dinsdag 3 oktober 2017

War Cloud – War Cloud


War Cloud – War Cloud
Ripple Music – 2017
Rock, Classic, Hard, Metal, Seventies, Speed, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

If you ever feel like you were born in the wrong age. If the music of that golden era of rock tickles your fancy way more than everything brought out today. If you still bang your head to early eighties hardrock and metal. Well, War Cloud is here for you. On their debut full-sized self-titled release, the quartet sounds so classic you almost immediately recognize some of their dual guitar as Thin Lizzy love and the vocal mannerism as Hetfield hankering. But they definitely do not cop out in copying the bands or sounding like a rip-off; this is musical affection and an idolization of all that goodness of yesteryear. And they manage to do all that classic stuff, and infuse some speedrock, doom and stoner. But above all War Cloud expertly navigates through the dirty waters of heavy rock and early metal. Never colliding with either one and staying their very own course the entire length of the way. And it makes you want to join their merry band of pirates. Cause every one of those eight tracks on the record is killer! Killer to a default!

(Written by JK)



Motorpsycho – The Tower



Motorpsycho – The Tower 
Stickman – 2017 
Rock, Prog, Stoner 
Rated: **** 

I must confess. The past few years the Motorpsycho albums have unfortunately been passing me by. Not because I did not dig them at all, but because there were perhaps too many and not all of them lived up to the massive quality they had before. And I must confess that if the Norwegian fiends had not travelled to the American desert to record in the magical Rancho De La Luna studio, with help from Alain Johannes, I might have not paid that much attention again. This time however they had me rooting for them before the needle touched the record. We all know drummer Kenneth Kapstad left to found Spidergawd. Which might have been a blessing in disguise. Cause with Tomas Järmyr on the drum stool we can now enjoy a Motorpsycho that demands your attention. No more halfhearted listening sessions or a simple ‘it’s good’. No, this time around the build The Tower and it will stand forever! It spills over in creativity and on many occasion it seems to top everything they ever did before. The way the let Järmyr dictate the rhythm, with much more space and room is a breath of fresh air. Progressive in nature most of the record is heavier than the albums of late and bursting with impressive tension arcs. It is safe to say the Great Magnet and the direct line Rancho De La Luna has with it has struck again… 

(Written by JK) 




maandag 2 oktober 2017

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


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


As mentioned before, we returned from a wedding in Salisbury and a month-long trek through Britain just last week. So, there has been a lot of catching up to do, but also a lot of different stuff to listen to in preparation for a few interviews. Hence, the most listened to artist was Ernst Jansz. A Dutch musical legend and co-founder of CCC Inc and Doe Maar for instance. But even though the man is a bad-ass, the music has little to do with all the heaviness we rock out on over here. Like Radio Moscow’s new album New Beginnings. We’ve been following these cats since first meeting them back around 2009 when they played a dusty little wateringhole in Utrecht. And they still soar high on Cream, Zeppelin and Blue Cheer waves. We love their psychedelic rock and we reckon this one is their best effort yet! New Beginnings is out on Century Media Records and deserves everyone’s full attention! Necromandus, the story of Necromandus. Well, we will need more room for that. So we will mention them later on as well. But I would like to make sure that everyone gives this album released via Mandus Music a spin. Fans of seventies hardrock and CCR, Rush and Black Sabbath in special will immediately dig the hell out of it! I’m sure everyone knows about my obsession with Rancho De La Luna and all the people who ever set foot in there. So, when Troy van Leeuwen contributes to the new Chelsea Wolfe album Hiss Spun (out on Sargent House), you’ve got my attention. Aggressive, passionate and heavy! O’ and it also features Aaron Turner of Isis. Extremely addictive stuff! And we are still riding that majestic dragon called Lödarödböl by Texas trio Greenbeard. Such an amazing record! Blistering stoner riffage with bluesy psychedelia, precision vocal tones and a radiant progression of song craft. Let’s keep an eye on Sailor Records cause they’ve been releasing amazing stuff! 

A first week of great stuff and there is so much more! So much more!


zaterdag 30 september 2017

Sunderfeet – 13


Sunderfeet – 13
Domino Media Agency – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: ****

Hailing from that dubious town of Strasbourg, France, Sunderfeet was born as a power-trio back around 2012. They started playing a mixture of Queens of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and aren’t afraid to infuse some grand gestures here and there. And they have been doing that ever since. Cause that is wat is highly prevalent on their debut full-sized album 13 which was released two days ago. Stoner, desert, grunge and this unrelenting knack to have the listened on the edge of their seat. The ten gritty tracks on this album are all filled with barred teeth and sweaty hair riffs, with thunderous drums and wicked bass work. But even then, with all that heavy masculine rock going on, there is always some underlying current that makes it all highly accessible, catchy and addictive. Yes, Sunderfeet will put their hooks in you and will have you wiggling your butt to their ferocious rock ‘n roll!

