donderdag 1 december 2016

The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2016


The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2016

This is the first reminder to get the attention of all of you lovely freaks out there. For yes, just like every year since the HiVe started, we shall ofcourse to the year end countdown. On DECEMBER 12th we once again start with The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of the best albums of 2016. But just like every year we need your help. We need to know what albums made your head spin, blood boil and your bones jump with pure euphoria! So please, my lovely fellow freaks, send your lists to our email or message them to the Stoner HiVe Facebook page. The rules: vote for any amount of albums or EP’s released in 2016. (And at the very end of December 2015.) If you dug only one; name that one. If you dug 78; name all of them! It doesn’t matter how much, one, five, 10, 13, 20 or 41. We just want to know which albums made you go crazy!

Every year we hope that more of you find the time and energy to send in your list. The Ultimate Stoner HiVe top 20 list has been a steady grower going from 18 lists to 37 to 48 and on to 56 and  61; and then 86 lists, topping off last year at 78. So should we set our goal high and hope to reach the big 100 this year? Or just hope to make that great amount of last year again? Either way it would be grand; just so that this Countdown becomes more and more valid with each passing year…

The deadline to send in your list closes on December the 12th… So there’s still enough time to get crackin… Go on… If not for yourself or me; do it for all the rest of the lovely freaks out there… Scurrying in the HiVe

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Cosmic Fall – First Fall


Cosmic Fall – First Fall
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Hard, Psych, Space
Rated: ****

The German trio Cosmic Fall has just released their first four track aptly called First Fall. Did you notice me omitting to name it an EP or an album? Cause even though there are only four tracks the record lasts for no less than 45 minutes. That constitutes a full album in my book any day. And during those 45 minutes, we’re getting treated to high soaring space rockers that touch the earth with thunderous heaviness and then take off again to explore the vast intergalactic nothingness. Yes, indeed, space rock it is. But only to an underlying degree, for the rest of the currents that surf on top are more stoner, hard rock and psychedelic oriented. Yes, indeed, with this arc of seventies tension and almost southern touches the four tracks just keep taking the amazing corners that keeps your attention focused on what might happen next. Well, apparently, the album is also headed for a vinyl release early 2017. And rightfully so! So, listen to them now, on repeat, as we do, cause track 3 mantras’ it into our head. And yes, we must obey!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 29 november 2016

vrijdag 25 november 2016

Pocket Size – Vemood


Pocket Size – Vemood
MillHill productions – 2016
Rock, Instrumental, Jazz, Prog, Psych, Jam
Rated: ****

As main man Peter Pedersen and the rest of his Pocket Size guns for hire finished up the last record Exposed Undercurrents the man felt fatigued and drained. The artistic adventure had taken its toll and there was no way out. The undercurrents project twisted his mind in such a way that the only route left was to take up the stream of consciousness approach. Recorded live and with only a bare framework present at the start for each of the songs, the players had to dig deep into themselves and into the energy floating around to come up with the right parts to invest in. And man, did these guys connect. Okay let’s make this quick and get the one point of criticism about the new Vemood record out of the way, it is the fact that between songs the man directs words of wisdom at us. But mostly in his native tongue. Which we unfortunately can barely understand. It also takes some of the flow out of the otherwise excellent songs. Moving distinctly into the more classic jazz-rock landscape on most of the tracks there is not one brush stroke in the wrong color. And the dynamics of the nine players working to make every painting a masterpiece seem to have been in perfect synch at the moment of recording. What views, what vistas. They definitely leave a lingering image of inspiration in the mind…

(Written by JK)




Oxblood Forge – Oxblood Forge


Oxblood Forge – Oxblood Forge
Self released – 2016
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Metal
Rated: ****

The self-titled debut EP by American quintet Oxblood Forge counts five tracks. Five tracks that move distinctly into a direction of heavy metal and classic hardrock. Interspersed with some stoner trucking and even some sludge here and there. Five highly diverse tracks that are not to be taking lightly. For where that opener has you revisiting the good ol’ days, the final song is much heavier and growling. Not just because the singer can do both excellent clean and snarling vocals. Also, because the drums become lower and more like an earthquake on approach while the guitars together with the bass turn into the four horsemen on route with your demise. The three tracks in between meander in the middle of those extremes. To a more speedrock (Lashed To The Mast) or pubrock (Night Crawler) approach perhaps but always with fists in the air and beer spilled. And even though we are not fans of spilled beer, we do love that fists in the air thing and therefor absolutely love Oxblood Forge!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 22 november 2016

Cardinal – Noisehead


Cardinal – Noisehead
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Garage, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

The new Noisehead EP by the Rumanian quartet Cardinal sports no less than seven tracks. Seven tracks that tick all the right boxes. Some would call that an album, but not these cats. Nope, they want their records to be of substance, or something meaty and with depth. Just like their music. And they’ve definitely payed attention to all the great garage rock bands before they started developing they own style. Incorporating some whirling psychedelics and some fuzzy stoner. They even turn the doom up a bit when we hit track number four Land Of The Fearful Sun. Prize song Alucarda follows, turning much more seventies and heavy. Reminiscing of the best occult rockers of late without turning into them or into something that reminds of cauldron watching. What a track. And they continue that level on the following Doombringers. Which leads us to conclude that the trek from garage orientated rock to more stoner to more doom and psychedelic heaviness is a righteous one. One done with substance, meat and depth and can only mean great things for the future releases of Cardinal!

