donderdag 19 juli 2018

Mr. Overdrive – A Fox, A Rabbit


Mr. Overdrive – A Fox, A Rabbit
Puree Productions – 2018
Rock, Alternative, Electronic
Rated: ***

Well, this is different! Very different. Different, but tasty! Mr. Overdrive, a three-piece alternative rock band from the Netherlands that does not shy away from danceable rhythms and electronic grooves just released their debut EP called A Fox, A Rabbit. It’s a hop, skip and a jump, smash and dance, head bang and bounce kind of a deal! This might be due to the fact that the bass functions as guitar and the synth as bass! Five tracks that move all over the place but still retain that one infallible goal: to move your body and groove your soul! They name, among others, De Staat and Soulwax as influences for their sound. And rightfully so, Mr. Overdrive, headstrong and ready to go! Go check out A Fox, A Rabbit and hear what Mr. Overdrive is all about!

(Written by JK)




Khemmis – Desolation


Khemmis – Desolation
Nuclear Blast / 20 Buck Spin – 2018
Rock, Metal, Hard, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

We adored Absolution back in 2015 and still do! And we had the honor to write a few words about the new Khemmis album Desolation for the June edition of the Doom Charts. After which we ofcourse continue to spin the shit out of it. And now, a few weeks later, we still stand by every one of those words... Apart from the growling vocals at the end, opening track Bloodletting on Khemmis’s third album Desolation could be spun on every alternative radio station and it would turn on almost every hard rocking freak. And this is how you could spin every one of the six tracks. It is still stoner metal and doom rock with a hardrock take and sludgy moments. But there is much more eighties metal and an extremely perfect vocal delivery on this record and it should cater to everyone. Yes, everyone! Yet, it might also piss a few fans off! Which is a damn freakin shame! Open mind beardos! Open mind! It’s what this underground stuff is all about! It’s what makes you truly love every one of those amazing records that come out. Don’t be a stick in the mud, don’t get stuck in your corner! Come out of the woodworks, put on Desolation, hear the growth and enjoy the fuck out of it!

(Written by JK)





Komatsu – A New Horizon


Komatsu – A New Horizon

Hailing from Eindhoven-rock city, Netherland's hottest Stoner and Sludge Metal outfit Komatsu has just unveiled brand new details about their upcoming and 3rd studio album titled 'A New Horizon'! Set to be released on September 7th 2018 with Argonauta Records, Komatsu once again unleash an exciting mixture of Sludge, Stoner Rock and Metal while setting stones for a new horizon indeed.

Komatsu was formed in early 2010, their years of musical experience in all kinds of bands before as well as their individual creativity created a brutal mix that left a huge stamp in the current Heavy Rock and Metal scene. The band released a self-titled EP in 2011, followed by numerous live shows all over Europe and writing material for their first full length album. 'Manu Armata' was released in February 2013 and been instantly well received by the international press and fans alike. It got raving reviews and Komatsu's music style was compared to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Torche, Mastodon, Monster Magnet and Karma to Burn. In 2014 Komatsu went on tour with none other than John Garcia (Vista Chino, ex-Kyuss, Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn) and played 32 shows in 13 European countries. In the summer of 2015 Komatsu recorded their second full-length album 'Recipe for Murder One' and toured Europe again with Nick Oliveri's Mondo Generator.

'Recipe for Murder One' was released September 2016 and showed that the band gained trust and experience. It took the band on various tours throughout Europe with bands such as Duel or The Freeks. During May 2017 'Recipe for Murder One' even took Komatsu to Brazil where the band toured for two weeks. After playing 85 shows in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, England, The Netherlands, Brazil and Austria in support of the album 'Recipe for Murder One', Komatsu entered The Void Studio with producer Pieter Kloos in January 2018 to record their brand new album 'A New Horizon'.


Says the band: „Recording this albums was a blast and it sounds like one too. Our engineer Pieter Kloos has outdone himself. A new horizon is a tale of escapism. The music is dark and lyrics even darker with a sarcastic twist. Join Komatsu in their supermassive mothership in search of a new horizon!“

To get a first appetizer on Komatsu's upcoming smasher, the band just released the following teaser, watch it below or right HERE!


woensdag 18 juli 2018

Red Sun Rising – Thread


Red Sun Rising – Thread
New Razor & Tie – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Grunge, Alternative
Rated: ***

The new Red Sun Rising album Thread is one hell of a weird animal. On some moments you almost want to dismiss it and throw it in a corner. On those moments it smells a bit funny and it tastes like something that a middle of the road hardrock band from America would deliver when it wants to make it into the charts of some dubious mid-western radio station. But those moments aren’t that common. Cause when the next track rolls around you get treated to something much grungier, much more alternative, nineties alluring and still with a catchy vide. As if Stone Temple Pilots and Smashing Pumpkins decided to record something together. And then a pure hardrock song hits you over the head. See where I’m getting at, this one has a bunch of different styles that aren’t just mixed in one song but across the entire album. And when you end an album with a track like Evil Like You, centered around some eerie sounding piano work, you’ve got my vote and my dime! So, head on over to the jukebox and put on some Red Sun Rising!

