donderdag 23 juli 2015

Mazur – Master’s Mask / Buried in Snow


Mazur – Master’s Mask / Buried in Snow
Self released – 2015
Rock, Hard, Metal, Stoner, Punk, Garage
Rated: ****

On one side of this fine vinyl release we find their EP called Master’s Mask and on the other we find Buried In Snow. Limited to a 300, 12inch run of translucent vinyl the German quartet Mazur knows all about style and doing things right. Recorded in 2004 and 2014, the release found its way out at the end of May this year. The first difference between the decade apart recordings is the different vocalist. But that is the least of the change. The analog, bumpy and easy going driving rhythms on Side A have you nodding along and enjoying the summer and your good fortune. The weather changes on the other side though. Grey, stormy and full of distortion. There’s something obsidian hard about this. Its organization. Toughness and efficiency. It’s an absolute and ruthless commitment to power and has a stunning impact on your senses. It offsets the A side to such a degree you could almost imagine it being two completely different bands, but ofcourse, the recordings were made ten years apart. A culmination of this all can be found in the cruel full of rage explosion that is the final track. The Way Out seems to be a demonstration for the new Mazur, its razor sharp and violent and has you on your knees begging for more as the blood runs down your ears…

(Written by JK)



Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last


Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last
Konkurrent/Castle Face – 2015
Rock, Psych, Garage, Punk
Rated: ****

The dangerous Number 13. Yes, it is their thirteenth studio album. The raw Californian rock force Thee Oh Sees keeps putting them out and away like tasty biscuits! Sure, we dig the solo efforts of frontman John Dwyer, but with Thee Oh Sees he really gives us those massive doses of histamine, dopamine and adrenaline. The dosage we need to keep us sane and on edge. Cause that’s where we are the entire time that Mutilator Defeated At Last blasts and barks at us from the speakers. Growly, grimy garage and psychedelic heaviness steam over you and have you sweating bullets. But they’re also able to push back on the throttle and give way to wily meanderings before pushing down again and leave you coughing in the dust. Thee Oh Sees just keep on getting better. What will that mean for albums 21 and 26? Ye gods? Full climatic explosions await!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 21 juli 2015

Lords of Bastard – I’m Fun


Lords of Bastard – I’m Fun
Bang Mountain Records – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Noise, Alternative
Rated: ****

With their new EP I’m Fun the Lords Of Bastard take it up a notch! We sure as hell dug their 2012 album Cuddles. We dug their haunting gibberish that was comprised out of new age sludge, grungy heaviness, wrestling noise and stomps of stoner. It was altogether eerie and aimed to create worlds for your ears and eyes. On the new four track EP they manage not only to create worlds or build cathedrals. Hell, they build entire universes and grand, mediocre and dubious civilizations. As opener Feel The Woosh starts you think, yes, we have lift off, we are back on the Lords of Bastard trip. But with Enter The Woo Tang they manage to envelop you whole and keep tumbling you over and over and over without making you nauseated. It has you soaring high for sure! The following two tracks have you touch down on another planet where time has stood still, revisiting two old tracks from their debut album but in a different kandy-kolored-coat. Heady, growling and mystical, tricking you into believing. Believing the Lords of Bastard are bigger than them all!

(Written by JK)



Kamchatka – Long Road Made of Gold


Kamchatka – Long Road Made of Gold
Despotz – 2015
Rock, Blues, Free
Rated: *****

Last year’s record The Search Goes On by the Swedish trio Kamchatka was without a doubt for me personally the best album of 2014 and made it to the 18th position of the Stoner HiVe Countdown according to all you lovely freaks out there. The new album Long Road Made Of Gold, with Opeth-bassist Per Wiberg still in the fold, will definitely be contending once again for that first prize. A honkey-tonk introduction takes us into the first track Take Me Back Home after which Kamchatka’s very own version of blues, hardrock and seventies inspired melodies once again take over. But this time around we hear more southern influences among ofcourse those lovely dashes of psychedelics and stoner. There’s also more swing and groove on this new record compared to that magical The Search Goes On which was very bluesy. And yes, the soulful voice of Thomas Andersson just keeps getting better, he can turn on the grime and grit just as easily as he can sing pure and clean and as fleeting as quicksilver. We should assume the guys have found what they were searching for and that the roads are now truly paved with gold...

(Written by JK)




zondag 19 juli 2015

The Chewers – Dead Dads


The Chewers – Dead Dads
Self released – 2015
Rock, Punk, Experimental, Noise
Rated: ***

Primus, Ween, Zappa, Waits, Wall of Voodoo and Beefheart all come to mind after the first two tracks of Nashville duo The Chewers third studio album Dead Dads have washed over you. Yes, the experimental, avant-garde and all round weird guys are back and are just as nutty as before. Sometimes pondering Curtains, just curtains and at other times telling better stories and working the language way superior to Jack Kerouac in for instance Jimmy Does The Shimmy. And those moments seem to be the ones that linger the most. Sure, we can enjoy their ventures into the more punky and noisy avenues. But whenever they make the music subdued, the humor run wild and they turn into freaky beat poets Dead Dads turns into something awfully addictive. So wherever when the sun goes down and I sit on an old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over some city and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the horizon behind it, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in other countries I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all the rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of The Chewers, I even think of Old The Chewers, the father we never found, I think of The Chewers and the Dead Dads.

