vrijdag 7 september 2018

Off to catch some waves…


Off to catch some waves…

It’s a new keyboard we’re hammering away on now. The other one went out the window listening to T-Tops’s new release Disease. And we won’t get much accustomed to this one very quick, since we are about to leave for Portugal to catch a few waves… Surf’s up! Soundtrack to this holiday will be The Chats and ofcourse the Mad Doctors with their majestic No Waves, Just Sharks album! Will be back in a week or two… Unless we’re eaten by a shark ofcourse… Those things happen…

See y’all in a couple of weeks!

(Do you see the great white shark?)

T-Tops – Disease


T-Tops – Disease
Magnetic Eye Records – 2018
Rock, Punk, Noise, Grunge
Rated: ****

I love Faith No More. Not that the T-Tops, the Pittsburgh three sound like that. But there is some sort of weird feeling lingering there, which I attribute to me immediately reminiscing about the first time I heard Faith No More when those first minutes are going. And there are a few other bands that immediately pop up when you listen to their three song, seven-minute noisy EP called Disease. The weirdness of the Melvins for instance or the wild and dangerous grunge antics Nirvana brought to the table. Salt and vinegar! The three incredibly loud tracks feel like a blitzkrieg to the senses and your sensibility. It drowns out the static noise that life is. Soon enough, you turn into a spastic Gilles de la Tourette character angrily shouting along with the vocalist; even though you do not hear (on the first listening session) what the hell is screaming about. All you know is that you need to scream along! And those posters need to come off the wall. And the door needs to come off its hinges. And the wall needs an extra hole! And the keyboard needs to go through the window !  . . .

(Written by JK)



Satta Caveira – MMI


Satta Caveira – MMI
Self released – 2018
Rock, Instrumental, Space, Psych, Stoner, Sludge
Rated: ***

From the land of Argentina comes a three piece that loves to do everything lo-fi, grimy, analog and in one take. They are Gonzalo Void on drums, Jonatan Emilio on bass and Cristian Villagra on guitar and are called Satta Caveira. It’s their third release and it’s named MMI. It’s a very trippy record that feels like a majestic jamsession. They steered away from the Blue Weber agave and went straight for the peyote cactus. Jamming on mescaline apparently leads to grimy layers on fuzz on top of jazzy experimentations in groove; that seem to aim for the void between the stars as much as the twinkling nuclear dimension between every spark of light you ever witness. This goes inwards as much as out. Did I mention it was trippy? But did I mention it also feels dark and sludgy at times? Not necessarily like a bad trip, but that moment you realize it has been too much for too long and the weight of sky starts to push you down. And before you burrow to deep into a hole, a small glimmer of light pulls you to your feet again. Ready for another round of Satta Caveira!

(Written by JK)



YURT – IV - The Obstacle Is Everything


YURT – IV - The Obstacle Is Everything
YURT / Little Plastic Tapes – 2018
Metal, Prog, Psych, Kraut
Rated: ***

Another three-piece. They’re called YURT and hail from lovely Ireland. And their fourth album is called IV – The Obstacle Is Everything. It’s heavy, it’s progressive and it has a lot of punch. Punch spiked with something that should have gone into the kool-aid.  Oh, yes cause through it all they weave some classic elements of seventies psychedelics and krautish explorations; but rest assured, it never shies away from their metal side for long. And these elements combined lend themselves perfectly for whipping arrangements and the crescendo loving songs which turn bombastic with every turn they take. It’s complex, melodic and produces a wonderful tension on the eardrum. Definitely not an easy listening session, but a definite recommendation for every open minded metal lover, prog rock freak and to be completely honest; everyone that can appreciate a crackling musical adventure!

(Written by JK)




Slug Salt Lava – Siaynoq


Slug Salt Lava – Siaynoq
Self released – 2018
Metal, Sludge, Doom, Post
Rated: ***

We don’t get treated to the good stuff that resides in the heavy underground from Turkey enough. Or for that matter every other country further into the middle-east. Perhaps because it is truly underground in those area’s? Henceforth, I was extremely pleased to see Slug Salt Lava’s new release Siaynoq appear among the immense amount of releases in the HiVe inbox. The three-piece hails from Istanbul, Turkey and have produced five intense sludge metal tracks that meander into realms associated with post-metal, all the while never giving the listener a lot of breathing space. They continue their onslaught from track to track and pound away at your sensibility. The harsh rasping vocals adding to the grating of your soul. This is definitely not meant for the faint hearted! But who cares when they hear a hurricane coming from their speakers. This is a record that will make your blood boil and adrenaline rush. And that is exactly what metal is for!

