HIGH FIGHTER formed in the summer of 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. This band is a volatile cocktail of heavy as hell riffs, add a dose of the blues and these deadly schizophrenic vocals, and HIGH FIGHTER offer something different to the Sludge, Stoner, Doom & Metal Scene.
After their debut EP The Goat Ritual released end of 2014, followed by numerous shows all over Europe & the UK, including festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, Desertfest London, Berlin and Antwerp, SonicBlast Moledo, Stoned From The Underground, Up In Smoke, Keep It Low, Red Smoke Festival and many more, as well as countless gigs on tour with bands alike Ahab, Conan, Elder, Downfall of Gaia, Crowbar, Mantar, Corrosion of Conformity, Mammoth Storm, Brant Bjork, The Midnight Ghost Train and Earth Ship to name just a few, HIGH FIGHTER released their first full-length and critically acclaimed album Scars & Crosses in June 2016 on Svart Records. The band's second studio album titled Champain has been released on July 26th 2019 with powerhouse label Argonauta Records.
It seems life on the road has impacted HIGH FIGHTER in a huge way. As their new album has a heavier and fast-paced sound compared to their first records. The best way to describe HIGH FIGHTER in 2019 is PISSED OFF! This is a different band that announced their arrival in 2014 with their debut EP followed by Scars & Crosses. Champain isn’t for the faint hearted and the band may actually surprise a lot of their established fanbase with this album. However to survive in this business you need to evolve and HIGH FIGHTER have most definitely evolved.
Opening songs – Before I Disappear, Shine Equal Dark and Dead Gift – create an eerie and gloomy atmosphere where the mood can be pitch-black in places. The soaring and brutal riffs on this album allow Mona to show her impressive vocal range, from Death Metal growls, mean screams to her Stoner Rock, Soul and Blues roots. Champain is an album that you won't expect from HIGH FIGHTER and it's not Scars & Crosses Part 2. So it’s to the band’s credit they have released something so dramatically different to their debut album. HIGH FIGHTER are highly respected and well thought of within the Doom/Stoner Metal world and the band have called in a few favours for this album. As you have Anton Lisovoj of DOWNFALL OF GAIA fame providing vocals on the excellent song – When We Suffer. Champain has been recorded, mixed & mastered by Jan Oberg of EARTH SHIP and GRIN at Hidden Planet Studio, Berlin 2019. The five-piece has made an almighty leap to greatness with Champain, now it’s time for the world to be re-introduced to the heavy sounds of HIGH FIGHTER!
- Biography written by Steve Howe / Outlaws of the Sun
Released: July 26th 2019, Argonauta Records
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet Studio, Berlin
Cover Artwork by Johnny Doe