vrijdag 18 juli 2014

Pantano – Resistencia y Viaje


Pantano – Resistencia y Viaje
Self released – 2014
Doom, Stoner, Fuzz Overload
Rated: *****

Hailing from Chile, Pantano – which translates into “Swamp” – have produced a fourth album of heaviness and groove that just demands that heads nod and fists pump. The first thing that hits you on Resistencia y Viaje is how thick all the tones are - no tinny or fizzy instruments – everything sounds massive and powerful, for me this is exactly how stoner doom should sound. These guys have taken Fu Manchu, Electric Wizard and of course Sabbath and added their own melting pot of fuzzed, hypnotic riffs – gruff, anguished drenched vocals and huge sounding wah-wah leads that just sound great. You get the sense of guys just playing for the hell of it – no plan to stick to a formula – if the riff sounds heavy and righteous, just play it loud regardless of speed or styles. No drawn out passages that try your patience here. With nothing over 5 minutes in length, you can hear the rush to get to the end so they can play another one. We have slowed down fuzz blues rubbing shoulders with Motörhead type monster foot stompers with a bit of punk attitude to spice things up. For me though, the icing on the cake is the distorted, screaming solos that assault your eardrums. What is up with the “new” doom bands that do not indulge in axe shredding? I wanna hear some Iommi worship! While Pantano have not re-invented the wheel, what they do offer is a superb album of songs that I have found myself playing again and again. Stop reading and get downloading – ‘cause the band are cool dudes, it is pay what you want.

(Written by Tony)





donderdag 17 juli 2014

Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton


Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
FABA/Deep Dive/Bertus
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental
Rated: *****

And once again it isn’t the Karma To Burn as Karma To Burn once started; but it is however a Karma To Burn that sounds exactly like we want them. After the successful reunion in 2009, the massive touring that came after and the damn fine releases and even the sort of merger with Year Long Disaster it took three years before the walls started cracking again. Drummer Rob Oswald left the band and the music world around 2012 and was followed by bassist Rich Mullins a year later. Who is about to release his first EP with his new country-Americana-honkytonkstomp effort The Broken Harvest. Their respective replacements Evan Devine (Ancient Shores) and Rob Halkett (The Exploited) have managed to fill the deep hole left behind to a remarkable degree. Ofcourse the many many many live shows they played the past years have something to do with it. On the new record Arch Stanton the new three lead by founding member Will Mecum return to the sound of the second and third album. Which means we are treated to tight riffs, stomping drums and rolling basses. No need for experiments and no need for vocals. But there’s also a slight hint of progression to be noted besides the minor difference in bass work; notably the encompassing theme. The boys have used a Western signature in their desert rhythms and riff references. And it is highly present in the last song on the album Fifty Nine; which uses samples from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly… And there; among the tumbleweeds and dust storms the band has never sound better!

(Written by JK)





woensdag 16 juli 2014

Heralding a new member to the team: Tony Maim


Heralding a new member to the team: Tony Maim

We are sad that Tony Maim has decided to turn down the laughter on his very own and awesome outlet Black Insect Laughter. It will not die down though; sudden bursts of brilliance will continue to appear now and again and once every so often and he will put up a list of his most listened records. And ofcourse we will still be treated to new music from his damn fine Zeppheroin project and apparently there are some other collaboration projects in the work as well. But we are also honored and happy to announce that the man will produce some words of wisdom for the HiVe. He will write about whatever and whenever he feels like and they will keep stinging, stunning and plaguing your mind like the Black Insect Laughter always did! We thank Tony for all his work and energy he put in there and we thank him for wanting to deliver something for us now and again… He is a damn fine madman and he is always right… And we love to be wrong here! Welcome amigo!

Back… From the island…


Back… From the island…

The sun was good, the rum was better… And the island was incredible! Will definitely be back there before long and trash it even more than the locust already plaguing around like the ugly beasts they are… Tomorrow we shall continue on with the HiVe show.. And now for some sad but great news… ...

zondag 29 juni 2014

Off the grid again…


Off the grid again…

Sorry my brethren, I gotta go do some stuff. But will be back before the next full moon. And if not; well, if the recent loss of our amigo has taught us anything; it is better to cease every day by the balls… Even if it turns out to be one mad freakin bull that kicks you back in the nuts. Whatever happens after that; you made sure you lived it all to the fullest! And whatever gets your adrenaline rushing; is probably worth doing!