(Written by JK)



donderdag 6 september 2018

The Chats – Get This In Ya


The Chats – Get This In Ya
Self released / Hot Wax Records / Burger Records – 2017
Rock, Punk, Garage
Rated: ***

Whenever a certain drummer starts championing you and a certain ginger Elvis as well... Things can get ugly in a hurry! The Chats and their Smoko video is suddenly whirling round the globe and these punks were already blowing up big time over in Australia... It's definitely doing something to me! And touring with Queens Of The Stone Age will definitely do something to them. So, before things get out of hand completely we figured we visit their Get This In Ya EP from 2017. Punky, grimy, choppy rock that speaks to your atavistic side in every which way. It’s definitely about living down under, it’s definitely about having no money and it’s definitely about nothing. Nothing at all! Which seems to be the only great reason to make damn good music. Frantic, anxious and delirious. The Chats bring the right amount of energy to translate their languid punk and lazy Australian drawl into something highly energetic! The Grohl was right…

(Written by JK)




The Chats - Smoko


The Chats - Smoko

Whenever a certain drummer starts championing you and a certain ginger elvis as well... Things can get ugly in a hurry! The Chats and their Smoko video is suddenly whirling round the globe and these punks are blowing up big time over in Australia... It's definitely doing something to me! So we headed over to their bandcamp immediately to get a heavy load of the rest of these punks!


woensdag 5 september 2018

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


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


Yes yes. We know. This should have gone up on Monday. But that work crap is still getting in the way. Why is there always so much extra work to do before you leave for a little holiday. And then there were the new Doom Charts coming up. Also way more important! Hence, we have the Top 5 of Most Listened To Albums of Week 35 now for ya. The new All Them Witches album ATW soon to be released through New West Records has been on the most rotation. Their psychedelic blues suddenly got way more concise and even catchy at times. Still vague and wild, the ramshackle sound sits there perfectly among everything we love about All Them Witches! What an album! On the Waveriders (Ripple Music) forum they do this one album a day post. This time it was an album featuring Dave Grohl. I simply love his choppy and snarky drumming on Four On The Floor by Juliette and The Licks. Who in my opinion should record a new album, yesterday. And you know what, they have or are currently recording! Sure, one of these cats is involved with the Doom Charts. Does this mean we should refrain from commenting on their album? Hell no, we profess what we love when we dig something. And we are digging Forgotten Planet by Spirit Division! The different vibes smeared across the record all fit nicely as the scenery of a Forgotten Planet. It smells old and bronzed, but it feels heavy and sharp. A wild ride for sure! Kadavar releases a live album called Live In Copenhagen, through Nuclear Blast. They had to. Everyone was always telling them their live shows were so much better than their (stunning) studio albums. One and one makes two and this is definitely a live album that captures the essence of this wild trio! When Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats release a new album, we prepare for ritualistic bloodletting. Wasteland is definitely dystopic in content and sounds like the vintage lust of yore. But perhaps we need to dive deep into their reddened pool of garage doom to truly appreciate this offering… And we have all the time in the world for that when we are hitting the waves in Portugal next week… Good music! Great music! And we all know life would be a mistake without it!

dinsdag 4 september 2018

The Doom Chart for August 2018


Doom Chart

 “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.
~ Hunter S. Thompson

Someone asked online the other day about the state of new music and whether or not the coming years could sustain the quality and volume we are witnessing. That questions has been asked about every single year I could remember since I’ve been involved in the heavy underground. Each year we are pummeled with release after release, each one seeming to out do the last and every year thinking there is no way it can top that. Well here we are again, August has past and we are struggling to keep up with the amount of killer albums being released and losing our shit over our favorites throughout the year. Here at the charts we had another 300 album month from a total of 29 lists sent in by contributors. We added some new contributors as well who included Héctor Hurtado representing More Fuzz as well as Adam Walsh who may have slowed down on his blog submissions on Ear Munchies but has managed to stay on the cutting edge of taste in this here heavy underground scene (see credits at bottom for links). Please welcome the newbies and check yourself before this chart wrecks yourself! 12 debut appearances and 13 holding strong in the top 25.

