donderdag 27 april 2017

Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe


Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe
Electric Magic – 2017
Rock, Space, Psych, Jam, Stoner
Rated: ****

Samsara Blues Experiment, a band we have seen live many times. Every one of those occasions edge upon my memory as something wonderful and full of bliss. They are masters of transporting the listener to another dimension. And we have been lucky enough to travel with them on many occasion. They also manage that same feat with their albums. And we were shocked when we noticed we never actually gave them the attention they definitely deserve. Sure, their Waiting For The Flood album from 2013 made it to the Number 10 position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year; thanks to the many voters out there. But where are the mentions about Revelation & Mystery or Long Distance Trip for instance? We deeply apologize to the band and beg for their forgiveness. On the other hand, what lies before us now, is even better than those earlier two releases. The new record, One With The Universe, is the result of endless hours of jamming, jamming and jamming after bassist Richard Behrens left the group. The three of them had to find out where it would lead them and what the new chemistry would be. Well, they’ve gone psycho on the use of analog synths, keyboards and wild effect, while still retaining focus on the fact that even those everything is jam-based, a song has to be written, an adventure has to be taken and a journey has to reach its goal. And you will feel this during the course of every track. Which seem less worldly, a bit heavier and heftier in every aspect, yet every bit as spiritual as their earlier releases. One With The Universe is yet another Samsara exploration one has to join in on. It has the markings of a true quest, the search of something pure and honest.

(Written by JK)




Royal Thunder – Wick


Royal Thunder – Wick
Spinefarm – 2017
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

Wick, the new Royal Thunder has been spinning regularly for a while now. And our love for the band that started with CVI, went through a small dip with Crooked Doors, is now blossoming once again. For on Crooked Doors they looked back and searched the remnants of a romance wrecked for anything artistically usable. There have been a lot of breakup albums over the course of musical history, but Crooked Doors never quite got there. On Wick, they make their ambitions known and look to a future, which is undoubtedly filled with fast paced stoner concrete as well as slow heartfelt little miracles. And it’s during those moments when the true beauty of Royal Thunder shows itself best. A Mlny Parsonz that not just howls like the best, powerful, raw and voluminous. But also clean as whistle and deeply evocative.  And whether they opt to go mysterious and psychedelic or fill your head with vertiginous riffs and wild colors, guitar player Josh Weaver shows itself master of every facet and shows himself to be one of the great ones. Versatile and Wicked! This is Royal Thunder, exactly the way we love them!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 25 april 2017

Thermate – Black Desert Highway


Thermate – Black Desert Highway
Self released – 2017
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Seventies
Rated: *****

We’ve been hooked on whatever the Finnish quintet Thermate bring forth since they came out swinging with their November EP released in 2014. The mini-album Off To Hades, came out in 2016, and was a gigantic leap forward. And we welcomed a holiday together with the guys in purgatory. High powered diesel blues, with enough proto revelations and stoner incantations to have you jumping on the back of their truck towards Hades without ever looking back. So there you are, on the Black Desert Highway speeding towards something wicked and thunderous. Cause the cats have outdone themselves again. A fine intro and outro serve as two devious bookends to a tall tale filled with gritty riffs, stoner grooves and hefty nods towards everything proto. Hypnotizing in its trucking rhythms and enchanting with its solos and guitar colors. The vocals stand tall, powerful, clean and evocative, they produce the right amount of enchantment on this devilish trip. Yes, Thermate have delivered a righteous album and one that will serve as the perfect soundtrack for a road trip on the Black Desert Highway

(Written by JK)



The Black Angels – Death Song


The Black Angels – Death Song
Partisan – 2017
Rock, Psych
Rated: ****

With their 2010 album Phosphene Dream they made the 13th position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of said year. The Black Angels now on to their fifth full-sized album called Death Song. Another hint towards where they got their bandname from and now their album title. And anyone who loves The Velvet Underground is alright in my book and can call me an idiot any day. On their new album they once again serve us high octane psychedelic rock with a definite garage edge. And always with so much heftiness that the psychedelic nature of the band only can barely keep up with the heavy side of things. This time they also scour through some of the eighties and new wave influences. But rest assured, the sixties are there and in raw form. And that is how we like our Angels. Raw, naked and black as death!

