woensdag 16 oktober 2019

John J Presley – As The Night Draws In


John J Presley – As The Night Draws In
AWAL/BMG/Nica Recordings – 2019
Rock, Blues, Stoner, Dark, Doom, Noise, Fuzz
Rated: *****

When you notice the drummer from Phe buying a record from an artist who’s name rings a bell but for some reason you cannot immediately place, you’d better run to the store and check it out. And so we did! John J Presley is the name and even though the family name holds gravitas, the music on his debut album As The Night Draws In has even more weight, depth and darkness to it all. His story telling blues; is atavistic, poetic, dramatic and wild. The music meandering through the stoner landscape, the heavy rock scene and the doomy influences remind you of so much and so little altogether. It is different and yet it feels like a long lost heavy diamond by artists like Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan or David Eugene Edwards. There is so much brooding under the surface and even though there’s always that pregnant tension on every track; it also dissipates when the following arrives. At which point it starts again; either with loads of distortion, a massive amount of fuzz or some earth shattering noise. So incredibly soulful, so heavy and so loud, this is one hell of an debut album! An absolute must hear, for everyone out there...

(Written by JK)






dinsdag 15 oktober 2019

Antarticus - The Frozen Horror


Antarticus - The Frozen Horror
Stoneburner Records - 2019
Doom, Stoner, Progressive
Rated: *****

From the great white of the Yukon, the three daring warriors of Antarticus brave icy peril to deliver a slab of epic and crushing progressive stoner doom with EP The Frozen Horror. Telling a mesmerizing three-part tale of subzero danger, the trio are armed with 80s synths, Sabbath worship, and loads of atmosphere, with each track chronicling a different chapter both lyrically and musically. The excellent retro D&D cover is a good indicator of things to come, as the title track opens with laser beam synths before diving into low and slow Sabbathian doom and churning High on Fire-inspired riffs. Respite from the aural assault is given only by an eerie synth interlude, immersing the listener in the snowy pursuit by some unnamed terror. No “Refuge” is to be found in the standout second track, however, which is a treasure trove of metallic riffs that build up nearly overwhelming tension amid Fu Manchu-styled vocals. After a madman drum fill, a truly evil riff snakes in before lead weighted doom takes over. The track is downright smothered in atmosphere, and is a chilling joy to listen to. Emerging from meager shelter to complete the journey, closing number “Thaw” is a nine and a half minute epic of headnodding crunch and wild drums that follows the daring warriors to world’s end. Minimal, eerie guitars hint at danger, and the journey comes to a morbid end with lumbering low end and haunting shrieks. The Frozen Horror is an extremely impressive accomplishment of an EP, as Antarticus use musicianship and storytelling to play off one another and create an epic, menacing experience that’s as bone-crushing as it is captivating.

(Written by Kyle)




maandag 14 oktober 2019

Nightstalker - Great Hallucinations


Nightstalker - Great Hallucinations
Heavy Psych Sounds Records - 2019
Stoner Rock, Psych
Rated: ****

Stalwarts and leaders of the Greek heavy scene for over two decades, Nightstalker return with their sixth LP Great Hallucinations and prove once again their well-earned reputation. Invoking hazy vocal hooks, mastery of groove, and a combination of warm tone and thick crunch, the quartet provide an unquestionably professional album of classic, psych-tinged stoner rock from start to finish. Over constantly tight, driving drumming, the riffs bounce with grainy fuzz and booming low end, perfectly mixed with catchy Ozzy-esque vocals. Starting with the adrenaline rush of rocking opener “Black Cloud”, Nightstalker show impressive range with the slower, at times delicate “Sweet Knife” followed by the standout slinking, sexy groove of “Sad Side of the City”, the riffs punctuated by thunderous stop-start bass before morphing into soaring guitar. And oh, that bass. Clear and full in the mix, the toe-tapping bass lines bring heaps of groove perfectly in sync with the fluid drumming, which moves between subdued cymbal play and lightning fast fills across the eight tracks. “Hole in the Mirror”, another album highlight, pulls from the best of the previous tracks with a warm, shimmering intro into molten guitar, eventually shifting from languid psych to rolling low end crunch. Showing off the songwriting skills developed over their decades-long tenure, Nightstalker deliver a hip-shaking masterclass in psychedelic stoner rock with Great Hallucinations, laying down groove upon fuzzy groove with style to spare.

