dinsdag 17 juli 2018

Forming The Void – Rift


Forming The Void – Rift
Kozmik Artifactz – 2018
Psychedelic Doom Rock
Rated: *****

Man, these guys have a righteous heavy sound that kicks you right in the guts. Mountain-like riffs are propelled by the rhythm section – unstoppable bastards with searing solos that get the neck muscles working overtime. Cleanish vocals drenched in reverb float to the front of everything which ties in nicely with the psychedelic passages that weave in and out of the sonic prayers being offered here. A lot of bands try this mixture of genres but Forming The Void have fucking nailed it. Over here at Maim Towers, this is getting a lot of spins and other stuff I should be reviewing is getting left behind. This is the good stuff.

Thanks to Richard S Jones - Sheltered Life PR for the promo.

(Written by Tony Maim)




maandag 16 juli 2018

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


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


As mentioned, we did not have a whole lot of time between the Rock Werchter and Bospop festivals to listen to new stuff. Luckily we did recover in time from the accident to enjoy them both to the fullest! And in those few spare moments we did some quick listening sessions to some hot new stuff! Svvamp’s new album, released via Riding Easy Records, is called II and is once again pure heavy psychedelic gold! Shark Inferno released Terra Theia Baby Luna; stoner-punk, garage grime and lazy psych that reminds of the Dandy Warhols. The mixture of it all is definitely erratic, wild and insane. If yer in need for a rollercoaster ride, check out the Shark Inferno! Drug Cult featured high on the Doom Charts and as Melissa Spence from Stoner Witch Radio stated there: “These are some of the thickest and heaviest riffs, fully laced with a female entity who’s vocal charm alleviates and pulls you back to consciousness throughout this 7 track journey. The atmosphere created by this four-piece from Australia is dark, satisfying and may cause intense hallucinations if not properly dosed.” Spot on! Ready for some groovy bluesy heaviness? Check out Old Man Rob and the Trial By Stone album. It will quench yer thirst! And you will surely get drunk on the Andy Samford album Reflections. Psychedelic fuzzy and adventurously heavy! Exactly what is needed for a hot and sunny evening! And you know the deal. You need to check’m out yourself! Check’m all out!

dinsdag 3 juli 2018

The Doom Chart For June 2018

   
Doom Chart

“The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”
    ― Jim Morrison

The year is halfway over already and the intensity continues to build each month here at the Doom Charts. We are growing our roster, our team, our family, reaching into deeper waters and harvesting a larger cross section of the heavy underground. This month marks the end of the beginning of the year and the beginning of the end. Nearly 300 individual unique albums were voted for this month of which 25 made the final cut, based on frequency and ranking, presented below. Another month splitting the tally between newcomers and repeat acts vowing towards the throne of Doom at #1. Turn out the lights folks.

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…

And as Bucky already stated, almost 300 stunning albums got voted for this month. Of the 25 I submitted, 6 made the final cut. And in the 25 below that are another 5 and in the 25 below that are another 6. And that's how it goes on. There's so much great stuff out there. We listen to what we can and we love all we love. And those make the final 25! But I'm sure the new Astrosoniq album just needs to be heard some more by my fellow Doom Chart cats. Or the new Yawning Man for that matter!  They'll make the cut next time around! Right?! Who knows. For now, check out that that damn fine Doom Chart June 2018 edition and get freaky!



maandag 2 juli 2018

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


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


Well, it was about that time again. Time for another accident… So yes, dislocated jaw and shoulder and a whole lot of bruises. And that fuckin happens, right now, in the middle of festival season. Cause we only just recovered from Graspop Metal Meeting and Rock Werchter is almost upon us. Bloody fuckin hell! It is also the reason we did not listen to a lot of new stuff last week. We could not concentrate. Unfortunately, so we turned to old faithful Spidergawd to sooth our senses and found a few new releases that tickled our blood on the moments we could handle it. Like Zoe’s Idol record We Apologize For Being Awesome. German based groove metal turned psycho stoner, yes, everyone should apologize for this being awesome. Bluesy and psychedelic seventies hardrock straight from magical Melbourne. It’s Whoopie Cat and their proggy approach and soulful hardrock on Illusion Of Choice is a righteous soundtrack for every summer evening! Thirst Planet releases Essence, a riff explosion of doom and stoner metal straight from somewhere in Israel. It has enough groove and enough wicked little weirdness to make everyone go crazy! Black Moon Circle released their one track album Psychedelic Spacelord. Over three quarters of an hour long, it is one hell of a cosmic adventure! A spacey quest to fill the void with an endless array of majestic jams! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