(Written by JK)



Goatsnake – Black Age Blues


Goatsnake – Black Age Blues
Southern Lord – 2015
Rock, Doom, Metal, Stoner
Rated: *****

After fifteen years we finally see the return of the holy Goatsnake with their third album Black Age Blues. Ofcourse, the fans were present at their first reunion gig on Roadburn 2010 in Tilburg, which may have spawned the true resurrection of the band. Cause after the show all of us started praying for a follow-up to the amazing Goatsnake I from 1999 and Flower Of Disease released in 2000. With Sourvein-bassist Scott Renner as new blood in the formation and with original drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed) back on the force we are finally there. Guitar fiend Greg Anderson (Sunn0)))) punches out the most magical riffs and rattles, churns and flutters as he delivers his wizardry without every pushing himself into too much of a leading role. It seems that this part was reserved for vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream, Earthlings?) who expertly surfs across all that we hear. And everything that was intended with this record seems to come to a head on the Grandpa Jones track, just as catchy as the rest of the album, with perfect vocals and stomping drums, it delivers exactly what they wanted and what we needed: blues for the dark dark days…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 16 juli 2015

Big Business – Battlefields Forever


Big Business – Battlefields Forever
Gold Metal Records/Solar Flare Records – 2013/2015
Rock, Stoner, Sludge, Metal
Rated: ****

The former duo Big Business return to the fight with their new album, which was released in 2013, Battlefields Forever. Okay, so let’s quickly explain those weird statements in that first sentence. Big Business, comprised out of Jared Warren and Coady Willis, who also play in Melvins, among others, added a third member to their band in the name of Scott Martin who also plays in 400Blows and Crom. After which they released Battlefields Forever on their side of the Atlantic pond in 2013. But it has only recently become available in the rest of the world. Although everyone could ofcourse always buy everything on the internet, French label Solar Flare Records did the right thing and put everything into motion over here in the old world. And like we already said, righteously so, cause the Seattle sludge metal formation outdid themselves with Battlefields Forever. Fast and furious on some moments, packing mighty punches and uppercut explosions, they turn into a torrid or a slow drench the next. This is no strength in numbers release, for each of the nine tracks on this album has something special to it. So, join the fight, and remember: who dares wins!

(Written by JK)




Klone – Here Comes The Sun


Klone – Here Comes The Sun
Sonic Rendezvous – 2015
Metal, Prog, Rock
Rated: ***

The sound of Duplicate, their doom metal debut from 2003, has slowly but steadily changed into something much for proggy, elaborate and dark. We are referring to Klone, the French rock formation that has just released their fifth album Here Comes The Sun. It has done away with the howling and screeching and has chosen to carefully tread upon a path that is treacherous and meticulous. It has turned them into a highly melodic and colorful rock force which can just as easily implore grandiose synthesizers as copper sounding brass. As if they intend to do a danse macabre on the very edge of the horizon, casting somber shadows and summoning saddened specters. Not in the least thanks to a vocalist that knows what restraint is and knows exactly when to let things go and go up in flames. There’s no denying the fact that the Klone of the past is no more, but there’s a new Klone, a better one perhaps. A tinkered and tailored version of everything they did so well before and even better now…

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 10 juli 2015

Pentagram – Curious Volume


Pentagram – Curious Volume
Peaceville/Suburban – 2015
Rock, Doom, Metal
Rated: *****

Most of us freaks out there carry at least one of the Pentagram albums close to our hearts. And many have carried them around like their very own unholy bible. Which is extremely justified. And after the resurgence in worldwide interest due to the Last Days Here movie and the damn fine album that would follow which was ominously called Last Rites. A lot of us worried they would be the last new recordings we could pray to. But we are lucky, Mr. Bobby Liebling and his compadres have been working on a new hardy volume for us to blood meditate with and it is not only tasty as sin but just as lustful. The new album is called Curious Volume and charges out of the gate with a thunderous Lay Down and Die. Just short of three minutes the track is wild and boisterous and has you banging and howlin within seconds. Ofcourse featuring Victor Griffin on guitar and bass player Greg Turley who was also present on Last Rites, it is also a wild introduction to the new drummer Pete Campbell, who you might know from Griffin’s In-Graved or Vulgaari. Almost all of the following ten tracks of the new record sound just as amazing and all have that copper edge, that throwback sound, that typical heavy metal approach that Pentagram always brought to the table. With some more guitar work here and there and a Liebling that has never sounded better. Especially on tracks like The Tempter Push, the heavy felt Sufferin’ and Devil’s Playground. The slower and doomier side of Pentagram shines through on Dead Bury Dead and Curious Volume, but we must conclude that that side is taking a backseat to their vintage and proto-colorings with a massive drive and groove, just listen to Earth Flight for instance, yowzah! And it turns out that it’s just the way we like it! We have Pentagram gold on our hands here!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 8 juli 2015