zaterdag 28 juni 2014

Rest In Peace... Riez…


Rest In Peace Riez…

He was one of those good people. He moved through the world with honor and pride. He never complained and wished only good things for everyone he ever came across. He will not be mourned by the entire world; but he made an impact on a lot of people in the heavy rock scene and surely he must have done the same for his other friends and family. And those who have had the pleasure to meet him at a festival somewhere, on the street or behind a screen will testify to the fact that he really was in it all for the good of it. I can only recall good words, good tips, good music and good memories. He was one of those people who can always see the good in the bad. And you can only recognize their spirit and soul as something that is near completion. Who knows, he might have been one of those souls who were already full circle. I will remember him. He was an inspiration and he brought many good tunes to my ear. He was without a doubt a true champion. A rebel with a cause. To do well and to be good. And now that he is gone; we all lost one those high notes that we will never hear again… You will be missed amigo… 





vrijdag 27 juni 2014

Molior Superum – The Inconclusive Portrait


Molior Superum – The Inconclusive Portrait
H42 Records/Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Seventies, Garage
Rated: ****

As soon as that chased voice starts wailing over the rumbling and crashing drums you’re hooked and the remaining eight minutes are spent in utter head nodding bliss. The boys from Molior Superum return to us with a two track single called The Inconclusive Portrait after releasing their amazing Into The Sun album in 2012. Still claiming their very own version of high energy stoner garage and seventies psychedelica that exhumes something classic; the two tracks continue where their full-sized album left off. It all sounds even fuller and more mature; and where the wildness from Into The Sun could deter some listeners from fully grasping the exquisite quality of the songs. On the new single it serves as a high crested wave to surf from; keeping your head held high and above the water at all times and always making sure it never swallows you whole. But it’s still there and it still highly groovy and has you jumping around looking for some dune boogie to party on. And those two tracks has you lusting for more Molior Superum…

(Written by JK)




ps. The band picture above is taken at the amazing Lake On Fire festival in Waldhausen, Austria. And yes. Everyone should go.

dinsdag 24 juni 2014

Bud Spencer Blues Explosion – BSB3


Bud Spencer Blues Explosion – BSB3
42Records – 2014
Rock, Blues, Garage, Punk, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: *****

We had already heard about these two Italian freaks around 2010. But it were the guys from Polarbeers that really turned us on to them. And ever since their previous album Do It from 2011 they have been in heavy rotation and we have anxiously been awaiting new stuff. That day has finally come for the Bud Spencer Blues Explosion has now released their fourth album called: BSB3! And what a ride it is! The two of them run through a musical field filled with experimentation in the traditional way and which covers all kind of different streams. They wade through rock and blues and dip their toes in stoner and grunge and do all of that with a punky attitude and garage feeling. And even though much of it is seeped with tradition and done with honor; there is also this modern quality. Sounds that sound so universal and catchy it has you hooked before you can say: Miracoli! It starts with the stomping Duel, the addictive Mama, the crazy Hey Man and continues to the heavy Rubik. And it never stops. Even when the slow and natural Troppo  Tardi ends; cause that’s where you put the needle back and let the record spin once again… Bella Zio! Questo è un album sorprendente e sicuramente non a tardive!

(Written by JK)



Radio Moscow – Magical Dirt


Radio Moscow – Magical Dirt
Sonic Rendezvous – 2014
Rock, Psych, Blues
Rated: ****

Their third album from 2011 called The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz made it to the Number 18 position of that year’s Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown. And this year the three amigos return with their fifth release Magical Dirt. Ofcourse we all know that the man behind Radio Moscow is and has always been Parker Griggs cause the man is once again accompanied by two new gunslingers. So just like on the 2012 release 3 & 3 Quarters, a collection of demos recorded by Griggs before Radio Moscow even took hold, the man could be playing every freaking instrument you hear on the album himself once again. But all we can conclude is that the fuzz is flying high once more. Perhaps this albums pays even more tribute to Cream, Hendrix and Blue Cheer. It’s all a bit more bluesy and a bit more trippy; but not as psychedelic as the earlier releases. Well, take that weird remark with a grain of salt or two. Cause the guitars still wail and howl and the solos screech and scream. And the rhythm section seems to be delirious at times or even out of control and stark raving mad. Not sure what kind of grass these fellas been walking on? But the dirt beneath their feet where their favorite kind of mushrooms grow must be magical and insanely brightly colored!