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


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

vrijdag 29 juni 2018

Starmonger – Revelation: III


Starmonger – Revelation: III
Self released – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, NWOBHM
Rated: ****

It's only a small mention. A quick prod in your general direction to make you sit up and take notice. Which is fitting in this case... For, it’s only two tracks strong this release. But two damn good ones! It’s the third release by a power trio form the outskirts of Paris, France. Starmonger is the name they go by and Revelation: III is the name of the EP. Two intense stoner truckers heavy on the fuzz, big on the riffs and with influences from hardrock to NWOBHM this will not only turn on the stoner fiends; it will cause all metalheads to sit up and take notice like the crazy meerkats that we are. A few of the influences they name themselves are Truckfighters, Red Fang, Sungrazer and Baroness. Some of which are indeed obvious, and all of them are the right influences to have! Check’m out! Starmonger! We are damn sure all of you freaks will dig the hell out of ‘em!

(Written by JK)



Ghost – Prequelle


Ghost – Prequelle
Caroline/Spinefarm/Loma Vista – 2018
Rock, Metal, Pop, Theatrical, Occult
Rated: ***

As we return to the fold after the Graspop Metal Meeting Festival, we went back to one of the mentions we wrote before we left but had not posted yet. The few words below are still how I feel about the album, but the live show has become a different sort of thing. It’s not that fun anymore when you started out making fun of the band; but now the band parodies itself. Ghost on Roadburn was weird, the way they looked did not match up with the sound. And every show afterwards, the steadily grew better into their pop musical future. Until the decline started. On Graspop the new Cardinal Copia character has turned into more of an Inspector Clouseau, who makes lame jokes and sings horribly. Which might be due to the new mask and getting used to it or something. But still. We now not just hope for something a bit more Satanic next time around, we hope for a new Pope! And quickly! 

As you all might know, we’ve been following Ghost since we were confronted with them on Roadburn 2011 and we predicted the Popestar album back in 2013. Since then much has changed in the Ghost realm. But not for their music! Of course, everyone now knows (thanks to lawsuits and a few journalists who wouldn’t play the game) who is behind the Ghost project and that it is basically a one-man project. And that he longs to translate his love for the seventies approach that Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult had into whatever pop song magic Abba was able to tap into. We have been hearing Ghost do this on every album; and every one of those records has worked well. To a bigger or lesser degree. Well, Prequelle is no different. And therein perhaps lies the rub, the more of the same feeling and the lack of real progress. Or perhaps not, for when a track like Witch Image comes along, you cannot stand idly by. You will have to chant along and smile your lovely evil smile! There are few more of those damn catchy moments, but perhaps not quite enough. And yes, there it is, It’s A Sin! It was only logical that this would be recorded. Logical. Expected. Perhaps we would should start an incantation hymn for something a bit more Satanic next time around…

(Written by JK)



maandag 18 juni 2018

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


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


Festival season is upon us. Wild times and a whole lot of great music! Next up is Graspop; which starts this Thursday. With big names like Guns ‘N Roses, Iron Maiden, Volbeat and Megadeth. But also, Baroness, Dool, Ghost, Kadavar, Planet of Zeus, Vintage Caravan and a whole lot of metal from every genre. Yihaw!  But we still found some time to listen to great stuff at home as well! Like Black Orchid Empire and their Yugen album. Smashing stuff! Or Lowen and their A Crypt In The Stars release. Magical from front to back! Both absolutely excellent and both of which we mentioned earlier on the HiVe. And then there was the new Jollymon album Void Walker, that suddenly appeared on the radar! Yes, Jollymon releases new stuff after eighteen years! A perfect combination of stoner metal and space rock. Less grungy than their earlier work this is one hell of a release. One that ticks all my personal boxes and I am pretty sure it shall tick everyone’s boxes! So, get on board the Jollymon spaceship and ride the endless groove through the void! The latest Arctic Monkeys is still on rotation and we wonder how it will translate on the Werchter stage where we will catch’m in a few weeks’ time. And because of the sad news of Arthur van Berkel’s passing, we played Orange Sunshine for two days straight. Remembering all the times we watched him do his magic on stage. We hope he is swirling around in psychedelic goodness and peace wherever he might be. And we implore you, if you haven’t already, to put on that Orange Sunshine magic and swirl around with him. And feel the love for his comrades from the band, all his friends and family! So, ride those waves! Ride them all!

