dinsdag 21 februari 2017

3 Wheeler Band – Space Tribe


3 Wheeler Band – Space Tribe
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Blues, Hard, Southern, Space
Rated: ****

3 Wheeler Band is a power trio from the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico. Their heavy fuzzed out stoner blues first came at us back in 2013 via the Smoke ‘N Groove album. And now they’re back with an album called Space Tribe. Which was released at the very end of December 2016. On it they move their heavy rock a tiny bit in the direction of space rock. But for the most part they stick to their guns. And they shoot musical bullets full of groove and grit. Something they definitely borrowed from the greats of the seventies, but infused with growling vocals, rumbling bass work and bluesy guitar colors. Above all it sounds majestically powerful without ever becoming to massive or metallic, they stick to what they do best. Blues ‘n groove and with all their teeth bared!

(Written by JK)



maandag 20 februari 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Madrugada (61)
Spaceslug (24)
Stavast (22)

A week has passsed since the return from the mountains. A week filled with mucus, sweat and fever. But this kinghell of a flu has passed and we are getting back to work. Which we already did while listening to the best band ever: Madrugada. We still return to them, cause we cannot get enough of their brooding atmosphere. And well, every one of their five albums is simply beautiful and stunning.  Spaceslug have a new album out! Lemanis from last year was damn good, Time Travel Dilemma is even better! And Dawn Of The Satanic Age by Clouds Taste Satanic was on heavy rotation as well. Still forming vaporous thoughts on that one. Stavast is the new band of Dutch pet punk Marco Roelofs, formerly of Heideroosjes. And when the Russian The Souldiggers Band release something new, we sit up, take notice and spin the crap out of it!

All in all, good music for good people!

donderdag 16 februari 2017

Back from the mountains...


Back from the mountains...

We have returned from flying from the top of mountains and jumping of barstools. The snow was fine and the weather was decent. And apart from a kinghell of a flu at the end of the holiday, which is still riding my blood, all went off without a hitch! Great times and great rides!

And now, we can continue on with the HiVe show!

vrijdag 3 februari 2017

Fatso Jetson & Del Toros



Fatso Jetson & Del Toros
Shattered Platter – 2016
Rock, Surf, Stoner, Punk
Rated: *****

There is always something special about a good seven inch. It is that smash ‘n grab mentality. To really get your heart racing and your blood cooking before its time is up. We love the seven inch. Although we must confess we always judge them harshly. For if a seven-inch messes up its valuable time, we shall refrain from putting the needle back on it and instead opt for a full-sized record. But when the limited run split seven inch turned up featuring heroes Fatso Jetson and the Dutch heavy surfers Del-Toros we were pretty confident it would be needle burner! And so it was. It kept being spun during the entire month of December and January and we can safely say it is a stunning release. Released by Shattered Platter, my number 617, has been on heavy rotation. And I had not expected to be so enchanted with Die Cast, the Del-Toros three-piece song. Recorded by PCR van Elderen in my hometown of Eindhoven the track in heavy laced with fine samples and punky surf sounds on reverb. It’s only almost five minutes, but those minutes you surf on high groove that will have you lusting for sunny times and cool drinks, dangerous nights and loose women. Yes, Adventure time it is! And the alternate version of the Dreamhomes track, which can be found, minus two minutes on Fatso Jetson’s awesome Idle Hands record of 2016, delivers the instrumental goodness once again. Instead of surfing the infinite crest of high and beautiful waves, the Fatso Jetson effort stumbles and rumbles and lumbers through the fog. This two minute longer version is so much more beautiful and intense, you wonder why they did not incorporate this version on the record. It’s delirious and sweltering and will have you on edge for the entire (almost) seven minutes. Yes, this seven-inch is once again a true smash ‘n grab and will leave you smitten with these infinitely cool tunes!

