maandag 16 april 2018

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


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


We hope to return with some fine HiVe action on Thursday. Till then we are still swamped with work. Loads of uninteresting stuff and one squeaky fun assignment which we are preparing for right now. And as we switch our listening program, in preparation for an interview, to everything Johnny Rotten ever produced, we look back to what we listened to last week. The awesome Phe is back on rotation, since the boys are gearing up for some shows in the Netherlands. Zeke’s damn fine new Hellbender album out on Relapse Records was on heavy rotation as is Weird Tales and their The Fall album. Which we shall write something more about soon. The Blackwater Fever record Delusions got spun and I guess we all need to order the vinyl through Diggers Factory and Lord Ellis and their Mouth of The Mad record. Which you should read about on Desert Psychlist! And ofcourse, you should listen to them as well. And the other ones as well! You need to check’m out! Check’m all out!

zaterdag 14 april 2018

Been swamped with work... But will return to action soon!


Been swamped with work... But will return to action soon!

And while working; the Top 5 we listened to...

vrijdag 6 april 2018

Cosmic Fall – In Search of Outer Space


Cosmic Fall – In Search of Outer Space
Self released – 2018
Rock, Psych, Space, Stoner
Rated: *****

Soon, the vinyl release of the new album In Search Of Outer Space, will be out there very soon! Somewhere around the end of May. And after hearing the new Cosmic Fall record only once, you will surely be getting your hands on it! The German power-trio excels in carving out kandy-kolored-elektrik-kool-aid paintings full of day-glo sounds and trippy digressions. In fact, you will be served exactly what Cosmic Fall does best with the first track Jabberwocky which seems to have all of that in pure form. Free flowing, wild and pure like a gigantic wave of musicality. And you can’t wait to hear what comes next, together with the rest of an anxious universe. The jammy nature of this album feels even more at home surfing those heavy grooves they are known for, the underlying fuzzy tone that this time around is interchanged more often by subdued spells of tranquility. Check out the earlier released First Fall to hear the difference. The mix and match of these segments form a gigantic tension arc that never falters and takes the listener with them on their mighty quest. Holy hell, Cosmic Fall deliver quite the adventure here. Check it out and get ready for that vinyl release!

(Written by JK)



Legend of The Seagullmen – Legend of The Seagullmen


Legend of The Seagullmen – Legend of The Seagullmen
Dine Alone – 2018
Rock, Metal
Rated: ***

Apparently, we have Josh Homme to thank for the maritime metal supergroup called Legend of The Seagullmen. The project came into existence when the aforementioned Queens Of The Stone Age mastermind introduced Brent Hinds from Mastodon to filmmaker and guitar player Jimmy Hayward from Jonah Hex. Soon they found vocalist David Dreyer and the ideas for a ‘nautical spaghetti western’ were flying high! The result is here and also features Tool drummer Danny Carey and Zappa Plays Zappa bassist Peter Griffin. The crazies have delivered a self-titled debut with eight tracks that seem inspired by bands like Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Seventies psychedelic, but then metallic and hot sauced with seafaring craziness and stormy tales of woe. There are parts of the record that come across as drunken and marooned. Some guitar parts sound unfinished or like a rough sketch. As do some of the vocals; as if the fun in the studio was a bit too much for the ol’ boys! But that audible fun is also the main charm of the album. The vintage metal sound, the concept and the theatrical hymns entertain, and one cannot help but want to enlist with the Seagullmen and travel the oceans!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 4 april 2018

The Doom Chart For March 2018

 
 Doom Chart

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” (Roy Batty, Bladerunner)

But before that, maybe take the time to listen to the albums featured in the March countdown. These are not randomly picked statistics but pieces of music that have moved us, made the day seem a bit brighter, rescued us from “just another day at work” or just simply made us stomp our feet and nod our head.

The Doom Charts represent some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and 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…

We returned just in time to see the March 2018 Doom Chart go live! We were on route, ill and on route. Which is always a horrible way to travel. But we are back now and ready to scour those tweny-five amazing albums that are featured on the Doom Charts this month! No less than 250 albums got voted for this month and bands like Messa & Solstice only just fell off the end list. So many great albums and so little time to listen to them all! But we try and we love doing it! Cause there is so much wonderful music out there! So once again, thanks to all the bands for doing what they do and thanks to all the compadres of the Doom Chart for sticking to their heavy guns and firing off their choices and blurbs every month! Let's keep this righteous thing rolling! For all that good heavy stuff out there!



