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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dinsdag 5 juni 2018

The Doom Chart For May 2018


 Doom Chart
” La mota vienen en primer cajona. La coca y la rapidez vienen en segundo. La heroina en el debajo. Siempre hay que separa las drogas.”
~Mouth

And here we are again. At the beginning of June with a quick glance over our shoulder towards that wonderful month of May. A month that saw the release of so many great albums, that after the voting had stopped, the total tally exceeded the 260 mark. Amazing. And we only feature the 25 that received the most amount of votes. Which also means that there are those albums that only barely missed it. CHRCH and their LIGHT WILL CONSUME US ALL release for instance, OAK with their III album and EL ROJO with their 16 INCHES RADIAL record. It’s heavy not featuring them, but the list is what it is. A swift scan of everything we loved and will continue to love! Cause, that is ofcourse,  what consoles us all. It isn’t over and we can continue to listen to all those 260 albums for the rest of our lives!

~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)


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…



maandag 4 juni 2018

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


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


Due to an interview with Ice-T on Fortarock Festival we listened to a lot of Body Count and some of his solo work. But I decided to skip that from the Top 5 Most Listened list of Last Week. Cause I’m pretty sure most of you freaks shall not be moving on to this highly influential artist. Which is ofcourse fine and one should always concentrate on listening what you really like. For there is so much great stuff out there. In every genre, niche or piss-ridden little musical hole nailed off by the building inspector long ago, but it is still deep enough for us winos to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage. Yes, we love our stinky little corners of the world. Sam Hill and their March To The Mountains album for instance. An amazing album that deserves all of our attention! Stoner rock, stoner metal, seventies inspired and touching all those bases we heavy underground addicts love! Still on heavy rotation is the new Fire Down Below album. Out on Ripple Music, the Hymn Of The Cosmic Man album continuously lets you discover more and more in their desert universe. Fuzz rulers Kaiser deliver their groovy ruckus on their new album 1st Sound. Heavy, rough, wild and high octane stoner, desert and sludge in brilliant biker fashion! Khayman releases The Gentle Art Of Self Destruction via Nooirax Records and on it they deliver a hefty mix of nineties alternative influences across a massive amount of metal and doom. Below The Eternal Sky came out on Cold Smoke/GPS/Urgence Disks/Domino Media Agency and this is Six Months Of Sun turning out the best instrumental stoner metal, sludge rock and desert groove one will hear this summer! So check it 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...


dinsdag 29 mei 2018

Casino Warrior - Troll


Casino Warrior - Troll

A single released in January, by four dudes made up from different animal parts rocking harder than the average human. Casino Warrior! Right On! So yeah, that's what we wanted to mention today. So, you lovely freaks out there could check out that Casino Warrior single... But then we noticed the video for an earlier release: Pigroast... And guess what, you need to check that out as well! Freakin great stuff!




maandag 28 mei 2018

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


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


Mornin y’all! Phe debuted their live sound yesterday at Muziekcafe Helmond. Great sound, tight set and absolutely smashing in delivery. It dwarfed their online presence. Let’s hope the boys can get something different up soon! Fire Down Below has been on repeat over here. As you can read in the mention we wrote earlier, Hymn Of the Cosmic Man is a damn good follow-up! Out on Ripple and out for everyone to get crazy on! Spiritu is an old album that suddenly came back into view. Their self-titled record from 2002 is quite a ride, out on MeteorCity ift deserves more attention than it probably received. Jadd Shickler did wonderful things on it! One the prog grabs you, you need more! And Cycles, the Phi album does the trick! It’s another album we mentioned recently and it’s another one you definitely need to check out! The Gentle Art Of Self Destruction is out on Nooirax Records and on it Khayman delivers a hefty mix of nineties alternative influences across a massive amount of metal and doom. A new Spaceslug has arrived! Out on BSFD records Eye The Tide is everything we already loved from Spaceslug, but darker and more explosive! It will blow yer mind! So, get ready for it and check it out! Check’m all out!