(Written by JK)



maandag 24 april 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


Let’s not address the smoldering elephant in the room or state the obvious and just list the amazing bands we have been listening to the past days. Like the new Millionaire. In preparation for the interview with Timmy ‘Tipover’ Vanhamel the new album Sciencing has been on repeat like crazy. Also, because it is once again a damn fine album! Hey, and when Madman Tony Maim claims that the Machinations album by Hark is our salvation. Then we listen and keep on returning to its magnificent tunes. The new album Witchbanger by the heavy psychedelic rockers called Duel is once again filled with intense riffs and a dark and twisted take on everything proto. Released in November 2016 this Into The Storm album grabbed my attention thank to the title: Where The Merfalo Roam. Anyone referencing Oscar Zeta Acosta is alright in my book and can get a beer from my anytime. Especially when it is this fine piece of sludge metal and noisy doom. Ever since the amazing Doublestone we have been peaked again for anything Danish. And our wish is granted immediately with the amazing psychedelic trio named The Sonic Dawn. Into The Long Night, their fourth release, is everything you want from free freak styled acid rock and sixties garage. Wild, boisterous, swirling and intoxicating...
 
Don’t take the green acid though… That’s for the bassplayer!

donderdag 20 april 2017

Hark – Machinations


Hark – Machinations
Season Of Mist – 2017
Hard Rock, Sludge, Stoner
Rated: *****

There is an elephant in the room and I will address it straight away. Hark reviews seem to always have the phrase “owing much to Baroness and Mastodon”. Well, yeah. Prog-sludge and riffage certainly did get a kick up the arse when these two bands got going and a lot of people found a direction into which their creative ideas could solidify into a heavy mess of power… but… I thought the last two Baroness albums felt weak. Mastodon appear to be on auto-pilot. (Please do not send in comments telling me how wrong I am. One of the luxuries of freelancing means that Joop has to be the reasonable face of his blog. I, on the other hand, care not one jot about upsetting sensitive readers!) Hark are going their own way and are all the better for it. Taking the best of the 70’s – Iommi & Page – and incorporating it with the aggression and single vision of today, their sound is a furious steamroller of power and riffs that rocks like a bastard on fire. When people not soiled by contact with the swampy underground that we all dwell in ask what it is that I could possibly listen to that gets me so excited, I will play them this, screaming “Listen you weak puny fools, blindly consuming music that has been spoon-fed into your lives by the media – This is real music, played by real people – what you hear as noise and aggression is the sound in my head being realized into fuzzed waves of sounds that set me alive for some brief moments of clarity before the crushing reality of life brings me down again.” Or in other words, this album fucking slays!

(Written by Tony Maim)




Back from travelling and freakin on mountains once again


Back from travelling and freakin on mountains once again...

So, we shall try to carry on with the HiVe show...

Luckily we have Madman Tony Maim to help us out now and again...

woensdag 12 april 2017

Cloud Catcher – Trails Of Kozmic Dust


Cloud Catcher – Trails Of Kozmic Dust
Totem Cat Records – 2017
Heavy Rock, Proto Metal
Rated: *****

Every now and then I wake up from my self-imposed exile to the swampy, gloomy hinterlands of Doom and just wanna rock. Cloud Catcher are a power trio from Denver who do just that. It is heavy and hard and by god, it makes me bang my head big style. I am an old bastard and when I see tags that say “retro” or “seventies” my heart sometimes sinks. I lived through those times and there was a lot of dross that bands are copying now – it was shit then and shit now. But worry not my faithful download monkeys, only the very best has seeped through to these guys. Cream, the early Led Zepp albums, Blue Cheer – raw blues, fuzzed acid rock and stone cold grooves make this album stand high above any other offerings I have heard this year. Frantic guitar solos are sprayed over an inventive and tight rhythm section that never stop attacking or providing a backdrop for the clear, urgent vocals. The fantastic production on Trails of Kozmic Dust brings all the instruments to the fore but the attitude is all raw and impassioned. Psychedelic jams jump aboard to ensure that this Kozmic train keeps a’ rolling all night long.