(Written by JK)










Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Artists listened to last month


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Artists listened to last month:

Carnaval (73)
Jegulja (44)
Kreator (42)
Sepultura (39)


Ps. This list should have been posted on the 1st. But since we had to work on the Doom Charts and go live with them. We did not have any more time to do anything else.


donderdag 2 februari 2017

Doom Chart for January 2017


Doom Chart

“It was a bright cold day in January, and the clocks were striking thirteen…”  ~ George Orwell

The year has begun! A month has passed. And we have been treated to at least or an almost cool hundred of new releases in the heavy genre. But ofcourse some of those December releases are still on heavy rotation or getting rediscovered. Cause we all know the December month is way too hectic to really get groovy with those damn fine albums. Well, rest assured, a lot of them are present in this first Doom Chart of 2017.

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, 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…

maandag 30 januari 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Kreator (26)
Carnaval (23)

Another week has passed. And as preparation for a whole heap of interviews we've been listening to the first three bands. Meeting up with Al Barr last week when the Dropkick Murphys played Amsterdam. Talking to vocalist Stefan Kollee of the Dutch outfit The Naked Sweat Drips yesterday about their debut full-sized album Psycho Sister and speaking with Kreator on thursday. My Sleeping Karma released an amazing new live album called Mela Ananda, available soon via Napalm Records. And the incredible Miss Universe by Carnaval keeps spinning around here! She must be getting dizzy!

Heavy at work and working the heavy!

dinsdag 24 januari 2017

Death Alley – Live at Roadburn


Death Alley – Live at Roadburn
Suburban Records/Teepee Records – 2017
Rock, Psych, Stoner, Doom,
Rated: *****

This live album contains two things we love. Death Alley and Roadburn. A live recording from their impressive 2016 show on that infamous festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. Where they were joined by Ron van Herpen (Astrosoniq, ex-The Devil’s Blood, currently of ZooN) and Jevin de Groot (ex-Mühr) to deliver a moving and awesome performance. And those four tracks have now been saved for eternity. Having more ex members of The Devil’s Blood on stage ofcourse summoned the spirit of Selim Lemouchi. Which was punctuated by the It’s On track, penned by Lemouchi. And before I start stealing Walter’s words, let me just focus on the recording in hand and on ears. They jump right in with the It’s On track and have it breath life and room into this Death Alley incarnation. Which originally sounds much more concise, speedy and to the point. This time however we are treated to spacious, wild and jam like renditions of the four tracks. Which ends with the amazing twenty-two minutes long Supernatural Predator. Overwhelming, emotional waves of pure musical bliss. It is twenty-two minutes of excellent momentum and high energy, straight and direct from the great magnet. They did not just channel the spirt of Lemouchi, they channeled the spirits of all the music Gods. And this live is recording will rank among the top five of live recordings ever done and is meant for them… The fallen ones. The Gods of yore…

(Written by JK)




maandag 23 januari 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Activator (34)
Dealer (30)
Jegulja (28)
Carnaval (22)

Activator suddenly appeared on the radar again, thanks to fellow music fiends. Their 2004 released Both Barrels still holds firm after twelve years. Should we demand a reunion? The new Dealer album Billionaire Boys Club is definitely one hell of a grungy, punky all out assault on all the senses. So, buy a villa, a boat, a plane and the album and join the club! Jegulja, founded by a former member of Carnaval released it's first official album. Which goes to show that Slovenia is responsible for so much goodness. Cause together with his former band Carnaval they both have released one of the best albums to come out these past two months. So be sure to get groovy with Jegulja's Darkest Light and Carnaval's Miss Universe. The Marcus King Band brings forth the blues rock gold in pure form.Soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock and powered by high octane diesel! Thanks to yet another one of the lovely music fiends out there... 