vrijdag 25 mei 2018

Phi – Cycles


Phi – Cycles
Gentle Art of Music / Panta R&E – 2018
Rock, Prog, Symphonic, Metal
Rated: ****

The Dutch trio Phe will be playing a live gig on Sunday 26th of May at Muziekcafe in Helmond, Netherlands. But that’s not what we are listening to and not writing about right now. Right now, we are digging the hell out of the album Cycles by Austrian foursome Phi. Phe, Phi, Pho, Phum! (Sorry.)  The four have been active for over ten years and even though there have been some line-up changes the sound has continued to evolve and turn into a majestic outburst of progressive rock with grand gestures and a stadium large presence. The album seems to expertly float between conventional prog, neo-prog and a more symphonic side. But what they excel at, is coloring their instrumental pieces with song parts that are driven by catchy vocal melodies. Another definite aspect of Phi is the way they manage to never drift too much towards the dark side. Sure, we are hearing tales of Dystopia and Blackened Rivers, but there always seems to be a glimmer of hope. For everything comes in Cycles, right? Shit, the music is there, the technical prowess is awesome and the modern mix makes this an album that shall be adored by all prog rock and prog metal fans around. And for everyone else, check it out, for it will surely wet your whistle for something proggy and grandiose!

(Written by JK)




Banderas – Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme


Banderas – Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme

Heard the sound of eternity the other night. All calm as it was bright. Sorry about that, it was a night of flashbacks and weird memories. It all started when Hair of The Dog by Nazareth came on thanks to a digital listening session. It reminded me immediately of a band that sadly disappeared after releasing one album called Beast Sounds And Parlor Tricks. We are referring to Banderas ofcourse, which was championed by hero Dave Angstrom. And we mentioned the album back in 2011. Catchy, poppy, sleazy and very tasty. And we tried to find the video we knew existed for their Fifty Dollar Pyramid Scheme single. It is no longer online. Online a few dubious quality live versions. But apparently it does feature Brand X episode. So, we decided to share that one, in that case! If yer looking for a ride now baby! Get on that Banderas tilt-a-whirl! O, and to make things easy, their album is now up for free on Bandcamp… 




woensdag 23 mei 2018

Fire Down Below – Hymn of The Cosmic Man


Fire Down Below – Hymn of The Cosmic Man
Ripple Music – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Cosmic, Space
Rated: *****

Viper Vixen Goddess Saint was such an amazing debut album back in 2016. The four Belgian freaks from Fire Down Below stunned the underground and grabbed every one of us by the balls, look us square in the eye and grinned with crazy teeth at us. We understood immediately, this is the real deal. Well, the four from Ghent are back! And now with a more space-age-oriented record called Hymn of The Cosmic Man. And man, I had never known that space could be this hot and steamy! This is embarking on an adventure across a desert on a different planet in a far away galaxy. More expansive than the first one, it still holds all those key elements we loved so much from their first one. That stoner trucking, that speedy delivery of riffs and the slow building pummeling of the drummer. Perhaps the biggest difference is the feel of the entire record, this feels like one gigantic beast, an adventure that needs to be explored on a whole. While their debut felt like a kick ass collection of amazing tracks. Slowly, the album takes you along on the quest through that foreign wasteland becoming atmospheric one moment, oppressive the next and gritty and wild the following. Hymn Of The Cosmic Man has everything you need to get you through the day! The week! The month! The year! One hell of a follow-up!