(Written by JK)



Boris – Dear


Boris – Dear
Sargent House – 2017
Metal, Drone, Rock, Alternative, Avant-Garde
Rated: ***

It’s been out there for a few months. The new album Dear from the lovely Japanese outfit called Boris. They’ve been at it since 1992 and have been hailed as innovators in the heavy rock scene ever since they started. Not sure if that label can be applied to the new Dear record but it pulls the lover of massive layers of distortion and edgy guitars sounds once again with it into its depths. Sure, it goes over the top on many occasion, but when we are treated to tracks like mystical tracks like Beyond with its whispering princess. Or eighties reminiscent Dystopia (Vanishing Point) that slowly builds up to a grandiose curtain call. It is almost a shame it is followed by title track Dear. End result? More questions than answers, but then again, that was probably always Boris’s goal. To questions how far you could take certain things and in what way you could combine all kinds of different extreme styles? Best be listening to this again and see if we can answer it for ourselves…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 28 september 2017

Electric Wizard - See You In Hell


 Electric Wizard - See You In Hell

And yes, the UK cult legends Electric Wizard have teamed up with Noisey to premiere the video for the new song See You in Hell, which singer/guitarist Jus Osborn called "the most brutally simple and Neanderthal song ever."

Watch and listen HERE.

The song appears on Wizard Bloody Wizard, the long-anticipated new LP, which is full of cranium-crushing bludgeon rock — a relentless aural brain rape and, like the band's beloved vintage horror/exploitation movies, definitely not for those of a nervous disposition.

Wizard Bloody Wizard arrives via Witchfinder/Spinefarm on November 10

Back… From the British Isle…


Back… From the British Isle…

Yes, and so we return from that lovely little Island where we were treated to a truckload of lukewarm beers and an equal amount of ciders. We enjoyed the hell out of every town we visited and city we trashed. And only nearly died once… Somewhere in the marshes of the Dartmoor… 

And now we’re back and shall be trying to get some HiVing done! 
So, what have you been up to? Or what album has been spinning like crazy at your place? 

Yes, let's put on some fine music and imagine we're back at the Doom Bar... 

The Doom Chart for August 2017


The Doom Chart for August 2017

“A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.” ~ Carl Sagan

The world as I’ve known it has changed its perspective many times over during my life. People are separate or together, introverts or extroverts, anxious or serene, as well as falling somewhere in between them all. All are individuals, of their own minds and opinions. The only place I’ve ever witnessed a collective consciousness consistently at work is within the crowd at a live heavy music performance.

The attendees and performers of live heavy music events are unlike any other collection of people I’ve been a part of. This is important – not “apart from”, but “a part of.” It’s a community like no other, all individuals with primarily one goal – get the music heard and loved and shared. Attending more heavy music events than I could ever count, I will continue to attend all I can – until ripped from this mortal coil, smiling as I raise my middle finger on one hand and throw horns with the other. Hopeful that happens at the end of a show after the last band, but until then I’ll continue my part to achieve that goal.

Compiling newer music we’ve found, heard, and loved, there is a tallied collection of 25 heavy music options shared every month on the Doom Charts for you discover (or rediscover). A hot, sultry August edition is here to swelter in, as this month there are FOURTEEN new albums in their debut appearance on the charts, with one album revisiting! (A Doom Chart revisit is a rare occurrence for an album that’s been out for a spell, but I think it’s damned cool when it happens.) All these incredible releases to peruse, listen to, and share with other like-minded, individual music-loving maniacs like yourselves. Find your great revelations, People of Earth!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing 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…


This month tallied by Bucky and edited by Leanne...

vrijdag 18 augustus 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Across the pond the crazies are whooping it up at Psycho Las Vegas, but we shall do our own thing at the neat little Nirwana Tuinfeest. Not as big, but certainly as crazy! So, since we have to get over there as soon as possible we quickly fire off another round of the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday! We know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. But we just simple cannot ever do it all justice. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


Urchin – Cavalcade Past a Forbearing Ruin

One of the bands that started the ruckus in Las Vegas last night was Urchin. The two-piece blackened sludgy doom metal released a new album earlier this month called Cavalcade Past a Forbearing Ruin. I believe they played poolside and I’m pretty sure the water would have turned to black mud as the waves of Urchin paranoia struck out across the Las Vegas battlefield…




The Mad Doctors – Yuengling Malmsteen

Do you remember us raving our asses off about The Mad Doctors and their No Waves, Just Sharks release? It was our soundtrack to every backyard BBQ and beach outing of the past months. Well, the fella’s are now releasing a split seven inch with Heavy Traffic. Which can be ordered here and listened to here. Or the other way around. Whichever way you do it, just do it. Majestic psychedelic surfing and fuzzy punk rocking guaranteed!






Marvelous Liars – Marvelous Liars

Power rock, stoner pop and everything in between. The new self-titled album by Marvelous Liars has it all. Borrowing some of the desert heat to spice up their highly catchy rock ‘n roll the three-piece is fishing in the great pond with more hooks and bait then the most expert of fishermen. And guess what, they have you biting and snapping for their rock strut like a ravenous piranha. Fans of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Strokes, Beatles and Foo Fighters will definitely find something tasty here!