(Written by Tony Maim)



dinsdag 11 april 2017

Floating Widget – The Sounds of Earth


Floating Widget – The Sounds of Earth
Self released – 2017
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Desert, Fuzz
Rated: ***

Releasing a new album after thirteen years will definitely raise questions about what the hell you were doing during all that time. We might need to find out about that gap from the Floating Widget boys themselves. But with their new EP The Sounds of Earth we can safely state they definitely delivered a fine follow-up to that mountainous record, Praises To The Riff Monolith, that paid homage to the almighty riff in a thunderous way. Hence the title ofcourse. Final track Spiderzilla of the new EP features Denis "Snake" Bélanger from Voivod and is perhaps the weird closer to the four, riff heavy, stoner trucking tracks that came before. But, it begs for more. Not to dismiss the vocal abilities of Vincent Peake, but Snake’s voice works magic on that one, much too short, track. And not to dismiss those other four damn fine hard rocking tracks that bring forth the fuzz in good form and fine riff idolatry! Let’s hope we do not have to wait another freakin thirteen years!

(Written by JK)



maandag 10 april 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


It’s been a magnificent week once again, with so many great releases to listen to. It makes a man want to cry, tears of happiness, of joy and of some weird form of weariness. How in hell are we going to continue on like this? Great record upon great record coming out and so much history and back catalogue to listen to? Shit man, feeling overwhelmed again. Which is only logical when listening to the new Doublestone album. We had been eagerly awaiting new stuff since their amazing Wingmakers album from 2013. And it is finally here! Double U, O, double you! They doubled up on everything on Devil's Own and won big. The Danish deliver once again on everything we love from seventies inspired psychedelic rock, doom and hardrock with a stoner twist here and there and the blues roots growing wild. Another one we had been giddy about, was the new Royal Thunder. Cause we loved Crooked Doors and CVI even more! So, Wick has been running circles in our head; and made it so We Never Fall Sleep. Even more ambitious than what came before the album marries so much assorted styles and it is so different, we cannot do anything else but fall head over heels with it. Will this infatuation last? We shall see! Stonerpunk, stonercore, post-stoner. All new and all crazy labels for a band called Bokassa! They all fit like a glove for their new album Divide & Conquer. It’s aggressive and energetic as well as chaotic. But it does have a softer, more imaginative side. And it is once again this paradox that makes these Norwegians so great to listen to! A completely different animal is Ha Ha Tonka, their southern tinged roots rock meets folk and Americana turns only a few psychedelic corners on occasion on their new Heart-Shaped Mountain album. And we have Doom Chart buddy Bucky to blame for turning us into Tonka toting freaks. Woodhawk came to us from all angles. Which is only logical, for their Beyond The Sun release is simply a feast of awesome riffs and fine grooves. A no brainer, absolute love fest for all the fuzz junkies, desert users and stoner addicts out there. We are good people and we listen to good music! All day, every day. All the time!


donderdag 6 april 2017

Spidergawd – IV


Spidergawd – IV
Crispin Glover – 2017
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Psych
Rated: *****

Yes, it has been about a year now. Time for a new Spidergawd album. And there it is. Right on time. And aptly titled IV. Which is the fourth album in a row. All spaced apart by a year. When number III rolled around last year, we reckoned it was their best yet and wondered if they could continue that steady climb into perfection on their new album which we assumed would be there in 2017. Well, the sound is there, the songs are and the Spidergawd soul. Across every aspect of the album. Do we miss Motorpsycho bassist Bent Saether, who quietly left the band? Not really, their heavy rock sound inspired by the seventies rock gods is still there. And it is still there in awesome form. Still executed to an almost flawless degree with an inspired saxophone giving the tracks the depth and soul they deserve and a vocalist that howls and breaths fire. The overall sound does move more towards a stoner approach this time and sounds a bit heavier or more metal here and there. Some easy on the ear truckin in tracks like Stranglehold and more seventies inspired punk in LouCille. Shit, we dig it. It is, after all, Spidergawd in all its glory! And they cannot possibly be even better in 2018 with V, or can they?!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 5 april 2017