(Written by JK)



Haunted – Dayburner


Haunted – Dayburner
Twin Earth Records – 2018
Rock, Doom, Occult, Metal
Rated: ****

For some weird and probably insane reason we never mentioned that amazing self-titled debut Haunted delivered back in 2016. But when the July edition of the Doom Charts rolled around and their new album featured highly, we jumped at the possibility to write a few words about that one. For it had been spinning like crazy over at the HiVe war bunker… The new Dayburner record continues on, where that luscious occult doom self-titled debut released by Haunted in 2016 left off. But then our world shifts and changes and the amount of variation doubles and Haunted doubles down on giving their own spin on everything doom. This album has it all! Sweltering leads, aggressive drums, floating vocals and ominous riffs. But you can switch those words around as well. Cause that’s how impressively varied this album is! So, check out the debut if you haven’t and check out Dayburner! Both are amazing and the growth promises even bigger things for the future!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 17 juli 2018

Forming The Void – Rift


Forming The Void – Rift
Kozmik Artifactz – 2018
Psychedelic Doom Rock
Rated: *****

Man, these guys have a righteous heavy sound that kicks you right in the guts. Mountain-like riffs are propelled by the rhythm section – unstoppable bastards with searing solos that get the neck muscles working overtime. Cleanish vocals drenched in reverb float to the front of everything which ties in nicely with the psychedelic passages that weave in and out of the sonic prayers being offered here. A lot of bands try this mixture of genres but Forming The Void have fucking nailed it. Over here at Maim Towers, this is getting a lot of spins and other stuff I should be reviewing is getting left behind. This is the good stuff.

Thanks to Richard S Jones - Sheltered Life PR for the promo.

(Written by Tony Maim)




maandag 16 juli 2018

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


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


As mentioned, we did not have a whole lot of time between the Rock Werchter and Bospop festivals to listen to new stuff. Luckily we did recover in time from the accident to enjoy them both to the fullest! And in those few spare moments we did some quick listening sessions to some hot new stuff! Svvamp’s new album, released via Riding Easy Records, is called II and is once again pure heavy psychedelic gold! Shark Inferno released Terra Theia Baby Luna; stoner-punk, garage grime and lazy psych that reminds of the Dandy Warhols. The mixture of it all is definitely erratic, wild and insane. If yer in need for a rollercoaster ride, check out the Shark Inferno! Drug Cult featured high on the Doom Charts and as Melissa Spence from Stoner Witch Radio stated there: “These are some of the thickest and heaviest riffs, fully laced with a female entity who’s vocal charm alleviates and pulls you back to consciousness throughout this 7 track journey. The atmosphere created by this four-piece from Australia is dark, satisfying and may cause intense hallucinations if not properly dosed.” Spot on! Ready for some groovy bluesy heaviness? Check out Old Man Rob and the Trial By Stone album. It will quench yer thirst! And you will surely get drunk on the Andy Samford album Reflections. Psychedelic fuzzy and adventurously heavy! Exactly what is needed for a hot and sunny evening! And you know the deal. You need to check’m out yourself! Check’m all out!

dinsdag 3 juli 2018

The Doom Chart For June 2018

   
Doom Chart

“The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”
    ― Jim Morrison

The year is halfway over already and the intensity continues to build each month here at the Doom Charts. We are growing our roster, our team, our family, reaching into deeper waters and harvesting a larger cross section of the heavy underground. This month marks the end of the beginning of the year and the beginning of the end. Nearly 300 individual unique albums were voted for this month of which 25 made the final cut, based on frequency and ranking, presented below. Another month splitting the tally between newcomers and repeat acts vowing towards the throne of Doom at #1. Turn out the lights folks.

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-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…

And as Bucky already stated, almost 300 stunning albums got voted for this month. Of the 25 I submitted, 6 made the final cut. And in the 25 below that are another 5 and in the 25 below that are another 6. And that's how it goes on. There's so much great stuff out there. We listen to what we can and we love all we love. And those make the final 25! But I'm sure the new Astrosoniq album just needs to be heard some more by my fellow Doom Chart cats. Or the new Yawning Man for that matter!  They'll make the cut next time around! Right?! Who knows. For now, check out that that damn fine Doom Chart June 2018 edition and get freaky!



