vrijdag 26 juni 2015

Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time


Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time
Napalm – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental, Metal
Rated: *****

The mentioning of the following album has been lying in wait for a month. Waiting with anticipation on spreading the good word on this truly amazing record! And yes, perhaps we are biased once again, but then again, we always are. Cause we only speak about the music we truly love! After meeting up with guitarist Johan Jaccob in a restaurant in Lille where some of his art was on display to talk Glowsun and to buy some of his drawings he remarked that they were already in the final stage of the album and that he himself was absolutely smitten with what they had done so far. And now it is here. Beyond The Wall Of Time, the third full-sized Glowsun album. And it truly is a masterpiece! Intricate details and overwhelming accuracy are what make this album tick. Like a high prized Swiss clock it turns and shifts and balances out on the exact right moment. The pounding drums and growling riffs have you soaring high. The time-umbrella concept really feels like an adventure; and thanks to all the minutiae you keep discovering little musical trinkets with every new listening session. Do not mistake this for just another good Glowsun album, no, this is an instrumental masterpiece and one that is meant for the ages!

(Written by JK)




Slowly getting back to action…


Slowly getting back to action…

We are slowly returning to the fold and slowly getting back to action…

Please have patience though, cause we did not use the word slowly twice in the former sentence for fun. Slow is the operative word here… But slowly does it…

vrijdag 19 juni 2015

Bad times... We will return soon...


 Bad times... We will return soon...

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

Due to a massive amount of personal tragedies and setbacks in the past weeks, the Stoner HiVe show has grinded to a halt. Soon we will be back at it... But it will take some time...

donderdag 11 juni 2015

Doom Chart for June 2015


Doom Chart

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

They continue to roll on… Those damned Doom Charts! Thanks to an amazing amount of good people with great taste the fourth edition of the Doom Chart is up and running. We have entered June with this month’s edition. Is Dopethrone - Hochelaga still the number one album? Or do we have a new record topping the chart? What great new bands entered the list and who do you miss? Go check it out! Go check it out…

Go check it out and head on over to the Doom Charts to read up on all those amazing albums!



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On Number 4 we find a band which definitely deserves to be soaring this high! And which was already predicted by Doktor420 in his rant about their new groundbreaking album Given To Emptiness. We are ofcourse talking about Arenna! Go see what the good lords say about these crazy cats on the Doom Chart and check out all the other great bands there!


woensdag 3 juni 2015

Stone Rock Festival - 2015


Stone Rock Festival 

There’s a new festival in town. Or well, one that has been around for five years. But not that well known yet. Stone Rock Festival in Dalfsen, Netherlands. A festival that focuses on alternative rock, stonerrock, stonerpop, garage and psychedelic rock and all or mostly from that lovely Lowlands country with their wooden shoes, windmills and marijuana. This year featuring amazing bands such as An Evening With Knives, De Staat and General Midnight. But also other damn fine outfits like Navarone, Poor John, The Indien and few new kids on the block. And those new bands show definite promise. What to think of Mandrake’s Monster? Or Magnetic Spacemen? Or The Apologist and The Muncks? Hey, and then there’s also old dogs Raggende Manne! So get your ass over to Dalfsen for Stone Rock festival on Saturday June 6th! And if you don't feel like getting down, dirty and boogying your behind off you can always get frustrated and angry watching Het Universumpje; or maybe have you mind blown by them instead…



Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets



Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets
Face to Face Records/Self released – 2015
Rock, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

They hail from Enschede, Netherlands. You know, that city that was partially destroyed by an explosion in the fireworks factory back in 2000. But on their first full-sized album Regrets by Dutch quintet Mandrake’s Monster there is little destruction but a lot of rocking. Ten fine songs that meander between alternative rock, stonerpop and something hard and heavy. With impressive tours through Germany and Poland the Dutch formation finally thinks it’s time to conquer their home country. And with their debut record in hand they sure have something to show for. Cause their sound evokes memories of Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age and classic hardrock bands. That might be due to the fact that the rhythm section also rocks out with Adje Vandenberg in his Vandenberg’s Moonkings. They opt for the big gestures on many occasion and seem to prepare themselves for huge stadiums and massive arenas. I’m sure they have no regrets by now, cause with a highly American sound, Mandrake’s Monster will not only turn on their home country, but the rest of the world as well…

(Written by JK)






dinsdag 2 juni 2015

Stoner HiVe BuzZz Feed bandzZz


Stoner HiVe BuzZz Feed bandzZz

Another quick post about those band that are posted in the BuzZz chat feed on the right side of the page. Cause they do deserve attention! Not just because they made it over to the HiVe, no, because they rock hard and kick ass!