Horisont – About Time


Horisont – About Time
Century – 2017
Rock, Hard, Blues, Seventies, Stoner
Rated: ****

We have been enjoying the Swedish crazies named Horisont since their Två Sidor Av Horisonten release from 2009. The year we started doing this HiVe thing. So when their fifth album rolled around and we noticed it opening with the Jimmy Webb cover The HiVe we were thrilled to get some love back from the five Scandinavians. On their new About Time record they still excel in groovy, blues-based seventies hardrock. With its thin, delirious and haunting vocals the songs are all exploding with catchiness and expertly dosed playing. There were moments in time, especially on their Second Assault record, when one could suspect them of looking a bit too much for the retro nostalgic love. But not anymore, they have found their own sound. Sure, we can still hear their influences, which go back to Sabbath, Lizzy, Quo and Blue Oyster Cult. But there is so much more, it is a well executed dive into all that goodness from the golden era of rock, delivered in grandiose style, which we have come to expect from all the Swedish bands. Horisont is here to let y’all know they are a true contender for the prize for this year’s tastiest rendition of everything classic!

(Written by JK)



Millionaire - I'm Not Who You Think You are


Millionaire - I'm Not Who You Think You are 

So... On 19 May Timmy 'Tipover' Vanhamel, part of the second incarnation of Eagles Of Death Metal, part of The Hickey Underworld, Evil Superstars, Creature With The Atom Brain, dEUS, Eat Lions and many many more, will return with a new Millionaire album! Here's the first single I'm Not Who You Think You Are of the upcoming album Sciencing!


maandag 3 april 2017

Automatic Sam – Arcs


Automatic Sam – Arcs
V2/Goomah – 2017
Rock, Psych, Desert, Garage
Rated: *****

We’ve been smitten with the Automatic Sam sound since their first release Hot Foot Oil back in 2009. Follow up Texino and their last album Sonic Whip were even more amazing. And when the boys joined Gary Arce and Mario Lalli on the new Ten East album Skyline Pressure  we were absolutely overjoyed. And when we finally heard that spaceous desert record even more. And now they are back. Back from the desert and back from the dead. Once again with a new drummer and once again with a new take on their old sound. Full of paradoxes, Arcs as it is called, moves into a sixties pop direction in some form, sounding lighter and more open, all the while turning darker on their next outing and tuning the overall heavy garage sound down, while tuning the rest of their heaviness up. Did we mention paradoxes? Did we mention there is definitely an Automatic Sam sound? Filled with stunning riffs, sublime solo’s and righteous compositions. Both lengthy and short. They try out every bit of arc and tension. Whether they sound straight from the desert or have a more krautish approach, they always seem to want to do it their own freaking way. Telling their very own story and their tall tales. They always did, but do it even more on this album. And that is what it is, more Automatic Sam on every level!

(Written by JK)




Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


We shall publish a mention about the magnificent new Automatic Sam album in a moment or two. These Dutch freaks have been releasing amazing albums one after another, topping the one that came before. And with the new record Arcs, they did it again! Psychedelic garage and steamy blues, raw, tantalizing and catchy. It is all there on the Assorted album by The Ringo Jets. Which is only logical as the album has collected some of the great Ringo loudness of all their previous releases and added two unreleased tracks. Check’m out! Seeing Dave Catching and Pete Stahl live in Amsterdam definitely made my week. Hope the rest of Europe came out to catch them live as well. For whether the Earthlings? fill the stage with eight or only two, they always rock! The new Nemesis album by the Swiss Sons of Morpheus is filled to the brim with more psychedelic blues, stoner and masterful grooves. Grungy and gritty yet all so soulful! Which is always the case when a new Colour Haze arrives. In Her Garden as the album is titled gives you almost 75 minutes of pure unadulterated bliss. So… Headphones on and stroll through Her Garden

zaterdag 1 april 2017

The Doom Chart for March 2017


Doom Chart

“But there was only that silence, as in the five or ten minutes before a vicious thundersquall strikes, when the purple heads stack up in the sky overhead and the light turns a queer purple-yellow and the wind dies completely and you can smell a thick aroma like overcharged car batteries in the air…” ~ Stephen King, It

