vrijdag 10 augustus 2018

Wood Chickens – Must Die


Wood Chickens – Must Die
Crush Grove Records – 2018
Punk, Noise, Speed
Rated: ***

There are records where you prepare for. And some that all the preparation in the world could not prepare you for. And then there are a few where any form of preparation is completely useless. The four-track Must Die EP by Wood Chickens falls in the latter category, or perhaps has even devised it’s very own one. It comes on cassette. And once the plastic is removed and the green ooze looking carton is removed you put in the tape. Prepared for unholy ruckus and loud noises, cause that’s what tapes are usually used for nowadays. Opened up a beer, pressed play and then before you take your second sip… it’s over! What the fuck!? The four tracks on this EP only last three and a half minutes! I love punk. I love skate punk. I love noise. I love speedy noise. I love the aesthetics of something short and sweet and I love weirdness. And Wood Chickens has it all, but so little of it! So, the only true thing I can convey about Wood Chickens’s Must Die EP is that I wish there was more!

(Written by JK)





donderdag 9 augustus 2018

La Chinga - Beyond The Sky


La Chinga – Beyond The Sky
Small Stone – 2018
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Blues, Boogie
Rated: ****

We’ve been loving their Zeppelin sound since we first heard their self-titled debut record La Chinga back in 2013. And the Freewheelin’ album that followed three years later made our head explode and became a soundtrack to many a car ride towards the endless horizon. And now the Canadian trio is back with more and it is more of that sweet seventies lovin goodness! Beyond The Sky is what the new La Chinga album is called, and it continues down that majestic road they started on already quite a few years ago. This time however their seventies hardrock sound seems to slow down a notch. They make the groove go down, down and laidback and the underlying blues current flowing slower. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still rockin and knockin and straight up boogie. But the dances won’t be that wild, but more sensual and lovin. This one is meant for those sweaty and steamy summer nights, the ones you never want to end. Just like this mad hot summer we’ve been having and this crackin new album called Beyond The Sky

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 7 augustus 2018

Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit


Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
Radicalis / MVKA – 2018
Metal, Rock, Roots, Avant-Garde, Black
Rated: ****

In the end we never wrote about those first two releases of the Swiss avant-garde metal project Zeal & Ardor lead by Manuel Gagneux. Simply, because we couldn’t completely grasp it. It jumped a bit too much around to really get hooked by it. There was something there, something between that ADHD hop, skip and a jump movement through blues, roots, soul and black metal. But it also overwhelmed you with something that felt like too much, much too much. But then came Graspop Festival. And they played to a completely and chuck full Metal Dome (to their own surprise) and the show was so incredibly good, it overwhelmed you (this time the good way) and left you in awe and full of love for the band. So, Stranger Fruit had to be bought. And on it, we still hear that somewhat weird combination of genres… that now work magnificently. With more of a thread through the songs, we can now enjoy a much stronger set of material and be awed by the melancholy and the pain or be chilled by the haunting voice and atmosphere. This is how the first two records were meant to be. And this comes close to Zeal & Ardor live. For that was and is, a true shock and awe experience…

(Written by JK)



maandag 6 augustus 2018

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


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


There will be a few mentions posted soon. You know, us raving about an album we love. Going overboard with the accolades and trying to convey the feeling we get from listening to that record. We still don’t do the technical reviews and we do not try and dissect something we love. We just boast about that feeling and the images it conjures! And when we do this little thingy, telling you about the Five Artists we listened to the most last week. We just quickly want to get out there what music we have been enjoying the most. Sometimes it’s a new record and sometimes we grab back to older ones we adore! Like Sir Bowie for instance, we can listen to the Thin White Duke all day every day. And sometimes the lust for his music grows so big, we cannot shove it aside any longer. We already mentioned the second album Volume II: The Divide by Hyperwülff last week. An amazing follow-up to Volume I: Erion Speaks and everyone should check this duo out. It will grab you somewhere and rattle your bones! La Chinga’s new album Beyond The Sky will come out shortly, just like the mention we are posting tomorrow or soon. Out on Small Stone it’s another damn fine hard rocking, seventies loving, scoot boogying record; and everyone will dig it! When it ranks on the Number 1 spot of the newest Doom Chart you’d better get yer hands on that record and put it on repeat. Brimstone Coven’s latest is called What Was And What Shall Be. Put out by Brimstone Coven themselves, it has all the power and groove one can wish for. And last but certainly not least, we have been doing our crazy dancing to the Ape Machine’s This House Is Condemned after moving on to War To Head and then on to Mangled By The Machine cause there is a new Ape Machine on the horizon and we cannot wait to hear! We love these cats! And you know the deal, you need to check’m out! Check’m all out!

