zaterdag 4 april 2020

Her Name Was Fire – Decadent Movement


Her Name Was Fire – Decadent Movement
Raging Planet / Dewar PR – 2020
Rock, Grunge, Stoner, Alternative, Pop
Rated: ****

The Portuguese duo Her Name Was Fire brings us some sleazy stoner, grunge and alternative rock with this high pop sensible catchiness and fanciness. Very soon after Decadent Movement we start dancing and we shall not stop! It’s a Queens of The Stone Age soul with Bud Spencer Blues Explosion believes and a fire burning hot! High energy is an understatement and talent seems to be running wild within these cats. Delicious songs about the darker sides of human existence done with so much air and light you cannot do anything else but celebrate it all. It’s a damn fine rocker! A rocker that has everything you need to bring air to these twisted days we’re all experiencing. It’s sexy, it’s intense and simply irresistible Fun. With a capital F! Her Name Was Fire !

(Written by JK)



Ledfoot – White Crow


Ledfoot – White Crow
TBC – 2020
Rock, Blues
Rated: *****

We knew about this cat before that album. But thanks to the Damned album from 2010, which featured Madrugada’s Sivert Hoyem on the track Wicked State Of Mind, we really got to know Tim Scott McConnell. His stagename, Ledfoot. His craft, blues. On his newest release White Crow the man hypnotizes and mesmerizes with his twelve string plunking. His dark bariton is smokey and weathered. Wasted and worn memories of Wovenhand, Mark Lanegan, Blind Lemon Jefferson and John Fahey pass through your mind like shifting sands, cause the entire album seems to transcend everything and all. And that’s because his roots music continues to fascinate and enthrall, even if the fundamental keynote never changes. In fact, his open approach whips around the same chords, which just seems to add to heartbreaking beauty that is White Crow. One foot on the stompbox, one foot in the grave, Ledfoot brings you his own version of Gothic Blues, and it is the only blues that will save…

(Written by JK)

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Häxan – Aradia


Häxan – Aradia
Fuzzed & Buzzed Records / DHU Records – 2020
Rock, Proto, Doom, Blues, Occult
Rated: ****

As we struggle  to whittle down the amount of albums we choose as the best ones released during March, we are completely awed again by the amount of great music. So much, so many. And then we come across the new Häxan album Aradia… And we get the shivers… And right after that we get to write the blurb for the March Doom Charts for Aradia… As we wonder through those sounds of yore, the blues of yesteryear, that aged doom and the proto-metal that started it all you realize that there weren’t that many bands that did it as good as Häxan does today. On their new album Aradia we hear that occult touch done with a golden shimmer! With a wicked glint in their eyes the foursome give a record filled concise rockers that all seem to mesmerize. Pulling you ever nearer to the bubbling cauldron… Aradia, a brilliant album that touches you right there… Where all the shivers start…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 2 april 2020

The Doom Chart for March 2020


Doom Charts
"Don’t worry ’bout a thing, cause every little thing’s gonna be alright." ~Bob Marley

"And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be." ~The Beatles


Doom as defined; ruin, death, fate of destiny, unavoidable ill fortune. To those of us here who know Doom intimately as a music scene and community, know its in fact a blessing, a hope, birth, and/or a wonder. One thing we can all agree on; music can calm the nerve and ease the pain with universal healing powers. Lets take this time to revel in Doom. The good kind of Doom, a collective of heavy music and kinship representing all things heavy each and every month. We’re all in this together. 

March has brought us a surge of fantastic album discoveries, with over 300 unique album votes and 21 new entries in the top 25. There are no excuses, we must listen to more music to stay sane during these times of quarantine. If you’re reading this, you’re likely as timid as we are on what the future may bring but you’re also a part of the best of the best in the heavy underground scene; Welcome to the newest edition of the Doom Charts! We’re here to help.

Yes, exactly what Bucky said… We’re here to help! And they're out there... Once again... The March Doom Charts! (Has a nice ring to it...) Get yourself some good tunes to get you through these perilous days! I think six of my choices made the list... But a few others only just missed out... Gomer Pyle, Elder, Sky Valley Mistress and Siena Root for instance are just below that published list... And then there are 300 more below those! What the hell!?! The sheer amount of great music is incredible! The past two months have been amazing music wise! So there’s always a silver lining to those dark doomy clouds… 

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…


zaterdag 28 maart 2020

Delia Poparad – The Land of Mist


Delia Poparad – The Land of Mist
Self Released – 2020
Stoner, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

