vrijdag 1 augustus 2014

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday 

Finally, another edition of The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. A segment which is nothing more than a semi-weekly feature of a handful of bands and only a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief… 


The Glorious Rebellion – The Glorious Rebellion 

The glorious two track teaser released by The Glorious Rebellion has you on the edge of your seat or jumping like a madman. The anger and attitude is full force and compelling. And so is the stomping stoner sludge with an almost industrial punky edge. Ooh yes, keep an eye out for The Glorious Rebellion; produce some wicked flags and man the barricades once it’s released. Cause it’s going to sweep the nation! 




Vidaguerrilla – About Music Not Fashion 

This Spanish one man effort excels in aggressive maddening garage punk. On his album About Music Not Fashion, Vidaguerrilla blends fuzz, doom, garage, punk and metal. A fast paced and fast passing album that ends after twenty minutes. Most songs never or barely passing the two minute mark. Raw power indeed. Raw, gritty and filthy, like a skeleton party in a sewage system…




Dean Allen Foyd – Sunshine Song-Devil’s Path 

The psychedelic Swedes from Dean Allen Foyd are back with an incredible groovy and swinging seven inch that will turn you on and freak you out. Released as an edition of 350 pieces in different colors on H42 records it’s a definite collector’s item. Not in least for the fact that the two tracks are of absolute stellar quality. Groovy to the max! 




In The Whale – Lake of Fire 

The dynamic rock duo In The Whale just released their new album entitled: Nate & Eric. It’s raw and rambunctious rock straight out of a filthy gutter that has all kinds of weird stuff floating in it while it runs besides an infamous and gritty rock ‘n roll punk rock infused juke-joint. No need to call names, just call’em Nate & Eric and join them as they march giddy and laughing towards a Lake of Fire!!! 




donderdag 31 juli 2014

Lonely Kamel – Shit City


Lonely Kamel – Shit City
Napalm Records – 2014
Rated: ****
Rock, Stoner, Seventies, Blues

Shit City is the fourth album of these Norwegian fellas. And as we all know; the boys sold their soul to the devil to produce the overwhelming record released in 2011 called Dust Devil. Which made it's way to the Number 14th position of the Stoner HiVe top 20 of that year. Well, Lonely Kamel is back and the devil sure hasn’t relinquished his hold. Even though Shit City misses a little bit of the magic that was Dust Devil; it is still filled to the brim with heavy stoner stompers, groovy blues and soulful hard rock. If anything, most of the song structures and rhythms have grown and matured. They all just immediately sit right and they all just want to shake your bones. The sound has gotten a little darker without losing its warm color and the drums and guitars have gotten better and are receiving a little more air here and there. Even though there are moments that the composition is so full and fat and the instrumentation so compact that there is little room left; but then you hear Thomas Brenna wailing in the background and you know all is well and everything well be okay. C’mon, for you know that when you’ve survived Shit City, you can handle anything!

(Written by JK)



Chapel Supremesus – The Day I Achieved Contact


Chapel Supremesus – The Day I Achieved Contact

July 23rd, 1973

Chapel Supremesus drops their second occult film for July 23rd, 1973. It is the follow-up to Visitors (Supervisitors), which is equally astounding and mesmerizing. And it all belongs to the album The Day I Achieved Contact; which has been released recently. But let’s not babel on too much and let’s just dive deep into the unconsciousness of everything that we know we know we should know…



woensdag 30 juli 2014

Wo Fat – The Conjuring


Wo Fat – The Conjuring
Small Stone Records – 2014
Rated: *****
Stoner, Heavy Rock, Psych, Fuzz

A Love Letter.