donderdag 2 augustus 2018

Hyperwülff – Volume II: The Divide


Hyperwülff – Volume II: The Divide
Shove/Deathcrush/Dischi Bervisti/Teschio Dischi/Roughness Noise – 2018
Metal, Core, Black, Sludge, Doom
Rated: ***

Volume I: Erion Speaks was released in 2015 and felt like a blackened metal and sludge core translation of the Divine Comedy. And now, Hyperwülff is back with Volume II: The Divide to show us all there are even more layers beyond those seven that Dante told us about. That’s how it feels. But in truth there is a different backstory to this charcoal release. The Italians begin their story on the battlefield where the last fight against Robogoat takes place. It ends in the demise of the great Wulf and the Goat both. After which Hyperwülff is forced to roam the universe devoid of physical form in search of way to regain a body before being swept away through the dark layers of the Universe. Yes. Much weirder indeed. But in truth, the backstory isn’t all that necessary, one can imagine even darker adventures when listening to the album. The growls, the howls, it all sounds intensely twisted and evil. And the musical tones, ominous throughout! At least, that’s how it starts. And then with the Last Ride track (which also has an official video) the veil is lifted and instead of standing their ground, they’re on the move in a very big way! And even though the thunder does return, the sky clears and green light does appear. Big time. And that’s exactly what this Italian duo has produced with the new album, something big. Something big, bold and beautiful, in all its dark and twisted glory!

(Written by JK)



Yob – Our Raw Heart


Yob – Our Raw Heart
Relapse Records – 2018
Doom, Rock, Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

The record that came before, Clearing The Path To Ascend, was so freakin beautiful it became an instant doom metal classic. It reached the Number 2 position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year and everyone longed for more of Mike Scheidt and his Yob buddies. But life happens… A severe intestinal illness had Sir Scheidt dancing on a tightrope, which could have ended on the wrong end of the wire. But luckily a hugely fat grey cat came to him as spirit animal and helped him survive. All that angst, feat and worry is now translated into what became Our Raw Heart. It is perhaps not another instant classic, but with Beauty In Falling Leaves, they do have another majestic track on their hands. It will be choking you with emotion and harrowing visions. It will be pummeling you raw with pounding riffs and grate your soul with a bone chilling voice. And that is how Our Raw Heart grabs you and sits you down, it will speak to you and philosophize about it all. And that resounds in their music. Oppressive and suffocating on one hand and expansive and progressive on the other end. And with that Yob continues along a their very own Path

(Written by JK)




woensdag 1 augustus 2018

The Doom Chart For July 2018


Doom Chart

 “I’m going off the rails on a crazy train...” – Ozzy Osbourne

The sun has vaporized the water and set fire to the forests. This summer has been one of the hottest for 250 years in Scandinavia and in many others parts around this world, a world that has gone mad in so many ways. But the echoes of the riffs from the heavy underground remains, despite the heatwaves, and can be heard all over the globe. The Doom Charts stands right there in the intense ray of light that we call rock’n’roll. They say the summer is a slow season for new music. It might be so but it’s also a time to discover the stuff that has been out there for awhile. And suddenly you discover something brand new you never heard before that shines brighter than a thousand suns and you feel that euphoria that only great music can give you again. The heavy underground is sometimes a crazy world in itself but it is st least our own madness.


Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 artists listened to last month...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 artists listened to last month...

maandag 30 juli 2018

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


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

The Legendary Tigerman
Electric Citizen
Bud Spencer Blues Explosion
Crazy Bull
Komatsu

No time. Really. We mean it this time! So, here’s just the fast list of the Top 5 of most listened artists this week. Well, and a quick note to tell you what the albums are called. Misfit, out on Dirty Water Records, by The Legendary Tigerman, which we absolutely adore, read about it below. Electric Citizen’s new album Helltown! Amazing, out soon on Riding Easy Records. The new Bud Spencer Blues Explosion. It’s called Vivi Muori Blues Ripeti, out on La Tempesta Dischi, it continues on where the former record halted. Crazy Bull, I was ordered to do so by Sir Bucky Brown. And I’m glad I listened. The Past Is Today, out on Totem Cat I believe, is filled with hardrock, seventies love and something sweet that could have come from Sweden. Lovin it! Argonauta Records releases the new Komatsu, and New Horizon keeps on spinnin! The boys delivered solid gold! So, check’m out! Check’m all out!

maandag 23 juli 2018

The Legendary Tigeman – Misfit


The Legendary Tigeman – Misfit
Dirty Water Records – 2018
Rock, Garage, Punk, Blues, Stoner
Rated: *****

Recorded in Rancho De La Luna with the help from grandmaster Catching, the Misfit album tells the story of a man who wants to lose himself in the desert. It’s the new record released by Portugal’s very own The Legendary Tigerman. It’s got groove, it’s got soul, it’s got swagger and it has that magical magnetic ability to keep you captivated from the first tones of that danceable catchy opener Motorcycle Boy to the last farewell song To All My (Few) Brothers. On the vinyl edition, we are treated to four more ballads, which add even more spice to the already damn well amazing record. It’s a trek through the desert, a trek through musical history, through rock, blues, punk and dipping your toes into the stoner pool and drying yourself off with some gritty romp and stomp that would sound perfect everywhere but especially in some ramshackle drinking hole filled with forlorn and dusty characters. With dogs howling at the moon and knives next to the blood speckled playing cards spread out across the tables. It’s beautiful and it will make you shiver with desire or fear or that weird oxygen deprived feeling the desert heat can give you. Or striving to be your own man, your true self, that outsider that lurks beneath the surface. Misfit. The soundtrack for your destiny!

(Written by JK)



Saola – Saola


Saola – Saola
Self released – 2018
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

As we stated a few days ago, we’ve been spinning the new Saola EP a lot! Those four tracks wormed their way into our heart and into our mind and we cannot seem to let go. Just listen to opening firecracker track Red Witch. It’s so damn good, you simply sit, stand or lay there, mouth wide, gazing at whatever trinket you were looking at before the track started, slowly banging your head and slowly losing all track of space and time. Those four fella’s from Portland, Oregon really outdid themselves there. But that’s not all there is. We’ve got three more amazing sludge metal adventures waiting just around the corner. They must have been influenced by Sleep, Pallbearer, Sabbath, Monolord and even some Melvins. And will jamming around, they must have thought about everything they produced, we must sound like Saola, whatever we do. And reading up on their websites we can safely state that this is the case. Four young dudes ready to take their brand of metal to the doomed masses. And everyone needs to stand in attention to this! So, check out Saola!

(Written by JK)




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


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


We’ve got three weeks of incredibly heavy lifting coming at us. Three weeks of work that will definitely impair our HiVe actions. And that while a heatwave hits this little crazy country. It’s gonna get intense. But we’ll manage… Somehow… And we hope to listen to some good stuff here and there when we find the time. And I’m sure we will! The past week we got treated to so many kick ass records, it almost feels a crime to only mention the five we listened to the most. We’ve been listening to 1968 for a while, loving their new record Ballads Of The Godless. And when the news came the label is dicking them around we immediately grabbed it again and kept finding new stuff to dig. The psychedelic blues roots shine through with a righteous glimmer and bounces heavy rock and stoner layers. Absolute gold! Head on over to Outlaws Of The Sun and read what Steve Howe had to say about this one. Tidal Waves by Tranquilo washed over us with a strange sensation of heavy psychedelics with a punky and metal approach. Very grimy and very DIY! The Legendary Tigerman from Portugal, recorded his latest album in the legendary Rancho De La Luna studio. Dirty Water Records puts it out and the gritty blues roots and punk adagio that covers the record titled Misfit add to the magical story of a man that wants to lose himself in the desert. Groovy here, danceable there, heavy like a freight train or thirst quenching like the desert rain! Amazing from the first to the last track! Red Sun Rising’s new album Thread came out through New Razor & Tie and we mentioned it a week ago. There’s something about this record, it repels and attracts! Like a jukebox magnet! And the past few days we’ve listened to almost nothing else but the new Komatsu record! New Horizon, out on Argonauta Records, will be hitting the globe in a big month, and the four Komatsu super massive mothersludgers will take it by storm! So check’m out! Check’m all out!