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…

If one of the great Doom Chart Contributors starts quoting the Good Doctor one better pay attention. Just as much as when Madman Tony Maim starts preaching. Back in July Madman Maim riffed and rolled and ranted about the new Forming The Void album Rift. So, it only feels right that these freaks are storming the Charts this months like a space age wooly mammoth!
 

vrijdag 31 augustus 2018

Trail – Spaces



Trail – Spaces

We’ve been raving about the record, it’s art and the band since Spaces was released in February of this year. Shit man, already half a year has passed since the first time we heard Trail’s official full-sized debut. And now, with this righteous vinyl treatment we can continue to spin it until the end of time. A gorgeous ‘die hard edition’ package is available through their webshop. Featuring a poster with incredible art by Michaela Malcomess, a shirt and vinyl bag featuring the same art, some stickers, the album on cd and on vinyl. White splattered in league with the artwork, the entire package is a work of art and shows the love these guys have for their music and the stuff they do! This five-track debut record has all the dynamics and tension arcs one desires from a mostly instrumental psychedelic rock adventure. It is grounded in stoner and flies high in all its heaviness. The German fourpiece has a knack for making something highly natural out of progressive and trippy music. This adventure takes you places. And while most of these records seem to take you to outer space or into a realm beyond imagination. This one burrows deep into your fantasy and describes a fictional reality that feels so real you extend your arms as if to touch it. Sure, this is just a fancy way or describing something awesome that we love. But that is what we do at the HiVe. We profess our undying love to the music we adore and do not pretend any form of objectivity. And, so do the guys themselves, as you can see by the way they look into every little detail of the presentation! Absolutely amazing! 

(Written by JK)






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


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


donderdag 23 augustus 2018

Chief of Smoke – Rice Paddy Rodeo


Chief of Smoke – Rice Paddy Rodeo
Self released – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Doom
Rated: *****

Hailing from those barren northern wastelands of Groningen, Netherlands comes a heavy trio that listens to the name Chief of Smoke. You might have heard their first release A Fresh Round Of Smoke back in 2016. Well, they’ve outdone those four mighty groovy tracks as if they’ve belonged to those mythical desert bands of yore. Yes, these brothers in crime have produced a massive slab of heaviness called Rice Paddy Rodeo. Five slow, completely fuzzed out, stoner anthems that deal in shimmering hot bass air and whirling dusty riffs. It drags, it crawls, and it lumbers like a giant beast on its way to meet its doom. And that is where their atavistic stoner sound rubs up against everything we love from the doom genre. That sluggish perennial rhythmic approach and the way it is pounded home by the drummer. Guitar colors that hang around on the bluesy crossroads for the exact right amount of time to meet up with the horned one and then mosey on over to rock out around cacti and headbanging sand lizards. Yes, this is the good stuff! This is what will turn on, every one of the heads! Buy the ticket, take the ride, it's a Rice Paddy Rodeo!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 22 augustus 2018

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


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


Hello there. And yes. And how has everybody been doing? We’ve been crushed by the weighty loads that have been dumped on us. Workloads that is. But we still foresee some form of HiVe time coming up. Yes, there is always a little green light on the edge of the horizon. This small Top 5 Most Listened to Last Week post should have gone up on Monday of course. But sudden other assignments took precedence. So here it is now. On Wednesday. Don’t flog us for it! On repeat for a while now has been the new Brant Bjork album Mankind Woman. The laidback desert guru has done it again. Out on Heavy Psych Sounds the record continues on with its radiant sound, windswept and shimmering hot. With more nods towards the sixties and seventies it’s Brant at his best, free spirited and wild at heart! Sit up, listen and take of your hat… Mudfinger’s self-released Psychonaut is a righteous stoner metal adventure that takes the exact right amount of cues of psychedelic influences, majestic grooves and a massive layer of fuzz. These German cats have delivered on hell of a debut! And so, has Hetouth! Well, the self-released Green House is a not a debut, but it is on hell of an amazing album! The fifth released by this Belgian duo is instrumental improvisation brought to its wild and wonderful conclusion! “One day, one jam, ten songs!” Ten amazing stoner and desert rock escapades that will get your head right in a world gone mad! “And in a world gone mad, we will not spank the monkey, but the monkey will spank us.” Right on Jay! Right on! (Recorded at Opack Records. And what's this Fuck Labels Fuck Mastering thing? Cara pils for the win!) And yes, we went back to check on Them Crooked Vultures again. It was 19-08-2009, when they played their second gig ever in the world right on over in Amsterdam. We were there, it was one hell of a glorious night. Sometimes you need to visit those memories again and over and again! Skooma! This sweet ass outfit releases one groovy and melodic stoner metal album called Seven Foot Death that dances around with doom and abuses sludge like an ancient slave master. A majestic intro opener leads to a track list filled with down to earth rockers and tasty loud riffs! Check’m out! Check’m all out!