The Art of Self Defense (album)

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The Art of Self Defense
Studio album by High on Fire
Released March 7, 2000
Genre Stoner metal
Length 43:18
51:37 (Bonuses)
Label Man's Ruin
Tee Pee
Producer Billy Anderson
High on Fire
High on Fire chronology
The Art of Self Defense
Surrounded by Thieves
(2002)Surrounded by Thieves2002
Alternative Cover
Bonus Tracks Version
Bonus Tracks Version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars [2]
Pulse Magazine 4/5 stars [3]

The Art of Self Defense is the debut album for High on Fire. It was released originally by Man's Ruin Records in 2000.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs composed by High On Fire unless stated.
  1. "Baghdad" – 5:15
  2. "10,000 Years" – 7:53
  3. "Blood from Zion" – 4:55 (High on Fire, Karl Larson)
  4. "Last" – 6:36
  5. "Fireface" – 8:35
  6. "Master of Fists" – 10:03

Bonus tracks[edit]

In 2001, Tee Pee Records re-released this album with different album art, and two bonus tracks. One of them being a cover of "The Usurper" by Celtic Frost.

  1. "Steel Shoe" (High on Fire) – 4:31
  2. "The Usurper" (Celtic Frost Cover) – 3:48

In 2012, Southern Lord Records re-released the album with slightly different cover art than the Man's Ruin Records version and 3 additional bonus tracks (all from High On Fire's self-titled 1999 demo).

  1. "Blood From Zion" (Demo) - 5:02
  2. "10,000 Years" (Demo) - 7:43
  3. "Master Of Fists" (Demo) - 10:31