donderdag 19 juli 2018

Mr. Overdrive – A Fox, A Rabbit


Mr. Overdrive – A Fox, A Rabbit
Puree Productions – 2018
Rock, Alternative, Electronic
Rated: ***

Well, this is different! Very different. Different, but tasty! Mr. Overdrive, a three-piece alternative rock band from the Netherlands that does not shy away from danceable rhythms and electronic grooves just released their debut EP called A Fox, A Rabbit. It’s a hop, skip and a jump, smash and dance, head bang and bounce kind of a deal! This might be due to the fact that the bass functions as guitar and the synth as bass! Five tracks that move all over the place but still retain that one infallible goal: to move your body and groove your soul! They name, among others, De Staat and Soulwax as influences for their sound. And rightfully so, Mr. Overdrive, headstrong and ready to go! Go check out A Fox, A Rabbit and hear what Mr. Overdrive is all about!

(Written by JK)




Khemmis – Desolation


Khemmis – Desolation
Nuclear Blast / 20 Buck Spin – 2018
Rock, Metal, Hard, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

We adored Absolution back in 2015 and still do! And we had the honor to write a few words about the new Khemmis album Desolation for the June edition of the Doom Charts. After which we ofcourse continue to spin the shit out of it. And now, a few weeks later, we still stand by every one of those words... Apart from the growling vocals at the end, opening track Bloodletting on Khemmis’s third album Desolation could be spun on every alternative radio station and it would turn on almost every hard rocking freak. And this is how you could spin every one of the six tracks. It is still stoner metal and doom rock with a hardrock take and sludgy moments. But there is much more eighties metal and an extremely perfect vocal delivery on this record and it should cater to everyone. Yes, everyone! Yet, it might also piss a few fans off! Which is a damn freakin shame! Open mind beardos! Open mind! It’s what this underground stuff is all about! It’s what makes you truly love every one of those amazing records that come out. Don’t be a stick in the mud, don’t get stuck in your corner! Come out of the woodworks, put on Desolation, hear the growth and enjoy the fuck out of it!

(Written by JK)





Komatsu – A New Horizon


Komatsu – A New Horizon

Hailing from Eindhoven-rock city, Netherland's hottest Stoner and Sludge Metal outfit Komatsu has just unveiled brand new details about their upcoming and 3rd studio album titled 'A New Horizon'! Set to be released on September 7th 2018 with Argonauta Records, Komatsu once again unleash an exciting mixture of Sludge, Stoner Rock and Metal while setting stones for a new horizon indeed.

Komatsu was formed in early 2010, their years of musical experience in all kinds of bands before as well as their individual creativity created a brutal mix that left a huge stamp in the current Heavy Rock and Metal scene. The band released a self-titled EP in 2011, followed by numerous live shows all over Europe and writing material for their first full length album. 'Manu Armata' was released in February 2013 and been instantly well received by the international press and fans alike. It got raving reviews and Komatsu's music style was compared to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Torche, Mastodon, Monster Magnet and Karma to Burn. In 2014 Komatsu went on tour with none other than John Garcia (Vista Chino, ex-Kyuss, Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn) and played 32 shows in 13 European countries. In the summer of 2015 Komatsu recorded their second full-length album 'Recipe for Murder One' and toured Europe again with Nick Oliveri's Mondo Generator.

