dinsdag 19 mei 2015

Electric Wizard live at The Roundhouse, London


Electric Wizard live at The Roundhouse, London 
 15th May 2015

In the beginning there was the word and the word was God. He kinda looked around and decided to do some stuff. On the first day he said “Let there be light” and there was light and that was cool. On some other days he did a lot stuff that made the world but on the seventh day he took a rest, got kinda bored and so invented Doom. And lo, he spake unto me and said: "Maim, go ye to that London and observe the mighty force of nature called Electric Wizard.” …. And so I did go to that London and looked for where the legions of the damned gathered, smoking the merry-jew-wanna and soaking strong alcohol and many of the people there did sport beards of plenty with jackets festooned with myriad patches of Satan and I knew I had arrived. Inside the venue I did observe much crowds of sloth and untidiness combined with unkemptness and reckless abandonment of social politeness and lo, I liked what mine eyes beheld. And then, like the prophets foretold, Electric Wizard came on stage and their souls were claimed by the devils imps for the satanic noise could not of come from any of God’s fair creatures. My stomach felt funny as the sheer volume made my bowels move in time to the bass and the drums sounded like the crack of  hell opening up and the guitars roared their defiance to the heavens and the vocals described all manner of atrocities that man has committed and the solos pierced my inner temple of calmness and I wanted to legalise drugs and murder. And it came to pass that I departed the depths of depravity a changed person. I have turned my back on the light and now follow a path of darkness and despair. All hail the Wizard.

(Written by Tony)






Pictures: Tony Maim & Dave Pettit

woensdag 13 mei 2015

The Cover That Could – IV



The Cover That Could – IV

Black Diamond Brigade – Black Diamond

Black Diamond Brigade is a super group in the finest sense of the word. Or should we say was, cause unfortunately the band has only performed live once and have only recorded one song and one video. For it was a super group formed in honor of a Kiss Tribute album. The members were taken from Norwegian metal and punk bands. But also Billy Gould from Faith No More was present. The rest of those Norwegian freaks were vocalist Torgny Amdam from Amulet, Sigurd Wongraven from Satyricon on bass, keys and backup singer. On drums we hear Tarjei Strom from the Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band. But I guess we post this The Cover That Could post in honor of Knut Schreiner of the loved by everyone and praised by even more bands named Euroboys and ofcourse Turbonegro! On the maxi single that was released alongside that tribute album we find two almost identical version of Black Diamond and the video. With so many demigods, Kiss could just as well pack up and go sit in a dark corner somewhere. So all we need to do now is kneel and pray for the return of the Black Diamond Brigade!



Hyperwülff – Volume One: Erion Speaks


Hyperwülff – Volume One: Erion Speaks
Taxi Driver Records – 2015
Rock, Metal, Core, Sludge
Rated: ***

They hail from Bologna, Italy but sound like they were spawned right out of the seventh layer of Hell. It is Hyperwülff and with their first album Volume One: Erion Speaks they truly seem to want to bring forth the coming of true evil. Unholy ruckus and other worldly growls. But as soon as you adjust to their crushing and punishing delivery of riffs, rhythms and howls you suddenly discover the beauty that hides among their blackened and charred musical landscape. Cause there are those moments when the oppressive fog dissipates slightly and a little pseudo celestial light shines on the almost ethereal rhythms and near psychedelic pacing. On those moments you align yourself with Hyperwülff and get ready to be sucked along for the ride to meet that age old Golem or some pre-Adamic spirit. But you will not know if they wish to do you harm until it will be too late. Erion speaks, and his breath is a fiery hot steam that will blister you ears and boil your blood. But that might be the perfect ending or an even better beginning…

(Written by JK)



Quiet Lions – No Illusions


Quiet Lions – No Illusions
Self released – 2015
Pop, Rock
Rated: **

A reasonably decent, but also pretty dull and yawn evoking record - no more, no less.

(Written by C)


dinsdag 12 mei 2015

Drenge – Undertow


Drenge – Undertow
Mad Mark/Infectious – 2015
Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Garage, Stoner
Rated: ****

On their self-titled debut record Drenge was comprised out of the two Loveless brothers but for the sophomore release Undertow they implored the help of bass player Rob Graham. Which immediately steers the sound away from the garage they were labelled as towards a much fuller, warmer and groovier avenue. But that is not all that has changed, for the bleak nature we knew from them has now turned into something warmer, darker and even menacing. They retained their raw edge but started digging around the postpunk, grunge and old seventies era punk and comprised it all into tight and compact rock songs that make you move or move you whether you want to or not. And then there are those songs where they found room to use that freight train cadence that you always hope will never end. It’s rather spooky and almost scary how this music drags you along and has you imagining bopping along an endless watery surface with all kinds of instruments floating around. Could this also be the influence of Ross Orton who co-produced the Arctic Monkeys AM record? Cause there is definitely some AM action going on as well as some influences that definitely reek of Queens of The Stone Age and Kyuss. Perhaps these boys need to visit the Rancho and the Desert as well…

(Written by JK)



Nightslug – Loathe


Nightslug – Loathe
Lost Pilgrims – 2015
Sludge, Punk, Core, Noise, Death
Rated: ****

It flattens the playing field and somehow the entire vista. Almost completely amazing.

