dinsdag 19 juli 2016

Thermate – Off To Hades


Thermate – Off To Hades
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Proto, Seventies, Metal, Blues
Rated: ****

After a few more alternative and stoner rock oriented EP’s like for instance the one titled November, which we mentioned back in 2014. The Finnish quintet Thermate evolved into something with more proto and seventies inspired aspects. And so we are now treated to a new mini-album called Off To Hades. A well rounded trip through the netherworld with grating riffs and stomping drums. They remind us, in some way, of that obscure and enigmatic diesel blues, there it is again, diesel blues, band Ventilators (without ‘The’ in front) from the Netherlands. (Grin.) Motoring towards a foggy horizon drunk and full of grit. Just like those Dutch freaks. But where those guys opted for concise shorter blues rock ditties, Thermate moves more towards something with a metal edge, grander gestures and wilder ideas. Shit, we just noticed that we mentioned the diesel blues aspect in that earlier mention about November as well. Well, I guess we were as right then as we are now, with the added fact that Thermate is bigger, better and ready to conquer the world and the underworld. They’re Off To Hades and I for one am going with them!

(Written by JK)



maandag 18 juli 2016

Turnip – Window Killer


Turnip – Window Killer
Self released – 2016
Rock, Blues, Southern, Stoner, Psych
Rated: *****

There’s a definite southern accent to everything Turnip does on their debut release Window Killer. It never gets to country or bourbon soaked, but their blues has this definite dark and Texan vibe to it all. Perhaps due to the drawl of the vocals and their love for the slide guitar. You have no trouble envisioning twisted Tarantino bar scenes or languid Lynchian landscapes. Ten concise tracks, that add up to almost forty minutes of heavy diesel blues. This is an album that deserves nothing but praise. For there is definitely not a lot of releases that can even hold a candle to Window Killer. The vocals move, are wild on occasion and have a righteous ballsy edge. Just listen to Open The Sky, which also features guitar work that rattles the tubes in the amplifier and grabs you by the throat. Weathered and rusty hardrock and blues with a noir edge and impressive vistas. Looking out the window, for a killer on the loose. Hypnotic and another testament that blues rock is very much alive and that there are still amazing avenues to explore. Turnip proves it. Turnip kills it!  

(Written by JK)



Imaad Wasif – with Two Part Beast / Strange Hexes


Imaad Wasif – with Two Part Beast / Strange Hexes
World In Sound – 2016
Rock, Psych, Folk, Stoner
Rated: ****

Originally released in 2008, sophomore album Strange Hexes from the honorable Imaad Wasif sees a re-issue by the righteous World In Sound label. For as they state themselves, the lost gem of contemporary rock music needs a wider audience. The fragile shamanic poet immediately captures the listener in an overwhelming atmosphere between sonic bliss and bone-breaking intensity. His guitar licks howl like wolves in the night, while his voice seems to cut through the air. This is true musician-mastership and yet a mystery why only so few initiates have heard of this great album. And we can only concur with that. For there is no holding back here, the ten tracks hop from psychedelics into world inspired folk and on to stoner and even metal moments. Yes, Strange Hexes has it all and most importantly will be able to catch the ear of a wide variety of listener for every age to come. Cause this is timeless and one hell of a picture painted…

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 15 juli 2016

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

As we are almost off to do the dirty in Norway, (next week) it’s best we leave you with some grand music to dwell on and drift off with. Yes, another Quick Fire Friday segment! And this time once again featuring five amazing band of freaks that deserve attention and probably even more than the small amount of words chosen here. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. Fast, furious and full of fatidical visions!


King Bee – Cryptomaster Behemoth

A hard rocking, stoner addicted, noisy, two-headed monster called King Bee. And with their first release Cryptomaster Behemoth they show a definite love for garage, noise and give us something filthy to adore. Yes, we love us some grimy pounce and bounce!




Boobs of Doom – (((White Noise)))

Another duo another day. Boobs of Doom from Scotland. Well, you can’t go wrong with a bandname like that. Especially after describing the music as an aural Schrodinger’s Cat! (((White Noise))) is their seventh album and maneuvers around ambient noisy doom drone. Trippy, atmospheric and nodding to every genre with post written before it. Or maybe it doesn’t and it’s just a cardboard box with nothing in it. Or maybe it’s a cat! Go pet it! Or stroke it!