'Recipe for Murder One' was released September 2016 and showed that the band gained trust and experience. It took the band on various tours throughout Europe with bands such as Duel or The Freeks. During May 2017 'Recipe for Murder One' even took Komatsu to Brazil where the band toured for two weeks. After playing 85 shows in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, England, The Netherlands, Brazil and Austria in support of the album 'Recipe for Murder One', Komatsu entered The Void Studio with producer Pieter Kloos in January 2018 to record their brand new album 'A New Horizon'.


Says the band: „Recording this albums was a blast and it sounds like one too. Our engineer Pieter Kloos has outdone himself. A new horizon is a tale of escapism. The music is dark and lyrics even darker with a sarcastic twist. Join Komatsu in their supermassive mothership in search of a new horizon!“

To get a first appetizer on Komatsu's upcoming smasher, the band just released the following teaser, watch it below or right HERE!


woensdag 18 juli 2018

Red Sun Rising – Thread


Red Sun Rising – Thread
New Razor & Tie – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Grunge, Alternative
Rated: ***

The new Red Sun Rising album Thread is one hell of a weird animal. On some moments you almost want to dismiss it and throw it in a corner. On those moments it smells a bit funny and it tastes like something that a middle of the road hardrock band from America would deliver when it wants to make it into the charts of some dubious mid-western radio station. But those moments aren’t that common. Cause when the next track rolls around you get treated to something much grungier, much more alternative, nineties alluring and still with a catchy vide. As if Stone Temple Pilots and Smashing Pumpkins decided to record something together. And then a pure hardrock song hits you over the head. See where I’m getting at, this one has a bunch of different styles that aren’t just mixed in one song but across the entire album. And when you end an album with a track like Evil Like You, centered around some eerie sounding piano work, you’ve got my vote and my dime! So, head on over to the jukebox and put on some Red Sun Rising!

(Written by JK)



Haunted – Dayburner


Haunted – Dayburner
Twin Earth Records – 2018
Rock, Doom, Occult, Metal
Rated: ****

For some weird and probably insane reason we never mentioned that amazing self-titled debut Haunted delivered back in 2016. But when the July edition of the Doom Charts rolled around and their new album featured highly, we jumped at the possibility to write a few words about that one. For it had been spinning like crazy over at the HiVe war bunker… The new Dayburner record continues on, where that luscious occult doom self-titled debut released by Haunted in 2016 left off. But then our world shifts and changes and the amount of variation doubles and Haunted doubles down on giving their own spin on everything doom. This album has it all! Sweltering leads, aggressive drums, floating vocals and ominous riffs. But you can switch those words around as well. Cause that’s how impressively varied this album is! So, check out the debut if you haven’t and check out Dayburner! Both are amazing and the growth promises even bigger things for the future!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 17 juli 2018

Forming The Void – Rift


Forming The Void – Rift
Kozmik Artifactz – 2018
Psychedelic Doom Rock
Rated: *****

Man, these guys have a righteous heavy sound that kicks you right in the guts. Mountain-like riffs are propelled by the rhythm section – unstoppable bastards with searing solos that get the neck muscles working overtime. Cleanish vocals drenched in reverb float to the front of everything which ties in nicely with the psychedelic passages that weave in and out of the sonic prayers being offered here. A lot of bands try this mixture of genres but Forming The Void have fucking nailed it. Over here at Maim Towers, this is getting a lot of spins and other stuff I should be reviewing is getting left behind. This is the good stuff.

Thanks to Richard S Jones - Sheltered Life PR for the promo.

