dinsdag 20 augustus 2019

Monarch – Beyond The Blue Sky


Monarch – Beyond The Blue Sky
El Paraiso Records – 2019 (August 12th)
Progressive, Heavy Psych, Stoner
Rated: ****

Monarch, an impressive 5-piece outfit from Encitas, California exude the full 70s aura of Progressive Rock: Organ shimmering, groove - inducing rhythm sections, sweet guitar licks and fusion-esque dynamics all rolled into an authentic early Prog sound akin to Spring, Quatermass, Caravan etc. 'Hanging by a Thread' oozes into life with slow, spacey murmurs before tumbling headlong into full-on Psychedelic Space Rock with searing twin-axe cadences... 'Divided Path' explores a Canterbury soundscape reminiscent of UK Proggers Diagonal's cruise-control quirky vibes. 'Beyond the Blue Sky's Allman Bros sound is sublime and caressing, Americana at its melodic best... 'Phenomena' and 'Counterpart' serve as a symbiotic entity: the former's subtle keys and piercing guitar the perfect foil for 'Counterpart's Eloy/Nektar hybrid. Musically accomplished and very easy on the ears, this album is a great introduction to any new Proghead's collection, and a shoe-in for us older guys who sigh wistfully and succumb to the nostalgia...

(Written by Reek of STOOM)





ZED – Volume


ZED – Volume
Ripple Music – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Blues
Rated: ****

Ye gods! Another awesome band we never got around to mentioning. And that even after having Desperation Blues on repeat for most of 2013 and spinning the shit out of Trouble In Eden! And now, ZED is back! The new album is called Volume and we shall try to refrain from using that title for remarks about how loud it should be played or that it speaks to the listener in many forms and all that. Cause Volume is pure groove, a groove that goes back on a blues inspired trip through the hard and heavy rock in all its forms. Yes, this is stoner and this is ZED bringing the wild sound on ten damn fine tracks. There might be a few of them there that seem to remind you of tunes you already know, but that just is the love they bring to the stoner and heavy rock scene. There is only good stuff here and ZED proves that with ever building songs like Wings Of The Angel and the majestic riffs they just seem to effortlessly throw around. And those vocals, man, exactly the kind of grating, raw, harsh and inspiring voice one needs. And those soft and clean moments are just as amazing. Without a doubt the songs ZED delivers here grow ever more favorite with every listening session. ZED is back and Volume is once again, right there, a dead center bullseye!

(Written by JK)




dinsdag 13 augustus 2019

Towner – Towner EP


Towner – Towner EP
Crush Grove Records – 2019
Rock, Indie, Grunge, Pop, Surf, Garage
Rated: ****

As we hear that blue early morning guitar tone start, we get drawn into their wavey sound. Wave upon wave that never actually crashes and just keeps on rolling in. How to describe the sound of Ann Arbor, Michigan fourpiece outfit Towner? Indie Grunge? Alternative Pop? Surf Garage? You got me. But it definitely has a sound that makes something inside you remember The Breeders or something featuring Bob Mould. It’s only four songs. But those four songs transport you to an era of goodness. You fly, or perhaps float, or maybe flutter, towards a goal you never knew you needed to reach before you heard Towner. Even if there is something wild and erratic about the compositions and some of the vocals; there is also something fragile and playful. It’s introspective and those that take the time and sit themselves properly will soon hear something highly addictive.

(Written by JK)



High Fighter – Champain


High Fighter – Champain
Argonauta Records – 2019
Rock, Grunge, Metal, Stoner, Sludge, Doom
Rated: ****

We should be tarred and feathered for neglecting to mention the 2016 album Scars & Crosses by German based High Fighter. We mentioned their first EP release Goat Ritual back in 2014, but their following full-sized was already so much better we could not get enough of it. It had a vintage grunge sound and an overall pressurized sound that made the entire album come across like it was about to explode. And now there is a new release called Champain. With a bit more tempo and even more energy than before they stomp out of the gates with a growling opener. The vocal prowess of Mona Miluski is obvious; but on this record she definitely tries more approaches and almost all of them seem to shine like a pile of gold. Damn what growth! On all fronts! And then they also have a song called Kozel which obviously pays homage to the magician Jan Kozel from Jegulja and Carnaval. Well, they’ve got my vote!