Romanian Rock music has come a long way since the Soviet domination of the country ended, with a whole host of new and exciting talent emerging. Delia Poparad, a guitarist and songsmith from Bucharest exemplifies this resurgent talent with her excellent debut album, The Land of Mist. Engaging and well-crafted throughout, it delves deep into the vintage: solid chunks of Heavy Psych emanate from the title track, ably fuelled by strong vocals and swirling fuzz with a strong 70's vibe. "Wicked Queen" opens with heavy bass attack before the riffs kick in ponderous, slow and alluring. The guest vocalists throughout are top-notch and each provides the perfect vehicle to transport their respective songs. Poparad herself is no mean guitarist: a restrained, subtle approach to fuzz reveals an understanding and knowledge of how to use tone to great effect. "Magician Man" evokes late 70's-early 80's metal crossover where Sabbath met Diamond Head and drips with vintage feel. "The High Priestess" is catchy, doom-laced Psychedelia. Punchy riffs combat echoing percussion which bring a lysergic twist to the song. "Jack in the Box" slows down to ballad pace, once again chock-full of catchy hooks and strong vocal presence rolling into a sweetly-delivered, understated guitar solo. This motif continues with the following track, "Thee Moon", a darkly beckoning gesture from slow, crunching riffs and another precision-crafted solo, oddly reminiscent of Paul Kossof. Final track before the outro, "Reverie" again wanders the same doomed horseflesh roads to Sabbathia, blending the power and laid-back restraint to ample effect with strong fuzz overtones and soaring guitar licks. The Land of Mist is a sensational blend of Doom, Heavy Psych and vintage Metal that constantly delivers with precision and flair - brilliant!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



donderdag 26 maart 2020

Hällas – Conundrum


Hällas – Conundrum
Napalm Records – 2020
Rock, Seventies, Prog, Hard, Psych
Rated: ****

There are those moments when you just want to swim around in that lovely pool of seventies prog. You just want to dive deep into those swirling sounds that seem to go on forever and almost make you drown. But of course much of that pool of old bands, old albums and old songs are fairly well known. Luckily there’s Hällas! On their new album Conundrum the Swedes go even more prog than before. Continuing their trip to extract the retro seventies elements out of that hardrock and psychedelic adventure they started somewhere around 2011. More room for keys and synths and less for straight riffs, more eighties elements and less heaviness. It’s actually more of a leisurely stroll or swim, since we were talking about pools here, through the natural progrock from the seventies, those folk inspired albums from bands like Rush. They sound completely comfortable with their route chosen and the intended goal. A multi-dimensional futuristic sounding retro album. And like a righteous paradox, all of that seems to work beautifully and not at all describe what you will go through when you listen to the album. But then again, sometimes it does. Quite the Conundrum

(Written by JK)




dinsdag 24 maart 2020

The Ditch and The Delta - The Ditch and The Delta


The Ditch and The Delta - The Ditch and The Delta
Sludgelord Records - April 2020
Sludge, Noise, Progressive, Post-Metal, Doom
Rated: ****

Come April, Salt Lake City's sludge outfit The Ditch and The Delta will bring their self-titled and second full-length to bear, and it's a monster. The trio combine harsh, grinding sludge with a heady mix of post-metal, noise, and prog to create a filthy sound as crushing as it is complex. There's no hand holding here either, as opener "Maim" bursts out with throaty screams, grimy low end, and titanic drums, a highlight of the band's sound. Between the ground-shaking bass drum, head spinning rolls, and twisting rhythms, the drumming is the second coming of Dale Crover, and is a driving force behind The Ditch and The Delta's unrelenting attack. Winding, discordant guitar occasionally pierces the sludge in angular stabs, particularly in cut "Aesthetics of Failure", whose violently grinding riffs bring the title's downtrodden feel to life. The following track "Molt" is an album highlight, beginning with a screeching eastern melody before shifting into an all-out avalanche of lightning fast drum fills and divebomb guitar that would make Torche proud. "Bleed the Sun" brings even more suprises, with a brilliant use of off-kilter dual vocals that feel dangerously unpredictable, and a post-metal wash to slowly end the assault. The Ditch and The Delta's latest is a showcase for melding more than a few styles into an individual sound that's both varied and cohesive, and the resulting seven tracks create an intricate experience that's jarringly heavy.