It’s a fine and weird bunch. That congregation of heavy music fiends that send in their lists every month. Most of those lists differ so much that it really takes all of the lists to arrive before a final tally can be done. And as we wait for those list, the air, pregnant with anticipation, seems to shimmer and flicker through all the different possibilities. For some of us dwell on the dark side, the black, the malignent and the for ever praised doom. Others take to the psychedelics, the heavy blues and the stoner trek through a steamy desert landscape. But all of those heavy and underground albums are equally amazing and appreciated by all of us. There are once again eighteen new releases featured on this March edition of the Doom Chart. And it could have been about a hundred and eighty…

Can you imagine? A list that would go on and on. We would not have time to eat, drink and barely to breathe… But with such an amount and an end result of only twenty-five amazing albums on the list we publish there are a few that only just fell off. Like Bask and their Ramble Beyond album, Libido Fuzz and their A Guide Into Synesthesia or the self-titled Witchers Creed record. But hey, next month there will be a new edition of the Doom Chart. And everyone of those might just end up somewhere on that edition...

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic 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…

dinsdag 28 maart 2017

Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma


Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma
Self released – 2017
Space Rock, Stoner, Psychedelic, Doom
Rated: ****

Spaceslug launch their rocket from Poland and bravely explore the outer limits of known space and beyond with fuzz boxes on full power. Jamming riffs collide with psych rock and explode with stoner/doom songs that get the head nodding while taking you on trip into your mind. These tracks, on Time Travel Dilemma, have a desert laden groove with atmospherics that make you think of psychedelic space rock. Hypnotic riffs and solos drive the songs along, aided by the sun-blissed rhythm section. Drones that swirl around song passages are used to great effect and push the tracks along rather than just being an after-thought. The guitars weave long mantras of warm fuzzed soundscapes that make you want to play over and over again. With a genuine feel for the genre, Spaceslug invite you into their world - but be warned - when the groove gets groovin' and the kraut-rocks riffs get riffing, you might not want to leave!

(Written by Tony Maim)




And they rightfully took the Number 1 spot on the February Doom Charts!

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Mage (21)
Orango (19)
Mutautu (13)

We know. We normally publish this on Monday. But I returned from London late and we had other pressing engagements. As we will continue to have for a while longer. But here’s another quick Top 5 of albums we listened to the most last week. The Ain-Soph Aur album by In The Company of Serpents has been on heavy rotation. The doom duo delivers in again in a fine scratchy and grimy noir vibe. Stoner fused with doom, metal, hardrock and a stylistic funnel vision; that’s what the new album Green from Mage is all about. Emperor Guillotine comes from down deep in the heart of Texas. The southern vibe perhaps is felt through its punky influences, but otherwise the self-titled is filled with doom metal and feels dark. Mutautu is the fuzzy blues we need, we want and we love! As you perhaps have read in the Quick Fire Friday section of last Friday. Orango has been with me ever since discovering the Something Good EP back around 2002 and their tiny connection to the Madrugada family tree. Well, they’re back with a new album, Mules of Nana. Heavy blues, southern vistas and wild soulful almost folky atmospheres. A pure classic! 

vrijdag 24 maart 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Ever so often, when we find the chance, we fire off a Quick Fire Friday round. It’s a fast way to give a little more attention to some of those bands we love out there. And when time is scarce it might even be the best way to do some HiVe’n! So here it is once again, a small selection of amazing bands that deserve way more attention than the tiny amount of words selected here. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


Mutautu – Basement Tapes

Now, this is exactly what we want to hear! This Finnish power-trio plays its blues exactly down, dirty and slow enough for us to immediately fall in love with. Mutautu’s three song counting Basement Tapes EP has a doom vibe and so much love for the fuzz and the heavy music of yore that we suspect them actually having transported from that golden age. There are old souls at work here. And they know the power of the great magnet!

