Catch This Tour: High on Fire, Kvelertak, Doomriders

High on Fire will soon embark on a tour with Kvelertak and Doomriders. If you’re taken by the idea of metal-as-party-music, this is the tour for you. All three bands play some variety of (insert metal subgenre)-and-roll music, and while that songwriting approach doesn’t always produce great records, it frequently leads to great live performances. Matt Pike keeps writing better and better music, and his trio of sludge-and-roll misfits have enough experience under their belt to play reliably good shows, especially now that Pike is sober. Doomriders promises to be a treat because band leader Nate Newton spends most of his time playing bass in Converge, and were recently rejuvenated by the addition of a new drummer. (I discussed this and more with Newton in a recent interview.)

The real treat on this tour is Kvelertak, on their second trek through the States since the March release of their sophomore album, Mier. That album, a more experimental slab of genre-hopping madness than its predecessor, received early buzz as an album-of-the-year contender, and will probably re-enter the zeitgeist as end-of-year list season returns. It’s probably making mine.

I saw Kvelertak in the basement of St. Andrew’s Hall this spring, and after that experience I will see this band every chance I get until they absolutely disappoint me. That show ended with one of the band’s guitarists standing in the center of the audience, wailing away while vocalist Erlend Hjelvik, crowd-surfed around them. For what I understand this is not a unique experience, and Kvelertak have been doing this kind of stuff regularly ever since Mier dropped. If you’d like proof, observe the exclusive live footage we’re streaming below.

Check the full run of High on fire, Kvelertak and Doomriders dates below as well. Holler at me if you’re in Detroit.

— Joseph Schafer

High on Fire // Kvelertak — 2013 Tour
November 10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
November 11 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
November 12 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
November 13 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
November 15 New York, NY – Webster Hall
November 16 Boston, MA – The Middle East
November 17 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
November 18 Toronto, ON – Opera House
November 19 Detroit, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
November 20 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
November 22 Chicago, IL – Metro
November 23 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
November 25 Houston, TX – House of Blues
November 26 Dallas, TX – Tree’s
November 27 Austin, TX – Mohawk Outside
November 29 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
November 30 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
December 02 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
December 04 Edmonton, MB – Starlite Room
December 05 Calgary, AB – Republik
December 07 Vancouver, BC – Venue Vancouver
December 08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
December 09 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
December 11 San Francisco, CA – Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre