Hometown metal heroes High on Fire announced Friday they’re entering the studio in late May to record the follow-up to 2005’s Blessed Black Wings. Perhaps on the referral of their new bassist Jeff Matz (of Zeke fame), HoF recruited producer Jack Endino (known for his work with grunge-era rockers Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and also Zeke) this time around to record at Avast II Studios, while mixing will occur at Soundhouse Studios, both in Seattle.
This will be the third producer the band has used since 2000’s The Art of Self-Defense, and the follow-up, Surrounded by Thieves, which were recorded by stoner-rock purveyor Billy Anderson. Steve Albini produced a much cleaner, fuller effect for Blessed Black Wings, so many are speculating how Endino will affect the band’s seemingly indestructible sound. The as-yet-untitled album is set to be released this fall. After playing a free show at Soundwave Studios on Friday, the band hits the Northwest for three dates in mid May. Check their MySpace page for more details. — Kathleen Richards