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Nadu – Determinator

If you are looking to get yer head right, with some groovy, punky, sixties garage and lo-fi grimy surf look no further. Nadu’s Determinator release has all of that and more. With choppy riffs and a punchy beat it all sounds exactly on point without it becoming overly anal. Dosed in a filthy layer of fuzz the seven tracks just sit exactly right! Even Chris Allison, of Lord Loud, who mastered the EP, could not mess that up! Grin! And we’ll keep grinning as long as we keep listening to Nadu!




Green Altar – Idle Worship and Ill Will Towards Man

This five-piece sludge metal outfit came out swinging with their new EP Idle Worship and Ill Will Towards Man back at the tail end of 2016. It ofcourse did not garner the attention it rightfully deserved, what with all the end of year stuff. So, here we are, with a torch, that brings Green Altar out of the shadow and into the flickering light. Sludge, doom, dark, black and ominous in every aspect. And with a vocalist that goes by the name Cannon The Green you can be sure the screeches and screams will truly make you shiver.




Brutofuzz – The Ditch

A couple of videos to tidy things up. The three crazy Italians of Brutofuzz have released their first single and video The Ditch. Still punky, still wild but with a touch of stoner, a lot of balls and all the pure grit you can bear. Check out The Ditch and get ready for everything that comes our way by name of the Brutofuzz!





Cojones – Origin of Fire

We have not yet found the time to write a poem to Cojones professing our love. For their earlier albums as well as the new one Resonate. And this is not the time or place either. We just want to get the word out on their new video for the Origin of Fire single. Check it out!







donderdag 23 maart 2017

Cross Highest Trip – Vision Without Execution Is Hallucination


Cross Highest Trip – Vision Without Execution Is Hallucination
Self released – 2017
Psychedelic Rock
Rated: ****

Italian psychedelic rock coming at you like a main line injection of cosmic blues straight into your brain. Swirling guitars, rambling jams, sound clips, saxophone breaks, keyboard drones and lots of heavy psych bring you an album that delights, rocks and transports you away from the humdrum realities of your dreary life for an hour. Multiple layers of instrumentation reward you with multiple listens as each new play reveals more jewels of sound filtering through. This is earphone candy. Calming passages beguile the listener before you descend into storms of fuzzed out riffs and stomping breaks. Blues, stoner and hard rock are all used to drive forward the pulsating swamp of ideas that are flying around. Hugely impressive shit from Cross Highest Trip.

(Written by Tony Maim)



woensdag 22 maart 2017

Goya – Harvester of Bongloads


Goya – Harvester of Bongloads
STB Records – 2017
Doom, Metal
Rated: *****

I knew Goya were good but had no idea that this album would top everything they had produced before. After being welded to my earphones all week, this, Harvester of Bongloads, is already a contender for album of the year. Misery and gloom spread their atmospheric mimosa of suffering throughout the four tracks and children, the doom is strong in this one. Of course it is heavy. Of course it is full of bluesy fuzzed solos. Of course there are nods to Sabbath but ….. and this is a huge fucking but …… Goya are no copyists. Goya are forging ahead with their own sound and fully deserve to be mentioned alongside Sleep and Electric Wizard. That is how good I think this album is. In fact you should be playing this now instead of reading my drivel. Free your mind, free your body and worship at the altar of Goya. Doom is alive and well baby, fly your freak flag, light up your bong and head bang until you pass out.