(Written by Shastabeast)



maandag 23 maart 2020

Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 Most Listened To Albums Last Week…


Stoner HiVe’s
Top 5 Most Listened To Albums Last Week…


The struggle continues. And it looks like it will for quite some time. But we’re gonna just go on with the Stoner HiVe show as much as possible. Even though, while most have been able to take things slower and work from home, part of mine will take me to the streets and towards all people who need help. Delivering medicine to everyone’s doorstep. Which will probably mean, HiVe time shall be limited. As it will for Madman Tony Maim, the man is on the forefront of the disease as he works in the Hospital. Much love and respect goes out to all those who work in Hospitals across the globe and to our very own Madman in special. Thanks and keep doing that magic you do! And now, we continue on with the telegram style tam tam update of the past week. Stoner HiVe’s smoke signals of the most played Top 5 records. On heavy rotation has been the new Glooming Dawn record by Phe, which shall be released on April 11th. We saw the pretty sweet drawn video for The Lion & the Snake; but the record is much better! Languid fuzz and steamy stoner, straight from the desert. Get ready for Phe! And Jegulja we ofcourse mentioned last Wednesday, their instrumental Exit Sandman record continues on where Darkest Light left us, wanting for more. And this is more on every level! So much groove, so many layers, prog, psych and everything so intensely heavy! Stunning! And yes, I Saw The Deep and their Vimana release will not stop rotating here. A gigantic slab of doom, progressive and psychedelic, deep sci-fi rock, which features power rock drumming with metal riffing and grungy vocals. A cathedral of heaviness if ever there was one! Omens, by Elder, out through Armageddon Records and Stickman Records, continues their very own experimentation and exploration of all the psychedelic genres to an incredible degree. We’ve been loving every Elder release since the HiVe got started, and this will definitely be a new one to adore and treasure. Out next month, it will have you travel through time to distant futures and flow along the sands of time and the magnetic currents. Wild and wonderful once more! The Secret Of Our Time is brought to us by Siena Root. And flows perfectly along the Elder record, giving us another side of the society medal. Out on MIG, the seventh studio release of the Swedes, celebrates all the good stuff from the golden days of rock. One can call it retro or you can call it pure solid gold. Either way, this is one that will play extremely loud and will have you dance around the room, the yard or the attic! Whatever your preference! As long as it is in your house and alone! But since all who listen will be doing it, you will not really be alone. We are with you! Dancing that same weird dance! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

zondag 22 maart 2020

Thunderchief – No Sufferance For Thy Fools


Thunderchief – No Sufferance For Thy Fools
Self-released – March 2020
Sludge, Doom
Rated: *****

The great State of Virginia continues to threaten for dominance in the US Underground with bands such as The Astral Void, Inter Arma and Windhand currently hitting the heights. RVA's own Thunderchief, however, lay waste to them all with this crushing new release No Sufferance For Thy Fools, a spine-snapping cesspit of antipathy and bile. Opener "3579" sets the table with a sumptuous, blackened scourge of vilified vocals and plunging riffs. "Lone Wolf McQuaalude" then ignites into a full-on thrasher of brutal, Death-infused sludge which is brutal and unforgiving. The stupor-inducing Doom riffage of "Saipan Death March" reeks of black-eyed malice and drags you off into it's dark lair. More decrepit doom follows in it's wake with "Oracion de Muerte": squealing feedback shrieks and dripping entrails of dark chord progressions lure you to the call. Another bruiser ,"Love Roses and a Pyrex Dish" turns up the gas once again, venomous, deadly riffage brawls with a percussive assault and hate-filled utterances. Closer, "(Dream of the) Hornworm" slows the pace again into an elastic Doom bassline smothered with a chlorine cloth of vicious, foetid tones. Thunderchief have delivered a crushing, brutal and essential exercise in Modern Dark Metal, and suffer fools they do not....

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



woensdag 18 maart 2020

Jegulja – Exit Sandman


Jegulja – Exit Sandman
Self released – 2020
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental, Prog, Metal, Psych
Rated: *****

I will of course always miss that original incarnation of that awesome Slovenian band called Carnaval. But it’s demise did spawn another damn great outfit, namely: Jegulja! With their new album Exit Sandman they have produced another fine piece of instrumental heaviness. Seven amazing tracks that seem to go an bit deeper than those that featured on their debut Darkest Light. Seminal track might be that title-track, which indeed seems to be inspired by Metallica’s Enter Sandman. But only to the degree that the main riff comes across as spin-off into a different dimension. It shows that these cats can envision entirely different worlds to every rhythm and riff. Continuing on we get treated to miniscule worldly elements that give this album exactly that right amount of extra spice and layers. In fact, it often contains so much extra in the way of groove or stomp that you sit and simply listen in awe. It’s those elements together with the prog and psych influences that swing and sway through all that heavy rock and add so much extra to the mixture. Yes, we are going over board again with the praise, but we cannot stress enough that the three Jegulja cats have once again come up with something stunning! Exit Sandman, is otherworldly good! And it is an absolute must have, hear and hoard!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 17 maart 2020

beehoover - Low Performer


beehoover - Low Performer
Self released - February 2020
Sludge, stoner
Rated: *****

