Label: Relapse Records
High On Fire's second effort and first for Relapse, Surrounded By Thieves finds Matt Pike in full-on p.o.'d caveman mode, delivering his belligerence in a guttural snarl and, as usual, playing guitar like he was born with one fused to his hands. Opener "Eyes and Teeth" features a killer beginning that builds like a gathering storm then breaks with equivalent power, while "The Yeti" is definitely the best song ever written on the subject of abominable snowmen. Surrounded By Thieves is the last album to feature original bassist George Rice.