(Written by Tony Maim)



dinsdag 21 maart 2017

RoadKillSoda – Space Echo & Time


RoadKillSoda – Space Echo & Time
Self released – 2016
Rock, Acoustic
Rated: ***

Our main man Lucas wasn’t too kind on the RoadKillSoda gang when they released their sophomore album Oven Sun back in 2013. Their punky stoner stylings and grungy southern rock did not have enough for our lovely little Lucas. Well, the Rumanian guys are back, but with a completely different offering called: Space Echo & Time. Yes, they went acoustic on your ass! Recorded in one take in a mountain cabin, the album sports one track that we know from the Oven Sun record. But the rest of the ten track are either taken from the other two albums, A Fucked Up Trip Gone Bad, Yo No Hablo Ingles or brand new and they all definitely hold up in this naked environment. As does the new vocalist Mircea Petrescu. Filled with, indeed, a mountainous and shimmering atmosphere, that exhumes pure freedom, the tracks paint fine pictures and fills your heart with grungy blues and a wild lust for whisky... We can dig it!

(Written by JK)



maandag 20 maart 2017

Iron Wizard – Eschatonaut


Iron Wizard – Eschatonaut
Self released – 2017
Rock, Metal, Sludge, Stoner
Rated: ****

Six-piece Iron Wizard hail from Bundaberg, Australia. Their debut album Eschatonaut is DIY to a maximum degree. Recorded, mixed and mastered by the band themselves. It sports seven metal tracks that are mostly sludge oriented, sometimes moves towards stoner and always seems to want to level the surrounding vista with growling vocals and wild guitar work. Heavy riffs and even heavier solo’s. You will definitely suspect them having quite the love for the classics as soon as those guitars start coloring the atmosphere bronze in a track like What Man Creates, Man Can Destroy. Follow up ditty Universal Tongue dispels any misgivings and starts a devastating pounding. And this is definitely what the guys do best. Crushing, almost overwhelming stampedes and whirling tones. Impressive!

(Written by JK)



Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Acid Wolf (25)
Stonila (22)
Mastodon (21)

As stated before, we have been involved with a few projects that have taken up most of our time. But soon a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel shall appear and we have already had some moment to listen to some great new albums. How about the Adelaide born Acid Wolf with their self-titled debut album. Heavy, meaty and everything we love from desert, stoner and fuzz infused with some doom and psychedelics. Yes, it is that good! Crushing Yellow Sun is a one man project that navigates the psychedelic sludge waters. It’s Heavy Times Redux is a combination of two earlier albums and combines the best of what CYS has to offer. Get ready for some heavy times indeed! The new Sinner Sinners record was recorded at Rancho De La Luna, and that should be enough for you to just buy it. For we all know the lines to the Great Magnet are short and direct over there. Damn good stuff once again! Greek instrumental rock force Stonila has released Chaos Legacy and has delivered an album for the summer, to lay bare chested in the shade of an olive tree and sip mastiha. Well. The new Mastodon. Emperor of Sand. It will probably not become a household favorite over here. But hey, it might require a few more spins to dig in to!

dinsdag 14 maart 2017

Jegulja – Darkest Light


Jegulja – Darkest Light
Self released – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Prog, Psych, Metal, Instrumental
Rated: *****

The new record Darkest Light by the Slovenian trio Jegulja has been spinning without ever stopping. Well, only to be exchanged for the new album by his former band Carnaval once every so often. For we loved Jegulja's 2014 demo output Finese In Blat and we loved everything the man did with his former band. So, it has been hard switching between Miss Universe, the new album by Carnaval and this one. But they are two highly different animals and Jegulja’s Darkest Light is definitely more on the psychedelic and jam-oriented side of stoner. There is some of that groove present we love from Carnaval, but the trio here wants to build more and seems to be more focused on tension and arcs instead of songs. Don’t get me wrong, the eight compositions on this record have their heads and their tails, but it seems to be the middle part that demands most attention. Highly accomplished drumming, fills every nook and cranny and still leaves room for the guitars to excel. Two guitars, one baritone, tuned down and one Strat riding the high muddy waves. With it, they deliver eight intense rides that beg to be enjoyed over and over. Three of them were also featured on the earlier demo and at least two tracks beg for a vocalist to do something wonderful. But that is something for a next release perhaps? For we love this instrumental heaviness! As we return once again to the beginning of the record, the only thing left to question is to try and figure out where they bought their hovercrafts?

