Apr 5, 2012
    De Vermis Mysteriis is a bloody, hard-fought triumph.
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    It is a ferocious and captivating listen that twists and turns through the deepest darkest depths all the while pushing forward into new sonic territory.
  3. Apr 3, 2012
    With De Vermis Mysteriis, the beauty of High on Fire is visible therein, as enjoyment may be found on numerous levels.
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    While De Vermis Mysteriis is probably not the group's finest hour (2002's Surrounded by Thieves still bears that distinction), it is nonetheless a very fine hour indeed.
  5. Apr 10, 2012
    Keeping it abrasive and sincerely metal in execution is its strength.
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    The whole is so relentlessly nasty and the riffs so good that a multitude of metal sins are forgiven.
  7. Apr 12, 2012
    It is simple, it is pure, it is predictable, it is Another High on Fire Album.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Nov 9, 2012
    This review contains spoilers. Words cannot describe how awesome this album is. I've been listening to it since August and I have not grown tired of it. Every song on this album creates a story in my mind, especially with lyrics like "A psychopath has found a sight and a way to be the king of days, A rhyme without a poem and the luster of his last ways" from the song King of Days. This is perhaps their best album to date in my opinion, especially with a new producer this album that makes the album sound almost exactly like it would if it was live. "De Vermis Mysteriis" means "Mysteries of the Worm" in Latin and is a "nod" to author Robert Bloch. The album is supposedly about the Twin brother of Jesus Christ dying to allow Jesus to live. Jesus's twin is named Balteazeen and is looking for the Slaughter House of time to find the "riddle of his own existence." The story could be actually very different in everyone's view. Each song in this album is amazing, telling a different part of the story. The song Fertile Green, for example, is mostly about Marijuana, and this leads me to believe that Marijuana is the "life source" of Balteazeen. "King of Days" is about a ruthless psychopath King who is going around different kingdoms and destroying them with no mercy. This is the best album I have ever listened to this year. If you are in to Stoner Metal, Sludge Metal, or are ready for good, wicked, and some of the best metal music to come out in a long time, BUY THIS ALBUM. 9.3/100 This is highly recommended. Collapse
  2. Jun 5, 2013
    This album is definitely one of their best If you don't like these guys you don't like real metal! Has anyone found a cure for Matt Pike'sThis album is definitely one of their best If you don't like these guys you don't like real metal! Has anyone found a cure for Matt Pike's shirt allergy yet? Expand

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