(Written by JK)




Peter Pan Speedrock – Buckle Up and Shove It!


Peter Pan Speedrock – Buckle Up and Shove It!
Suburban/SPV – 2014
Rock, Hard, Punk, Metal
Rated: ****

As the boys are also preparing to release a first effort with their new outlet Four Headed Dog; one could fear that their prime incarnation would suffer. Luckily; this is not the case. On Buckle Up and Shove It! their new album, the boys from Peter Pan Speedrock go for the gusto once again! Written and recorded in their new studio, which they build with their very own hands, the record is chuck full of raw and nasty heavy hitters. And they still do whatever they very well feel like doing and that’s exactly what they’re best at. The only minor difference with earlier releases is perhaps the tempo. A bit more subdued, a bit slower. A bit. A tiny bit. But the speedrock moniker is still called for and if nothing else; the reduced tempo seems to make the band even more of a monster and even heavier. And then there are the cover versions of New Rose (The Damned) and Heart Full Of Soul (The Yardbirds) which are wickedly done and insanely good. The last one featuring guest vocals by Mark Phillips from Demented Are Go. Aah yes, a new Peter Pan Speedrock, time to get loud, hard and angry. And enjoy the hell out of every crazy little thing you do!

(Written by JK)




maandag 23 juni 2014

Funeral Horse – Sinister Rites Of The Master


Funeral Horse – Sinister Rites Of The Master
Artificial Head Records – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Sludge, Garage
Rated: *****

I am a time traveler from the year 2020. And I shall never reveal who the thirteenth doctor is. It is dangerous knowledge; and almost all knowledge shall be outlawed in the future. And if we want to make sure that all that will come to pass ends up resulting in better things; we shall have to perform Sinister Rites Of The Master. Sorry about that; it got weird for a second perhaps. But that’s what this new album by the three Houston unemployable potheads from Funeral Horse does to ya once it goes on repeat. It will soak your brain and curdle your blood. It will have your limbs twist involuntarily and make your medulla oblongata explode. This album has so much going on and it is all done with this intense macabre hue. The band deals out justice in a world that has gone haywire; they return to the old laws and honor those that were put in place by their master. Whoever that may be. But is their punky doom and sludgy garage build on deep dark riffs and open aired drums one minute and rumbling and rolling the next that turns you on before you can tune out. The husky distorted and twisted voice on top of the damn fine trekking bass does the rest. Add to this the tiny art or perhaps new wave influences, especially on Communist’s Blues, which will have you remember the Wall of Voodoo days turn this incredible ride into something highly addictive and equally breathtaking. This calls for a revolution…

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 20 juni 2014

John Garcia – John Garcia


John Garcia – John Garcia
Napalm Records – 2014
Rock, Desert, Stoner
Rated: *****

The man has been talking about doing this for ages. And over the years many many many songs were collected. And only a cool eleven tracks made it to his first official solo album. And we can only say that the honorable Mr. John Garcia has selected eleven gems and that he with his entire group of friends kills it. With help from Harper Hug, Trevor Whatever, Dandy Brown, Mike Neider, Dave Angstrom, Danko Jones, Tom Brayton, Mark Diamond, Nick Oliveri and The Doors legend Robby Krieger he crafted something solid, huge and monumental. One could assume that a collection of songs that has been growing since 1998 lacks coherency or might sound dated somewhere. But shit, this record is simply amazing from the first note to the very last. It has it all. Stoner grooves, rumbling bass, bluesy feels, steamy rock, gritty riffs and crazy guitars. And above all the Garcia voice that sounds better than ever. The only weird thing might be the Black Mastiff cover Rolling Stoned as the second track on this album. But this is probably included because the man loves the song, the band and is producing their next record. Just listen to the wicked His Bullets Energy or the stomping Argleben! (When was this track born? After hearing from his new Dutch friends? More info will come.) But simply put, the album is brilliant and hits you like a desert thunderstorm. One of those moments where the horizon suddenly turns black and the ground shakes violently due to the sonic boom far away. And it ends with Her Bullets Energy a song started, back then in 1998, or perhaps even earlier, and sounds like a future we all hope we deserve. There is peace and tranquility and there’s acceptance and love. And there’s more of all that spread out over that one track than all the other emotions one goes through listening to the rest of the album. To be honest, I am incapable of saying much more… Simply blown away…

(Written by JK)