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 9 augustus 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

It’s Friday. But y’all knew that. There is this thing called the Doom Charts that features all the amazing albums one can handle in a week! But I’m sure y’all knew that too! So what else is there to say? Not much, but to wish you all a fine ass weekend. Filled with a truckload of great music and equally impressive times! Whether they’d be drunken parties, wild nights, crazy festivals or chilled out lazy afternoons in the sun. Everything tastes better with the right kind of music… And that’s where the Quick Fire Friday round jumps in and helps out! Like Reek of STOOM, who once again gracefully delivered a few lines for the bands featured today… And yes, we know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. More attention and more of our time! But there is so much out there and we just simply cannot ever do it all justice. So here it is. The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


Electronic Chaos – Nobody Gives A Shit

Our Canadian compadre returns with another smash - and - grab Grind EP that melts faces like acid bile! Relentless and Raging!!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Green Milk From The Planet Orange – Third

Japanese Psychonauts return on a passing comet, bringing strange, exotic sounds gathered on their 14-year elliptical orbit... Psychedelic, Progressive, Amazing!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




The Wizard – The Wizard

San Antonio's Fuzz-Doom outfit The Wizard have raised the bar with this superb collection of riffed-up Rock: Fun, Fuzz-Filled and Fabulous! NYP

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



Buzzard Cult – Buzzard Cult

Buzzard Cult is a three piece Southern Grunge/Punk band based north of Atlanta, Georgia. We draw on a variety of influences ranging from Hardcore Punk, Grunge, Southern Rock, and Rock n' Roll. We copy pasted that from bandcamp so we could get drunk sooner. Drunk on their tunes and drunk on the atmosphere. Grungy and punky it is indeed… And for some weird and possibly insane reason it reminded us of the Belgian scene… A harder heavier version of dEUS, Zita Swoon and those crazies… Good stuff!

(Written by JK)




Ranchero – Ranchero

Released almost a year ago, (and ofcourse the amazing Riff Relevant was right there with them at the time) the self-titled debut by Californian trio Ranchero is filled with high energy  punky hard rock and skater styled stoner rock. Bluesy by default and sundried by nature, the perfect soundtrack to take on your journey… To wherever… The destination doesn’t matter, just blast Ranchero!

(Written by JK)




Godzillabong – Doomsday Guru

Let’s end this Quick Fire Friday with something ominous and full on doom. It’s Godzillabong from Rome! With hints of sludge and stoner, it moved distinctly into the realm of proto metal and the doom of yore. Supermassive and it will get you high like a gigantic beast!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 8 augustus 2019

Saint Agnes – Welcome To Silvertown


Saint Agnes – Welcome To Silvertown
Death or Glory Gang Records / Ingrooves Records
Rock, Garage
Rated: ****

Have you heard a bit of the hype surrounding Saint Agnes? Have you thought about immediately dismissing them and continuing on to a band that nobody has heard off yet? Sure, you might be in that kind of mindset or it might be your pre-set volition. But if you set that aside for a moment and dive into the gothic and punk sewers of London where the members originate from you might discover something pretty darn good. A first sceptic listening session will soon turn into a magic dance as the tunes of the debut album Welcome To Silvertown take possession of your soul and blood. Memories of the White Stripes, The Stooges and many more soon surface, but above all it is the wild garage sound and old blues that will make your bones shake and your ghost go crazy. It has a very own and distinct atmosphere that drifts among the tracks across the entire album; it has charisma, soul and a vocalist with an intense raw voice that definitely has charisma herself. Seductive and sultry in a dangerous way! Saint Agnes, more than the sum of her parts…

(Written by JK)




Arrowhead – Coven Of The Snake


Arrowhead – Coven Of The Snake
Ripple Music – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Proto, Doom
Rated: *****

As the chorus assembles in the dirty ale house down the road, to give their opinions on matters of the day, the important stuff and the weather, it is the feverous energy coming out of the speakers that will take first dibs in the conversation. The thick fuzz, the dense grooves and the magnificent riffs are mouthwatering and breathtakingly beautiful. It is Arrowhead’s new record Coven Of The Snake blasting loud, drowning out some off those waffling strangers and irrelevant talk about politics. We don’t do politics here, and you might get barred for that. It’s intoxicating, like the drinks served in this premier dive bar, those sun-dried Australian tunes will have your mind drift back towards the atavistic stoner bands, the proto metal outfits and the doom gods. It is that good. And then some. It’s rock. Menacing, tough, resilient rock. It’s heavy rock. And it’s so damn good, you will stay in that bar for as long as they have Arrowhead spinning… Paradise…

(Written by JK)




The blurb above was written for the July 2019 edition of the Doom Charts. Have you checked them all out yet?

maandag 5 augustus 2019

Swamp Coffin – Flatcap Bastard Features


Swamp Coffin – Flatcap Bastard Features
Self-Released – 2019 (August 23rd)
Sludge, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

