vrijdag 19 december 2014

Number 14


Number 14

“This whisky has been matured for 14 years in traditional oak casks before being transferred to Caribbean rum casks to impart some extra flavor. This process has created a well-rounded and drinkable whisky with notes of fruit and vanilla. Nose: The aroma is rich with notes of tropical fruits, namely passion fruit, and creamy toffee. Palate: Sweet vanilla forms a creamy palate with notes of apples and mangos with a hint of orange in the background. Finish: The finish lingers with a vanilla focused character. Overall: Mouth-coating and fruity with superb balance, this is an excellent new release from the chaps at Balvenie. ”

We found two albums with the exact amount of points on Number 15: Jeremy Irons & The Ratgang Malibus’s album Spirit Knife. And the Blue Snaggletooth record, Beyond Thule. And now we rise up for another six points to reach Number 14. And ofcourse as every year we find yet another Swedish band in the Top 20 countdown. But where most of those Scandinavian bands aim for the classic sound and that seventies approach with overtones of stoner and proto metal, these guys go big the way of doom. It still retains a highly vintage sound and feeling, but the gigantic riffs and massive bass implore you to nod your head slowly and gravely. And then there’s that voice. Haunting, spacy and mesmerizing! So bow down for the solitary lord and his queen!



Monolord – Empress Rising



donderdag 18 december 2014

Number 15


Number 15

“Colour: Gold. Nose: Not much lower strength. Raw, spirits, inexpressive, a little cardboard, grass, leaf… And a few floral tones. But an unlovely bouquet. Mouth: Very nice, a lot of caramel, corn syrup, then coffee and, just like in the blend, a little sawdust. Finish: Medium length, with a bitter side. Some varnish in the aftertaste. A mix of two distinct highland malts, the blended malt of Usquaebach is an acquired taste.”

We climb eight points after visiting the majestic Colossus album by Lo-Pan and head off towards a late comer this year. Not one, but two actually. A definite collector’s item and a gang of underappreciated actor lovers. One of them got together about five years ago and the other has been rocking the world for ten years. One of them is responsible for an incredible proto-metal, classic hardrock and trucking stoner record that leers back towards that golden seventies era. And the other one provided us with a psychedelic rock offering that rivals any of the greats. It is low soaring and high riding and cuts you like a knife. Ann Arbor, Michigan and Stockholm, Sweden together on position Number 15.



Blue Snaggletooth - Beyond Thule

Jeremy Irons & The Ratgang Malibus - Spirit Knife






woensdag 17 december 2014

Number 16


Number 16

“A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The 16 year old has become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery. Very thick and rich. A massive mouthful of malt and sherry with good fruity sweetness, but also a wonderful sweetness. Big, powerful peat and oak.”

We move up with seven points over Witch Mountain to a band that has made the Top 20 countdown list many times. They reached the Number 9 position of the very first edition of the yearly countdown in 2009 and the Number 3 position in 2011. This year they occupy Number 16 and rightfully so. Perhaps heavier and harder as their earlier ones; it definitely goes big the way of a monstrous statue. Tight, tense and with a definite punch this is by no means a light hearted album. Or an easy straightforward heavy trucker. No, there is so much in there that begs to be discovered. And with a place in the countdown we’re sure that many have and many more will!



Lo-Pan – Colossus




Since the release Lo-Pan has parted ways with guitarist Brian Fristoe. We wish Brian all the best in his future endeavors. Taking over guitar duties is Adrian Zambrano of Columbus, Ohio.

dinsdag 16 december 2014

Number 17


Number 17

“The nose is quite full. There are notes of honey and wax, resin and oak. There are notes of gentle smoke and cacao, hints of cooked fruit and a nutty note. The palate is sweet and rich. There are crisp notes of mixed peels, raisin and custard with a little zest and plenty of oak. The finish is long with notes of oak and cocoa and sherried peels.”

Two points above Kamchatka we are treated to the first female input this year. Unfortunately, she decide to leave the band not long after the release of this album. With an earthy and worldly vibe it is an album that perfects that beautiful paradox of making blues and doom become so charming and magnificent to listen to that you envision yourself naked underneath a picturesque waterfall somewhere in some forest. Perfection. And perfection kills…


Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels



zondag 14 december 2014

Number 18


Number 18

“An elegant nose, faintly sweet, scented with apple and wood. Glen Fiddich 18 is a robust and full-bodied single malt whisky, yet remains remarkably soft, rounded and long lasting.”

And again; this album received one point more than the Serpent Venom album. And once again, we travel to the Scandinavian country of Sweden. A trio this time around. And one that has stumbled upon its definitive line-up this year. Their mixture of seventies heavy blues, stoner trucking and psychedelic free garage rock has this wild and ferocious inevitability. It’s a visit to a highly volatile volcanic landscape and dancing upon its surface with your arms stretched out. And like they state themselves; think about Cream, Zeppelin and Hendrix but with a Robin Trower or Warren Haynes approach. It’s groovy, it’s funky and it moves like a caged tiger ready to pounce…


Kamchatka – The Search Goes On





zaterdag 13 december 2014

Number 19


Number 19

“Linkwood 1990 19 Year Old - First Cask Whisky. From the First Cask range of Whisky, this is a Single Cask 19 Year Old Distilled in 1990. Minimum of 85 bucks for this one!”