Album number six from Germany's sludge veterans beehoover, "Low Performer" is a powerful and affecting experience conjured up by the two-piece bass and drum masterminds. The bludgeoning strength of their attack is made immediately apparent on opener "Goreplay" with thick, frenetic riffs and deft cymbal work building a constant sense of tension. The Buzzo-style vocals alternate between almost stately cleans and manic screams, making good on the music's promise of danger, helped by harsh tones that verge on industrial. The full impact of "Low Performer", however, is felt when the tense atmosphere is combined with the lyrics of cuts like "Weisenheimer Blues" and "Fisherman". Anguish and loss are palpable in "Weisenheimer Blues" as the line "hell is waiting without hope" is declared over the thrumming, haunting bass, but angry defiance and hope is let loose in the following yell "in the heart of this hell is paradise". "Fisherman" offers another gut punch in its pained tale of spitting in the grim reaper's face, with high and cavernous bass creating an eerie buildup toward the heartfelt story's climax:

"my last breath
save it carefully
into a plastic bag
and push it back
into my rotten body"

The lines are repeated as if, in uttering them again and again, by force of will alone the narrator can speak their second chance at life into a reality. This is just one instance of beehoover's mastery of affectingly heavy songcraft, both sonic and lyrical, in an album filled with sludge epics that manage to deliver intensely felt suffering and hope alongside irresistible groove and pummel. "Low Performer" is a beast of an album that pulls no punches, and is all the more rewarding for it.

(Written by Shastabeast)





maandag 16 maart 2020

Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 Most Listened To Albums Last Week…


Stoner HiVe’s
Top 5 Most Listened To Albums Last Week…


Another telegram style tam tam update of the past week before we head out into the sickly world! Cause the world is sick. Has been for a while. On many levels. But it is now visible to all. The plague is upon us. We will all sneeze ourselves to death. It’s still hard to believe that a new strain of the flu can already disrupt human society and the world to such a degree. What if something even more deadly or contagious hits us? Ye gods! I think everyone should start thinking about heaving a vegetable garden instead of flowers. Might be the wise thing to do… But of course in a few months time this will all have passed and we all will think fondly back at the time when the entire world almost grinded to a halt… We’ll see… But let’s not go the route of all media and start blabbing the same things over and over about the disease. Let’s focus on the things that will get us through this period! Awesome freaking music!! DeWolff streamed a show they did for an empty venue because their tour got cancelled. In my hometown there will be the Isolation Sessions. Featuring bands from the  region, like An Evening With Knives, who are now, like DeWolff unable to tour for their just released album. Those Isolation Sessions will be streamed and will become available for pay what you want purchase on Bandcamp. But that’s the future! The past week was filled with other stuff. We’ve have become totally addicted to I Saw The Deep. We mentioned their Vimana release last Friday on the Quick Fire Friday round and man, the release has rocked me to my core! It’s been on repeat the entire weekend. A gigantic slab of doom, progressive and psychedelic, deep sci-fi rock, which features power rock drumming with metal riffing and grungy vocals. A cathedral of heaviness if ever there was one! Lord Loud’s new album Timid Beast won’t be released till somewhere around September. But we have been blessed by King Volume Records and Kozmik Artifactz to get it earlier. Fuzzy, gritty garage that ticks all the right boxes, from proto to punk and from psych to power! One to look forward to! We had the pleasure to speak with Tim ‘Tipover’ Vanhamel when he released his Sciencing album in 2017. And now he’s already back with another Millionaire release Applz NOT Applz record. (Where’s the ‘not’ sign in ascii codes?) Out on Unday Records its filled with more  earworms and catchy melodies than one can handle, especially since it always turns around on itself and become weird or even insane. And those earworms, those melodies that will stick with you throughout the day do that more and more with every new listening session. Wor Pigs from France released Beasts and it is righteous animal indeed. Heavy rock! Stoner and psychedelic in abundance, bluesy and enthralling. It drags you along on an adventure from those first few notes. There is no escape! And it will get rid of the pain of being a man. And when you’re looking for some tunes to cruise with? To rev up the engine and go out looking for trouble? Check out The Goners new release Good Mourning. The Five from Sweden have delivered a tasty garage and hardrock album that has no trouble showing us all some class. Yes, we are the squares now. And we shall have to pony up the dough, they immediately give you a whiff of something you might never even knew existed. They ride and raid like marauding cavalry, and sound like they’ve punched their way out of a hundred rumbles, stayed alive with only their boots and their fists. Ah, these righteous dudes, they love to screw it on and we love to get loose! So, you’d better go and check’m out! You know you have all the time in the world now! Check’m out! Check’m all out!