Tropical Doom – Tropical Doom

This Brazilian stoner and desert rock outfit definitely has something tropical about them. Now, don’t go envisioning hula girls and pineapples, cause they probably owe more to sandy hamburgers and lukewarm rum. They’re damn heavy and got this damn fine trucking speed to their songs. Think Queens Of The Stone Age or Fu Manchu, but with a very own definite twist. The Tropical Doom boys do their stoner well and don’t really bother with dooming that up, no, they stare at the sun, guzzle their drinks and party completely sunburnt like the night will never come!




Black (W)hole – Receive

Black (W)hole has been putting out experimental drone and noise instrumental since 2010. Each of them offering weird or majestic soundscapes that sometimes twist your brain and on other moments make you experience one of those lucid hangovers. This Austrian fella improvises his heart out and on occasion stumbles upon something smashing. Just imagine what he could do sober or with an entire band?



Vidaguerrilla – Hora de Aventuras

We mentioned Vidaguerrilla’s first release during a certain Quick Fire Friday segment. And since that faithful day the Spanish one man project released no less than six new efforts. Hora de Aventuras is its newest release. Insane fuzzed out punky doom that is as chaotic as it is crazy, with weird esoteric interludes and arcane soundscapes. It is almost impossible to follow, not unless you are wired into some kind of weird trip and have a truckload of speed at the ready…



Lizard Queen – Third Eye

Lizard Queen is a stoner metal project from Gorizia, Italy, born and raised by a member of the band DEEP in that most ugly year of 2013. With overtones of doom the entire album twists your head and curdles your blood. There is something occult and dangerous about it. Both please, please, do not judge the record by that first track. Even though the hellish howls fit the name Khan, it does not do justice to the quality displayed on the rest of the eleven songs. Grow a pair, or in fact, grow a third one!



zondag 31 mei 2015

Weedeater – Goliathan


Weedeater – Goliathan
Seasons of Mist – 2015
Rock, Sludge, Stoner, Metal, Southern, Dixie
Rated: ****

One of the many highlights of Roadburn 2011 was Weedeater. The way they filled the 013 stage with their presence, the way they filled the venue with their sound and the way they incorporated the bass player’s head as part of the drum kit was simply awe-inspiring. The show was part of their amazing Jason… The Dragon tour. Injuries and bad luck plagued the band before that album and continued to play a role after said album. So we had to be patient and wait for news about new work. First we heard that Travis Owen from Whores, Artimus Pyledriver and Zoroaster would replace Keith "Keko" Kirkum on drums for a few short tour stints. And then came the bulletin that he’d replace Keko indefinitely and that they’d be pairing up with Steve Albini again for a new album and we could only rejoice and pray that the drinking, fighting, run-ins with the law, onstage barfing, the loss of a big toe and the enormous amount of booze and drugs would not have dissipated their hard hitting wallop one bit. And it hasn’t. The new record Goliathan is as heavy as they come and as sluggish and methodical as we have come to love. And with the southern or Dixie touches the boys always bring to the backyard barbecue there is a little bit of smoky air in there as well. Smoky air. Hehe. This time around the album is built between two devious bookends that give it this weird ecclesiastical atmosphere. Opening with intense but witty lyrics the mood is set and when their trademark slow swagger starts on the second, the title-track, we hear how wonderful the sound has been captured. Recorded live as if they played in sweaty watering hole. With deep rumbling bass work and thundering drums we are back in the marshes, trying to escape that growling Goliathan chasing after us…

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 29 mei 2015

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Here we are with another Quick Fire Friday in this foul year of our Lord 2015! The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segment is a feature of a handful of bands and only a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief… Cause we believe like crazies!


Kamensko – Transcend Reality

They’re about to release their first official EP called Transcend Reality. But some of you ofcourse already know them from that demo EP called Creator released last year. We are ofcourse talking about that Norwich outfit Kamensko! And guess what, judging by the snippets that they share on their soundcloud it is going to be a damn fine release! So Take Me To Your Lizard!

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The Black Atlas – Devils

The album Devils by The Black Atlas will be out this summer. Ambient grunge and experimental soundscapes. Rock with a highly imaginative touch. Go check out Moonsong and Black Milk on his Soundcloud and be taken away on a carpet of dreams. Yes, I said that. A carpet of dreams…






Sugar Skulls & Marigolds – The Coked Out Bunnies EP

The two-piece instrumental stoner sludge metal band consisting of drums and guitar from Denver, Colorado released their first EP The Coked Out Bunnies a year ago. They’re called Sugar Skulls & Marigolds and besides bringing some grade A stoner, sludge and grunge they also have this cinematic quality over them and something grandiose. Sure there’s this raw and punishing edge; but above all they paint wonderful pictures. And these bunnies do it all coked up…




