Surrounded by Thieves

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Surrounded by Thieves
Studio album by High on Fire
Released May 28, 2002
Genre Stoner metal, sludge metal
Length 40:38
Label Relapse Records
Producer Billy Anderson
High on Fire
High on Fire chronology
The Art of Self Defense
(2000)The Art of Self Defense2000
Surrounded by Thieves
Blessed Black Wings
(2005)Blessed Black Wings2005

Surrounded by Thieves is the second studio album by Oakland stoner metal band High on Fire. It was their first album for Relapse Records and was produced by Billy Anderson and the band itself. "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" was utilized as the album's promotional track. It was featured on a 7" split with Mastodon's "March of the Fire Ants" and had a music video which aired on Uranium and Headbangers Ball.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10) [2]

Surrounded by Thieves was well received by critics. Allmusic's Brian O'Neill awarded the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling it "relentless" and suggesting that every song was "an epic that rolls like sinister thunder across the landscape."[1] O'Neill noted that there was "not much variation" on the album but added that variety isn't necessary "when you get locked into a groove this good." Isaiah Violante, writing for Pitchfork, gave a similarly positive review of 8.8 out of 10.[2] Violante praised the album's "nihilistic theme and all-encompassing walls of drone." He went on to praise the band for being able to "only operate according to its own whims" while also making "organic and monstrous music."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eyes & Teeth" – 5:03
  2. "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" – 4:27
  3. "Speedwolf" – 4:36
  4. "The Yeti" – 7:07
  5. "Nemesis" – 3:34
  6. "Thraft of Caanan" – 8:06
  7. "Surrounded by Thieves" – 4:19
  8. "Razor Hoof" – 3:26
  9. "Steel Shoe" - 4:15 (Japanese Bonus Track)



  • Billy Anderson - producer, engineer
  • Mark Keaton - mastering
  • Orion Landau - artwork
  • Justin Lieberman - assistant engineer