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!

donderdag 14 juni 2018

Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars


Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars
Self-released – 2018
Rock, Doom, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

A doom-trio from the twisted heart of London called Lowen has just released their 5-track effort called A Crypt In The Stars. It combines doom with stoner and psychedelic touches and drowns it all in grimy fuzz and enchanting, almost ethereal vocals. We have Nina Saeidi to thank for the amazing voice which definitely has a whole lot of world-wide influences. Which immediately becomes obvious on the opening track Ashurbanipal’s Request, where we can hear her do her magic in Persian tongue. It turns that song and all the tracks that follow into something grander and bigger then the make up of a trio should suggest. Especially since the guitarist also provides the bass duties. They’ll translate this to a quartet for the live shows? Or are in search of a fourth member? Whatever the case, the band knows how to enchant with a superb vision on how to pound the riffs home with a definite theatrical sense, offering you an fata morgana or illusion where you envision arrangements with strings, choirs and a gigantic orchestra. Man, these Lowen cats have touched upon something magical!

(Written by JK)



Black Orchid Empire – Yugen


Black Orchid Empire – Yugen
SPV/Long Branch – 2018
Rock, Hard, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

The London trio Black Orchid Empire definitely know their stuff and what they love. It’s obvious they dig outfits like Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Biffy Clyro and Deftones. On their album Yugen you can definitely make out those influences. Very easily even, just check out Celebrity Summer or opener My Favorite Stranger and hear which is which. Right? But still, the riffs are there and the grooves are masterful. Raw and rowdy basslines and expert drums turn out a highly dynamic, aggressive but rosy colored musical ride that sounds modern in all aspects and will definitely catch your ear. If not for the endless amount of earworms that remind you of different bands, then it’s because of the fine vocals and the heavy alternative hardrock the band undoubtely turns out with grandiose delivery. Yes, check out the Black Orchid Empire, these guys have everything to turn you and the rest of the world on! Big time!

(Written by JK)




Rest In Peace... Arthur...


 Rest In Peace... Arthur...

Yesterday and today we spin Orange Sunshine only, in honor of magician Arthur! Every gig we ever had the pleasure to experience was wild and magnificent! Righteous Orange thunder! May he rest in peace...


dinsdag 12 juni 2018

Hooka Hey – War Cry


Hooka Hey – War Cry
Domino Media Agency / All Tube Records – 2018
Rock, Robot, Stoner, Blues
Rated: *****

Originally from Paris, France the boys relocated to Austin, Texas a few years ago. There they continued to carve out their sweet little slice of rock! It is indeed some good voodoo they do! Hooka Hey! The new record War Cry dances around that Queens Of The Stone Age sound, entices the old blues grandfathers and winks through dark electrified smoke at that luscious mistress called fuzz. It’s more progressive and daring then their earlier work and implores some twisted Americana to paint their stories red with blood and sizzling fire. It’s what they do so incredibly well, telling those sick and crazy tales that evoke dark dark nights and dangerous adventures. Primal and atavistic they dive head first into every perilous escapade that might suddenly appear before them. Yes, we are going over board again with trying to describe something that is either too good to describe or feels like it might only be ruined if described with mere ‘facts’. And fuck it, this is not what we do. We profess our love. And when something is this good on every level, we scream it from every rooftop we might find ourselves on; before diving head first into whatever insane venture might awaits us below. Hooka Hey! it’s a good day to die!

(Written by JK)



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back
Spinefarm/Candlelight
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

It is record number nine and we still turn completely giddy when we first spin a new Orange Goblin record. Even though the band has been steadily releasing records that profess their undying servitude to the sloppy meat and rich gravy side of stoner metal, they have also incorporated something different every time around. Maybe not as much every time around, but always a little hint of this or that to keeps things, interesting, enticing and spicy! Well, The Wolf Bites Back might be there most diverse album to date. Experiments with blues, hardcore and prog are embraced while the doom and stoner metal command attention. And songs like In Bocca Al Lupo or The Stranger are definitely what set The Wolf Bites Back apart from the records that came before. It’s Orange Goblin alright, but almost invigorating and shiny! Add to this that Motörhead’s Phil Campbell adds a bit of his sauce to mix and you are hearing an Orange Goblin record that stands tall when looking at the records that came before. And there aren’t that many bands that we can honestly state about that the haven’t released a bad record yet and their last one might actually really be their best…

(Written by JK)

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dinsdag 5 juni 2018

The Doom Chart For May 2018


 Doom Chart
” La mota vienen en primer cajona. La coca y la rapidez vienen en segundo. La heroina en el debajo. Siempre hay que separa las drogas.”
~Mouth

And here we are again. At the beginning of June with a quick glance over our shoulder towards that wonderful month of May. A month that saw the release of so many great albums, that after the voting had stopped, the total tally exceeded the 260 mark. Amazing. And we only feature the 25 that received the most amount of votes. Which also means that there are those albums that only barely missed it. CHRCH and their LIGHT WILL CONSUME US ALL release for instance, OAK with their III album and EL ROJO with their 16 INCHES RADIAL record. It’s heavy not featuring them, but the list is what it is. A swift scan of everything we loved and will continue to love! Cause, that is ofcourse,  what consoles us all. It isn’t over and we can continue to listen to all those 260 albums for the rest of our lives!