Fuzziladxs – Fuzziladxs

Well, the music is there. And with only one, two or a three minutes maximum to a song you can just go ahead and listen to Fuzziladxs. Try to drown out the vocals and there is definitely something there one can appreciate. Black sludgy doom and death metal and really difficult to enjoy…




Mojedaar – Mojedaar

Alternative and progressive rock from Milano, Italy. Mojedaar. Their new album expresses a definite love for late nineties alternative prog with a popular edge. The four-piece sounds very familiar and even though that might be a bad thing many of times, it isn’t this time around. But it won’t turn heads or become your favorite album of all time. Or perhaps it does in which case I stand corrected and you can call me a dingbat asshole. Shit, you can call me that anyway. Check out Mojedaar, and call me...




Humulus – Electric Walrus

Let’s save the best for last. Humulus from Italy features Andrea van Cleef who you might know from his Sundog release, Van Cleef Continental or ofcourse his affiliation with Kyuss member Vic Du Monte… And is just as psychedelic, sunny and stonerish. Their new EP Electric Walrus sports three heavy fuzzed out desert rockers. And excellent is a word which falls short of describing those three tracks. Grungy at times but for the most part as laidback as one can get. And guess what, they also make IPA style beer! So get your hands on one of their beers and their cd and sit back, space out and feel like the eggman or… the walrus. I am the walrus! Coo coo cachoo! 


dinsdag 12 juli 2016

Doom Chart for July 2016


Doom Chart

“This month the charts come a bit later than usual. Not blaming the current state of the planet, but it cannot be denied politics are eating up the interwebs, citizens and non-citizens alike are spouting unhealthy amounts of racism, fascism, trumpism, clintonism, brexitism, and all sorts of god awful hatred and opinions all over the atmosphere. What we need here is more DOOM! We all have in common over at the charts is we don’t give 2 shits about who our compadres over at the Stoner HiVe blog are voting for, what The Evil Engineer is planning to do as president of the United States of America, or who LK Ultra sits next to at the back of the bus. The DOOM charts bring together a family of heathens far and wide with only one goal and that is to spread gospel written in the good book of Doom, Stoner, and Sludge. It was my privilege to handle the charts this month, as it was clearly a busy time of year for all involved. No matter what part of the world you’re from let’s not deny, we need a good break from the actual doom and gloom going on now in society. With that we present to you the July edition of the Doom Charts…” ~ Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect)

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom-sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic 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…

And that’s it. Bucky said it right. We love our doom. We love our heavy rock. And even though our thoughts on everything else might be highly different. It is the music that binds us. And perhaps, it might even become the bridge to cross the abyss that looms… Everywhere… And perhaps, there, on the other side, we will share beers and nod our heads together like the heavy rockin fish we all are… So head on over to the Doom Charts, and tune in…

vrijdag 8 juli 2016

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday 

Do you feel the heat? No, it’s not the summer and its wonderful amount of rain! It is a Quick Fire Friday segment! One of those Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segments that spreads the good word on all those great bands out there with just a few carefully chosen words. Are you ready? Do you have a bucket of ice water near you? Cause it’s is a steamy one! 


Exoskelett – Grind Your Bones to Dust

It’s always a bit strange when one finds so much appealing about a black, thrash metal and grindcore release like Grind Your Bones To Dust. But perhaps that’s due to the fact that Exoskelett hails from Sweden. And we all know that there’s definitely something good about everything stemming from that country. In this case it’s the fact they slow down all those metal genres to something resembling doom and make it sound vintage. Really? No. Yes. Or well. Just give it a whirl and get your bones rattled!




Vidaguerrilla - Mexican Zombie Dancehall Vol.1

We’ve been mentioning Vidaguerrilla since the summer of 2014. From maddening garage to doom punk and everything in between. This time the man goes the blues route. One that seems to fit him even better. Cause Mexican Zombie Dancehall Vol.1 really is the grimy garage blues we all need to fill the summer carnival nights with. Honkey tonk blues for Dias De La Meurte…

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Derelics – Introducing

A three-song Introducing EP to introduce Derelics to the masses. Yes, the EP is called Introducing and that it does with glee and groove. Yikes, these guys got such a fine fuzzy groove going you immediately sit up and bounce along. With a more underlying harmonic approach to stoner and grunge; it is the wall of heaviness on which is surfs that impresses the most. Or better yet, the combination of the two and the righteous pedal-porn! Surfs up!