Dear Wo Fat,

These are hard words to say but I have betrayed you. “The Conjuring” is your 5th album and as always it fucking rocks …. But I said that with all your other albums as well. I would start off with all the best intentions, playing it to death, telling other people about how great it sounded and all of a sudden, my loyalties would slowly drift over to the new Earthless album or maybe “Crack the Skye” and my love and devotion would fade away until you were just a fond memory that made me feel guilty now and then but could be pushed back down into my locked box of feelings. We have laughed, cried, drank beer together and told each other that we will always be together but I have broken that vow. I think the problem is that every album is just so damn good, I have been taking you for granted. No running around, waving the album cover in the air because let’s face it, your excellence is now a benchmark for riff-madness and it is what I expect from you. Guys, I can change – please give me another chance and let me prove I can be faithful to you. No longer will I forget your rich legacy but will shout from the rooftops how your latest masterpiece is laden with heavy, sonic slabs of fuzzed out stoner riffs that make my head nod uncontrollably and mixed with the solid psychedelic freak-outs, gives me an almost religious high of aural worship. Wo Fat, take me back, I have learnt from my mistakes and I will never abandon you again ……… or at least not until the new Electric Wizard or Yob albums drop into my lap!

Tony xxxxxxxx

(Written by Tony)



Blues Pills – Blues Pills


Blues Pills – Blues Pills
Nuclear Blast – 2014
Rock, Hard, Classic, Seventies, Blues, Soul
Rated: ****

After a successful run of EP’s and live performances we are finally furnished with a full-sized debut by the international assembly we know as Blues Pills. Founded by the American drummer Cory Berry and bass player Zack Anderson back at the tail end of 2011 they quickly joined forces with Swedish lead singer Elin Larsson and French guitar player Dorian Sorriaux. On it we hear a grand blend of seventies styled classic blues rock and soulful hard rock from that same era. And sure; it is the voice of Elin Larsson that pulls you in at first. For she mixes what Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin did into something highly soulful and exceptionally heavy. On some moments she does seem to miss a bit of weight making her color and strength move towards Beth Ditto (The Gossip) but for the most part she has you absolutely captivated. There is so much heavy blues and concrete hard rock that it’s hard to pick favorites. But when the guitar starts talking in Black Smoke one cannot do anything else but be awed and shocked. Or the slow building Little Sun that has you soaring through the sky. And Devil Man ofcourse; the one we’ve known from the EP’s. The stomping kandy-kolored-electric rocker infused with acid and meant for those who want to know… So bite the apple, swallow the pill, take the ride and see where you wake up…

(Written by JK)




The Coyotes Dessert – The Wedding


The Coyotes Dessert – The Wedding
Domino Media Agency/Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Pop
Rated: ****

These French fella’s have a sweet tooth. Which is logical since their hometown Marseille is one of the drug ports of Europe and filled with tons of insane criminals who just as easily take you out for a night on the town as demand you pay their gas for their beat-up old Opel Ascona and give up your wallet before they take you out altogether. Yes, we’ve had fun and edgy times in Marseille. But if we would have met the fella’s from The Coyotes Dessert things would have turned out much differently and would probably have gone off the rails in an entirely different fashion. Cause on their debut album The Wedding the guys show their rock heart with their balls out. With obvious nods towards Queens Of The Stone Age they weave their own path through the desert. Which seems to incorporate just as much punk, indie, pop, billy, Americana and something noir that you soon forget their QOTSA beginnings. It soon takes on a life of its own; which has you imagining Faith No More merging with Masters Of Reality or Foo Fighters with Jane’s Addiction. But above it all rise the riffs, guitar lines and the quality of the songs; that have you bopping and dancing as much as you do with the other stoner pop records you have come to love so much…

(Written by JK)






The Coyotes Dessert - Devil dance


The Coyotes Dessert - Devil dance

No words needed... It's The Coyotes Dessert first video. Just watch and listen!

dinsdag 29 juli 2014

Acid Elephant – Star Collider



Acid Elephant – Star Collider
Kiarama Records – 2013
Rock, Stoner, Space, Psych, Drone
Rated: ***

Plagued with many line-up changes and health issues these lumbering giants who hail from that lovely town of Pori in Finland, home to a great and lovely jazz festival, have a resolve to keep trekking, always further and always harder. As a result the Acid Elephant released its fourth effort (counting EP’s and live albums) Star Collider at the tail end of 2013. Which starts of as a definite march and stomping saunter on the first two tracks. Las Noches Del Desierto and Red Carpet Lane have you loving these beasts instantly and wanting to stroke them. Repeatedly. After which the free form psychedelic space rock takes over. It is their natural state. The electric meditational swamp that drags you down and has you fighting for air. It washes over you in great waves of melancholia and loss and has you aching for relieve and respite. It unfortunately only partially arrives. Which leaves you standing around like a lonely elephant; which can’t remember when the party stopped and why he’s crying. Psychedelic drugs can do that to a beast. But during the fourth track Godmason you start to wonder if the experiment has gone too far. And even though these final three tracks, lasting almost fifty minutes, do have some interesting moments; they can never even come close to those first two songs. Star Collider explodes during those first fifteen minutes and the rest seems like an endless void. Which is no place for an elephant…

