Rock & Pop

High on Fire

When: Sat., Aug. 27, 9 p.m. 2011

It's been an eventful year for Oakland metal band High on Fire. After a three-year hiatus, it released its fifth studio album, Snakes for the Divine, last year to critical praise and an even wider audience. Then, in February, while in Christchurch, New Zealand, to play a string of shows, the band endured a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Shaken but unscathed, High on Fire headed to Tokyo a couple weeks later, only to once again get pummeled by an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. The band members are certainly no strangers to floor-shaking -- but they're usually the ones causing it. In any case, surviving two colossal natural disasters seemed an apt allegory for the band's career, which was built up through nothing but sheer hard work and determination despite some challenging circumstances. High on Fire plays the Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Saturday, Aug. 27, with fellow local metal bands Black Cobra and Embers, and Radio/Ruby Room owner Tim Tolle spinning vinyl in between. Let's hope the Hayward fault doesn't get any ideas. 9 p.m., $20.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $20

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