Blessed Black Wings

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Blessed Black Wings
Studio album by High on Fire
Released February 1, 2005
Recorded Electrical Audio Chicago, IL
Genre Stoner metal, sludge metal
Length 53:23
Label Relapse Records
Producer Steve Albini
High on Fire chronology
Surrounded by Thieves
Blessed Black Wings
Death Is This Communion
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10) link
PopMatters 4/5 stars link

Blessed Black Wings is the third album from High on Fire. The vinyl version was released as a double LP and contains a bonus track, "Rapid Fire," originally by Judas Priest.

The tracks "The Face of Oblivion" and "Cometh Down Hessian" are based on stories by horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness and The Hound, respectively.

Blessed Black Wings was voted 48th in the 50 Greatest Albums of the 21st Century in Kerrang!

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Devilution" – 4:46
  2. "The Face of Oblivion" – 6:36
  3. "Brother in the Wind" – 5:40
  4. "Cometh Down Hessian" – 5:14
  5. "Blessed Black Wings" – 7:43
  6. "Anointing of Seer" – 5:39
  7. "To Cross the Bridge" – 7:20
  8. "Silver Back" – 3:14
  9. "Sons of Thunder" – 7:12
  10. "Rapid Fire" (Judas Priest cover, Japanese vinyl only bonus track)


  • Matt Pike – guitar, vocals
  • Des Kensel – drums
  • Joe Preston – bass
  • Greg Norman – AMP repair
  • Produced by Steve Albini and High on Fire
  • Engineered by Steve Albini
  • Assistant Engineers - Russ Arbuthnot, Rob Vester
  • Mastered by John Golden
  • Visuals by Arik Roper