DoctoR DooM – Relax You’re Dead

On the verge of releasing their new album This Seed We Have Sown, The French quartet DoctoR DooM teases us with a single track called Relax You’re Dead. And since we’re still digging the hell out of their seventies hardrock styled retro album DoomO from 2013. The slightly new version of the second track has us grooving and swinhing like a motherfucker. We wonder though if the two tracks of the seven inch will be featured on the album as well?




donderdag 28 mei 2015

Chest – The Epitome of True Evil


Chest – The Epitome of True Evil
Self released – 2015
Rock, Metal, Occult, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

I’ve got a thing for Finland. Love the country and the folk that reside there. There’s only one small problem with the entire country; the liquor is so freakin expensive! And I think I’ve got a thing for Chest. I love their music and the freaks that produce it. On their new album The Epitome of True Evil they definitely evoke some strange feelings. An ancient thirst for blood and a yearning for the kill. Released digitally and on a limited run of cassettes this five track album lures you in with the promise of everything you might be lusting for, before putting the coffin down and the hammers in. The four piece metal outfit from Lahti was founded in 2006 and released their debut back in 2012 called Cursed To Live which was predated by a demo EP in 2011. But both those earlier releases pale in comparison to this new embodiment of Chest. Gone are the bleak and black metal sounds; and all hail the occult, the ogre green, the bronze, the copper, the madrugada blue and the redness of blood. Yes, it’s still doom and sludge and metallic, but with overtones of something sinful, wicked and lovely! As if they have found the philosophers stone and used it to create the perfect tones, rhythms, battering attacks and slow marches...

(Written by JK)



Lorø – Lorø


Lorø – Lorø
Self released – 2015
Rock, Industrial, Noise, Math, Stoner, Metal, Instrumental
Rated: ***

The Italian trio Lorø was founded in the foul year of our Lord 2013 in a dusty old basement in the little village of Montagnana not far from the Adriatic Sea. There they aimed to produce something that would be able to hold a candle to all those original heroes that came before them. And on their self-titled debut album they almost succeeded. We are greeted by an industrial stomp and repetitive, intense building pound when that first track Pollock starts off. After which it continues through various mathematical and noise archways to something mesmerizing, computerized and wonderful. It is impressive how they manage to distort the entire landscape without becoming too lost in the chaos. We immediately hope they will be able to continue this unholy amalgam of styles for the entirety of the album. Unfortunately they do lose their footing now and again, but during the moments that they stand firm, we stand there with them and gaze in awe at the celestial sky and feel the earth shift below us…

(Written by JK)




woensdag 27 mei 2015

Mojo Waves – All the Right Parts Fit the Wrong Way


Mojo Waves – All the Right Parts Fit the Wrong Way
Macaroni Penguin Music – 2015
Rock, Hard, Garage, Punk, Psych, Stoner
Rated: ****

A few months ago the Finnish trio Mojo Waves released the first single 7x7 for their new album All The Right Parts Fit The Wrong Way. It promised a lot, just like the album title. And holy mother of God, do they deliver! We’ve been following these crazy cats since their first release Introducing Mojo Waves back in 2012. We saw them rise to great heights on the follow-up Enjoy, Don’t Destroy and become extremely deliriously majestic on Lo and Behold! And on the new album their manic music turns into a complete hysterical and frenzied state. They’re still highly in debt to the classic rock of the golden era’s but with a unique view of their own. Vastly energetic and chuck full of adrenaline the boys delve deeper into the speedy and punky parts of their already stampeding music this time around for most of the time. Which fit perfectly with the, as always, high pitched and ecstatic shrieks of singer Arttu. But who is that growling on Heartquake? Who is that dark color that offsets Arttu perfectly on that third track? And then there’s the In Little Pieces track which slows down and shows once again that the Mojo Waves can handle everything and will always remain unpredictable. But we will be ready, to ride with them on all of their big waves… And let’s hope this one never rolls back…

(Written by JK)




Out of Space – Invaders


Out of Space – Invaders
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Space, Psych, Grunge
Rated: ****

We surely need to visit Lyon and many other cities in France very soon. Cause the good rock has been spawning there for a while now. Where that sudden burst of inspiration comes from who knows? Maybe from Out of Space? Invaders, it is the title to the first release by the new French trio Out of Space. Five songs that start off as a heavy trucking, fast blast straight out of the desert. Grade A stoner tune Bloody Road hits you straight between the eyes and it will surely be something you shall not expect when a band is named Out of Space and the release is called Invaders. But don’t worry, there definitely is some space rocking and psychedelic meandering on this album as well. You will have to rock out to three more tracks that maneuver between hard rocking stoner and punky grunge before the true battleship arrives. Final track Desert In Bloom lasts almost sixteen minutes and seduces you with languid riffs, color and voices before it starts whipping you into a frenzy. Like a slow but evidently fast forward movie of a desert that goes to full bloom and then dies again… Grandiose!

(Written by JK)