(Written by Kyle)







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


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


We haven’t done the list of most listened to artists during the past week for a while. We just never got to it. Or were swamped with other stuff on the Monday… So, here it is, a simple and quick Top 5 of Most Listened to Artists the past week. And guess what, Reek of STOOM has been talking about his musical week on the Doomed & Stoned. So check out the A Week of STOOM segment on Doomed & Stoned and check out the Five awesome releases above… And then you’ll have all the music you can handle on a Monday!

zondag 13 oktober 2019

Psychotropic Swamp - Coitus Interruptus


Psychotropic Swamp - Coitus Interruptus
Self released - 2019
Blues, Rock, Psych
Rated: ****

From Barcelona, Spain, quartet Psychotropic Swamp make no effort to hide their love of the classic blues on debut LP Coitus Interruptus, and that passion elevates their music beyond any risk of run-of-the-mill retro posturing. Stripped down but never dull, the band flow through nine songs of bluesy groove, taking inspiration from the classics of old while adding touches of Hispanic guitar and Floydian atmospherics. Made clear from the start, however, is that this is a guitar-driven record, and the onslaught of bluesy licks and emotive solos leaves no doubt as to axeman’s credentials. Flowing easily between the lysergic, floating buildup in opener “Coitus”, the ZZ Top-inspired groovy riffing of catchy rocker “Nothing”, and the Santana stylings of “Going down”, the guitar is both soulful and driving, switching between moods with ease. Particular highlights are “Judgement day” with its western rhythm straight out of a dusty old cowboy flick, and “Glass dome”, a languid and truly beautiful cut with haunting, echoing guitar that goes straight for the gut. To top it all off is solo after solo after solo, always complementing the song while being just flashy enough, of which “Mothership” is an especially fiery example. Not to be completely overshadowed by the guitar, however, the rhythm section serves up consistently tight, smooth grooves with in-the-pocket drumming while the vocals easily match and amplify the instrumentation’s various moods. Coitus Interruptus is both a loyal and innovative take on the classic blues rock of the 70s, and the warm, familiar sound is an old friend with a few pleasant surprises up their sleeve.

(Written by Kyle)




Lingua Ignota – Caligula


Lingua Ignota – Caligula
Sargent House/Profound Lore – 2019
Industrial, Noise, Doom, Darkwave
Rated: ***

I was sort of amazed at the limited amount of attention Caligula by Lingua Ignota was receiving from the neighboring blogs and sites. On the other hand it was only logical. For when I heard a colleague compare her and her new album’s sound to Anna Von Hausswolff rolled up in barbwire and dropped from a few flights of stairs, I Immediately understood, this isn’t for everybody. But then again, the sweet and lovely lady behind the Lingua Ignota moniker has never been catering to every soul around the globe. She is known for her dark, desperate, beautiful and chilling poetry. Other names my colleague dropped were Kate Bush mixed with Amanda Palmer; and I could not agree more. She can sing absolutely gorgeous and also use her voice as a paint remover that not only strips the walls perfectly clean but also makes your ears bleed. Harrowing and painful! An impressive piece of art that can definitely not be qualified as easy or background, this can only be digested pure, raw and with full attention. Even though it might cause you horrific nightmares…

(Written by JK)





donderdag 10 oktober 2019

Howling Giant – The Space Between Worlds


Howling Giant – The Space Between Worlds
Blues Funeral Recordings – 2019
Stoner Rock, Progressive, Psych
Rated: ****

A true sci-fi epic, Howling Giant’s 'first' LP The Space Between Worlds is a concept album that sees its three intrepid heroes soaring through the cosmos, crossing dimensions, and meeting face-shredding doomsday machines while masterfully wielding their weapons of choice. I first encountered the Nashville, Tennessee trio at a local bare-bones brewery show, and was immediately blown away by their ambitious stoned prog sound as they flew through epic, complex pieces while still managing to be a fun and energetic live act. After a series of excellent EPs, the boys have graced us with a proper full-length, and it more than meets expectations. Howling Giant bring their signature progressive, soaring-yet-crunchy sound to bear, balancing epic and at times serene guitarwork with crunching stoner riffs, thundering low end, and the always impressive lightning fast drum work. A strong point for the band, the catchy shared vocals shine through as well and add a layer of melancholy alongside the imaginative storytelling. From the swirling keys and madman drumming of opener “Comet Rider”, the trio grab your attention and refuse to let go or be pigeon holed. Tracks shift from the piercing, winding riffs of “Nomad”, to the pastoral acoustic strumming on “Ghosts in The Well”, and the metallic, driving thunder of the finale of “Ice Castle”. Standout track “Cybermancer and the Doomsday Express” is a true epic that blends earworm, at times punky vocals with a head-nodding groove and epic sci-fi solo. As they so aptly put from their computer-plugged brains on the Doomsday Express, “it’s better to explore than fade away”, and Howling Giant live that credo, pushing the progressive boundaries of stoner rock and having a damn good time doing it.