Doom Chart for July 2015


Doom Chart

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

We dive in that dirty pool of the Doom Charts to cool our bodies and warm our heart as the summer heat whirls around us. And we can’t stress the fact enough that they are compiled our of some forty amazing bloggers, journalists and music fiends from around the world who send their top albums of past month to one of them to compile the ultimate Doom Chart. It’s a highly democratic adventure that unfortunately will leave some of those great albums and bands hanging just below the Top 25 that is published… And guess what… Mr. Bucky Brown, the guy who compiled this month’s issue, that hot July issue, released the 25 below to us as well! But who will be the Numero Uno this month? Still Dopethrone? Or do we find another album on that unholy throne?  And what great new bands entered the list and who do you miss? Go check it out! Go check it out…

Go check it out and head on over to the Doom Charts to read up on all those amazing albums!


Spoiler alert for...


The first album to drop off the list and make it back on again, the new album by that new band formed by grand master Angstrom. Yes, Dave has done it again. You can almost smell the blood dripping from the hooks, riffs and growling guitars. Dirty power chords and bourbon soaked drums. It’s steamy and with every track that passes you feel the shadows come alive around you… Be sure  to check out Luna Sol’s album Blood Moon, cause it will make you shiver, give you goosebumps and afraid to turn off the lights…



zondag 5 juli 2015

Dead Shed Jokers – Dead Shed Jokers


Dead Shed Jokers – Dead Shed Jokers
Pity My Brain Records – 2015
Rock, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ****

Northern and landlocked, smack dab in the middle of Welsh coastal cities like Swansea, Cardiff and Newport you can find settlements like Aberdare and Merthyr. Not names that might immediately ring a bell. And even the locals seem to only find out about the desperate history of the twin towns after they’ve moved away. Traversing the abandoned railway tunnel from Merthyr to Aberdare you get the urge to run, skip and jump because the dark seems to be chasing you. The oppressive air hunkering down and ready to pounce you when you decide to stop. Wait, where is this going? And I am not referring to the tunnel here. But imagining that tunnel and the atmosphere is a good way to start your journey with the Dead Shed Jokers. On their second full-sized album they hop, skip and jump with their very own version of alternative rock, stoner and even classic sounding metal. With heady time signatures and breaks, they opt for big gestures and there’s almost something thespian about their version of heavy rock. And there’s definite craziness lurking around the corner as well. And I’m not just talking about their insane video for third track Memoirs of Mr Bryant or the ending of said song. But just listen how the twist up their riffs and switch between structures. Damn, if you wouldn’t know better you would almost expect them for trying to produce a proggy stoner opera that only people who use One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as their bible could possibly grasp! Which means everything is true, even if it didn’t happen, for he who marches out of step hears another drum…

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 3 juli 2015

Snowy Dunes – Snowy Dunes


Snowy Dunes – Snowy Dunes
Stoner Caravan Records – 2015
Rock, Seventies, Psych, Sixties, Blues, Stoner
Rated: ****

Combining mid-sixties garage psychedelics with seventies riff-rock and a hint of love for the early nineties stoner scene. Well, I guess the description given on their own tumblr page says it all. Snowy Dunes is definitely all that. But then there’s so much more. And all that comes neatly packed in nine amazing songs on their debut self-titled record that seems to be truly ‘out there’ when the first track whirls around you. After which the rest of the album keeps spiraling like a hazy minaret trumpet player as the night falls down around you. Cause there is no mistake that the five Swedes aim to produce outer world blues for the moment the sun goes down and the red light fades. This is blue. Hazy blues. Foggy fuzz. Psychedelic string maniacs running wild. It will have you bopping along on their golden psychedelic blues with a bottle of dubious quality rum in one hand and barely enough ice to make it through. Snowy Dunes, with enough heat and sand to build majestic musical castles that will help you through every dangerous and destitute night!

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 26 juni 2015

Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time


Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time
Napalm – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental, Metal
Rated: *****

The mentioning of the following album has been lying in wait for a month. Waiting with anticipation on spreading the good word on this truly amazing record! And yes, perhaps we are biased once again, but then again, we always are. Cause we only speak about the music we truly love! After meeting up with guitarist Johan Jaccob in a restaurant in Lille where some of his art was on display to talk Glowsun and to buy some of his drawings he remarked that they were already in the final stage of the album and that he himself was absolutely smitten with what they had done so far. And now it is here. Beyond The Wall Of Time, the third full-sized Glowsun album. And it truly is a masterpiece! Intricate details and overwhelming accuracy are what make this album tick. Like a high prized Swiss clock it turns and shifts and balances out on the exact right moment. The pounding drums and growling riffs have you soaring high. The time-umbrella concept really feels like an adventure; and thanks to all the minutiae you keep discovering little musical trinkets with every new listening session. Do not mistake this for just another good Glowsun album, no, this is an instrumental masterpiece and one that is meant for the ages!

(Written by JK)