vrijdag 30 januari 2015

Dieselburner – Toadal


Dieselburner – Toadal
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

TOAD LICKERS BEWARE: A highly natural way to get high is ofcourse toad licking. A popular lick victim: the Colorado River Toad. When agitated, it secretes a hallucinogenic chemical through its skin. But the party practice could be fatal - some toads emit a cardiac toxin. “If you pick the wrong toad, you won't only get high, you'll get dead,” warns University of Michigan amphibian expert Carl Gans. Indeed. Shit and when you don’t die, you could also end up with the black hairy tongue disease! All this races through my mind when the first sounds of the Dieselburner debut vinyl release Toadal crackles through my speakers. The instrumental Alpha whacks you over the head and expands all the arteries, veins and capillaries of your brain. It makes your hair rise and your skin crawl! A massive cardiac arrest awaits and when The Itch starts you can’t control yourself anymore. Banging your head against the wall and rubbing your back against every surface you can find. And then the growling vocals start, they poke around in your chest and expands the air inside your lungs. And when you finally give in, and start screaming along, you know, you’ve picked the right kind of toad! No black hairy tongue disease for you, but an ultimate high! Delivered by two, yes two, hombres that dare to opt for different choices in their songs here and there. And relate this to us with highly fuzzed out gritty guitars and masterful drums. And the build-up continues leisurely massive on the other side, with monstrous Toad, wicked Nerd Rage, catchy High Road Warrior and tour the force Omega. Yes, they are made of ten ton heavy hallucinogenic fuel and got amazing shit to burn!

(Written by JK)




She Loves Pablo - Center of the Earth


She Loves Pablo - Center of the Earth

Check out the new video by the Croation formation She Love Pablo, featuring the former bassplayer of Cojones



donderdag 29 januari 2015

Molior Superum – Electric Escapism


Molior Superum – Electric Escapism
Self released – 2014
Rock, Seventies, Psych, Stoner, Garage
Rated: *****

We at the HiVe have always worn our colors on our sleeve. We do not mind professing our undying love for great music, it is actually the one thing we really do and certainly do no care if we come across as star struck fans. Like we are for the Molior Superum guys, and have been since the days of their first EP Towards The Haze in 2011. We bought multiple copies to hand out to our friends and band members of their full-sized album Into The Sun that arrived a year later. And really struggled to not hit repeat buttons over and over again when The Inconclusive Portrait rolled around last year. And guess what, the wild times are here again. An all new EP by the quartet of Swedes named: Electric Escapism. Four tracks that are as wicked a rock whirlwind as everything they put out before. Just listen to the way they stomp into your house with that drum and riff, this is glorious, and this is a band that knows that they are victorious before the battle has even started. Four magnificent tracks that speed through your speakers and blows the roof off your house. Seventies blues boogie groove and psychedelic stoner stompers that leave you breathless and craving more! Highly energetic and extremely electric and you should not let this one escape out the door!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 28 januari 2015

Thieves By The Code – Tales From The Green Muse…And Beyond


Thieves By The Code – Tales From The Green Muse…And Beyond
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Booze
Rated: ***

Thieves By The Code grab influences from when the late sixties spilled over to the early seventies but without sounding like yet another retro rip-off. This is hard rock but with a myriad of street smarts that make this collection of songs sound like the first Queens of The Stone Age companion album. Groove is all around and when then guitars pin down a riff, it stays fucking pinned down. Clean vocals have been recorded with some distortion to bring a sleazy garage vibe to things. The band can change from sleepy psych ditties to hard rocking stoner in a blink of an eye which delights the ear and makes my feet stomp with nervous energy. Use of spoken samples have been cleverly used with great effect which augment the great song compositions. There is a punky energy within these grooves that demands to be played over and over. Thieves By The Code do not batter you over the head with sheer noise or volume – with tunes as catchy as these, they let the music do the talking.

(Written by Tony)




Mlah! – Mlah!


Mlah! – Mlah!
Self released – 2014
Rock, Core, Metal, Punk, Stoner, Doom
Rated: ***

They hail from Paris and are inspired by band such as Sleep, Black Sabbath and Acid Bath. But on their first five song EP they sport definite memories of the early hardcore and even some crossover thrash. Think Life Of Agony or Merauder. And even though it might slow down considerably on most moments in respect to Merauder and even though they might aim for stoner riffs and that low-end groove; it is the history of the different parts of the band that make up their color. For the four members of Mlah! earned their spurs in hardcore bands such as 6DTC, Forest In Blood and We… The Animals. Do we mind? Should they forget their past? Hell no! For the aggressive howling, the battering drums and the fast flying riffs that peel the skin your flesh one moment and then slowly turn your skeleton into little bare bone puppets make you relive your past. And remember those great pit moments and loose teeth… Mlah!

(Written by JK)



Mlah! - 30


Mlah! - 30

 First video for their debut self-titled album, get wicked with Mlah!