(Written by JK)



Graveyard – Peace


Graveyard – Peace
Nuclear Blast – 2018
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Blues
Rated: ****

Do you remember where you were? When the earth shook around you? When the walls came crashing down? When life as we know it, seemed to have lost all meaning? Yes, do you know where you were when Graveyard said they were calling it quits? September seems to be one of those months that evokes bad energy and worse weather. Well, it was also the month Graveyard said they would stop their majestic and soulful ride. Luckily, they announced their come back only a few months later! Pfew! Now, all was right in the world again. Well, almost right. We had to hear what new drummer Oskar Bergenheim, who we already knew from the Truls Mörck album and Den Stora Vilan, but also played for Slowgold and Togus Band, would bring to the Graveyard sound. Well, rest assured, they are back! And with knives in their teeth! We can state that all the Graveyard records are wild and wonderful, but that some of the sharp edge and danger slowly dissipated the during the course of their albums. It’s back now. On Peace, they sound much more chased, hunted and on the run. They sound like they have something to prove again. Gritty, bluesy, grungy hard rock and with that ever-prevalent love for the seventies that Graveyard always displayed. Does Oskar Bergenheim change the sound? No, he sounds like the perfect replacement for Axel Sjöberg, he continues the wildness we love and injects it with a new razor-sharp edge! Graveyard is back!

(Written by JK)


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


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


Morning everyone. This little list above should have gone up on Monday ofcourse, but we are knee-deep in a few projects that are nearing deadline. And so, there is little time once again and that little time has to be used wisely. But, we can definitely suggest to you all that you need to check the above list out. All of ‘em! Cause out on Riding Easy Records is the doom punk album I Tread On Your Grave by The Death Wheelers. The Freeks released some damn insane rocker called Crazy World through Heavy Psych Sounds. Chasing Light is the new The Torch album. STF-Records releases this slab of Swedish hardrock. And when Rancho De La Luna celebrates the release of their own brand of mezcal, we ofcourse go back and listen to some Mojave Lords. Cause everything worth doing, is worth doing right. Which means, we need to get our hands on a bottle of that fine looking mezcal! And Fire Down Below releases their new cosmic desert rocker Hymn Of The Cosmic Man through Ripple! And a longer mention of this amazing record will follow shortly! So. You know the deal! Check ‘m out! Check ‘m all out!

donderdag 17 mei 2018

Oak – III


Oak – III
Self released – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Sludge
Rated: ****

You can just stop reading now and scroll a bit lower to click on the Bandcamp link cause they fellas from Oak are offering their third EP III up for free! That’s right! Those London freaks that we know from two earlier EP’s that gave us a sapling that was growing and becoming a huge stalwart tree. And it has! II was already a huge leap forward in comparison to I, but III is dwarfing them both! The four of Oak have managed to make a great stoner release that is heavy with atmosphere and intense in its build-ups and breakdowns. Still windswept, dusty and fuzzy, the groove is ever prevalent and sweeps you along a massive current of majestic riffs and thundering drums! It’s so heavy at times, it feels like they are almost losing themselves to the sludge, but then they straightened their backs and swerve back into the stoner and desert highway. I love that intro, the drum build-up, I love the intermission Air, grabbing the right tone and setting the right mood. Before we move back into wilder territories with Nothing Without You. Which is as emotional as it sounds. Rough and gritty changes into emotive and colorful, and back again. And it’s all there, majestic guitar and bass work, vocals that do something to ya and truly glorious drumming. O’ and may I state that I absolute love the artwork and its consistency! Done by Unexpected Specter it fits wonderfully with the music and the continuation of the three EP’s! Love it! Grab it! Buy it! Send it as a gift to your friends! They will love it too!

(Written by JK)




ps. Super Dank Metal Jams did a lovely interview with Unexpected Specter last year...

woensdag 16 mei 2018

Bike – Their Shamanic Majesties' Third Request


Bike – Their Shamanic Majesties' Third Request
Self released – 2018
Rock, Psych, Gaze, Indie, Brasil, Tropical
Rated: ***

Brasilian rock outfit Bike already released two albums before their newest adventure called Their Shamanic Majesties’ Third Request. Back in 2015 they released 1943 and last year Em Busca Da Viagem Eterna came out. Their third album continues their slow psychedelic stroll through the Brasilian landscape, but even more tranquil and subdued. It’s a dreamy, shoegaze approach to the psychedelic realm and it sounds wonderfully sunny and distinctly faraway. As if you are sauntering through some garden, butterflies fluttering around you, flowers blooming as you pass and you notice nothing cause your head is in the clouds. Which is not only because of the echoing vocals or the soaring use of synths and little bursts of energy. It's also the damn lovely use of different forms of percussion and violin. It all adds to the majestic colorful landscape. Which leads to the conclusion that Bike is there when you need them, when you need to escape form this gloomy world, and want to experience all the colors existence has to offer. Yes, the kool-aid might be laced with something, so drink up, and tune in!