(Written by Tony Maim)




maandag 16 juli 2018

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


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


As mentioned, we did not have a whole lot of time between the Rock Werchter and Bospop festivals to listen to new stuff. Luckily we did recover in time from the accident to enjoy them both to the fullest! And in those few spare moments we did some quick listening sessions to some hot new stuff! Svvamp’s new album, released via Riding Easy Records, is called II and is once again pure heavy psychedelic gold! Shark Inferno released Terra Theia Baby Luna; stoner-punk, garage grime and lazy psych that reminds of the Dandy Warhols. The mixture of it all is definitely erratic, wild and insane. If yer in need for a rollercoaster ride, check out the Shark Inferno! Drug Cult featured high on the Doom Charts and as Melissa Spence from Stoner Witch Radio stated there: “These are some of the thickest and heaviest riffs, fully laced with a female entity who’s vocal charm alleviates and pulls you back to consciousness throughout this 7 track journey. The atmosphere created by this four-piece from Australia is dark, satisfying and may cause intense hallucinations if not properly dosed.” Spot on! Ready for some groovy bluesy heaviness? Check out Old Man Rob and the Trial By Stone album. It will quench yer thirst! And you will surely get drunk on the Andy Samford album Reflections. Psychedelic fuzzy and adventurously heavy! Exactly what is needed for a hot and sunny evening! And you know the deal. You need to check’m out yourself! Check’m all out!

dinsdag 3 juli 2018

The Doom Chart For June 2018

   
Doom Chart

“The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”
    ― Jim Morrison

The year is halfway over already and the intensity continues to build each month here at the Doom Charts. We are growing our roster, our team, our family, reaching into deeper waters and harvesting a larger cross section of the heavy underground. This month marks the end of the beginning of the year and the beginning of the end. Nearly 300 individual unique albums were voted for this month of which 25 made the final cut, based on frequency and ranking, presented below. Another month splitting the tally between newcomers and repeat acts vowing towards the throne of Doom at #1. Turn out the lights folks.

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

And as Bucky already stated, almost 300 stunning albums got voted for this month. Of the 25 I submitted, 6 made the final cut. And in the 25 below that are another 5 and in the 25 below that are another 6. And that's how it goes on. There's so much great stuff out there. We listen to what we can and we love all we love. And those make the final 25! But I'm sure the new Astrosoniq album just needs to be heard some more by my fellow Doom Chart cats. Or the new Yawning Man for that matter!  They'll make the cut next time around! Right?! Who knows. For now, check out that that damn fine Doom Chart June 2018 edition and get freaky!



maandag 2 juli 2018

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


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


Well, it was about that time again. Time for another accident… So yes, dislocated jaw and shoulder and a whole lot of bruises. And that fuckin happens, right now, in the middle of festival season. Cause we only just recovered from Graspop Metal Meeting and Rock Werchter is almost upon us. Bloody fuckin hell! It is also the reason we did not listen to a lot of new stuff last week. We could not concentrate. Unfortunately, so we turned to old faithful Spidergawd to sooth our senses and found a few new releases that tickled our blood on the moments we could handle it. Like Zoe’s Idol record We Apologize For Being Awesome. German based groove metal turned psycho stoner, yes, everyone should apologize for this being awesome. Bluesy and psychedelic seventies hardrock straight from magical Melbourne. It’s Whoopie Cat and their proggy approach and soulful hardrock on Illusion Of Choice is a righteous soundtrack for every summer evening! Thirst Planet releases Essence, a riff explosion of doom and stoner metal straight from somewhere in Israel. It has enough groove and enough wicked little weirdness to make everyone go crazy! Black Moon Circle released their one track album Psychedelic Spacelord. Over three quarters of an hour long, it is one hell of a cosmic adventure! A spacey quest to fill the void with an endless array of majestic jams! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 artists listened to last month...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 artists listened to last month...

vrijdag 29 juni 2018

Starmonger – Revelation: III


Starmonger – Revelation: III
Self released – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, NWOBHM
Rated: ****

It's only a small mention. A quick prod in your general direction to make you sit up and take notice. Which is fitting in this case... For, it’s only two tracks strong this release. But two damn good ones! It’s the third release by a power trio form the outskirts of Paris, France. Starmonger is the name they go by and Revelation: III is the name of the EP. Two intense stoner truckers heavy on the fuzz, big on the riffs and with influences from hardrock to NWOBHM this will not only turn on the stoner fiends; it will cause all metalheads to sit up and take notice like the crazy meerkats that we are. A few of the influences they name themselves are Truckfighters, Red Fang, Sungrazer and Baroness. Some of which are indeed obvious, and all of them are the right influences to have! Check’m out! Starmonger! We are damn sure all of you freaks will dig the hell out of ‘em!