donderdag 14 juni 2018

Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars


Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars
Self-released – 2018
Rock, Doom, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

A doom-trio from the twisted heart of London called Lowen has just released their 5-track effort called A Crypt In The Stars. It combines doom with stoner and psychedelic touches and drowns it all in grimy fuzz and enchanting, almost ethereal vocals. We have Nina Saeidi to thank for the amazing voice which definitely has a whole lot of world-wide influences. Which immediately becomes obvious on the opening track Ashurbanipal’s Request, where we can hear her do her magic in Persian tongue. It turns that song and all the tracks that follow into something grander and bigger then the make up of a trio should suggest. Especially since the guitarist also provides the bass duties. They’ll translate this to a quartet for the live shows? Or are in search of a fourth member? Whatever the case, the band knows how to enchant with a superb vision on how to pound the riffs home with a definite theatrical sense, offering you an fata morgana or illusion where you envision arrangements with strings, choirs and a gigantic orchestra. Man, these Lowen cats have touched upon something magical!

(Written by JK)



Black Orchid Empire – Yugen


Black Orchid Empire – Yugen
SPV/Long Branch – 2018
Rock, Hard, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

The London trio Black Orchid Empire definitely know their stuff and what they love. It’s obvious they dig outfits like Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Biffy Clyro and Deftones. On their album Yugen you can definitely make out those influences. Very easily even, just check out Celebrity Summer or opener My Favorite Stranger and hear which is which. Right? But still, the riffs are there and the grooves are masterful. Raw and rowdy basslines and expert drums turn out a highly dynamic, aggressive but rosy colored musical ride that sounds modern in all aspects and will definitely catch your ear. If not for the endless amount of earworms that remind you of different bands, then it’s because of the fine vocals and the heavy alternative hardrock the band undoubtely turns out with grandiose delivery. Yes, check out the Black Orchid Empire, these guys have everything to turn you and the rest of the world on! Big time!

(Written by JK)




Rest In Peace... Arthur...


 Rest In Peace... Arthur...

Yesterday and today we spin Orange Sunshine only, in honor of magician Arthur! Every gig we ever had the pleasure to experience was wild and magnificent! Righteous Orange thunder! May he rest in peace...


dinsdag 12 juni 2018

Hooka Hey – War Cry


Hooka Hey – War Cry
Domino Media Agency / All Tube Records – 2018
Rock, Robot, Stoner, Blues
Rated: *****

Originally from Paris, France the boys relocated to Austin, Texas a few years ago. There they continued to carve out their sweet little slice of rock! It is indeed some good voodoo they do! Hooka Hey! The new record War Cry dances around that Queens Of The Stone Age sound, entices the old blues grandfathers and winks through dark electrified smoke at that luscious mistress called fuzz. It’s more progressive and daring then their earlier work and implores some twisted Americana to paint their stories red with blood and sizzling fire. It’s what they do so incredibly well, telling those sick and crazy tales that evoke dark dark nights and dangerous adventures. Primal and atavistic they dive head first into every perilous escapade that might suddenly appear before them. Yes, we are going over board again with trying to describe something that is either too good to describe or feels like it might only be ruined if described with mere ‘facts’. And fuck it, this is not what we do. We profess our love. And when something is this good on every level, we scream it from every rooftop we might find ourselves on; before diving head first into whatever insane venture might awaits us below. Hooka Hey! it’s a good day to die!

(Written by JK)



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back
Spinefarm/Candlelight
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

It is record number nine and we still turn completely giddy when we first spin a new Orange Goblin record. Even though the band has been steadily releasing records that profess their undying servitude to the sloppy meat and rich gravy side of stoner metal, they have also incorporated something different every time around. Maybe not as much every time around, but always a little hint of this or that to keeps things, interesting, enticing and spicy! Well, The Wolf Bites Back might be there most diverse album to date. Experiments with blues, hardcore and prog are embraced while the doom and stoner metal command attention. And songs like In Bocca Al Lupo or The Stranger are definitely what set The Wolf Bites Back apart from the records that came before. It’s Orange Goblin alright, but almost invigorating and shiny! Add to this that Motörhead’s Phil Campbell adds a bit of his sauce to mix and you are hearing an Orange Goblin record that stands tall when looking at the records that came before. And there aren’t that many bands that we can honestly state about that the haven’t released a bad record yet and their last one might actually really be their best…

(Written by JK)

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