dinsdag 18 juni 2019

Hhoogg – Earthling, Go Home!


Hhoogg – Earthling, Go Home!
Crystal Space Bricks – 2019
Rock, Instrumental, Space, Psych, Jam
Rated: ****

We’ve been working on writing something about the new Hhoogg since it came out somewhere around February. Things get in the way, it happens, we all know it does. But when you return to the Earthling, Go Home! album after these many months and are immediately blow away again, you realize you dropped the ball and should have finished the mention back then. Cause people need to hear it! Psychedelic instrumental space rock! Jam-oriented heaviness that implores touches from all the genres we love so dearly, but focuses on getting you high and getting you to another planet. Like you are sucked through a warped vortex and are travelling at the speed of sound towards a destination unknown and laughing like a mad man, even though you know that is never about the destination, but about the journey itself. And this one is majestic! What an adventure!

(Written by JK)



maandag 17 juni 2019

Abyss – Red Moon


Abyss – Red Moon
Self-Released – 2019
Stoner, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

Abyss, a quartet from Odesa, Ukraine have released three leviathan discs of Heavy, expansive Psychedelic Stoner rock with Doom touches and Spatial atmospheres... RED MOON is my personal favourite of the three: seven mammoth tunes (with a total playing time over two and a half hours) that seek out dissonance in the void, alien forms in the vastness and introspective reflection in the darkness... As if MIR had been visited by aliens and overpowered by the crew, who then took their ship on a jolly around the galaxy! All three Abyss releases are well-executed, seriously trippy and come with a price-tag that is bargain of the year! Lose yourself in the Abyss... The Odesa Files? More like the X-Files!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



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

 
Stoner HiVe’s
Top 5 artists listened to last week…
 
 
No time for a update on the how or what... Just a quick list...

Go check'm all out!

zondag 16 juni 2019

Baroness – Gold & Grey


Baroness – Gold & Grey
Abraxan Hymns – 2019
Rock, Metal, Prog Stoner
Rated: ****

Once upon a time in the magical Kingdom of Heavy, there was a band called Baroness. After some EPs, the band released the “Blue” and “Red” albums and all the subjects of the kingdom celebrated with much joy and drinks and drugs because the two albums were declared masterpieces and the band were the best in the world. All was good in the Kingdom of Heavy. Then the band released “Yellow & Green” and “Purple” and a lot of the subjects cursed the band because these new albums were not the same as “Red” and “Blue” and in the Kingdom of Heavy the subjects became sad and cursed Baroness for changing and not staying the same for years and years. So all the subjects waited to see what the new album “Gold & Grey” would sound like. And up in the Dark Tower, the brave reviewers who listen to piles and piles of shit so you don’t have to, shouted down to the waiting subjects and declared “Some of you saps will hate it, some will love it. It is like none of the albums mentioned but a glorious mixture of all of them, showcasing the song writing skills of a band secure in their own abilities, still heavy, still displaying light and shade and still awesome”

How did the subjects of Kingdom of Heavy react to this news? Who gives a shit!

(Written by Tony Maim)




woensdag 12 juni 2019

Gin Lady – Tall Sun Crooked Moon


Gin Lady – Tall Sun Crooked Moon
Kozmik Artifactz/Spinnup – 2019
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Sixties, Roots, Psych, Americana
Rated: *****

Making it all the way to the 12th spot of the May Doom Charts is Gin Lady and their new album Tall Sun Crooked Moon. On it they move every forward to the sound of yore. Their love for the good stuff, the stuff that originates from the sixties and the seventies is every present and o’ so obvious. But the level of musicianship is so extremely good that the sounds become pure shimmering gold. This perhaps the best soundtrack you will ever hear this year for a long drive towards a wide and sunny horizon. Cause it is the Roots, the Country and the Americana that make this album jump out from all the other heavy stuff we love so dearly. It has been said before, but honestly, these cats combine all the best from The Band, The Allman Brother, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Neil Young in one tight package. This is the biography of a spring full of love and sweet country living. Amazing!


(Written by JK)



Off for a while...


Off for a while...

Remodeling the warroom...