(Written by Kyle)




woensdag 9 oktober 2019

Mutant Scum – Mutant Scum


Mutant Scum – Mutant Scum
Handstand Records – 2019
Rock, Punk, Metal, Stoner, Sludge, Core
Rated: ****

Smelly, filthy and absolute gore. That was just the impression we had before going into the self-titled Mutant Scum release. Then came the rumbling, the rolling drums, taking us deep underground into the sewage where they dwell. Sure, this is noisy and punky and hardcore-ish… But there is so much based on hardrock rhythms that you immediately feel that stoner and sludgy under current. After which come the metallic noises, the heavy metal as we all fell in love with back in the eighties. Never once sticking to just one of those genres; the Mutant Scum are one contaminated melting cesspool of influences. Are we fan of the growls, howls and screams; not particularly, but they do fit well with this kind of gritty and guttural putrescence. And then comes ‘Scabpicker’… If there ever was a song that reminds you of good old Karma To Burn this will be it… There are many high points, but ‘Cesium-137’ is certainly one of them! So let’s sum it up: rock, metal, stoner, sludge, punk, hardcore and a whole lot of attitude!

(Written by JK)





maandag 7 oktober 2019

Ethereal Riffian – Legends


Ethereal Riffian – Legends
Robustfellow Prods. – 2019
Stoner Rock, Doom, Psych
Rated: ****

Ethereal Riffian’s latest LP, Legends, is a Sabbath-worshipping, full throttle rocker, and signals a shift from the lumbering doom of the Kiev, Ukraine fourpiece’s previous outings. The middle eastern effects and meditative quality of Ethereal Riffian’s past music remains, but for the most part the name of the game is riffs, riffs, and more riffs. Starting things off with a deceptively delicate but creepy intro of guitar and keys on “Sage’s Alchemy”, there’s an undercurrent of tension to the mysticism. It quickly gives way to the Sabbathy bounce and crash of “Born Again”, and the riff fest begins. On top of the razor guitar tone, a mix of clean and altered vocals soar and sneer, bringing an anthemic quality to the album that makes Legends sound absolutely massive. Guitar heroics abound as well, and Rage Against the Machine-inspired effects and wah turn the title track and standout cut “Moonflower” into barnburners. The album truly shines, however, when Ethereal Riffian’s mystical (see excellent bonus track “Yeti’s Hide”) and more rocking sensibilities are combined, such as the tribal drums and eerie, weaving guitar on “Moonflower” leading into a start-stop guitar attack, or the shamanic vocals of “Ethereal Path” and the chimes placed amid shredding solos toward the song’s end. Across its ten tracks, Legends is an impressive melting pot that is as cerebral as it is fist-pumping, and leaves the possibilities wide open for whatever path Ethereal Riffian take next.

(Written by Kyle)




zondag 6 oktober 2019

Doomed & Stoned in England – The Lost Tribes



Following up on the monstrous collection that was Doomed and Stoned in England, the Hive’s very own Reek of STOOM graces us with yet more English heavy with Doomed and Stoned in England: The Lost Tribes, out October 1st! He’s dug up even more excellent music from the edges of the underground, and this latest Doomed and Stoned comp spans the country, from the shores of Brighton to Liverpool, and across the Irish Sea to Banbridge. Including exclusive music from LITMUS and new releases from Cold in Berlin, Gévaudan, Under, and Gryflet, across 40 killer bands Reek maps a journey that flows through our favorite sounds, ebbing between intensities and genres. GURT kick things off with a bang as only they can, followed by more doom and gloom that morphs to the stoner rock of Orphan Gears and Trevor’s Head, before settling into the trippy space vibes of Earthling Society and LITMUS. While still keeping it weird, Under ratchets up the intensity, and the sludge onslaught continues through Voidlurker. Pulling back on the throttle but darkening the mood, Hundred Year Old Man ushers in some epic doom with Gevaudan and The Hyenda Kill, building up to the absolutely crushing sludge of A Horse Called War and Drore. Respite comes in the psychedelic grooves of Gryflet and The Green Ray, however, before a fittingly grand end to it all in the form of two long cuts. At almost 19 minutes, DOEM’s “The Nail” is the definition of low and slow, a sledgehammer that makes the sprawling psyched-out payoff of Stubb’s “Burning Moon” that much sweeter of an end to the journey. The newest Doomed and Stoned reaches across the extremes of England’s underground, and you’re lying if you don’t come away with at least a handful of new favorites.