(Written by JK)



Ghost – Prequelle


Ghost – Prequelle
Caroline/Spinefarm/Loma Vista – 2018
Rock, Metal, Pop, Theatrical, Occult
Rated: ***

As we return to the fold after the Graspop Metal Meeting Festival, we went back to one of the mentions we wrote before we left but had not posted yet. The few words below are still how I feel about the album, but the live show has become a different sort of thing. It’s not that fun anymore when you started out making fun of the band; but now the band parodies itself. Ghost on Roadburn was weird, the way they looked did not match up with the sound. And every show afterwards, the steadily grew better into their pop musical future. Until the decline started. On Graspop the new Cardinal Copia character has turned into more of an Inspector Clouseau, who makes lame jokes and sings horribly. Which might be due to the new mask and getting used to it or something. But still. We now not just hope for something a bit more Satanic next time around, we hope for a new Pope! And quickly! 

As you all might know, we’ve been following Ghost since we were confronted with them on Roadburn 2011 and we predicted the Popestar album back in 2013. Since then much has changed in the Ghost realm. But not for their music! Of course, everyone now knows (thanks to lawsuits and a few journalists who wouldn’t play the game) who is behind the Ghost project and that it is basically a one-man project. And that he longs to translate his love for the seventies approach that Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult had into whatever pop song magic Abba was able to tap into. We have been hearing Ghost do this on every album; and every one of those records has worked well. To a bigger or lesser degree. Well, Prequelle is no different. And therein perhaps lies the rub, the more of the same feeling and the lack of real progress. Or perhaps not, for when a track like Witch Image comes along, you cannot stand idly by. You will have to chant along and smile your lovely evil smile! There are few more of those damn catchy moments, but perhaps not quite enough. And yes, there it is, It’s A Sin! It was only logical that this would be recorded. Logical. Expected. Perhaps we would should start an incantation hymn for something a bit more Satanic next time around…

(Written by JK)



maandag 18 juni 2018

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


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


Festival season is upon us. Wild times and a whole lot of great music! Next up is Graspop; which starts this Thursday. With big names like Guns ‘N Roses, Iron Maiden, Volbeat and Megadeth. But also, Baroness, Dool, Ghost, Kadavar, Planet of Zeus, Vintage Caravan and a whole lot of metal from every genre. Yihaw!  But we still found some time to listen to great stuff at home as well! Like Black Orchid Empire and their Yugen album. Smashing stuff! Or Lowen and their A Crypt In The Stars release. Magical from front to back! Both absolutely excellent and both of which we mentioned earlier on the HiVe. And then there was the new Jollymon album Void Walker, that suddenly appeared on the radar! Yes, Jollymon releases new stuff after eighteen years! A perfect combination of stoner metal and space rock. Less grungy than their earlier work this is one hell of a release. One that ticks all my personal boxes and I am pretty sure it shall tick everyone’s boxes! So, get on board the Jollymon spaceship and ride the endless groove through the void! The latest Arctic Monkeys is still on rotation and we wonder how it will translate on the Werchter stage where we will catch’m in a few weeks’ time. And because of the sad news of Arthur van Berkel’s passing, we played Orange Sunshine for two days straight. Remembering all the times we watched him do his magic on stage. We hope he is swirling around in psychedelic goodness and peace wherever he might be. And we implore you, if you haven’t already, to put on that Orange Sunshine magic and swirl around with him. And feel the love for his comrades from the band, all his friends and family! So, ride those waves! Ride them all!

donderdag 14 juni 2018

Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars


Lowen – A Crypt In The Stars
Self-released – 2018
Rock, Doom, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

