maandag 18 maart 2019

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

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

Every bone in his body seemed to have its separate and private pain, and he knew that his despair had acted as an anesthetic when he came out of it and felt the actual sharp pains… Oh yes, it’s Monday once again… Another week gone and a new week before us! Last week we had those dastardly Boogie Beasts on repeat; their new album Deep out on Sonic Rendezvous marries psychedelic wickedness with barnyard garage and bluesy bourbon soaked tunes to perfection. The heavy sun dried stoner tones resonating out of Milan, Italy makes us desperately long for the summer! The new self-released III by Matra definitely raises the temperature on all fronts! Pop sensible desert and stoner, very addictive! There are more outfits named Almanegra; but this trio resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina and just released their self-titled debut. Five tracks that hits you with heavy blues fuel, makes you speed up to the horizon, arms waving and with a lust for adventure and wild times. Can’t get enough of this one! Omaha, Nebraska home of five-piece Flux Amuck. Releasing their debut The Alternate for all the metal crazies who loves some experimentation, weirdness, punk and funk for breakfast. Good, tasty and nourishing on almost every scale! Neon Desert comes at us from Brazil, and gives us some grungy stoner and punky hardrock on their debut self-titled released. The duo produces raw and smoky tunes that will have you traverse the globe with a definite swagger in your step! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

vrijdag 15 maart 2019

Motorpsycho – The Crucible

Motorpsycho – The Crucible
Stickman Records – 2019
Rated: ****

How do you review a Motorpsycho album? Even their record company has to prepare a warning before you play the music! “Motorpsycho was always too gnarly for prog nerds as well as too musically unwieldy for punks, and as their appeal becomes ever more selective, they are still proudly falling between all cracks, stools or chairs one might think of putting in their way. ‘Prog rock’? Call it Motorpsychodelia!” See what I mean….. Elements of Sabbath rub shoulders with King Crimson while dipping a toe into Jazz while flirting with Opeth and Yes. This is a sprawling, epic journey that will either alienate you or enthral you. You are never quite sure what you will hear next but it will always be heavy. Repeated plays reveal gems in the background. Some people will be turned off by this. Me, I listen to Miles and Zappa exactly for this reason. Music that demands to be listened to, not background wallpaper. Be brave dear readers, take the plunge!

(Written by Tony Maim)

The Skull & Worshipper, live at The Lane, Oostburg

The Skull & Worshipper !
 Live at The Lane, Oostburg

Remember when you could not stop spinning The Endless Road Turns Dark by The Skull? Like, yesterday? And ever since it came out in September 2018? The album did not reach the Number One position on the Doom Charts for nothing! Well, the band is on tour with Worshipper! And the tour will take them over the pond to Europe! A definite stop will be The Lane, Oostburg, so all you Dutchies and Belgians are in for a treat! May 1st!

And now in Dutch... 

Met de originele Trouble zanger Eric Wagner en Trouble bassist Ron Holzner in de gelederen, ging The Skull verder met het album”For Those Which Are asleep”waar Trouble eigenlijk was opgehouden. Metal Kaoz Ezine gaf toen al aan dat : "For Those Which Are Asleep” voelt als een ongegeneerd stukje doemdenken, maar dan op de juiste manier zoals het hoort in het genre.
Met hun laatste nieuwe album The Endless Road Turns Dark gaat The Skull verder met nog een ander doom-meesterwerk. 

The Skull's show bestaat natuurlijk uit originele The Skull songs, maar er kan natuurlijk zomaar een Trouble song voorbij komen en andere rariteiten verspreid van over periode dat Eric Wagner en Ron Holzner in de band Trouble speelden. De show kan ook zomaar uitmonden in een uitgebreide live-jamversie. En zoals ze zelf plegen te zeggen “It´s doom that rocks.” Dus wat valt er nog meer te zeggen over The Skull… Eigenlijk niets meer dan dat je deze band gewoon live moet meemaken!

In de afgelopen drie jaar heeft The Skull maar liefst drie keer op het bekende Roadburn Festival, gespeeld, evenals Hellfest, Under The Black Moon, Desertfest Belgium en Hammer of Doom. Evenals clubshows door het heel Europa. Op deze tour zal The Skull Desertfest Berlijn en Desertfest London aandoen. Maar eerst even in The Lane als eerste optreden van de tour...