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




(I know, a few days late again. But we were ill and on route once again. We've are back now, but still ill... Damn flu!)

maandag 26 maart 2018

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


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


Another week starts… With another king hell of a hangover. So, that means we should put up the Top 5 of Most Listened albums of the past week. That always clears the head right up. Putting on some good music to listen to while typing out the Top 5, that’s how it starts, how it always starts. Today we go for the new Tranzat album, a bandname that reminded Doktor420 of a ‘transgender Tarzan’. But the music does not! The Great Disaster definitely deserves your attention! But it is not among the Top 5. Those bands are: Shields, The Sword, Earthless, Stone Temple Pilots and Lonely Kamel. All of them have new albums out and all of them need to be listened to on a regular basis! Well, Bill Goodman made us check out the new Stone Temple Pilots and we must say it is not bad. But it doesn’t seem to do anything for us either. The new Used Future out on Razor & Tie by The Sword has a similar effect, though that may just take a moment or two more to sink in. Lonely Kamel’s Death's-Head Hawkmoth album out on Stickman Records on the other hand has the opposite effect, a real zinger! As good a Dust Devil or even better! Shields is fun. Had to listen to it a couple of times to let all the fun shine through. But with all fun records, they usually do not last long. Once you’ve heard the punchline; a couple of times, the joke turns stale. We fear this might happen the Use Protection album as well. And then there’s Black Heaven by Earthless, out on Nuclear Blast and recorded in Rancho De La Luna, highly anticipated, to say the least. Obviously good, but how good, that will take a little more time… As is the case with so many more albums. So let’s check’m out! All of them! Yes! All of them!

woensdag 21 maart 2018

Orphan Gears – Rat Race


Orphan Gears – Rat Race
Self released – 2018
Rock, Punk, Garage, Blues, Stoner
Rated: ***

What we’ve got here is a four-piece heavy rock outfit out of London, UK. Four fabulous ol’ boys that love their guitars gritty and their drums grimy. Orphan Gears play a mixture of stoner, punk, garage, blues and hardrock. Diesel blues on some moments and more dirty and dusty punk on others. Rat Race, as the five track EP is called, contains everything one could need for an all night drinking bout with dubious friends or a night on the town with the local Turbojugend chapter. They would fit in nicely on both the Faster N Louder festival (held last Saturday) as well as Helldorado in the Netherlands. They combine the best of all the heavy worlds, so to speak. So get on this lo-fi recorded slab of bluesy heaviness and hardrockin garage, cause the ol’ boys are offering it up for free! In return you’d better spread the word and buy them a beer at their next show!

(Written by JK)




dinsdag 20 maart 2018

An Evening With Knives – Serrated


An Evening With Knives – Serrated
Lighttown Fidelity / Argonauta
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Post
Rated: *****

It’s been out now. For more than a month. The debut full-sized album Serrated by An Evening With Knives. We’ve seen them live and heard the new songs in full force. Both on stage and on record. And now, as we’ve let all of them sink in and heard all the subtleties, we appreciate them even more. Their very own style of highly atmospheric almost emotional metal rubs up against post metal and grabs some fine parts from sludge and doom and is a very deep and highly intense ride. Slow dragging riffs and beautiful melodies trade places with thundering rumbles and murky tones. Just as much as the howls from vocalist Marco Gelissen battle with different layers of heaviness. It is highly admirable how these tracks all seem to exhume some sort of existential pain, angst, anger or fear while still retaining some small glimmer of hope and light. The way they translate it all into massive riffs that repeat and then repurpose into intimate and emotive is simply brilliant. Serrated is here and its cuts deep into your soul…