(Written by JK)





Van Cleef Continental – Cleefhangers



Van Cleef Continental – Cleefhangers
Wannaboo – 2014
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ***

Andrea van Cleef, released a damn fine solo effort in 2012 named Sundog. But he has been making appearances all around the globe since way back in 1998 when he started out in a dark alternative rock band called The Bogartz. We heard him in garage punk band The Jones Bones and in experimental effort Brother K. But also as part of Vic Du Monte’s very own band of brothers. And in October he returns with a second album Unda Maris for his very own outfit: Van Cleef Continental. But as a prelude to that release we are now treated to a four track EP Cleefhangers. Four colorful and harmonious songs that simply warm the soul and send forth the summer glow. It is the outskirts of the desert and the southern accents that permeate this release. Even though there are heavy guitars; rumbling basses and expert drumming; it is the songwriting and the simple rock essence that take center stage. Lifting ones spirit and sending out a definite need to hit the road like a southern gentleman. So don’t let the first stoner and fuzz track Drive throw you off balance, or the absolute stomping beginnings of the second track Sanctuary II: this is quiet rock music for the golden hour and everywhere where the horizon seems endless…

(Written by JK)

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vrijdag 25 juli 2014

Redcoats – Trouble In You


Redcoats – Trouble In You

As most of you probably know I’ve been completely nuts about the Melbourne based Redcoats ever since their majestic song called Dreamshaker came out on their first EP. I still can’t get enough of that track. Their self-titled album that followed a year later spun for many months on end. And now; they’ve played the first single Trouble In You of their upcoming new album on the Australian PBSFM radio. Skip to 90.00 to hear the new song. And get yourself anxious and ready for the new album…



Kosmic Halo – Demo


Kosmic Halo – Demo
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Space, Psych
Rated: ***

Some bands do that lo-fi, grimy recording sound just right. The way it’s just exactly there and right off-balance. The way it sounds exactly a little to open mic’d to make you feel like you were right there; in the basement or studio at the moment of creation. Kosmic Halo has that ability and delivers the goods in four tracks on their first demo. In a sort of easy going Colour Haze, Yawning Man and Kyuss mixture they transport you to their universe and after the first six minutes of Withered Man have passed you are knee deep in their kosmic gunk. Recorded in Sound Matrix Studios down in Fountain Valley, California the three amigo’s clearly set out to record their tracks as they were created. Making sure the mix would not muddle things up or have extra fills distort their laidback energy. It makes these four tracks stand out in purity and makes them perfect for laidback summer evenings; when the sun sets and the owls start hunting. Pour yourself a tall Corvette Summer and enjoy Kosmic Halo in the Sympathetic Dark that’s coming…

(Written by JK)




donderdag 24 juli 2014

Mortals – Cursed To See The Future


Mortals – Cursed To See The Future
Relapse – 2014
Rock, Metal, Sludge, Thrash, Punk
Rated: ***

Everything is turning to black and white now with a limited amount of that color that’s supposed to be in between them. This is not the romantic version of everything turning to black and white. No, this is the bleak and disheartened version. Which can be uplifting from time to time. And the new album Cursed To See The Future by the female power trio Mortals is just that. Brutal riffs and angry growls; absolute destructive drumming leveling all that lays in front and a relentless chucking bass. On the six tracks that make up the album the ladies display not only that they are a masterful and precise wrecking crew. They also show their prowess for inventive structuring in sleek bridges and often using collisions as a ghastly and long outro. Leaving you tensed, anxious and sweaty. There is no salvation on the other side of the horizon, and Cassandra knows this. And now we do too…

(Written by JK)