Eric Wagner (original TROUBLE vocalist, Blackfinger): vocals
Ron Holzner (TROUBLE): bass
Lothar Keller (Sacred Dawn, Divinity Compromised): guitar
Rob Wrong (Witch Mountain): guitar
Brian Dixon (Cathedral): drums 


Als support zal het uit Boston komende Worshipper een nieuwe stem in de heavy muziek laten horen. Door vergelijkingen te maken met sterren zoals Black Sabbath, UFO uit het Dio-tijdperk en The Scorpions uit het klassieke tijdperk, creëert Worshipper iets nieuws en epischs uit de echo's van het verleden. Door hun unieke mix van hedendaagse en klassieke invloeden, bewijst Worshipper dat de ziel van melodieuze heavy muziek nog steeds fel brandt. 

John Brookhouse - Vocals & guitars 
Dave Jarvis - Drums 
Bob Maloney - Bass & vocals 
Alejandro Necochea - Guitars 

Woensdag 1 mei / Vvk 8 euro /avondkassa 10 euro Vvk Kaarten te krijgen in The Lane aan de bar of te reserveren via o.v.v The Skull

donderdag 14 maart 2019

Starified – Feathers

Starified – Feathers
CSBR Records – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Indie
Rated: ****

Over the last decade, Russia's Stoner & Doom scene has grown exponentially in artist numbers and reputation. At the forefront of this New Russian Wave are Starified, a three-piece outfit from Moscow. Their latest release, Feathers walks the line between Modern Metal, Hard rock and Indie pop sensibilities. Opener 'Hunter' has a bluesy edge, but tempers the hardness with an Indie vibe, as singer Vadim Ambartsumyan gives us his growly, Alex Turner - esque delivery. The Bluesy Grunge feel continues unabated through tracks such as 'Guessing Game' & 'Second Life' with Guitarist Yuriy Berezovik wringing out fat, melodic riffs and quirky hooks throughout the album. Title Track 'Feathers' crawls with an off-kilter Stoner vibe whilst remaining light and airy. All in all, Starified have delivered a Modern, Accessible Rock album with a very Radio - Friendly sound and great production deserving of airplay both on and off the airwaves... Otlichno!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)

Boogie Beasts – Deep

Boogie Beasts – Deep
Sonic Rendezvous – 2019
Rock, Blues, Psych, Garage
Rated: ****

We’ve got dancefloor leveling stompers, groovy swingers, sultry and sticky songs! And ofcourse psychedelic wickedness that marries their barnyard garage and bluesy bourbon soaked tunes to perfection. Oh yes, these Belgian Boogie Beasts know how to get down and get everybody dirty! Their new album Deep is the perfect soundtrack for completely smoked out venues that sell dubious quality homebrewed moonshine in leaky mugs. And I remember listening to the debut album Come And Get Me back around 2015 and thinking, shit, we need to keep an eye on those dastardly bastards of Boogie Beasts. With spurs earned in rickety garage outfits like The Goon Mat & Lord Benardo and wild psychedelic rockbands called Voodoo Boogie; the four beasts have now set their aim on combining that with some honest Delta blues roots. Recorded live and analogue, the album soon becomes an atavistic and primal return to the days of yore when a slide guitar would silence the onlookers and a harmonica would make a crowd go insane. Deep by Boogie Beasts is there for everyone who longs for those lazy hot summers, laying in the hay, sprinkelet in their teeth and sipping on some bourbon… And for those who wanna jump around at a hoedown dance party filled with junkies, thieves and outlaws… Yes, it’s for everybody!

(Written by JK)

vrijdag 8 maart 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

We haven’t done this in a very long time. In fact, it’s almost been a year since we did a Quick Fire Friday! Ye gods, how time flies! The reason we want to do it today is the fact that we noticed we mentioned a whole lot of albums released in 2018 recently. Cause even though amazing albums are being released every day in a staggering amount; we are apparently also not done with 2018. So, here are just a few that we missed back then… And yes, we know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. Much more! More attention and more of our time! But there is so much amazing music out there and we just simply cannot ever do it all justice. So here it is. The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!

Withered Fist – This Is My Mountain

They reached the fourteenth position of January’s Doom Chart and Bryan Coffey from Indy Metal Vault wrote about it: “If you like a good tale woven around some heavy doom with a dash of classic rock and sludge, then this EP is for you. Go buy it… NOW!” And you should, cause Withered Fist is a power duo that produces heavy, slow, all out stomping fuzz clenching the doom and the sludge until the last drops of melody fall into the sewer… Excellent!