Vira – Vira

Italian experimental and instrumental progressive doom duo Vira released their first self-titled, three part, one song, twenty-three minutes lasting exploration of sound a few months ago. Founded after the sad demise of their former band Traum the new release is based on ancient Greek tragedies, where the character goes through three stages on their road to ruin. Baleful and full of slow moving build-ups, the eruptions are seen from far away, but still hit like a lightning bolt from the Gods. Are you ready to be struck?




Demons From The Dungeon Dimension – There Was Ogres

Last but not least on this Quick Fire Friday segment a first on the HiVe. A South-African doom metal adventure, brought to you by Demons From The Dungeon Dimension hailing from Durban. The scene is set by colorful and almost cheery yet also creepy guitar picking before the lurching and dragging itself forward like a dying beast begins. There Was Ogres is absolutely marvelous and truly epic in all its glory.


donderdag 7 juli 2016

Sharma – The Midnight Reverb Experience


Sharma – The Midnight Reverb Experience
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Grunge, Metal, Prog
Rated: ****

Releasing one or even more albums per year, the Oslo, Norway based duo Sharma has been on a roll since 2012. And now, The Midnight Reverb Experience released on the first of July is already their seventh release. But let’s go back to the Sharma name and the duo remark, for it isn’t truly a duo. It’s just made up of two core members and a vast array of friends and freaks who help them out, ever changing and ever revolving. Making sure each release is a definite new kind of animal. And The Midnight Reverb Experience is no exception. Moving into Queens Of The Stone Age territory often but always changing it up with more old school prog maneuvers and almost proto-metal rock. They easily keep your attention focused on the music they bring, even when they move into more grandiose almost stadium rock anthems like Where The Moon Can’t Reach Me. Or into seventies inspired blues wailers like Gold Flake Rain with luscious Hammond sounds interspersed. And then there’s the battleship title-track closer with almost twelve minutes of pure unadulterated musical bliss. There is so much going on in that one track, one can only sit back and admire all the funky meandering they do and sharp speedrock turns they make. It is definitely an experience!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 5 juli 2016

Arrecho – Maldito Tú


Arrecho – Maldito Tú
Self released – 2016
Hard Rock, Hard Rock, Hard Rock
Rated: ****

Yeah Baby, they're back!!!!! Our favorite rock powerhouse Arrecho out of Venezuela is back with a new EP titled Maldito Tú, and it is mucho killer. Why do I call Arrecho a rock powerhouse? Well for one,  I've never heard an underground band have so many anthem style songs. Their last EP simply titled Rock N Roll was littered with catchy little tidbits such as the songs Artichoke and Badao. This new release rocks and rolls as much as the former. Although they do have a nice break in the middle with the cut Frankgarden Blues; clocking in around eleven minutes, it's a nice bluesy instrumental and I believe it is recorded live in front of an audience. It rules! Actually the more I listen the more I realize they mix up the stylings a bit on their latest release. Either way Arrecho to me is the type of band I would want to see live, but unfortunately for me they are a world away. From what I understand the musical landscape here in the United States is very different from most places in the world. But I could still see Arrecho opening up for stadium acts in the States. There're just a great time, party style, kick ass, rock and roll band. Period!!! Please support our brothers out of Venezuela and visit their bandcamp where you can catch the new EP, but please check out the back catalogue as well. They do not disappoint for those of us who enjoy hard driving rock.

(Written by Charlie Tooth)




vrijdag 1 juli 2016

Sergeant Thunderhoof


Sergeant Thunderhoof

As you guys know, we wear our love for the good stuff on our sleeve and spin this shit out of everything we adore. And we cannot get enough of those amazing records Sergeant Thunderhoof has put out. Ride Of The Hoof is still on heavy rotation over here and has received a righteous vinyl treatment. Well, Zigurat is now up for the same kind of deal! So head on over to their Kickstarter page and order that record. Cause it’s just as freakin amazing and deserved to be heard the right way as well!