Only good stuff!

dinsdag 17 januari 2017

Heavy Traffic – Plastic Surgery


Heavy Traffic – Plastic Surgery
Twin Earth Records – 2016
Psychedelic Fuzz, Heavy Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

Plastic Surgery was released at the tail end of 2016, just too late to feature on peoples end of year list - and make no mistake, it would have been a high contender. Heavy and dense, there is also a strong vein of psych-rock running through, ensuring that there is always something going on to keep your attention. The riffs are strong and muscular with snaking patterns that the guitars deliver drenched in feedback and distortion, giving the haunted vocals a platform to sit upon. Heavy Traffic have enough technical chops to stop this from being "just" another stoner doom release - in fact if you are after an album that satisfies your heavy, musical side ... give this a go. The tracks merge into a gigantic tidal wave of sound that incorporate doom, stoner and psychedelia from a demented band of mutants. Brain frying wah-wah riffs from the world of doom are slowly ground out in a mantra of trance inducing sections over which guitar freak-outs are played - this is meant to be played loud - you can almost smell the amps overloading under the weight of the songs. Feedback and a montage of powerful rhythms that remind me of being very drunk make sure that your senses are in permanent Fuzz overload with psychedelic heavy rock tunes that can melt speakers and brains, come on, you know you want it!

(Written by Tony Maim)



maandag 16 januari 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Gudger (22)
Lo-Pan (20)

Aah yes, the world will finally get to spin the debut effort Sunlight by Freedom Hawk on vinyl, soon to be release via Ripple Music. The acoustic John Garcia album The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues is a break from his earlier work, but if you dug the final track Her Bullets Energy of his self-titled album, you will love this record as well! Read our little screed about that damn fine new record by Vermilion Whiskey on the blog. And a buddy of mine keeps raving on about Gudger, we get it. Their second album titled II is simply amazing! And the new Lo-Pan record In Tensions is just as awesome as well! 

What a week!

zaterdag 14 januari 2017

Spacegoat – Superstition


Spacegoat – Superstition
Self Released – 2016
Stoner, Classic Rock, Doomish Psych
Rated: ****

Huge sounding and massive, Spacegoat play Classic Rock and Stoner with authority and power. Add some Proto- Doom and all is well on their new album Superstition. The riffs are as Sabbathy as you like without being too obvious which of course means they fucking rock like a mountain avalanche. Mid paced songs morph into slow hymns of despair but the melodic and fuzzed solos stop any signs of wrist slashing - instead you have the uncontrollable urge to start nodding and foot stomping. Even though there are hints of jamming in some tracks, the song structures keep everything pounding along. Acid psych elements swirl at the edge of things, giving hints of hidden mystery to the already impressive tapestry being woven. The band sound like they are playing live, there is an energy and urgency sometimes missing from this genre. You can almost feeling the members goading each other on to greater heights with an extra solo or a more impassioned vocal from Gina Rios who also is cranking out her bluesy axe riffs. This is impressive shit.

(Written by Tony Maim)




vrijdag 13 januari 2017

Vermilion Whiskey – Spirit of Tradition


Vermilion Whiskey – Spirit of Tradition
Self released – 2017
Rock, Hard, Southern, Stoner, Metal
Rated: ****

We still spin their 10 South album whenever that first spell of true summer weather comes around. Cause there is something truly southern and sweltering about that record. It took the guys from Vermilion Whiskey four years to deliver a follow-up. But holy hell, what a release! It’s called Spirit of Tradition and sports six hard working, hard rocking, hard trucking, southern infused, bourbon reeking tracks. Ooh yes, and they’ve also turned some of their ruckus into something heavily tainted with metal and a new age classic feel. Louisiana seems to have the best atmosphere to brew that fine American style pub rock music. It is soaked in that working man’s tradition. Those roots that go back to the blues and distill the soul for every righteous record. Though it also sports a lot of dynamic and a highly accomplished hard rock groove. The guitars ofcourse take center stage with tension building work, damn fine riffs and some tasty solos. But keep yer ear on those drums, as precise and choppy as you want them to be without becoming to overly focused on details, taking to the cymbals every time the emphasis needs to be on the whole. Crackerjack virtuoso! Hell, everything about this record is accomplished and you would not assume these cats would be hitting the rusty liquor that much. Well, apart from the one that always needs to sound like he spent a night too many in the gutter, the singer. Exactly hoarse enough, his voice definitely seems to exhume the alcohol of nights nobody seems to remember. But we are all damn sure it was a mighty fine time! And all in the Spirit of Tradition

(Written by JK)