Scorpio Rising – Scorpio Rising

Another three track release. This time however we are moving into occult territory! Very little can be found about this blood dripping nugget. But the grimy lo-fi doom displayed by Scorpio Rising certainly whispers woeful tales about the ancient and sinful properties of man. Once again, we find ourselves lusting for that vintage spilling of blood…


Starified – Feathers

Our newest member Reek Of Stoom had been lusting after this one since we got into contact with him. It’s Starified! A three-piece from Moscow that implores garage and punky attitudes when they bring forth the alternative rock and stoner. Pop sensible, the album streaks naked all over the place, giving a new meaning to let all it hang out…

Vidus – Gigante

Gigante by Vidus brings us some tasty alternative rock from the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain. It’s stoner and desert reminiscent sound brings us back to the old days when that kind of music smelled like sweat, sand and shimmering heat. It’s grungy, it’s gritty and it’s Gigante!

Hotrod Deathtoll – SuperFuzz Suplex

“The perfect soundtrack for when you have a Dodge Challenger you need to deliver in record time.” Well, Hotrod Deathtoll crazies, we could not have said it better! SuperFuzz Suplex is fast paced, high energy rock’n roll that floors the fuzz, stomps the stoner and pedals the punk to the absolute brink of speed explosion!

Terras Paralelas – Entre Dois Mundos

We close of this Quick Fire Friday segment with some instrumental progressive psychedelic rock and metal from crazy Brazil. We’re talking about Terras Paralelas and their full-sized release Entre Dois Mundos. Formed in 2015 the three amigo’s definitely take a jazzy approach to their hop, skip and jump rhythms and grooves. Having you on the edge of some enormous cliff the entire time and constantly  threatening to push you over… Dangerous stuff!

donderdag 7 maart 2019

Warp – Warp

Warp – Warp
Nasoni Records – 2019
Rock, Garage, Psych, Stoner, Doom
Rated: ****

Warp, a three-piece from the outskirts of Tel-Aviv, Israel. We don’t know that many Tel-Aviv bands or even Israeli bands. And we suddenly wonder why that is? Perhaps it’s due to the constant turmoil the country is in? Or perhaps there simply aren’t that many to begin with? Whatever the reason, we are extremely glad the self-titled debut by Warp is now gracing our ears. Their lo-fi, gritty almost tinny sounding approach to psychedelic and stoner rock is infectious and electrical. There are some darker, doomier moments, but for the most part these tracks spark a fire in your soul, something that enriches the blues that resides in your belly. It revs you up and makes you head out into the wasteland in search of wild parties where the kool-aid is laced by default and smoke machines bellow out wave after wave after wave of green smoke… Blissfully happy you just whirl around and become the mad dervish you always longed to be. Through the haze you can still make out a band sweating what looks like pearls of blood out onto the stage and you can see their magical notes take on form and float and dance through the air. And you are there among them, dancing and whirling and waving… Now, sitting in a chair in the warroom as the final note dies away vague memories of battles with lampposts and walls and kerb stones, of knocking into people who said something about watch your step and threatened to drop him one, voices that sounded angry, and the hard unsympathetic stones of pavement, you wonder what just happened. I wasn’t really out there on that amazing and ferocious party, I was just here, at home, with my headphones on and my eyes closed… Warp, what an album! Let’s do that again!

(Written by JK)

Navarone – Salvo

Navarone – Salvo
Suburban – 2018
Rated: ***

We’ve been mentioning the Dutch five-piece Navarone ever since they started releasing full-sized albums. For some reason, we passed over on their 2017 album Oscillation. But we mentioned their self-titled debut EP, the awesome A Darker Shade Of White and 2014’s Vim And Vigor. But as the new one Salvo starts running; we imagine we remember why we passed on Oscillation. It might have been due to the fact that the band enrolled in some Dutch tv-program that produces weak artists, singers and bands. They should not have done that, they’re already better that that. You know the one I’m talking about; I believe it runs in every country across the globe. But hey, we all have to do whatever we have to do, so let’s give Salvo an honest run! Even bigger sounding guitars and gestures. A definite hardrock groove and a vocalist that damn well can sing, as we already knew. But he does implore some little tics and tricks that might become annoying after a few spins; just put second track Reset on repeat and you will hear what we mean. They move even more towards a condensed (hard) rock sound that implores pop sensible hooks, choruses and aims to please the big crowds. It’s a comfortable album with mostly predictable choices; more Alter Bridge than anything grimy, but still, it has its moments…