Rubble Road – The Clowns Have Spoken

Listen to The Clowns Have Spoken and you will suddenly have the urge to hit the bourbon bottle hard and the road even harder; off chasing weird and twisted nights with the three-piece (or quartet?) Rubble Road on your backseat shouting about Truck Stop Hookers and Galactic Fugitives. And all this while they’re also brewing their own beer. And you know what we always say, good people drink good beer. Get on the Rubble Road, drink heavy and ride hard!




Ben Hughes – Rejecting The Machine

Ending on a Lo-Fi-High note! Rejecting The Machine is the first single promoting his one man project that will soon release a complete effort entitled Cycles of the Psyche. It’s Ben Hughes and the multi instrumentalist runs the gamut of all sorts of Lo-Fi psychedelic goodness. It seems to be a follow-up to a the more earthy approach of his Reflection EP released earlier this year. All in all, the music all have this secretive sound and makes you want to learn more about its magic. Stay tuned!





O'no... Hold on... Wait... Wait... Here's the new Triggerfinger single: Colossus!

donderdag 17 augustus 2017

Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space


Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space
Self released / Go Down Records – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Grunge, Psych, Space
Rated: ****

The Italian born Meteor Chasma shoots its riffs into space with a truckload of fuzz and an intense intergalactic groove. The opening track Spaceship 2346 of their debut full-sized album A Monkey Into Space is a proper lift off indeed. The mighty psychedelic waves are only rivalled by its extraterrestrial great stoner trucking and monstrous sound. And this massive head job continues on the next eight tracks, albeit a bit more grimy or a bit more spacious. Which might lead you to conclude that Meteor Chasma might have opened with their absolute smash ‘n grab track and that the rest of the album does not reach the same kind of level. Well, you’re wrong there. It’s just that the different avenues the band takes on the rest of the tracks culminate to perfection on that opener. Listen to third track Neil Gagarin for instance, a slower, almost doomy approach to their spacerock. On it they display a massive amount of restraint, how easy it would be to let it explode at a certain moment. And then to not do it. Yihaw! That’s what we dig. Keep you on your toes! In short, check out Meteor Chasma, Gorilla style headbanging guaranteed!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 15 augustus 2017

Red Mountains – Slow Wander


Red Mountains – Slow Wander
All Good Clean Records – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

The honorable Charlie Tooth wrote about their debut album Down With The Sun back in 2015. And now, two years later, when September rolls around, the Norwegian Red Mountains are back with a new release called Slow Wander. And it is a majestic slow, yet urgent, trek across the highlands. Across a mountainous terrain that moves the soul and inspires the spirit at every turn. Produced by Spidergawd’s Per Borton, who also delivers guest vocals on the Acid Wedding track, the album definitely shines in all its psychedelic goodness and moves into a slightly darker realm without ever becoming oppressive. It actually sounds extremely wide in its vistas and with so much room for all the instruments and voice to excel. And that is really what they do best, that wonderful translation sensation an open expanse into heavy psychedelic rock and making it weave through your head and heart. Man, I want to go back to Norway again and cruise the Atlantic Road with this album at exactly the right volume…

(Written by JK)



maandag 14 augustus 2017

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


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week


We haven’t had much time the past month. It showed in updates and it showed in the amount of new albums listened to. Well, we have a bit more time now. For a week or two. So, we did a lot of listening again. Ofcourse everything the Doom Chart mentioned was high on the list. But we could not shy away from the new Queens Of The Stone Age. They have to this album not released a bad one. Although Era Vulgaris wasn’t really my cup of tea. And it seems this one will neither. Unfortunately. Not that it’s a bad album. It just doesn’t seem to move me. And that is what it is aimed at, physically, actually moving, I read. In preparation for an interview with Mr. Gilbert we listened to Mr.Big a lot. But what really moved us was the new Mother Engine! These German cats know how to rev up the machine! Another one that inspired is Greenbeard. Lödarödböl is a truly stunning piece of work; artwork included! Last but certainly not least, Red Mountains from Norway, have returned with a beautiful record. It shall be released at beginning of September and will surely captivate all you lovely freaks out there! See the mention tomorrow for a few more words about Red Mountains new album Slow Wander. But for now, turn up the volume and let the cool tunes set the right mood!

zaterdag 12 augustus 2017

Cortez – The Depths Below


Cortez – The Depths Below
Salt Of the Earth Records – 2017
Rock, Fuzz, Grunge, Stoner, Metal
Rated: *****

The Cortez blurb, as it appeared on the latest edition of the Doom Chart...  Let’s take a trip with the Boston quintet Cortez. Let’s have them drag us down with them to The Depths Below. I reckon we can safely state that most of you freaks out there already dug their earlier releases. Well, get ready to profess your undying love for these guys. Turning a much more metallic corner on some tracks, the fuzz, the grunge and the stoner that Cortez brings is simply amazing. And then there are those more pop sensible almost catchy moments. Yes, there is something about this records that screams ‘instant classic’. Vocalist Matt Harrington truly shines on every track and together with the killer choruses, massive riffs, dueling guitars and majestic drum work there is absolutely nothing wrong with Cortez… Shit, where is the closest grimy tattoo parlor, so I can get Cortez tattooed across my heart!