9. High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings (2005)
Blessed Black Wings reeks of blood, sweat and mother*ckin’ beers and High On Fire, the greatest power-trio since Motörhead incidentally, had blatantly stashed away an arsenal of riffs powerful enough to destroy continents.
Sounding truly HEAVY isn’t as easy as it looks but by letting Matt Pike and his cohorts off the leash, Relapse enabled a band with much promise to fully realise their potential.
The result was an album heavier than a thousand suns and just as huge as that analogy would suggest; albums rarely sound so preposterously massive.
With Blessed Black Wings, Relapse Records sent out a clear message to all those bands who still burned with the desire to simply plug-in and unleash all hell; pure rock fury was still relevant and Relapse would be the ones to let it breathe.