High Fighter started as a new band project born by former band members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump and Pyogenesis in the summer of 2014.
Their debut EP – The Goat Ritual – floored me when I first listened to it when I was running The Sludgelord blog. I was blown away by the different styles of music that the band had to offer. Sludge, Blues, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Metal. Led by the ever versatile Mona Miluski and backed up by a brilliant line of musicians who bring their own talent to the table, High Fighter already impressed a lot of people back in 2014. They received high praise from The Sludgelord, Doomed & Stoned, Echoes And Dust, The Obelisk, Stoner Hive plus the entire rock & metal press in Europe and the UK. As well as from Doom Metal Overlord – Jon Paul Davis of CONAN and one of the defining voices in the Stoner Rock movement – John Garcia. The Goat Ritual was recorded live and in one weekend. Most bands spend months and months to deliver an EP of that quality. Nope, not High Fighter. Their FUCK IT, LETS JUST DO IT Attitude still continues to do this day. Since the self-release of their acclaimed EP and in one band year only, High Fighter have performed numerous shows in 2015 with Ahab, Mammoth Storm, The Midnight Ghost Train, sunnata, Greenleaf, Corrosion of Conformity & many more. They've played festivals such as Stoned From The Underground, Sonic Blast in Portugal, Red Smoke Poland, Hamburg Metaldayz as well as an exclusive press show case live at Wacken Open Air 2015, to name just a few. This has seen them win acclaim and a whole legion of fans from their energetic live performances.
High Fighter have currently been at work on their soon to be released debut album, titled Scars & Crosses, and which is set to be released on June 10th 2016 via Svart Records as a 6-page CD Digi Pack, Digital Download & LP Gatefold. I've listened to the rough mixes of the album and it sounds intense. It's even heavier than The Goat Ritual. The riffs will simply crush your skull and Mona's vocals are perhaps the heaviest they have ever been. So watch out....
The album has been recorded live at RAMA Studio in Mannheim, Germany (Ahab, The Hirsch Effekt, Fjørt & many more) by Jens Siefert, and is mixed & mastered by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business). You reading that. Their debut album is being mixed & mastered by Toshi Kasai. Now if that isn't a ringing endorsement for you to check out High Fighter then I don't know what it is.
High Fighter are going to surprise a lot of people when they released their new album. It has the potential to being one of the best debut albums of 2016. So if you're into Doom, Blues, Sludge, Stoner and Heavy Metal then look no further as HIGH FIGHTER have it all and are ready to KICK ASS to show the world what they can do.
Words by Steve Howe
( The Sludgelord - http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/ )
Band members of HIGH FIGHTER are:
Mona Miluski - vocals
Christian "Shi" Pappas - rhythm guitar
Ingwer Boysen - lead guitar
Constantin Wüst - bass
Thomas Wildelau - drums