De Vermis Mysteriis (album)

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De Vermis Mysteriis
Studio album by High On Fire
Released April 3, 2012
Genre Stoner metal, sludge metal, thrash metal
Length 52:19
Label E1 Music
Producer Kurt Ballou
High On Fire chronology
Snakes for the Divine
De Vermis Mysteriis
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[2]

De Vermis Mysteriis is the sixth album by metal band High On Fire. Cover art was done by tattoo artist Tim Lehii.[3]


According to frontman Matt Pike,

The album’s title (translation: “The Mysteries of the Worm,”) is a nod to a fictional grimoire conceived by the late, great Psycho author Robert Bloch in 1935 and later incorporated into horror master H.P. Lovecraft’s renowned Cthulu Mythos. “It’s a concept record, a little bit,” Pike offers. “I got this idea about Jesus Christ and the Immaculate Conception: What if Jesus had a twin who died at birth to give Jesus his life? And then what if the twin became a time traveler right then? He lives his life only going forward until he finds this scroll from an ancient Chinese alchemist who derived a serum out of the black lotus—which is actually in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan’ stories—and then he starts traveling back in time. He can see the past through his ancestors’ eyes, but his enemies can kill him if they kill the ancestor that he’s seeing through at the time. Basically, he keeps waking up in other people’s bodies at bad times. It’s kinda like that old TV show Quantum Leap. Kurt actually pointed that out to me after I told him the idea. But whatever—time travel is a killer concept.”

Track listing[edit]

  1. Serums of Liao - 6:01
  2. Bloody Knuckles - 4:16
  3. Fertile Green - 4:45
  4. Madness of an Architect - 6:57
  5. Samsara - 3:42
  6. Spiritual Rites - 5:08
  7. King of Days - 7:09
  8. De Vermis Mysteriis - 3:50
  9. Romulus and Remus - 5:04
  10. Warhorn - 5:27
  11. Speak in Tongues - 5:46 (Bonus Track)


High on Fire
Additional Personnel
  • Kurt Ballou - Producer, Recording, Mixing, Additional Guitars on "Warhorn" and "Samsara"
  • Paul Grosso - Art direction, Design
  • Tim Lehi - Cover art and art direction
  • Alan Douches - Mastering
  • Tom Couture - Photography
  • Ashley Redshaw - Additional Vocals on "Spiritual Rites"


  1. ^ De Vermis Mysteriis (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Pitchfork Media Review". 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ "HIGH ON FIRE: New Song Available For Streaming". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 23 March 2012.