(Written by JK)



Phase Order – Phase Order


Phase Order – Phase Order
Self released – 2016
Rock, Punk, Core, Noise, Stoner, Sludge, Metal
Rated: ***

The good Charlie Tooth wrote about their demo last year. Sweet words of wisdom and memories about long lost concerts. Well, Phase Order is back! With a self-titled continuation of their first demo. Three tracks that stomp on terra like crazy hungry noisy, punky stoned out giants. The first two tracks are labelled Idiot I and Idiot II and are short, gritty and grimy punk rockers that still definitely refer to the hardcore edge provided on their first demo. I wonder if those titles refer to Dostoyevsky? Rowdy and loud and definitely meant for abandoned warehouse. Last song Boiler lasts over fourteen minutes and takes on all kinds of different shapes. On it the trio seems to definitely explore evil metallic sounds and fuzzy filth, combining that with some stoner and some languid tones. It makes for one hell of an instrumental ride.

(Written by JK)



maandag 21 november 2016

zaterdag 19 november 2016

Drone Hunter – Welcome To The Hole


Drone Hunter – Welcome To The Hole
Self released – 2016
Rock, Metal, Instrumental, Sludge, Stoner
Rated: ****

Hailing from the lovely town of Varaždin in the north eastern part of Croatia, the instrumental three-piece Drone Hunter are about to release a new album called Welcome To The Hole. Eight intense and groovy metal tracks that definitely lend influences from stoner on some occasion and sludge more often. Riff worshippers they are indeed, but that’s not the least of it. They also have a tight rhythm section that bounce of each other and leave room for those riffs to truly explode. And did we say it’s instrumental? Apart from the countdown in the beginning ofcourse. Sure, it reminds of the great Karma To Burn on occasion, but that can never be a bad thing, now can it? Especially when they change that color up with some more choppy almost punky drumming here and there. And the simple fact that they forgo the use of effects and such. Simple, pure and honest, massive drums, wicked bass and powerful guitar. Drone Hunter, another instrumental rock force to be reckoned with!

(Written by JK)



Baron Crâne – Electric Shades


Baron Crâne – Electric Shades
Self released – 2016
Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Jam, Psych, Stoner, Prog
Rated: ****

We dug the first EP Baron Crâne released almost a year ago. Intelligent jazzy rock that borrowed as much from stoner as it did from prog. There was something highly artistic about those tracks and they felt like something truly visionary. Well, the boys are back with a new release entitled Electric Shades. On it the Baron explores its own territory even further. We are still treated to proggy psychedelics and energetic experimentation. Perhaps the stoner side has been turned down a bit, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It seems to be the ever prevalent hum beneath all the wildness that goes on, on these six tracks. For wild they definitely are as well as vibrant and full of spirit. On some levels the Baron might be a bit arrogant. Not wanting to go for the easy option when there is also a more difficult option. But hey, if one knows better there is no need to be wrong! And Baron Crâne it seems, is never wrong!

(Written by JK)



Ghost – Popestar


Ghost – Popestar
Spinefarm – 2016
Rock, Hard, Pop, Metal, Theatrical, Occult
Rated: ***

They have been laboring, ever forward, towards that one and ultimate goal, to create a pure cult following for the movement that is Ghost. Sure, not everyone will start professing their undying love Papa Emeritus, but the ones that do shall shower in the great abundance of rock the boys will push out into the world. For, that is something we can only give credit to the boys in robes for, they keep on producing albums and EP’s in a pretty fast pace. Every two years an album with an EP as follow-up in between. Well, almost, sort of. Anyway, Popestar is the newest EP, and continues the path they set out on with their first album. This one, like the other EP If You Have Ghost, is once again filled with covers and one own track. This time around they cover Simian Mobile Disco, Imperiet, Echo & The Bunnymen and Eurythmics. To perhaps less adornment then they did on the other EP. But that one Ghost song, Square Hammer, is definitely not bad and definitely undoubtedly Ghost. Referring once again to Abba and Blue Oyster Cult. Is that a bad thing? Hell no, it’s Ghost. And the one who are followers will surely deposit their money at the collection round once again. And the non-believers? Perhaps a few will be guided into believing as well… Perhaps not…

(Written by JK)



Goat – Requiem


Goat – Requiem
Sub Pop/Suburban/Rocket – 2016
Rock, World
Rated: **

It was impossible to get into, their show back in 2013 on the Roadburn festival. They also played the Patronaat venue just like one of the most legendary shows ever on the festival, thanks to Elder. Well, we were damn well right on time for that show, but too late for Goat. The que was much too long to even consider waiting in line. That might have been our cue to be in time for Elder the next day. Ofcourse it was the year after the release of their amazing World Music album which made it to Number 7 of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2012. Our energy for that band somewhat dwindled in the years after that, but we were hungry for something new for sure. So when Requiem came out we jumped on it. And it has been playing ever since. But where there first record immediately turned us and everyone out there on, this one is definitely more difficult. It changes color so many times, you will need all the rainbows in every dimension conceivable to gather enough of ways to describe them to try and come up with something right to say. They riddle themselves into your head without offering a solution or a way out. They tribal dance into your heart and take control of your pulse. But with all the screams and discordant chanting, it goes against the grain on too many levels to become that household favor once again. Or at least for me, and I like things weird and out there…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 17 november 2016

Doomed and Stoned Fest 2016


Tomorrow… 
The very first annual Doomed & Stoned festival!

Doomed & Stoned Presents: The inaugural Doomed & Stoned music festival in Indianapolis, Indiana!  Twenty-four incredible bands from all across the United States will decimate the stage at the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis on November 18th and 19th. This is not an event fans of doom and stoner metal will want to miss! Click here for directions.

This event was inspired by Doomed and Stoned’s overwhelming success with their newest compilation, “Doomed & Stoned in Indiana.” Download for free here!

So you still have almost 20 hours to get your ass over there and rock the hell out with the Doomed & Stoned clan!