maandag 2 juli 2018

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


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


Well, it was about that time again. Time for another accident… So yes, dislocated jaw and shoulder and a whole lot of bruises. And that fuckin happens, right now, in the middle of festival season. Cause we only just recovered from Graspop Metal Meeting and Rock Werchter is almost upon us. Bloody fuckin hell! It is also the reason we did not listen to a lot of new stuff last week. We could not concentrate. Unfortunately, so we turned to old faithful Spidergawd to sooth our senses and found a few new releases that tickled our blood on the moments we could handle it. Like Zoe’s Idol record We Apologize For Being Awesome. German based groove metal turned psycho stoner, yes, everyone should apologize for this being awesome. Bluesy and psychedelic seventies hardrock straight from magical Melbourne. It’s Whoopie Cat and their proggy approach and soulful hardrock on Illusion Of Choice is a righteous soundtrack for every summer evening! Thirst Planet releases Essence, a riff explosion of doom and stoner metal straight from somewhere in Israel. It has enough groove and enough wicked little weirdness to make everyone go crazy! Black Moon Circle released their one track album Psychedelic Spacelord. Over three quarters of an hour long, it is one hell of a cosmic adventure! A spacey quest to fill the void with an endless array of majestic jams! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 artists listened to last month...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 artists listened to last month...

vrijdag 29 juni 2018

Starmonger – Revelation: III


Starmonger – Revelation: III
Self released – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, NWOBHM
Rated: ****

It's only a small mention. A quick prod in your general direction to make you sit up and take notice. Which is fitting in this case... For, it’s only two tracks strong this release. But two damn good ones! It’s the third release by a power trio form the outskirts of Paris, France. Starmonger is the name they go by and Revelation: III is the name of the EP. Two intense stoner truckers heavy on the fuzz, big on the riffs and with influences from hardrock to NWOBHM this will not only turn on the stoner fiends; it will cause all metalheads to sit up and take notice like the crazy meerkats that we are. A few of the influences they name themselves are Truckfighters, Red Fang, Sungrazer and Baroness. Some of which are indeed obvious, and all of them are the right influences to have! Check’m out! Starmonger! We are damn sure all of you freaks will dig the hell out of ‘em!

(Written by JK)



Ghost – Prequelle


Ghost – Prequelle
Caroline/Spinefarm/Loma Vista – 2018
Rock, Metal, Pop, Theatrical, Occult
Rated: ***

As we return to the fold after the Graspop Metal Meeting Festival, we went back to one of the mentions we wrote before we left but had not posted yet. The few words below are still how I feel about the album, but the live show has become a different sort of thing. It’s not that fun anymore when you started out making fun of the band; but now the band parodies itself. Ghost on Roadburn was weird, the way they looked did not match up with the sound. And every show afterwards, the steadily grew better into their pop musical future. Until the decline started. On Graspop the new Cardinal Copia character has turned into more of an Inspector Clouseau, who makes lame jokes and sings horribly. Which might be due to the new mask and getting used to it or something. But still. We now not just hope for something a bit more Satanic next time around, we hope for a new Pope! And quickly! 

As you all might know, we’ve been following Ghost since we were confronted with them on Roadburn 2011 and we predicted the Popestar album back in 2013. Since then much has changed in the Ghost realm. But not for their music! Of course, everyone now knows (thanks to lawsuits and a few journalists who wouldn’t play the game) who is behind the Ghost project and that it is basically a one-man project. And that he longs to translate his love for the seventies approach that Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult had into whatever pop song magic Abba was able to tap into. We have been hearing Ghost do this on every album; and every one of those records has worked well. To a bigger or lesser degree. Well, Prequelle is no different. And therein perhaps lies the rub, the more of the same feeling and the lack of real progress. Or perhaps not, for when a track like Witch Image comes along, you cannot stand idly by. You will have to chant along and smile your lovely evil smile! There are few more of those damn catchy moments, but perhaps not quite enough. And yes, there it is, It’s A Sin! It was only logical that this would be recorded. Logical. Expected. Perhaps we would should start an incantation hymn for something a bit more Satanic next time around…

(Written by JK)



maandag 18 juni 2018

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


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


Festival season is upon us. Wild times and a whole lot of great music! Next up is Graspop; which starts this Thursday. With big names like Guns ‘N Roses, Iron Maiden, Volbeat and Megadeth. But also, Baroness, Dool, Ghost, Kadavar, Planet of Zeus, Vintage Caravan and a whole lot of metal from every genre. Yihaw!  But we still found some time to listen to great stuff at home as well! Like Black Orchid Empire and their Yugen album. Smashing stuff! Or Lowen and their A Crypt In The Stars release. Magical from front to back! Both absolutely excellent and both of which we mentioned earlier on the HiVe. And then there was the new Jollymon album Void Walker, that suddenly appeared on the radar! Yes, Jollymon releases new stuff after eighteen years! A perfect combination of stoner metal and space rock. Less grungy than their earlier work this is one hell of a release. One that ticks all my personal boxes and I am pretty sure it shall tick everyone’s boxes! So, get on board the Jollymon spaceship and ride the endless groove through the void! The latest Arctic Monkeys is still on rotation and we wonder how it will translate on the Werchter stage where we will catch’m in a few weeks’ time. And because of the sad news of Arthur van Berkel’s passing, we played Orange Sunshine for two days straight. Remembering all the times we watched him do his magic on stage. We hope he is swirling around in psychedelic goodness and peace wherever he might be. And we implore you, if you haven’t already, to put on that Orange Sunshine magic and swirl around with him. And feel the love for his comrades from the band, all his friends and family! So, ride those waves! Ride them all!