High on Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band’s frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner doom band Sleep.
High on Fire was founded in 1998 by former Sleep guitarist Matt Pike, drummer Des Kensel, and bassist George Rice (from Dear Deceased, who originally auditioned to be the band’s vocalist).
The band’s first full-length album The Art of Self Defense was released on 12th Records, and released later on Man’s Ruin Records. (The album would later be re-released by Tee Pee Records, with two bonus tracks, as Man’s Ruin Records had become defunct.)