Hawkwind – The Machine Stops


Hawkwind – The Machine Stops
Cherry Red – 2016
Rock, Psych, Space
Rated: ***

Radical space rock and trippy goodness. The British psychedelic outfit Hawkwind has been around for almost fifty years. Ye gods, fifty years. That’s a damn long time and even though the line-up has changed a lot in the span of those eras, they still retain their very own kind of vibe. Thanks to Dave Brock, the master of ceremonies still standing tall among all the new members. The founder, guitarist, vocalist and songsmith can still deliver those tracks best heard toking on a pipe, chewing for hours on dried mushrooms or after swallowing some acid. We must confess that the truly memorable trips seem to be in the past. As they always are, right? But on the new record The Machine Stops they definitely do try to revisit the old psychedelic whirlwinds. Inspired by the short story with the same title written by EM Forster from 1928, where the population have only been able to survive underground, by the grace of the infernal machine. But what if it stops? Well, the story delivers the lyrics and the music is definite ominous in some places, but for the most part, we can simply just sit back and enjoy the ride and hope the machine never stops…




Baby Woodrose – Open Doors



Baby Woodrose – Open Doors 

Baby Woodrose always delivers. Period. Check out the new single and video Open Doors



donderdag 30 juni 2016

Oak – II


Oak – II
Self released – 2016
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Desert
Rated: ****

About seven months ago we were treated to the debut four-track by London quartet Oak. A fine ride that was. Full of grit, testosterone and wild ideas. That EP definitely hinted at a tree in its infancy. One that needed to grow and bear fruit before we would truly be able to appreciate it in all its glory. Well, the brethren have now released a new four-track and it is, without a doubt, a grander one that their debut. On the EP titled II, the desert still shines through on occasion, but only so it could deliver the heat and the vistas on tracks like Against The Rain and A Bridge Too Far. For the opening and closing part they move into growling biker and stoner, almost well, sludgy territory. Or perhaps not, cause opener Mirage definitely still shimmers like that grand band from the desert that started it all. And closer Smoke feels like an entirely different bookend, a slower heavy groove that lumbers through a landscape filled with intense guitar work and fuzzy riffs. Picking a favorite or a winner is impossible, all four tracks seem to be a different beast onto itself. An animal lying in wait, ready to pounce on all of you unsuspecting music fiends out there. Heavy is as heavy does and Oak does everything exactly right!

(Written by JK)



Shaking Godspeed – Rumspringa


Shaking Godspeed – Rumspringa
Suburban – 2016
Rock, Dutch
Rated: ***

I’m crying a little bit. In secret but unashamed. For the pain a love like this might cause is better kept to themselves. And yet, here I am. The tears are slowly rolling down my cheek and I hide myself behind a screen trying to un-hear the new album Rumspringa by the Dutch rock force I have been in love with for so long now, Shaking Godspeed. Ever since I first heard their five-track EP I knew these cats would bring that fine madness to rock out, to dance and to boogie to. Improving to a massive degree with Awe in 2010 and then again with Hoera in 2012. Welcome Back Wolf from 2014 was the boys celebrating those albums all over again. And now, there’s Rumspringa, a record that is also meant as soundtrack to a Dutch theater show called De Kring Van Welsch by theater group Orkater. Which is a bit of comfort, we can therefor hope this is a one-time thing. A one-off on the Dutch vocals for instance. And okay we understand, everything worth doing, is worth doing right. But we fear it might not be a one-off thing, cause the almost voracious and leering exclamation of singer Wout Kemkens seems to point out his definite lust for something in his native tongue. Musically it once again definitely stands tall and often wild. Perhaps it’s all a bit more grandiose and theatrical. Something which definitely takes time getting used to, I reckon. But that rough and gritty stuff, that boisterous and loud Shaking Godspeed we fell in love with seems to have vacated the premises, leaving in its place, an almost indie dressed up version of that ramshackle outfit we are now crying over. The circus seems to have left town. And we desperately wanted to go with them…

(Written by JK)