dinsdag 24 mei 2016

Choco – Killing Time


Choco – Killing Time
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Space
Rated: ****

Okay. So this was released a year ago. And since a few months we’ve been receiving links to videos, for instance for the righteous Helms Deep track and the glowing Springtime song. Both featured on the Killing Time album by Dutch quintet or is it sextet Choco, formerly known as Chocolate Habanero and before that as Toner High Cinderella. Featuring Deef from Toner Low and fellow Dr. Dynamite affiliates. The result is definitely something different. Meandering between alternative rock, stoner, stoner disco, space and something dark and swollen there is definitely something addictive to this. They dare to do the different thing on many occasions and become this highly tasty offbeat monster. Like 99% chocolate it is an acquired taste, but once you know how to handle it, you won’t want anything deluded anymore. There are some things nobody needs in this world, and six weird Dutchies, rocking hard and crazy, hunched backed, lurking across the stage might be one of them – but I want it anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need this. That is why Choco is dangerous, it is addictive and gets under your skin and makes your mind believe you cannot live without it. And you know what, your mind just might be right…

(Written by JK)




Drive By Wire – Kerosine Dreams



Drive By Wire – Kerosine Dreams

Are you still grooving to that lovely Drive By Wire album The Whole Sheband released last summer? We sure are. So why not check out their new video for the Kerosine Dreams track and get swayed by their trucking stoner sound. There is absolutely nothing wrong here and everything right. Get hooked! What took you so long? 



zaterdag 21 mei 2016

Zun – Burial Sunrise


Zun – Burial Sunrise
Small Stone – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Desert
Rated: ****

And once again we are treated to a magnificent new project from the surroundings of the all mighty Palm Desert, La Quinta and Indio near Los Angeles in the United States of America. Gary Arce, string magician of Yawning Man, and the man who stood at the beginning of all that goodness that has been coming from the desert, implored help for his new project Zun from the likes of John Garcia (Kyuss), the lovely Sera Timms (Ides of Gemini, Black Math Horseman), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), Harper Hug (Vista Chino), Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson) and last but not least Doors guitar player Robbie Krieger. This collection of artists give us a veritable musical adventure. Floating, peaceful, almost ambient desert rock that leaves you in awe of nature, the earth and the universe. Tightly wrapped in all the righteous musical colors. Burial Sunrise, from the new project Zun, is a definite Gary Arce album, a hero who leaves the talking to his guitar and always lets the guitar speak wonderful tales of exploration...

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 20 mei 2016

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Last week we noticed it took almost a year to continue on with the Quick Fire Friday segments. But now the floodgates have been opened. And you might drown in the amount of new Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segments coming at you! Which are meant to spread the good word on all those great bands out there. With just a small amount of words we intend to spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief…


 Crystal Balls – Roots

Growling death and blackened doom straight out of the gutter of hell where all the dead babies go to dance and do cocaine. Errr? Not sure where that came from. But I reckon it’s the malevolent tones of the two track EP called Roots by Gainsville, Florida, three-piece Crystal Balls. But there’s nothing shiny here. Just dirty, hairy and grimy music! Music for dead... Well... You know..




Ex Uaj Zed – 4

Here’s some lo-fi garage out of Poland to sink yer teeth. Just like the pronounciation of the band name. How do you pronounce Ex Uaj Zed? I guess we need to head on over to Poland to catch them live. Cause on their new album 4 they sound as wild and wonderful as ever!




Stonerror – Rattlesnake Moan

I wish I could have met them. Back when, I was wrecking havoc in Krakow. Sure, there was enough fun to be had with the likes of BNNT and the crazies we met along the road. But the guys from Stonerror are the righteous freaks we would have liked to drink with! Just take in those five tracks of their wonderful Rattlesnake Moan EP and you’ll get why!

O’ and check out that video on Youtube! Amazing stuff!





Cojones – Resonate

We’ve been in love with Cojones ever since we first heard their split release with Umor. And then Sunrise came out in 2009. Wow. It’s still in heavy rotation over here, so many years later. And the same goes for Bend To Transcend from 2012. Well, they’re about to release a new album called Resonate, in a few months. And here’s a little teaser!



woensdag 18 mei 2016

Komatsu – So, How’s About Billy?


Komatsu – So, How’s About Billy?
Lighttown Fidelity – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Sludge, Metal
Rated: ****

It’s been a wild, wonderful and tragic few years in the existence of Komatsu! After line-up changes here and there, we have a Komatsu where only the bassist was part of the original four. Horrific tragedy happened, the fill-in drummer Jelle Tommeleyn during the European tour as pre-show to John Garcia was killed in a hit-n-run accident in his hometown in Belgium. Their entire merchandize and gear was stolen at a gig in Italy supporting Nick Oliveri. But even all those tragedies could not stop the machine that is Komatsu. With new energy and new hope they stomped on, aiming to release the new album Recipe For Murder One in September 2016. As a pre-curser to said album we now have this wonderful seven inch to sink our teeth in. Two tracks, the damn fine trucking So, How’s About Billy? which is also the focus of their first video. (See the post below.) And the crazy evil sounding hammer that is Scavenger. Which could have been heard if you had gotten your hands on the Nederfuzz - The Dutch Fuzz Collection album that was added to the Rock Tribune magazine Nr 152 back in February. The way Komatsu has evolved is simply amazing and especially vocalist Mo Truijens. But that’s what doing massive tours does to a collective and a grimy voice. A voice that now leads a sludge metal machine that is at the top of its game and aiming to flatten the globe in its wake! So, How’s About Billy? So, how’s about we all grab a beer at a next Komatsu show near you! Cause you know what, live they’re even better!

