In metal, there are two things that are prized above all else. The first is forging your own unique path. The second is never, ever straying from that path. High on Fire has, over the course of the band’s 15-year existence, mostly managed to do both, helping to usher in a wave of doomy, riff-driven metal in the early ’00s and then continuing to refine its possibilities over the last decade and a half. While other bands – we see you, Mastodon – have been unable to resist the urge to “expand their horizons,” leader Matt Pike has kept High on Fire sharply focused on being one of the most potent purveyors of Les Paul-fueled heaviness around. Although the band stumbled a bit with 2010’s Snakes for the Divine, their last two Kurt Ballou-produced albums (including this year’s Luminferous) have been both richly textured and thuddingly aggressive. And while Pike’s struggles with alcohol temporarily sidelined High on Fire for a minute a couple of years ago, the band is again firing on all cylinders, producing some of the best and most ferocious heavy metal around.
High on Fire with Crowbar, Gillian Carter, Nixa | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org