Ancient astronauts are everywhere, and apparently they’re now going into the music business. The thrash band High on Fire is about to release their new album Luminiferous, and in anticipation they’ve released their first single from the album, “The Black Plot,” about how prehistoric extraterrestrials have secretly manipulated human history. According to band member Matt Pike, the song is designed to expose audiences to ancient astronaut conspiracies that have been hidden from the public until Ancient Aliens and related media brought them to light.
“It’s about aliens abducting people and manipulating our past, present and future. It’s about the top of the pyramid, so to speak,” Pike told Rolling Stone magazine last month. “And it’s also about alien hybrids, and how we’ve been immersed amongst this culture of E.T.s for thousands of years, and how no one has woken up to it until recently.”
You probably wouldn’t guess any of that from the song’s lyrics, which speak nebulously of “Poison gifts giving death every time now / Rename ourselves as the gods take the blood oath.” Perhaps an earlier reference to “raping” in the dark alludes to aliens’ midnight anal probes, but it appears that the lines quoted above are meant to refer to the oath of Fallen Angels from 1 Enoch 6:4-5 as interpreted through Zecharia Sitchin’s idea of the aliens purposely posing as gods to manipulate humanity into worshiping them.
Pike told Rolling Stone that he subscribes to the ancient astronaut theory in its most classic form, including popular claims that ancient astronaut theorists have rejected, such as aliens physically constructing ancient wonders like pyramids and ziggurats. He claims that the Epic of Gilgamesh documents the achievements of the extraterrestrials, and he cited Genesis 6:4 as proof that humans and aliens engage in frequent sexual intercourse, as Erich von Däniken long maintained. According to Pike:
“Even the Bible talks about it, the giants — the Nephilim — loving human women,” he maintains. “Who wouldn’t love human women? Dude, if I was some sort of alien or fallen angel who disagreed with God, I’d be like, ‘Dude, I’m going to fuck every girl on this planet that I can! Because they’re hot!’” he adds with a laugh.
I’d laugh back at the silliness of Pike’s claims, but they quickly devolve in to the serious when Pike tells Rolling Stone that conspiracy theories have changed the way he sees the world. “When conspiracy theories become conspiracy facts, it’s kind of an amazing thing, because it fucks with your brain, and it fucks with my being on this earth.” He intends to advocate for the ancient astronaut theory in order to bring about social change in a world he considers to be politically, socially, and economically corrupt:
At the same time, man, the only weapon I have, as far as being a good human being, and sticking up for my race, is my voice. I was given a voice to say something, and I’m doing just that. I gotta say something, man! Look at the world around you and tell yourself it's OK, because it’s really not, dude; it’s so fucked up.
Here we see that the ancient astronaut theory is once again serving as a pseudoscientific covering for what in another era might have been a religious or cultural revitalization movement.
6/7/2015 04:11:45 am
This is kind of in keeping with Metal's history of using fantasy elements. Voivod, Emerson, lake and Palmer and Blue Oyster Cult all have used the Ancient Aliens idea as a long running theme in their music. I would not necessarily take his comments at face value, most musician play up the self created folklore that the bands develop in the music in interviews for marketing and public appeal but do not really subscribe to them in real life Slayer, Ozzy, and King Diamond are perhaps the best examples of this.
6/7/2015 05:25:52 am
Play some High on Fire, Man!
6/7/2015 06:04:45 am
Yeah, they're a little late to the party with this one. Iced Earth's "Something Wicked" storyline deals with ancient astronauts, Fredrik Thordendal's "Sol Niger Within" is about modern abduction phenomena, and Agent Steel touches on both.
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6/7/2015 07:38:18 am
See, they all prefer 'human' women, so where do we Nephilim daughters fit in?
6/7/2015 08:00:24 am
I recommend George Noory's new paranormal dating sight to all the fly Fallen Angel, Giant, Sasquatch, and Reptilian ladies.
6/7/2015 08:33:16 am
High on Fire's last studio album, De Vermis Mysteriis, charted at number 63 in the Billboard 200 (week ending April 21, 2012) with US sales of about 7,400 copies. The following week, it dropped to number 200.
6/7/2015 08:46:26 am
The title suggests that High on Fire came to ancient astronauts through Lovecraftian horror fiction, a not-uncommon occurrence.
6/7/2015 09:28:29 am
Lovecraft and others of the "usual suspects". Here's an earlier interview with Matt Pike:
6/7/2015 12:17:10 pm
"When conspiracy theories become conspiracy facts"
6/7/2015 06:39:13 pm
Great work as always Jason! Not to nitpick but I figured id chime in since its not your usual niche. High On Fire isnt a Thrash band, to sum them up their a mix of Stoner Metal (yes thats its own genre) with influences from Doom Metal (slow and heavy parts and lower notes, minor chords, evil sounding stuff). Thrash is fast and aggressive (Slayer, Exodus, Sodom, Destruction) and technical where Stoner Metal is mid-tempo to slow, catchy and more melodic.
6/7/2015 06:47:32 pm
Maybe this would be a better example of the Stoner/Doom sound, just cause it also fits with the conspiracy theme of your post! :) "Black Helicopters", the opener from the same kick-ass album Stoner Metal album as the song up here, ABDULLAH's "Graveyard Poetry". Also with a Doom Metal slant much like High on Fire does.
6/8/2015 03:54:35 am
"Thrash" was how Rolling Stone described them. Well, technically "sludgy thrash," which is a niche so narrow I've never heard of it.
6/8/2015 04:16:44 am
I call it Internet Rule #440 - There will never be a discussion of music on the internet where a band is identified as being in a certain genre where someone won't object and claim that band is in fact a part of some other mutually exclusive genre.
6/8/2015 06:25:07 am
You can't go wrong with Hip-Hop Funkabilly.
6/9/2015 05:41:59 am
I had heard Peter Schilling's "Noah Plan" a couple of times already, and the the chorus is surrounded by some stock SF imagery, after reading this blog, I can clearly see the crypto-nephilim/AA messaging hidden in the chorus:
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