(Written by JK)




Komatsu – So, How’s About Billy?


Komatsu – So, How’s About Billy? 

First video for Dutch sludge machine Komatsu! Sporting the new title-track taken of the limited edition seven inch So, How’s About Billy? Which is also the first single of the upcoming album Recipe For Murder One scheduled to be released later this year. 




dinsdag 17 mei 2016

Stratus – Stratonomy


Stratus – Stratonomy
Self released – 2015
Rock, Classic, Hard, Blues, Prog, Psych
Rated: ***

Released just before Christmas 2015, Stratonomy is the second full-sized album by Swedish power trio Stratus. So don’t confuse them with the Iron Maiden spinoff band or the Serbian heavy metal act. They’re from Sweden and they move towards the sixties and seventies in a big way, like so many of their fellow countrymen. But instead of infusing it with stoner, they have taken a more bluesy and progressive approach. Which fits these boys like a damn fine glove! Highly melodic and extremely relaxing, they’re prowess showing with every fill and every solo, it is the composition and instrumentation of almost every track that makes you sit back in awe. It’s warm and enveloping and shows how good these fellas actually are. Even the highly lyrical approach to most of their songs is something that definitely works and adds an extra amount of admiration. Even though they do seem to fly out of the curve here and there, there is no way we would not want songs like Wicked Woman, I Hate You And Wish You Were Dead and Neveragain to be stuck in your head for days on end. Simply put, Stratonomy is damn good!

(Written by JK)



Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise To Sundown


Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise To Sundown
Century – 2016
Rock, Metal
Rated: ***

We’ve been treated to damn fine albums every two to three years by Swedish overlords Spiritual Beggars since 1994. Sunrise To Sundown is the ninth studio record and the third with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio at the helm, formerly of the Greek metal formation Firewind. The evolution the band has made since the coming of this power metal singer is one of a definite move back in time and towards ever grander gestures. For the track What Doesn’t Kill You, for instance could just as easily have come from the Firewind setlist. But for the most part the songs seems to move ever so sneakily more towards Deep Purple. And ofcourse there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We can enjoy power metal from time to time and Deep Purple are the grand ol’ wizards of rock. But wasn’t the band more exciting and thrilling when they were hugging the genres of blues and stoner? When they were cozying up to those more gritty takes on heavy rock? And yes, we have definitely been enjoying Sunrise To Sundown, but we fear we will move on to different pastures soon enough. Although, the keywork by Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, Opeth) is one of the best delivered in this foul year of 2016! Sunrise To Sundown, a fine album indeed, but will it stick around for very long after the sun sets..?

(Written by JK)



zondag 15 mei 2016

Scrambled Limbs – Scrambled Limbs


Scrambled Limbs – Scrambled Limbs
Self released – 2016
Rock, Sixties, Psych, British, Early Rock
Rated: ****

WoW!!! This record by Scrambled Limbs is a throwback to a time of experimentation and the infancy of rock in general. The self-titled EP could be one of the Beatles solo records, haha. It's just that British and tasty. Although it does have hints of modern era rock. This is a definite must listen for every fan of the sixties. Hints of Cream also rise to the surface at times in this twisty psych fantasy. Sam Rodwell is the sole proprietor of Scrambled Limbs and I assume he plays all instruments. The guy has that something special that any band would want as a whole, but wrapped up in one mind. I really enjoyed this record and can't wait to hear what might be coming next. Thank you Sam, for sending along this awesome piece of work. Peace.

(Written by Charlie Tooth)



Mike & The Melvins – Three Men And A Baby


Mike & The Melvins – Three Men And A Baby
SubPop – 2016
Rock, Punk, Sludge, Metal, Noise
Rated: **

For some weird and possibly fascist reason the recordings of Three Men And A Baby had been gathering dust on a shelf for about sixteen years. Cause it was around that period in history that noise duo GodheadSilo was taking a breather and vocalist/bassist Mike Kunka headed off into a studio with his buddies from The Melvins. So, let’s go back to 1999 and pray that the millennium bug doesn’t destroy civilization as we know it. (Cause we humans can do that ourselves.) The Melvins, we love’m, they’ve always done exactly what they wanted and gone the route they themselves aimed for. This give us an enormous and highly diverse catalog of albums, ep’s and songs. And this album seems to capture a lot of that in the space of twelve short tracks. It starts out damn promising with the first three tracks being lovely sludgy stomp on the terra and damn the consequences type rockers. But shortly thereafter the boys start swerving and the weird samples take over. When it comes to jams, you can get your booty licked here and smile with the guys, cause they sure as hell seemed to have fun. But for the most part it’s just that, the guys having fun and not actually carving out something we could get addicted to. Perhaps this calls for a new one day studio romp; for the baby must surely be an angry teenager by now…