(Written by JK)

maandag 4 maart 2019

The Doom Chart for February 2019

Doom Chart

  “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

I think we can all relate to the above quote on some level from some dimension. We hope the Doom Charts can bring you some pleasure, as we have indulged once again in a mighty month of music. February was crazy in heavy music and the chart proves it. February almost completely flushes January’s finalists, ushering a new wave of heavy underground greats on 20 new appearances. February had 289 different albums voted upon by 30 of our most committed contributors and although they can’t all score in the top 25 the votes showed a wide range of styles and a great collection of talent. Let us know what you think and enjoy the February Doom Charts!!

    "Ahhhhh, it’s time to relax, And you know what that means, A glass of wine, your favourite easy chair, And of course music playing and your home stereo. So go on, indulge yourself, That’s right, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, Lean back and just enjoy the melodies. After all, music soothes even the savage beasts…." ~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe) (Seeing that the contributors all immediately jumped on the blurbs that had to be written, and so he had nothing to do at all, felt the weird urge to start quoting the Smash album intro by The Offspring.)

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the 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…

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

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

Morning everyone. Just a quick note on that monthly Top 10. We just post that quickly and never edit it. On the weekly list we take the liberty to edit out those artists that don’t need that little bit of  extra encouragement to listen to. Artists that are already huge enough like Queens of The Stone Age or artists; (that even though they have some merit for the HiVe) that we listened to for interview purposes like Melissa Etheridge. So here’s the Top 5 Most Listened to Last Week and then we should really get down to perusing the February 2019 edition of the Doom Charts! Cause that is an insane one! Silver Devil’s new album Paralyzed, released by Ozium Records, is quickly becoming a household favorite. 5th on the Doom Charts this month and 1st in my head at the moment! What an album! Stomping stoner and high energy grooves! Also on the weekly list like last week: LáGoon and their The Unwelcome album; garage doom and fuzzed out rock, skater vibe stoner and punky metal. Out on Forbidden Place Records and another absolute must have! And so is the glorious Pfund album! It’s on constant rotation over here! New on the list is the December 2018 through I-Hate released album Pray For Doom by German fourpiece Dawn Of Winter. Doom in every sense of the word! But with an almost opera like stance the compositions take on this grandiose atmosphere. Lovely! And then there’s Gone Cosmic with their Sideways In Time album, released through Kozmik Artifactz. Set for an early April release this is some grade A, female fronted psych rock, it whirls and it winds and it wails like a hard rocking banshee on the prowl! Simply stunning! But I guess they all are! So check’m out! Check’m all out!

zaterdag 2 maart 2019

Slingjaw Wrasse – Forever Infinity

Slingjaw Wrasse – Forever Infinity
Self-Released – 2019
Noise, Sludge, Experimental
Rated: ***

Ten seconds in the Slingjaw Wrasse's grip and you've crumbled like suet... This Chicago duet have made the aural equivalent of licking a toad... Impressive!

(Written by The Reek Of Stoom)

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month

Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month

One day late; but these are February’s Top 10 Most Listened to Artists…

donderdag 28 februari 2019

Son Cesano – Submerge

Son Cesano – Submerge
Mono Buster Records – 2018
Rock, Instrumental, Psych, Stoner, Desert
Rated: *****

In February there were more than a hundred and fifty releases in the heavy genre that we know off. And there were probably even more. That amount is staggering. And hard to get your head around. And instead of focusing solely on those releases we go around searching for other lost gems. Ones we missed when the heavy deluge swept us under the waves of some other month. Enter December 2018, yet again, and Submerge by Son Cesano. A Swiss quartet that started jamming back in 2015 and slowly developed those jams into the tunes that we find on their debut effort Submerge. Six emotive tracks; with an almost meditative quality that quickly take you with them on their deep sea adventure. Psychedelic rock for those moments when the sun is high, the breeze is exactly right and there is nothing to do but enjoy the Singapore Sling in your hand and listen to everything in space and the music that surrounds you. Lazy in the good sense of the word; even the more swollen and rockin moments retain that quality. Which is one hell of a feat to accomplish. Graceful in every sense of the word, beautiful cadency and every six of those compositions seems like a jewel of the first water. You will lose yourself in it’s glittering beauty…

(Written by JK)