~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)


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…



maandag 4 juni 2018

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


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


Due to an interview with Ice-T on Fortarock Festival we listened to a lot of Body Count and some of his solo work. But I decided to skip that from the Top 5 Most Listened list of Last Week. Cause I’m pretty sure most of you freaks shall not be moving on to this highly influential artist. Which is ofcourse fine and one should always concentrate on listening what you really like. For there is so much great stuff out there. In every genre, niche or piss-ridden little musical hole nailed off by the building inspector long ago, but it is still deep enough for us winos to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage. Yes, we love our stinky little corners of the world. Sam Hill and their March To The Mountains album for instance. An amazing album that deserves all of our attention! Stoner rock, stoner metal, seventies inspired and touching all those bases we heavy underground addicts love! Still on heavy rotation is the new Fire Down Below album. Out on Ripple Music, the Hymn Of The Cosmic Man album continuously lets you discover more and more in their desert universe. Fuzz rulers Kaiser deliver their groovy ruckus on their new album 1st Sound. Heavy, rough, wild and high octane stoner, desert and sludge in brilliant biker fashion! Khayman releases The Gentle Art Of Self Destruction via Nooirax Records and on it they deliver a hefty mix of nineties alternative influences across a massive amount of metal and doom. Below The Eternal Sky came out on Cold Smoke/GPS/Urgence Disks/Domino Media Agency and this is Six Months Of Sun turning out the best instrumental stoner metal, sludge rock and desert groove one will hear this summer! So check it 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...


dinsdag 29 mei 2018

Casino Warrior - Troll


Casino Warrior - Troll

A single released in January, by four dudes made up from different animal parts rocking harder than the average human. Casino Warrior! Right On! So yeah, that's what we wanted to mention today. So, you lovely freaks out there could check out that Casino Warrior single... But then we noticed the video for an earlier release: Pigroast... And guess what, you need to check that out as well! Freakin great stuff!




maandag 28 mei 2018

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


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


Mornin y’all! Phe debuted their live sound yesterday at Muziekcafe Helmond. Great sound, tight set and absolutely smashing in delivery. It dwarfed their online presence. Let’s hope the boys can get something different up soon! Fire Down Below has been on repeat over here. As you can read in the mention we wrote earlier, Hymn Of the Cosmic Man is a damn good follow-up! Out on Ripple and out for everyone to get crazy on! Spiritu is an old album that suddenly came back into view. Their self-titled record from 2002 is quite a ride, out on MeteorCity ift deserves more attention than it probably received. Jadd Shickler did wonderful things on it! One the prog grabs you, you need more! And Cycles, the Phi album does the trick! It’s another album we mentioned recently and it’s another one you definitely need to check out! The Gentle Art Of Self Destruction is out on Nooirax Records and on it Khayman delivers a hefty mix of nineties alternative influences across a massive amount of metal and doom. A new Spaceslug has arrived! Out on BSFD records Eye The Tide is everything we already loved from Spaceslug, but darker and more explosive! It will blow yer mind! So, get ready for it and check it out! Check’m all out!

vrijdag 25 mei 2018

Phi – Cycles


Phi – Cycles
Gentle Art of Music / Panta R&E – 2018
Rock, Prog, Symphonic, Metal
Rated: ****

The Dutch trio Phe will be playing a live gig on Sunday 26th of May at Muziekcafe in Helmond, Netherlands. But that’s not what we are listening to and not writing about right now. Right now, we are digging the hell out of the album Cycles by Austrian foursome Phi. Phe, Phi, Pho, Phum! (Sorry.)  The four have been active for over ten years and even though there have been some line-up changes the sound has continued to evolve and turn into a majestic outburst of progressive rock with grand gestures and a stadium large presence. The album seems to expertly float between conventional prog, neo-prog and a more symphonic side. But what they excel at, is coloring their instrumental pieces with song parts that are driven by catchy vocal melodies. Another definite aspect of Phi is the way they manage to never drift too much towards the dark side. Sure, we are hearing tales of Dystopia and Blackened Rivers, but there always seems to be a glimmer of hope. For everything comes in Cycles, right? Shit, the music is there, the technical prowess is awesome and the modern mix makes this an album that shall be adored by all prog rock and prog metal fans around. And for everyone else, check it out, for it will surely wet your whistle for something proggy and grandiose!

(Written by JK)




Banderas – Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme


Banderas – Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme

Heard the sound of eternity the other night. All calm as it was bright. Sorry about that, it was a night of flashbacks and weird memories. It all started when Hair of The Dog by Nazareth came on thanks to a digital listening session. It reminded me immediately of a band that sadly disappeared after releasing one album called Beast Sounds And Parlor Tricks. We are referring to Banderas ofcourse, which was championed by hero Dave Angstrom. And we mentioned the album back in 2011. Catchy, poppy, sleazy and very tasty. And we tried to find the video we knew existed for their Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme single. It is no longer online. Online a few dubious quality live versions. But apparently it does feature Brand X episode. So, we decided to share that one, in that case! If yer looking for a ride now baby! Get on that Banderas tilt-a-whirl! O, and to make things easy, their album is now up for free on Bandcamp…