(Written by JK)




maandag 19 maart 2018

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


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


It’s evening already over here. But we still wanted to quickly put up the Top 5 Most Listened to albums of the past week. Two are still there, so let’s name them first!  Most of our time still went out to Dandy Brown and his majestic new album Scattered Days. Out soon on Taxi Driver Records the maestro we know from Hermano and the awesome Orquesta Del Desierto, (the last, of which Dos was remastered and re-released last year via Spin On Black), gives us nine tracks that meander through many heavy scenes and all have a marvelous lingering aftertaste. It will put you in a righteous mood! As we already stated last week, we love The Good Hand… And perhaps a bit too much! Their super deluxe limited diehard fan release of their earlier album Atman via Minstrel Music is majestic and definitely one of my favorite vinyl treasures. And we can’t wait to get our hands on the new ‘blue velvet’ edition vinyl coming our way! The new record is called Blissful Yearning, once again impressive and bordering on perfection. The new Desert Storm album Sentinels, out on APF Records, is one hell of a sludge and stoner metal homerun. And will not only ring on through the heavy underground, every metal fan will dig it! What a ride! As is Spellbound, the new album by Drive By Wire. On a completely different playing field the bluesy, psychedelic and sunny sound of Spellbound, out on Argonauta Records, brings forth all the goodness one needs from everything stonerrock with a dusty feel. Put on Spellbound and winter will definitely run away! And finally, Blackwater Holylight, the all-female outfit, releases their first effort through Riding Easy Records. A wild, heavy, fuzzy, psychedelic record that will make you dream of witches and will make your dreams bewitched. Impressive debut for sure! So… You should check it out! Check’m  all out!

donderdag 15 maart 2018

Motsus – OuMuaMua


Motsus – OuMuaMua
Polderrecords – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Sludge, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Instrumental stoner sludge straight out of the bleak and swampy fields of Oudenburg, Belgium. There, near the seaside town of Oostende, the three brethren called Motsus have crafted a masterpiece called OuMuaMua. Heavy on every front, the riffs take center stage and drag you along before you can lock in with the rest of the rhythms. It’s that ‘anti’ thing that the Melvins are known for; suck you in first, freak you out second and then level the playing field by turning into something massive. It’s big, bad and bold. Just listen to Exploder (Part I) for instance. The way they rumble on and pound away is simply majestic. You will be treated to bloody dirges and stomping, dragging rhythms that are bursting with fantastic breaks and changes over which the bass chops away angrily. Riffs that dizzy like air-wielding motorchains and rousing guitar-lines that drag you along towards the abyss. Their brutish, boorish, bison atmospheres become instantly legendary and it is all there… On OuMuaMuaMotsus! A wild monster that will stomp on the terra and most people will fear it. And rightly so. For when the beast lurches in your direction, it is already much too late to start running…

(Written by JK)




Black Moth – Anatomical Venus


Black Moth – Anatomical Venus
Candlelight – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Metal
Rated: *****

We noticed, which turned into a moment of utter despair and sadness, that we never actually mentioned the British band Black Moth before. And that is simply unforgivable since we were smitten with The Killing Jar and absolutely loved Condemned To Hope. Groovy stoner with twist of hardrock, metal, doom and fragments of punk. The seventies were alive and well and furthermore they must surely share our love for NWOBHW. The female throat of Harriet Hyde is powerful and tough; with the exact right color for the tracks they produced. On the new record Anatomical Venus they welcome new blood in the form of guitarplayer Federica Gialanze and with it they merge an extra hardrock dimension to their atavistic stoner sound. But it still features the same amount of energy and wild guitars. It turs a bit more swampy and sludgy here and there and then also meanders into something retro and catchy as well. But above all, the voice and the riffs mesmerize and enchant. Anatomical Venus is simply irresistible and accurately sexy!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 14 maart 2018

River Cult – Halcyon Days


River Cult – Halcyon Days
Nasoni Records – 2018
Heavy Psych, Classic Rock, Stoner
Rated: *****

Why does a power trio sound so god-damn good? From personal experience, with a good rhythm section pushing behind you and no second guitarist whining about “what about my bits?”, the guitar player is free to lock into the drums and bass and just see where they end up. In this case, River Cult have ended up with a monstrously heavy sounding album called Halcyon Days that starts off in the deserts and then blasts off into outer space. Sounding like free-flowing jams but with the precision of a well drilled unit, these guys are ….. doing so many reviews, I sometimes have to despair when finding a new way of describing the music contained within the grooves, so howzabout….. fucking awesome. There, sums things up nicely. The fat, massive tones – the way the songs shift from drifting to crushing, the killer fuzz sound, the riffs born in space that end up crashing in the desert, the sheer feeling of losing yourself in the music. This is something special. For me, with nine months left of the year still to weigh upon my shoulders, this is one of my albums of the year. Or to repeat those two words …… fucking awesome.

(Written by Tony Maim)