I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers.
With a sound that is the aural equivalent of a bison stampede, High on Fire have ascended over the last decade to become the quintessential metal band. Absent any pomp or frivolity, they are a stripped-down machine churning out riffs. Consistent record releases and touring have kept them in the collective metal consciousness, and fans now reverently refer to guitarist Matt Pike as the new Lemmy.
The crowd at the 2018 Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tennessee got to have their eardrums pulverized by High on Fire; check out some sights from the show below.