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dinsdag 27 januari 2015

Doctor Smoke – The Witching Hour


Doctor Smoke – The Witching Hour
Totem Cat Records – 2014
Stoner, Rock, Doom
Rated: *****

Five stars, but if I could score higher I would! Doctor Smoke have prescribed a dose of hard rocking Stoner that will purge your body and soul of all the weak, lazy cliché shit that is being passed off as Stoner/Classic Rock these days. With touches of Doom strewn throughout the album, if I had heard this slab of greatness earlier on this year, it would have been extremely high on my albums of the year list I submitted to Joop. Taut and controlled short bursts of excitement are fired your way via guitars set to fuzz. With killer riffs and top notch song compositions, there is not a weak moment to be had. Vocals carry a counter melody which compliments the sublime guitar solos – ah, I cannot stop head banging when they start. They carry the power of Iommi with the catchiness of Lizzy at their peak. With the kind of vibe to be had from Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Doctor Smoke tone down some of the psychedelia and up the ante with power and distortion. In short if you have ever had a passing interest in the stoner/desert scene combined with 70’s hard rock touched by the devil, stop reading this and get spinning this masterpiece.

(Written by Tony)




psst. And do you remember their 2013 demo?

maandag 26 januari 2015

Yama – Ananta


Yama – Ananta
Lightown Fidelity – 2014
Rock, Hard, Stoner with tinge of Doom.
Rated: *****

This Dutch band take the Stoner genre but infuse with a heaviness that steers them into the fringes of Doom. Riffs that power through your senses have a groove added that refuse to leave your brain until you bang your head against a wall. The song compositions are varied and skilfully executed – head-nodding moments are interspersed with slow movements, full on Stoner turbo charged riffing, atmospheric moments of calm before the storm of powerhouse chords overwhelm you – everything in fact to make this a superb offering. The vocals are impassioned but restrained – perfect for these tracks. With a clean sounding production, the solos hover over the top of your hearing with power and clarity. Yama have given us something that does not just slavishly rip off the past but lovingly show their influences while still having a modern take of some genres that are in danger of being tagged “retro”. This band is looking forward, doing their own thing, keeping our beloved underground sounds fresh and vital.

(Written by Tony)




psst. And do you remember their demo from 2011?

zaterdag 24 januari 2015

Goya – Satan’s Fire EP


Goya – Satan’s Fire EP
Self Released – 2014
Stoner, Doom
Rated: *****

Goya remind you why their debut album “777” was such a blast to listen to at the end of 2013. This EP continues in much the same vein – 19 minutes of riffs, heaviness and Doom. Sludgy stoner rock tunes struggle to emerge from the filthy sounding instruments that are more distorted than the speakers in The Devil’s car that have been turned up to number 11 and is being ridden down the lower depths of hell, windows open, elbows hanging out the door frame and a horde of demons head-banging on the back seats. Marijuana Doom has never sounded this good. As a taster for the next album, it is an appetite whetter of huge proportions. These newish kids on the block are coming to kick the fuck out of the established favourites.  You have been warned.

(Written by Tony)




psst. And did you ever get around checking out their demo from 2012?

vrijdag 23 januari 2015

Birnam Wood – Birnam Wood


Birnam Wood – Birnam Wood
Self Released – 2014
Doom, Stoner and some more Doom
Rated: ****

I presume the band are named after the Birnam Wood as foretold by the witches prophecy in Macbeth. If so, the name suits very well as the music conjures up images of despair, suffering and atmospheric dread. But fear not, the lashings of fuzz used will still get the stiffest of heads nodding. Sounding like the missing link between Sabbath and Sleep, what you get is a shit load of riff worship that mixes evil psychedelic bad vibes with heavy groove and tunes that make you realise how redundant so many of the current ‘retro’ bands really are. I do not want to listen to something that sounds like the last 20 years of music have not happened. Birnam Wood are influenced by the greats from before but infuse it with punk attitude, the joyfulness of stoner swagger and the modern, dark take on doom. Give this a listen and you will not be disappointed.

(Written by Tony)



donderdag 22 januari 2015

Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol


Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol
Napalm Records - 2014
Stoner, Psych, Rock
Rated: *****

When Dave Wyndorf announced that he was going to re-mix the Last Patrol album (from 2013) as if it had been recorded in 1969 I thought “meh!”. I did not need some half arsed dub versions from an album that was pretty good but that in no way set my world alight. Well, stick a bong-pipe up my arse and call me Susan 'cause this is fucking fantastic!' Songs have been torn apart with new guitar and vocals parts, slowed down, fuzzed up, echo boxes have been abused beyond belief, tracks discarded, 4 new songs added and two live versions included. Monster Magnet have never made a truly bad album but until Last Patrol, seemed to be on auto-pilot for a long time. Even so, I never really played  last years release that much. But when the creepy Doors-like Hammond organ starts creeping through the tracks and the trippy vibe really hits you over the head, you will realise that Dave and his boys have created a masterpiece of Stone Psychedelic Rock. I would have never thought a remix album could make such an impact on me but this is an essential part of the soundtrack to my life now. Highly recommended ………. Please do not call me Susan!

(Written by Tony)



zondag 18 januari 2015

Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler! - Answer


Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler!

Listen to the track in the post below and fill in the right answer! It is the name of the track with the first letter as a capital!

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