(Written by JK)




woensdag 8 maart 2017

Swamped with work



Swamped with work that will actually pay the rent... Which will make you pay your rent. Which then turns into the next month. Which ofcourse demands once again that the rent is paid. Etc. And so on... And on... 




donderdag 2 maart 2017

Doom Chart for February 2017


Doom Chart

“It wasn’t the New World that mattered… Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It’s life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

Indeed, that is what this music business racket seems to be all about as well. The amount of new releases hurled at us on a daily basis is staggering. Which we have stated before and can state over and over. It shows itself every month within these Doom Charts and on every one of the blogs and websites of our individual participants. Be sure to visit those to get even more information about all those wonderful albums out there. There are seventeen new releases on the February edition of the Doom Chart and every one of those, the ones that fell off and the ones still on, deserve way more attention. So get crackin! Discover your new addiction! Go listen! Be amazed, be hypnotized, be awed!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom-sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic 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…


The Doom Chart for February 2017

maandag 27 februari 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:

Horisont (33)
Dool (22)

Another week. Another week filled with great music and fine releases. How about that new Horisont? Which is all About Time! And when they open with a cover which was named after us, The HiVe, we can only put it on repeat until we go crazy with lust for the rest of the album! The four crazy Mexicans of Mala Educación give us something to really stomp with! And you can never go wrong with a new Spidergawd, we all have known that since the first album and this fourth one only proves we all were right from the beginning. And Hell’s Fire gave us some fine stoner metal with definitely love for southern roots to drive fast with. Dool is ofcourse the new formation featuring The Devils Blood members and Ryanne van Dorst, Elle Bandita herself. Dark and twisted and still unbelievably catchy!


vrijdag 24 februari 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

It’s been a while since we fired off a Quick Fire Friday round. Not because we didn’t have enough artists and bands we wanted to get out there. But simply because time is getting more limited by the day and the amount of records, EP’s, demo’s and singles we receive every twenty-four hours is simply staggering. We simply cannot deliver for everyone. And we are very sorry about that. But as everyone knows, rent has to be paid and beers have to be guzzled. But here it is once again, a small selection of amazing bands that deserve way more attention than the tiny amount of words selected here. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And it burns hot like molten lava!


The Fre3 Bastards – In Our Worlds of Bastards

This French trio started around 2014 and are about to release a second EP, this one titled: In Our World of Bastards. The Fre3 Bastards play easy going heavy rock. It’s a no bullshit approach to hardrock and stoner. And the five tracks on this EP stay with you because of it. Simple, effective and headbangingly good!




Kvalm – The Greatest Story Ever Told

Kvalm from Stockholm, Sweden is about to release it’s debut EP The Greatest Story Ever Told. Four tracks that use their doom, stoner and sludge influences in a meticulous and careful way. And moving into a more post rock, post metal approach of layering everything with an abundance of heavy. Listen up while Kvalm tells their story…





La Bestia De Gevaudan – Feral

An atmospheric, ambient, post metal, sludgecore extravaganza. Yes sire, the four-piece La Bestia De Gevaudan is a definite weird, aggressive and wonderful animal. It moves in a different way and will not be for everyone. The faint hearted better pass it by. But for everyone else who loves it prickly, rough, savage and wild, Feral is the definite six track scream adventure you need.




The Moonshine Brand – Welcome To Gypsy Town

The German threepiece The Moonshine Brand has just released their first EP called Welcome To Gypsy Town. A righteous blues rock ditty infused with some psychedelic and southern touches. They do it in a pure and honest seventies approach of everything we hold dear. It’s laidback, easy going and with wonderful transcendental poetry. Pour yourself a canister of Moonshine and head on over to Gypsy Town…





M I L K – Black Dog (Ain’t No Turning Back)

M I L K are a three-piece driven psychedelic British rock band. Imploring seventies influences and paying homage to everything we love from the bluesrock. Just check out their single Black Dog (Ain’t No Turning Back). Or Salt for that matter. Two damn fine songs from the biggest thing since powdered milk!