(Written by C)



zondag 10 mei 2015

Arenna – Given to Emptiness


Arenna – Given to Emptiness
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Doom, Psych
Rated: ****.5

The Spanish five-piece Arenna released their second official full length album with the luscious name Given To Emptiness. Again Arenna captivate you entirely with heavy psychedelic jams, pure desert stonerrock, doom and sometimes even with a folk or pop vibe. Six epic songs to take you on a journey through time and space and an with an acoustic guitar outro to bring you back to earth.
I have known their music since their first live show on Helldorado fest back in June 2005. The 2007 demo with six songs around six minutes each showed us what kind of band is growing here. The 2011 Beats of Olarizu album was a truly brilliant debut. They deserved those five stars on Stoner HiVe and still do. And finally, their new release Given To Emptiness will make it among the big names this year. I am certain of that.

(Written by Doktor420)




vrijdag 8 mei 2015

Hickey Underworld – Ill


Hickey Underworld – Ill
PIAS – 2015
Rock, Noise
Rated: ****

Timmy ‘Tipover’ Vanhamel has joined the Hickey Underworld. You know, one of the guys behind Evil Superstars, the man behind Millionaire, Eat Lions and Broken Glass Heroes, that Belgian freak that was part of the first Eagles Of Death Metal line-up to record an album and delivered some many amazing guest spots to bands like Creature With The Atom Brain and dEUS. And then to think that the Hickey Underworld was already a force unto itself. The fact he joined the band is due to the Meniere sickness (oticodinosis) suffered by Jonas Govaerts, making it impossible for him to endure the explosions on stage that the Hickey Underworld always and continually deliver. But not on this record though, for this time around they slow down their noise quite a bit and almost become like a mouse scratching around in your brain. Not that the entire record entitled Ill, sounds small or minor or trivial or something you could squash with one heavy foot stomp. Hell no, there’s some righteous and riotous action going on as well. But where earlier releases usually turned into an ocean of noise, this one surfs on its waves and turns highly melodic on occasion. And even opts to turn into a single wave more often than a complete ocean whenever the noise is needed. Sometimes a bit spacey, sometimes a bit stoner and always struggling and always as if it was a matter of life or death. As if they are walking an electric tightrope that might be switched on at any moment. Or like a squeaky mouse that is about to drown in a bucket of water…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 7 mei 2015

Voltage - Travellin' Men


Voltage - Travellin' Men
Self released – 2015
Rock, Hard, Southern, Blues
Rated: ****

They started out as a cover band some four years ago. But the bourbon crawls wherever it needs to go. And so, the four-piece Dutch outfit Voltage, quit screwing around, rolled up them sleeves and went to work. The result is here now and it’s called Travellin’ Men. A fine selection of hard rock, blues driven songs that evoke those dusty southern afternoons and those hard working summer days. Ofcourse there’s are also a few songs that aim for those sweaty nights hollerin and drinkin and spittin biscuits. Aah yes, the cats have produced some damn fine fruit from their labor. No less than thirteen songs and with almost no miscarriages among them. Sure we have a few favorites like that rowdy Motherfucker Jones or The Long Road Home. And sure there is one or two that do not necessarily have you shaking in yer boots. But on par, this is some real sweet stuff that might turn ye in a redneck and have ye grilling steaks on the bbq before you can blink twice. Absolute smashing vocals and on point guitar work will quench yer thirst just as easy as that first beer. Check out Voltage, and put on Motherfucker Jones at full volume. Especially as the sun goes down…

(Written by JK)




Voltage - Cruisin


Voltage - Cruisin

Voltage! A Dutch band that is putting electric into electricity! And if you by any chance are able to visit Asten, Netherlands tomorrow. They shall play there with the band featured just below this post. Ooh, yes, Edelhout!

Edelhout - Would Like To


Edelhout - Would Like To

Do you remember? Dancing in stilettos in the snow. No. That’s not what I want to inquire. I wanted to know if you guys still remembered Edelhout! Damn that fine Dutch band that is currently working on a new album! To follow up on that righteous EP! Check out the clip above to revisit those golden moments from last year. And if you by any chance are able to visit Asten, Netherlands tomorrow. They shall play there with the band featured above this post. Voltage!


Eagles of Death Metal - New Rose


Eagles of Death Metal - New Rose

Recorded in a van parked outside the Rancho De La Luna studio with lovely images of the surroundings and RZA The Dog. It's Jesse Hughes and his Eagles of Death Metal, shaking it up with a cover song called New Rose originally by none other than The Damned which might be featured on the soon to be released new album... As a bonustrack perhaps?


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psst. Remember who else released a damn fine version of that song earlier this year? Aah yes, Peter Pan Speedrock!!

Eagles of Death Metal - Out of Closet Experience


Eagles of Death Metal - Out of Closet Experience

Recorded in a van parked outside the Rancho De La Luna studio. It's Jesse Hughes and his Eagles of Death Metal, shaking it up with a new song called Out of Closet Experience which might be featured on the soon to be released new album...