(Written by Kyle)



(A map, guiding you across the isle to all The Lost Tribes locations...)

vrijdag 4 oktober 2019

Big Scenic Nowhere – Dying on the Mountain


Big Scenic Nowhere – Dying on the Mountain
Blues Funeral Recordings – 2019
Stoner, Psych, Prog
Rated: ****

Just when you thought the days of the Supergroup were over, along comes one with a veritable Honor Roll of legend and influence - indeed, the musicians at work here not only shaped the Stoner movement and all that followed, they also inspired a generation to think outside the confines of the Metal genre and re-discover that 70's spirit of experimentation. Dying On The Mountain follows a similar vein of exploration that Elder tapped into... An excursion without any preconceived thought to the members' past outings. Weighing in at just over the 20 minute mark,  the title track flows with the easy energy of a band who are both familiar and comfortable with each other's styles: That instantly - recognizable Nick Oliveri bassline rumbling and tumbling through mescaline-like distortions of Bob Balch & Gary Arce's guitars, puncturing the drifting backdrops of Per Wiberg and Tony Reed's keyboard wizardry. Dying On The Mountain's three parts move from slo-burn Psychedelia, through lush choral sections into an ultimate Heavy assault at the finale. Second track, "Towards The Sun" heralds back to the members' Glories of Old - Heavy, trippy, slightly dark in places, it thunders along with a relentless doomed rhythm that captures the soul. Big Scenic Nowhere have done what few 'Supergroups' have done before - created a work that is intelligent, exciting and as full of the same Stoner spirit from its practitioners as they had at the beginning. It's good to have you back folks... It's been a long, strange trip...

(Written by Reek of STOOM)

(Also featuring Mario Lalli, Bill Stinson, Jim Monroe, Thomas Jäger, Lisa Alley and Ian Graham. During those sessions Alain Johannes also joined in and on January 31st a new album shall be released through Heavy Psych Sounds entitled: Vision Beyond Horizon. Go hear the first single 'The Glim'.)



Problem With Dragons - Ascendant


Problem With Dragons - Ascendant
Global Zero Records - 2019
Sludge, Doom, Progressive
Rated: ****

It’s unclear exactly what the titular problem is, but by the sounds of it I pity the Smaug that Problem With Dragons takes issue with. Bringing to bear shared vocals, absolutely filthy guitar tones, and sledgehammer drumming on their third album Ascendant, the Easthampton, Massachusetts trio are armed to the teeth with a mix of sludge, doom, and progressive rock touches that crushes in both its weight and mood. Built on the foundation of relentless kit-smashing drums, the riffs are thick and caked in dirty tone, reminiscent of Vokonis or a slower High on Fire in their circular, winding patterns. The vocals are less straightforward, however, and see the band members sharing vocal duties that range between throaty growls and sustained cries a la Mastodon or Conan, adding a depth of haunting emotion to the sludgy instrumentation. This all combines to create a signature sound that shifts across the LP’s ten tracks between the straight-ahead buzzsaw riffs of opener “The Omicron”, hooky rocker “The Reptilian Eye”, and Alice in Chains/High on Fire hybrid “The Ascendant”. Problem With Dragons’ third release is a sludgy, doomed behemoth of an album, wielding crushing weight and dynamic vocal performances to fell foul beasts and puny eardrums alike.

(Written by Kyle)







Monomyth – Orbis Quadrantis


Monomyth – Orbis Quadrantis
Suburban – 2019
Rock, Space, Kraut, Psych
Rated: *****

It came like a thunderclap back in 2016 when the Monomyth five released a statement that their cosmic epic of heroism in three parts was finished. But luckily the crazies decided there was still enough to discover in the world of rocking trance, psychedelic storms and everything beautiful about space and kraut rock. Cause the new Orbis Quadrantis is in many ways another majestic and wide-spun piece of gold. This time however they go about it more cautious, more defined as if they wanted to execute everything with extreme precision. As the layers amass and the sound quadruples you can still hear every little minute detail. And above all; Monomyth remains highly hypnotic, mystical and transcendent…

(Written by JK)





(The blurb as it was written for the Doom Charts, where Monomyth new record reached the 19th position. Check out the other releases on the list as well... They're all freakin good!)