(Written by JK)





vrijdag 13 mei 2016

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday



Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Wow. It’s been almost a year since the last Quick Fire Friday! Not intentional as you know. It just happens that way. But here we are now. With a new Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segment. Meant to spread the good word on all those great bands out there. Just a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief…


Giant Gutter From Outer Space – Black Bile

Giant Gutter From Outer Space hails from Brazil and on their third release Black Bile gives us no less than forty minutes of mind boggling experimental bass and drum music. Mathematical, noisy, technical and stonerish. A true battering ram. A Black Bile battering baton. Check it out and feel your knees weaken and the green in your stomach turn black.




Flynotes – Smell of Space

The Russian trio Flynotes take the more atmospheric approach to every heavy genre we all love on their third album Smell Of Space. Their instrumental heaviness is full of grand gestures and well-crafted compositions. Like hovercrafts full of eels!




Viridiana - Eram Quod Es, Eris Quod Sum

And instrumental duo from Spain going by the name Viridiana. They released their one track Eram Quod Es, Eris Quod Sum EP digitally in December 2015 and it now sees a vinyl release. Over Thirteen minutes of experimental doom laced, psychedelic stoner with minute meanderings into loads of other genres and with the use of all sorts of samples. Just listen and become what they are…




Dirty Frank – Into The Pit

I’m not going to ruin this for anyone. You just need to listen yourself. They hail from Helsinki and there are five of ‘em in Dirty Frank and Into The Pit is a two track wonderfully wild EP. Five filthy young dudes who don’t give a fuck about conventional music. Be ready. Get into the pit!



donderdag 12 mei 2016

Vokonis – Olde One Ascending



Vokonis – Olde One Ascending
Ozium Records – 2016
Rock, Doom, Stoner, Psych, Metal
Rated: ****

Sweden. One of those chosen countries. And definitely when it comes to all the heavy stuff we all love so dearly. The list of amazing bands coming from that country is simply endless, and new ones pop up every day. Some of which ofcourse stem from outfits that stopped for whatever reason at the time. One of them is Vokonis, comprised out of members from Creedsmen Arise and Ginger Trees. A power trio in every sense of that word. Powerful. Heavy. Doom. Stoner. Metal. All of it applies to a maximum and all of them fall short in telling the real story of Vokonis. For that you will have to experience the full force of the six amazing tracks on their debut effort called Olde One Ascending. They dipped deep into the pool of Iommi and drank heavily of everything Sabbath and Sleep while clashing their cups which are filled to the brim with majestic riffs and exalted repetition with fellow countrymen Monolord. Like the laugh of a man sentenced to death, their trucking sends shivers down your spine. And even though all the tracks have that hazy stoner doom edge, they all have a very own atmosphere and identity. And they are all of such a high level and transcending nature one can only expect Vokonis to rise and reach even greater heights then what was expected or the Creedsmen. Yes, that Ozium Records label knows where the truly good stuff came be found. Yes, Olde One Ascending is solid, roadworthy and amazing. Smoky tunes for gnarly beards drowning in pints of larger. We love it!

(Written by JK)



King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity


King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Heavenly/PIAS – 2016
Rock, Psych, Punk, Garage
Rated: ****

You have to love the work ethic of these crazy Aussies. We’re already on a fourth album within one and a half year. Or eight within five years. And to be honest, the freaks who go by the name King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, are not putting out anything even remotely resembling crap. They achieve without a doubt with every one of their albums to release something worthwhile and different then what came before. Catchy garage rock with a psychedelic edge on I’m In Your Mind (2014), jazzy floater rock on Quarters! (2015) and Paper-Mâché Dream Balloon was comprised out of psychedelic folk. So, all different and all something that connects, the psychedelic tinge or hint or overlaying grid and the repetitive nature of the tracks. Oh, and let’s not forget the lo-fi gritty understated vocals of frontman Stu MacKenzie. And yes, all of that is once again present on the new record Nonagon Infinity. Which feels like one hell of a trippy rollercoaster ride. The seven headed hydra deliver an infinite looping record, where every song ends with the intro of the one that follows. Yes, first and last song inclusive. An irresistible drive due to that thumping bass and the happy-go-fucked up punky feel that is ever present. This is hay fever adrenaline, sneezing laughing gas, motoring psychos and a revolving labyrinth with a dancing goblin king in the center. There is no escape, this calls for an entire night of Nonagon Infinity on repeat and enough rum to keep you fueled up and growling at the demon moon outside…

(Written by JK)