Swamp Coffin have heaved themselves from the mire and embarked on a corpse-strewn campaign of horror with their latest opus, Flatcap Bastard Features and like the Peaky Blinders, they're hellbent on taking over your territory, stealing your stash and slitting your throat simultaneously! This is the soundtrack to a freeze-frame Crime Scene investigation: opener 'Blood in the Water' is a sadistic autopsy on a twitching cadaver...a necrotizing, rotten riff-fest of low-end loathing..."Annihulus" looms and slavers with dripping avarice over a squelching Doom cadence as heavy as Conscience. "Black Shirt, Blacker Sabbath" evokes the slow torture of the Rack...cranking the agony with each fuzz-fueled note and bowing with reverence to the Tormentor. "Last of the Summer Slime" is the culmination of the tome... bleak, unforgiving and brutally slow, the funeral dirge for Compost, Fugly and Clag. Flatcap Bastard Features will catch you off-guard, drain your blood and replace it with embalming slime. Swamp Coffin have risen to put the 'ROT' in Rotherham...

(Written by Reek of STOOM)





Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 artists listened to last week…


Stoner HiVe’s
Top 5 artists listened to last week…


Just a quick Top 5 of Most Listened to Albums the past week. Dominated by entries to the latest Doom Chart edition. And rightfully so! What wonderful albums, each and every on of them. Have you been spinning the shit out of all of them? Or just one in particular? Be sure to check’m out! Check’m all out! And get ready for Reek of STOOM and his mention about the new Swamp Coffin!

vrijdag 2 augustus 2019

The Doom Chart for July 2019

   
Doom Chart

 “I like my music to awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts” ~ David Bowie
A short and sweet intro to the new edition of the Doom Chart. I believe four of my choices actually made the final 30... Luna Sol and Sleeping Giant being two of them...  My top pick however was the new Monomyth record Orbis Quandrantis. An amazing space rock adventure once again. This time even more meticulous, careful and slow in building and surfing along the magnetic currents of the tension arcs and hypnotic energy... Simply stunning! The total list of sent in albums by the contributors just falls short of 300 different albums this month. Amazing... Sheer quality and awesomeness every one of them!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world… 

Stoner HiVe’s Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month…


Stoner HiVe’s
Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month…


A day late of course… As usual… But here’s the quick Top 10 of the Most Listened to artists of the past month…  But there’s a new Doom Chart! Which is all we truly need!

woensdag 31 juli 2019

The Madman’s Monthly Ruckus Round-up

 

The Madman’s Monthly Ruckus Round-up

As we almost enter August and we shall be treated to a new Doom Chart edition we look back to what Madman Tony Maim had to say about June! Cause as you might have gathered,  he fired up his Black Insect Laughter blog a bit… Once a month the Madman will put forth his choices of Punk and Hardcore releases that made him go: ‘fuck yeah!’. And that’s the most important reason we want to hear about new releases! So, head on over to Black Insect Laughter and read up on all that insanity from the past months before August starts damaging your ears! Fine picks indeed! The oi-punk of Boots On The Ground by Gutter Knife for instance. And when his quote reads: “Horrible old skool three chord three piece skate punk thrash band straight off the mean streets of South Wales UK. Been waiting a while for some new material and this does not let you down…” You know you need to check out Grand Relapse by Pizzatramp! O, and then he goes and mentions Helms Alee, which seems a bit odd between all those punk records; but it’s Helms Alee; and we love Helms Alee! So we can understand why the Madman chose to mention the new Notiluca by the majestic Helms Alee!




Hey… And while you’re there! Check out the Madman’s very own project 3 Chord Propaganda! He just released his DEad Poet TapesVol.1 and it’s filled with punk poetry and gritty grunge!


dinsdag 30 juli 2019

Tumanduumband – Cursed With Blackened Tongues


Tumanduumband – Cursed With Blackened Tongues
Self-Released – 2019 (July 23rd)
Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

The Demonic Duo from DY9 are back with another festering four-track, and this time its creepier, crustier and crucifying! The Riff-tual of the opener quakes with grim foreboding: Doom Hammers beating out raw, repulsive death knolls over bleak, zombie-lurching drum patterns. "Thou Shall Burn" invokes Dos Brujos - like atmospheres of cloying fuzz and disturbed shudders. "Dread Lord" approaches from foul depths of thick haze, brooding and unsettling. "Drowned in Acid" summons ghastly apparitions, eerie spectres of shifting tones and undertows. Tumanduumband have cast off their Acolyte shrouds, bathed in the blood of virgins and returned imbued with Darkness ... this isn't just Doom ... it's DUUM!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)