High Fighter – “The Goat Ritual” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

High Fighter is the new project featuring ex-A Million Miles vocalist Mona Miluski. On their debut EP “The Goat Ritual” Mona is joined by former members of A Million Miles, Buffalo Hump and Pyogenisis to create a heavy as hell stoner/doom metal offering that is sure to please fans who like their metal heavy with a blues influence.

With the opening tune “2Steps Blueskill”, High Fighter heads straight for the jugular with a song that starts off heavy but only gets heavier. The next track “Breaking Goat Mountains” has a distinctive riff running through the duration of the song and the band doesn’t take the foot off the pedal. From there the band segues into “Black Waters” the best song in my opinion. Mona’s vocals range from a sort of heavy blues to all out screaming vocals and she really turns in an outstanding performance throughout the 21-minute EP. “Fire in the Sun” has an Ozzy-era Black Sabbath vibe to it, particularly with the relentless guitar riff. “In Veins” brings “The Goat Ritual” EP to more than a satisfactory conclusion.

While it’s sad that A Million Miles is no longer with us but with “The Goat Ritual”, High Fighter has turned in a debut that will set the template for great things to come, I’m sure.

Review – 80/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Steps Blueskill
  2. Breaking Goat Mountains
  3. Black Waters
  4. Fire In The Sun
  5. In Veins

 

Line Up

  • Mona Miluski – Vocals
  • Christian “Shi” Pappas – Rhythm guitar
  • Ingwer Boysen – Lead guitar
  • Constantin Wüst – Bass
  • Thomas Wildelau – Drums

 

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