Have been off for the past couple of days... And won't be around much the next...

Aspiring to reach the level of sophistication my colleague has reached, as you can see in the picture above...

vrijdag 7 juni 2019

Lo-Pan – Subtle


Lo-Pan – Subtle
Aqualamb Records – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Desert
Rated: *****

Lo-Pan has always been a definite fixture on the HiVe. They’ve made it to the Top 20 Countdown at the end of the year with almost every release the past ten years. Sasquanaut back in 2009. Salvador two years later and Colossus in 2014. They just have that unique sound that worms itself into your blood, bones and heart immediately! And guess what, they’ve done it again! Produced by James Brown (Not the Godfather of Soul obviously!) (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ghost) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Mastodon, Deftones, Alice in Chains, GNR), Subtle, Lo-Pan’s newest releases has even more catchiness and melody to it than their earlier albums. If that was even possible? It retains all of its heaviness, it has a high degree of dynamics and pushes for a mighty groove every time again. And all that with so much dirty nuance and gritty chugging, simply colossal! It’s hard rock, it’s desert rock, it’s stoner and it’s soulful! And only logical that they are on Seventh position on the Doom Charts this month… But how high on the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown at the end of they year will be up to you freaks… How high indeed?!

(Written by JK)



Tempel – Tempel


Tempel – Tempel
Jansen Recrods / PIAS – 2019
Metal, Hardcore, Hardrock, Punk
Rated: ****

The Norwegian Tempel is the new Kvelertak-drummer vehicle and seems to continue on where the other band signs off. The melody that suddenly appears when you get used to the hardcore sound is beautiful. There are other bands once again using this name, so be aware and be ready. For the tracks are definitely along the lines one would assume a Kvelertak drummer could continue. Joined by two brothers and long time buddies they’ve produced nine tracks that use metal, hardrock, hardcore and punk to their breaking point. And once it does, the sudden beauty of the melody that appears and the wild gorgeousness that hides below all that guitar violence is simply amazing. And of course we can state that the hardcore screaming vocals fit the music, but it does mean, that some of the track fuse into one and a good record did not become great. For on those few songs they do not screech and grate, like Confusion, one can hear that Tempel has a lot to offer… So let’s bring an offer at Tempel and pray they go down that route on their next record…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 6 juni 2019

King of None – Weightless Waters


King of None – Weightless Waters
Self released – 2019
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

It is the third release for Finnish five-piece outfit King Of None and it’s definitely the best one to date! After hanging out on the damn fine and freaky hot Fortarock festival last weekend, which caters to all sides of metal, but only a bit to hardrock and stoner, the King Of None sound comes across as the perfect transition. The new release is called Weightless Waters and features six highly metallic stoner tracks. Wild guitar work, filled with excellent riffs and damn fine solos. A bass sound that will make everything bounce and drums which seem to pound animalistic on half of the tracks and almost machinal on the other half. Which in turn almost gives it a sludgy vibe here or there. Gritty absolutely fitting vocals complete the tracks and turns Weightless Waters into an half hour of pure unadulterated stoner metal bliss! Digging the shit out of it!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 5 juni 2019

The Doom Chart for May 2019



Doom Chart

    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton



It’s amazing what is happening in the heavy underground scene right now. The artistic endeavor involved in all aspects of music is what makes it so immersive as a total experience both physical and mental. Yes, most of us our mental. Take a look at these album covers, most of them available in physical format on vinyl, CD, cassette, poster, patch, etc…. One of the defining elements of a complete package is the artwork to go along with the musical aspect. It’s downright amazing. This month the charts see more diversity across the planet with new albums from Poland, USA, France, Finland, Romania, and of course Sweden just to name a few. You can always count on Sweden. 18 new entries and 7 repeats keeping the trend going with over 300 different albums voted upon within our teams members’ top 25 individual lists.

As Bucky already stated: over 300 albums got voted for this month! Bands like Stone From The Sky, Beaten By Hippies and The Lucid Furs only barely missed the 25 that got featured. But there are so many more and I thank all the fellow contributors once again for all their work and all their votes. Otherwise I might have missed hearing Electric Paradox by Crow Ballard or Darkness Emotion by The Polvos CCP... Just two that were somewhere in the middle of those 300 albums... Thanks everyone, let's keep this heavy train rollinh!
 