(Written by JK)




Pale Horseman to Release "Mashing of Teeth" APA


Pale Horseman to Release "Mashing of Teeth" APA

Good people drink good beer! And as the drummer/vocalist of Dutch trio Phe searches for the perfect brew, so do the four from Pale Horseman over in Chicago. Released on May 4th by Illinois craft brewery Soundgrowler Brewing Co. it’s a double dry hopped American Pale Ale called Mashing of Teeth.

Mashing of Teeth, named for Pale Horseman's song "Gnashing of Teeth" off The Fourth Seal (Black Bow Records), is a 5.6% ABV ale brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Columbus, and Equinox hops.  All four members of Pale Horseman were involved in the brewing process, working with head brewer Larry Hough and assistant brewer Jake Hutcheson to create this special libation.  Soundgrowler, a metal-themed brewery that plays the likes of Eyehategod and Sleep over the sound system, reached out to Pale Horseman in early 2018 to collaborate.  The greater Chicago area will soon be able to drink the fruits of their labor, both on tap at the brewery and in 16-ounce cans for available carry-out sale.

And so, the quest begins to get our hands and our mouth and our throat and our belly on this Mashing of Teeth APA! Cheers everyone!





dinsdag 15 mei 2018

Morpholith – Void Emissions


Morpholith – Void Emissions
Self released – 2018
Doom, Metal, Sludge, Stoner
Rated: ***

The five from Iceland called Morpholith have recently released their debut effort called Void Emissions. Three tracks that bring forth the sludgy doom and stoner metal in righteous form. Or as the crazies state themselves: “Our music is based around the volume and power of the amplifiers and beats of the over-sized drums, but not without melody's and slower, more focused parts. It grooves like 70-s rock music, is as loud as a jet-engine and can crush diamonds with its weight.” Yihaw! Those are some powerful words and right on the money too! Slow dragging rhythms, wild breaks, intense vocals and riffs that sound like they came straight out of the hellish mouth of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano! And yes, the drums do take center stage often, whether providing the majestic slow march or pummeling beats down yer skull like a madman. As well as the vocals that are emotive and chased! So, exactly what we need when we feel the Devil breathing down our neck! Check out Void Emissions and submerge yourself for thirty minutes in Iceland volcano doom!

(Written by JK)



maandag 14 mei 2018

Six Months of Sun – Below The Eternal Sky


Six Months of Sun – Below The Eternal Sky
Cold Smoke/GPS/Urgence Disks/Domino Media Agency – 2018
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Sludge, Instrumental
Rated: *****

The instrumental three-piece outfit Six Months of Sun released their debut album back at the tail-end of 2013. And Water Flows, as it was called, was filled with blissful stoner grooves and steamy hot riffs. And now, finally, the three amigos are back with a follow-up called Below The Eternal Sky. It is definitely just as groovy and blistering as the first one; but this time the tracks become even more metallic and sludgy. Eight wonderful tracks that definitely still bring Karma To Burn to mind and every song is once again on par with the best that those grandmasters ever delivered. There are moments that bring to mind a few of those other stoner legends as well. The biggest difference with there earlier release is the level of heavy and the fact that you cannot find one thing, that sounds off, where you might think, that could have been done better. This is simple stoner metal, sludge rock and instrumental grooviness in its ultimate form. The Swiss power trio Six Months of Sun have without any doubt in my mind delivered the best album we will see in its niche. And it’s a niche you will want to keep curling up in. Cause it’s exactly what every freak and heavy music fiend needs! Every day!

(Written by JK)