High on Fire guitarist Matt Pike announces debut solo album, Pike vs. the Automaton, releases ultra-heavy lead single, Alien Slut Mum

High on Fire's Matt Pike performs at the Arena Berlin on May 6, 2018 in Berlin, Germany
(Image credit: Andrea Friedrich/Redferns)

Stoner/doom metal electric guitar pioneer Matt Pike has announced his debut solo album, Pike vs. the Automaton.

Set for a February 18 release via MNRK Heavy, the album was born out of the challenges of the pandemic, when Pike found himself unable to jam with his High on Fire bandmates.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.