A doom-trio from the twisted heart of London called Lowen has just released their 5-track effort called A Crypt In The Stars. It combines doom with stoner and psychedelic touches and drowns it all in grimy fuzz and enchanting, almost ethereal vocals. We have Nina Saeidi to thank for the amazing voice which definitely has a whole lot of world-wide influences. Which immediately becomes obvious on the opening track Ashurbanipal’s Request, where we can hear her do her magic in Persian tongue. It turns that song and all the tracks that follow into something grander and bigger then the make up of a trio should suggest. Especially since the guitarist also provides the bass duties. They’ll translate this to a quartet for the live shows? Or are in search of a fourth member? Whatever the case, the band knows how to enchant with a superb vision on how to pound the riffs home with a definite theatrical sense, offering you an fata morgana or illusion where you envision arrangements with strings, choirs and a gigantic orchestra. Man, these Lowen cats have touched upon something magical!

(Written by JK)



Black Orchid Empire – Yugen


Black Orchid Empire – Yugen
SPV/Long Branch – 2018
Rock, Hard, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

The London trio Black Orchid Empire definitely know their stuff and what they love. It’s obvious they dig outfits like Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Biffy Clyro and Deftones. On their album Yugen you can definitely make out those influences. Very easily even, just check out Celebrity Summer or opener My Favorite Stranger and hear which is which. Right? But still, the riffs are there and the grooves are masterful. Raw and rowdy basslines and expert drums turn out a highly dynamic, aggressive but rosy colored musical ride that sounds modern in all aspects and will definitely catch your ear. If not for the endless amount of earworms that remind you of different bands, then it’s because of the fine vocals and the heavy alternative hardrock the band undoubtely turns out with grandiose delivery. Yes, check out the Black Orchid Empire, these guys have everything to turn you and the rest of the world on! Big time!

(Written by JK)




Rest In Peace... Arthur...


 Rest In Peace... Arthur...

Yesterday and today we spin Orange Sunshine only, in honor of magician Arthur! Every gig we ever had the pleasure to experience was wild and magnificent! Righteous Orange thunder! May he rest in peace...


dinsdag 12 juni 2018

Hooka Hey – War Cry


Hooka Hey – War Cry
Domino Media Agency / All Tube Records – 2018
Rock, Robot, Stoner, Blues
Rated: *****

Originally from Paris, France the boys relocated to Austin, Texas a few years ago. There they continued to carve out their sweet little slice of rock! It is indeed some good voodoo they do! Hooka Hey! The new record War Cry dances around that Queens Of The Stone Age sound, entices the old blues grandfathers and winks through dark electrified smoke at that luscious mistress called fuzz. It’s more progressive and daring then their earlier work and implores some twisted Americana to paint their stories red with blood and sizzling fire. It’s what they do so incredibly well, telling those sick and crazy tales that evoke dark dark nights and dangerous adventures. Primal and atavistic they dive head first into every perilous escapade that might suddenly appear before them. Yes, we are going over board again with trying to describe something that is either too good to describe or feels like it might only be ruined if described with mere ‘facts’. And fuck it, this is not what we do. We profess our love. And when something is this good on every level, we scream it from every rooftop we might find ourselves on; before diving head first into whatever insane venture might awaits us below. Hooka Hey! it’s a good day to die!

(Written by JK)



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back



Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back
Spinefarm/Candlelight
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

It is record number nine and we still turn completely giddy when we first spin a new Orange Goblin record. Even though the band has been steadily releasing records that profess their undying servitude to the sloppy meat and rich gravy side of stoner metal, they have also incorporated something different every time around. Maybe not as much every time around, but always a little hint of this or that to keeps things, interesting, enticing and spicy! Well, The Wolf Bites Back might be there most diverse album to date. Experiments with blues, hardcore and prog are embraced while the doom and stoner metal command attention. And songs like In Bocca Al Lupo or The Stranger are definitely what set The Wolf Bites Back apart from the records that came before. It’s Orange Goblin alright, but almost invigorating and shiny! Add to this that Motörhead’s Phil Campbell adds a bit of his sauce to mix and you are hearing an Orange Goblin record that stands tall when looking at the records that came before. And there aren’t that many bands that we can honestly state about that the haven’t released a bad record yet and their last one might actually really be their best…

(Written by JK)

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