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MATT PIKE Announces First Solo Album Support Shows

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 11:09 AM


Pike vs. The Automaton Album Out Now

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From rewriting the hard rock rulebook with his Grammy award-winning trio, HIGH ON FIRE, to reverse engineering doom metal with his genre-defining trio SLEEP, Matt Pike has channeled his natural talents and chiseled a steely path straight to the heart of modern-day metal’s molten core. Pike's debut solo LP, Pike vs. The Automaton, was released on February 18 via MNRK Heavy. Music, merch and more is available at PikeVstheAutomaton.com.

Today, Matt Pike announces the very first live shows with his solo band, which includes drummer Jon Reid, bassist Chad "Chief" Hartgrave, guitarist Chris Evans (LORD DYING), and "possible special guests". The group has booked live dates in Seattle (May 5), Tacoma, WA (May 6), Port Angeles, WA (May 7) and Portland, OR (May 8) with additional live performances expected to be detailed soon.

On the topic of the first Automaton shows, Pike bellows, "Who's ready to be crushed by sound?!? Rehearsals for our inaugural shows have been deafening! We are primed and ready to deliver and destroy! See you soon!"

Pike vs. The Automaton live dates:

  • May 5 Seattle, WA Barhouse
  • May 6 Tacoma, WA Plaid Pig
  • May 7 Port Angeles, WA Devil's Lunchbox
  • May 8 Portland, OR High Water Mark
Born out of the challenges brought on by a worldwide pandemic, Pike vs. The Automaton, is both a musical and emotional release. The record features contributions from a slew of family and friends, and was recorded with longtime conspirator Billy Anderson, the producer who brought the best out of Pike previously on touchstone titles such as "Surrounded by Thieves" and "Sleep’s Holy Mountain".

Pike vs. The Automaton has met to a landslide of fan and critical acclaim, being called "a psych-rock blowout" by the Chicago Reader, and "thrilling" by Revolver. Blabbermouth stated, "It is a certified Heavy Metal Fact that Matt Pike is a badass," Decibel called Pike "a trailblazing visionary," Glide named Pike "one of the most badass rockers on this planet", Guitar World deemed Pike "a modern-day equivalent to Tony Iommi", and Pitchfork opined, "Pike is biologically driven to write and play bodacious heavy metal riffs."

The album title, Pike vs. The Automaton, wasn’t an ego thing for me," says Pike. "Billy and Jon said, “Dude, you should use your name in this. This is your solo project.” I said, “I don’t want to do that”. "The Automaton, in Greek mythology, is the big robot that’s the guardian of the Gods, basically. It’s a soulless, big machine named Talos. The big machine that’s working against mankind at this moment. In Jason And The Argonauts, Jason and the Argonauts have to battle this big machine guy that protects the island. Basically, what the album title is saying, metaphorically, is ‘Pike against the World.’


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