They hail from the grimy streets of London. And their sophomore album received one point more than Salem’s Pot. These four musketeers know how to make a bass sound hairy, guitars absolute intense and bombard you with grandiose drum work. This is the way of the ancient giants. The ones that once roamed the earth in search of true rock. And then there are the vocals; which seem to almost float like a sycamore dream upon that thundering river of madness. And through that haze you see or maybe you don’t what happened so many years ago…


Serpent Venom - Of Things Seen & Unseen


Number 20


Number 20

“There’s a lot of oak here (resinous, spicy, leathery, tobacco-tinged), but it’s on a bed of layered sweetness (nutty toffee, caramel fudge, maple syrup) that supports and marries with the oak. An ideal postprandial bourbon…”


This Swedish quartet knows how to impose its classic horror and exploitation atmosphere upon the listener with feverous energy and drug-addled riffs. It is that seventies psychedelic riffage, that acid-blues and fuzz laden grooviness that draws you in. But it is that occult touch and creepy doomy vibe that enthralls and captivates. Yes, we start the countdown with them. We are talking about that sorry lot…


Salem's Pot - …Lurar ut dig på prärien



And so it begins… The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2014


The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2014 

And so it begins…

We have passed the 20:00 CET deadline on December the 12th of this musically stupendous year of 2014 many hours ago. But due to the many lists sent in the final moments it took longer to compute everything. So many great albums have been released that it once again made a lot of the list jump around like a mad kangaroo with some kind of weird flue. In the top though, things got pretty steady, pretty quick. Do you want to wager who wins? Nah, let’s just wait till December 31st to see who it is! It has once again been amazing to see the level of commitment of all you lovely freaks out there. And we received no less than 86 lists this year! Some of you sent a one album list; some three, some more, a few entered the exact twenty and a few went as far as detailing no less than a hundred or even a hundred and fifty one albums. Crazy bastards! Crazy… But that’s how it goes…

So… without further ado… We give you Number TWENTY. 

donderdag 11 december 2014

The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2014


The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2014

The deadline is approaching fast! So if you want to make sure your favorite album of 2014 ends up high on the list; send your list of favorite albums to StonerHiVe@hotmail.com before 20:00 CET on December 12. It doesn’t matter how many records the list contains as long as they were released this year. If you send in a graded the list, they will receive points accordingly. If you cannot put an order to them. That’s okay too: cause all albums will then get the same amount of points. So, start cracking and send your list of favorites before the countdown commences!

Send it HERE !

Before 20:00 CET December 12!


Fusskalt – Drive / Stand in Line


Fusskalt – Drive / Stand in Line
Self released – 2014
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

With an all mighty groove these five Danish freaks come out swinging! It is Fusskalt and with these two single tracks they pound you like a bearded dwarf wielding a Louisville slugger. Two single tracks called Drive and Stand In Line have you aching for more. And there is more ofcourse in the form of their two damn fine EP’s from 2012 and 2013. Which were more straightforward and speeding like a bullet train; missing some of that holy groove that is so prevalent on the two new tracks. Sure, you can already heat it being born on those stoner metal EP’s. But on Drive and Stand In Line it has matured to the massive beast that it is today. Indeed, Fusskalt has it all. Grimy, gritty riffs, pounding drums and a highly accomplished vocalist that has you grinning like a madman! So throw back a beer, light a smoke, speed up and head out towards that sunset horizon!

(Written by JK)



Thermate – November


Thermate – November
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Alternative
Rated: ***

Kuopio, Finland. Home to a damn fine rock festival and the five-piece Thermate. Who have just released their second EP called November. Formed in 2011 the band has slowly grown into its present form. With these new three tracks they display a certain love for nineties alternative and seminal stoner. But there is something else in there. Something resembling diesel blues. With the highly open aired guitars that sound classic and wild on occasion and highly fuzzy and filled with warm winded desert air the next. For the most part they display a highly laidback attitude which they use as the steady base upon which the guitar is allowed to take you away on a soaring ride through the clouds. Green clouds, with tiny specks of doom and heavy outbursts. Thermate is tasty!

(Written by JK)




woensdag 10 december 2014

Seritas – Seritas


Seritas – Seritas
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Garage
Rated: ***

Behind the moniker Seritas is the Evans duo; Misty and Ryan. Which ofcourse immediately reminds of the first steps of the White Stripes. And guess what, so does the music on some weird level. For where Jack and Meg went the way of the blues and the traditionals, Seritas goes the way of the doom and the stoner. Which makes their ramshackle garage sound highly proto and ancient. And just when you are head deep in the sound you already starting to love with all your heart; track number four rolls around. And where the strange voice of Ryan does something for the head; it is that Misty voice that does something for the heart. It seems to be the perfect dividing or resting point before continuing on down that rickety and grimy garage doom path laid down by this Seritas duo. We definitely long to hear more, more of Seritas and more of Misty…

(Written by JK)