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the 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…

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month...


 Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month...



A few days late of course… Right before we get to go wild with a new Doom Chart, which has been out for a few days, here’s the May rundown of the Top 10 most listened to artists on the HiVe…

vrijdag 31 mei 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

The last Friday of the month and it is the final day of the month. What better time to fire off another Quick Fire Friday round! Soon a new Doom Charts will appear, featuring those 25 albums that got us all fired up the past month. But there are so many more great releases. If you follow any of the Doom Chart Contributors personal pages you will definitely be digging through more piles of heavy gold! And over here on the HiVe we always know there is more and we should do more but you know how it is… Too much great stuff, too little time… And that’s where the Quick Fire Friday round jumps in and helps out! Like Reek of STOOM, who once again gracefully delivered a few lines for the bands featured today… And yes, we know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. More attention and more of our time! But there is so much out there and we just simply cannot ever do it all justice. So here it is. The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!



Nothing Is Real – Give Me Your Energy

LA Progressive Doomsters Nothing Is Real offer up a tour-de-force of Prog, Metal, Doom and Sludge which is inventive and uses samples to superb effect... Give Me Your Energy! Definitely worth a punt. NYP on Bandcamp!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




WhetheR – 2019 EP

More crushing Doom from the City of Angels, this time presented by WhetheR, from Shreveport. '2019 EP' is brash, nasty, heavy and uncompromising... And also NYP!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Black Solstice – First Rays of Loneliness

Former Ponamero Sundown guitarist makes a welcome comeback with Black Solstice from Stockholm, Sweden. They have released "First Rays of Loneliness", a 2-track EP of serious, groovy Stoner Rock with swagger and an authentic seventies inspired sound... Another NYP!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Malsten – Torsion

More Swedes! Listen to these ‘four grumpy old men’, as they state themselves in an email to the HiVe. That’s Malsten from Malmö!. After playing together for six months they’ve delivered a first heavy single called Torsion! Doom! Heavy and fully engaging doom! A slow march that keeps you on the edge of the seat! Yikes, this is promising something for the future!




Egonaut – Omens

We’ve been neglecting to mention Egonaut’s fine releases. Only Mount Egonaut from 2013 made it’s way onto the HiVe. We should be flogged naked in the streets for that neglect! But now the new single Omens is out! Out on Bastard Sounds Records and Omens is some righteous stuff! And is one hell of an omen for the new album out at the end of the year called: The Omega! All hail Egonaut!





Forrest – Final Frontier

I’m a sucker for everything that comes out of Kentucky… Especially the Lexington area. So, when Forrest contacted the HiVe about their EP Kickball With Russians and the soon to be released Final Frontier EP we got naked quick and dived in head first without looking how deep the water might be! Focusing on Kickball With Russians first, we get highly diverse yet always progressive instrumental doom, sludge with spacey elements. A wild ride! And Final Frontier is better on all fronts! Yikes! Get ready! Everyone, get ready!



donderdag 30 mei 2019

Irata – Tower


Irata – Tower
Small Stone Records – 2019
Stoner, Doom, Metal, Heavy Psych
Rated: ****

Greensboro, NC veteran outfit Irata pull out all the stops on their latest release, Tower. A thundering, twisted mass of quirk, invention and power which shows the maturity of the song-crafting and musicianship on display. Opener 'Tower' fizzles with heavy bass boom and tribal percussion, guitar screaming acerbic tonal fury before the proggy, time-stuttered riff of 'Waking Eye' flows in on endless waves of frenetic energy. 'Weightless' has that Baroness-style heavy groove and chug... 'Leviathan' squirms with tempo-changing fuzz cannons whilst 'Crawl to Corners' is heralded by mournful trumpet and quiet picking, evolving into a doom-slavered riff onslaught. Irata capture genres with mercurial skill then blend, morph and transform them to create an album of intense and intelligent delight that lingers long in the memory.

(Written by Reek of STOOM)