vrijdag 7 december 2018

Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2018


Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2018

Hi there. And yes, the lists are rolling in nicely. And that’s how we like it. Just like every year since the Stoner HiVe beginnings back in 2009 we will do a Top 20 Countdown of your favorite albums of this 2018. We will  however need to start the countdown a few days later. We are having a sudden holiday thwarted at us, which also gives us a chance to escape having to celebrate a certain birthday. But fear not my lovely freaks! This only means you will have two more days to send in your lists to the HiVe email! Yes, the date to send in your lists now closes at December 14th! And we shall commence with the first days with two spots until we have caught up…

So, in short, we implore all of you once again to send your list for favorite albums to our email. You have the time till December 14th to do so. Cause on the 15th we start the countdown. Rules? You ask?  Well, there aren’t that many. Please limit your votes to albums released in 2018 and that’s about it. You can send over a Top 5, a Top 10, a Top 20, a Top 100 or even more. You decide what the best albums are; according to you. All lists will then be tabulated into one final Top 20!

Every year we hope that more of you find the time and energy to send in your list. It has been a steady grower since 2009 and it would be grand to finally break the 100 list barrier before the HiVe turns 10 next year. But even if we don’t, it is still an honor to countdown for you, your favorite albums of 2018…

The deadline to send in your list closes on December 14th! So, there’s still enough time to get down and dirty and do the lists business. Go on…. If not for yourself or me, do it for the rest of the lovely freaks out there… Scurrying in the HiVe…

Send your lists HERE

Pocket Size – Immortality


Pocket Size – Immortality
Mill Hill Productions – 2018
Rock, Prog, Jazz, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Pocket Size Sthlm or simply Pocket Size is the brainchild of composer/guitarist Peter Pedersen. This conceptual musical unit was brought into daylight early 2010. There were some ideas and fragments of songs floating around in the pool of creativity. They were developed together with others. So, two years ago we had Vemood, the first edition of the Cleaning The Mirror series by Swedish jazzy prog outfit Pocket Size. And now they’re back with a second installment (to a trilogy) named Immortality. It feels even more jazzy and exhumes a lot of sixties vibes. It puts the saxophone in a majestic spotlight and Kristian Brink knows how to move around in that diamond shaped glare. Just listen to the Cyclopes And Pine Trees track and feel his whirling dervish dance. The entire album feels like a cool, calm and collected labor of love. And less a laborious birth. Even though it might come across here or there as an extremely complicated tangle of lines it sounds highly natural and vibrates with intensity. You’re in the boiler room now. And it is steamy hot!

(Written by JK)




Spacelord – Indecipher


Spacelord – Indecipher
Kozmik Artifacts – 2018
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Seventies
Rated: *****

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, in the United States of America this four-piece delivers the goods in massive thunderous style. Blues rock with a southern twang, groovy, wild and dangerous; like a stoner truck that’s about to hit a curve at full speed! It feels bold and reckless, but also very necessary. They torque it up and manage to swerve whatever comes their way by screwing it on. And they pull out, and gun it straight up into the sky where they continue to surf the cosmic waves while dancing to seventies riffs and hardrock fills. Yes, it worked: and you will feel like Evel Knievel soaring across the tracks with rain in your eyes and your jaws clamped together in fear. This is some straight up classic stuff! It will kick you in the guts, it will demand you spice up your attitude with some macho and bloodcurdling kind of fun. Spacelord’s new album Indecipher, runs at Number 18 of the November Doom Chart, and has everything to become just as legendary as those albums from the riff Gods of yore..

(Written by JK)



woensdag 5 december 2018

The Doom Chart for November 2018


Doom Chart
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ain’t that the truth? We here at the Doom Charts hope to shine a light upon the music landscape to help you blaze your own trails of fuzz within the heavy underground. Down here are endless routes leading towards some of the best music off the beaten path. The November Doom Chart had over 300 individual albums submitted from our Doom Council and the final outcome yielded the tightest pattern of scores this year with 14 new entries and 2 tie scores...

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 3 december 2018

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


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


In a bit of a hurry (as usual) and still getting used to the new keyboard. But that’s all besides the point. We’re here, right before the new edition of the Doom Chart will go up, to let you know what albums were spun the most during the past week. Well, let’s do it fast and sweet then… Craneium and their new The Narrow Line, stunningly beautiful! Spacelord, groovy, wild and marvelous! We love Indecipher! Black Atlas and their Weight Of The World record is solid and amazing. And how about the new Samavayo! Vatan has been on heavy rotation over here. But Arcadian Child has gotten the absolute most spins. And we mentioned Superfonica, a great release through Ripple Music and Rogue Waves, a few days ago. It does something magical to us, and that is why we love music! And everything about it! Go check’m out! Check’m all out!


vrijdag 30 november 2018

Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2018


Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2018

Here we are again. At the end of another year. And just like every year since it’s inception, Stoner HiVe will do a Top 20 Countdown throughout December to build up towards the Number One album of 2018 on January 1st. It’s a voted list. YOU, decide which albums make the final cut. And sure, there are blogs and sites out there who probably do it better, different or perhaps even worse. But we’ve been doing it since 2009 and it was the whole reason the HiVe got started back then…

So, in short, we implore all of you once again to send your list for favorite albums to our email. You have the time till December 12th to do so. Cause on the 13th we start the countdown. Rules? You ask?  Well, there aren’t that many. Please limit your votes to albums released in 2018 and that’s about it. You can send over a Top 5, a Top 10, a Top 20, a Top 100 or even more. You decide what the best albums are; according to you. All lists will then be tabulated into one final Top 20!

Every year we hope that more of you find the time and energy to send in your list. It has been a steady grower since 2009 and it would be grand to finally break the 100 list barrier before the HiVe turns 10 next year. But even if we don’t, it is still an honor to countdown for you, your favorite albums of 2018…

The deadline to send in your list closes on December 12th! So, there’s still enough time to get down and dirty and do the lists business. Go on…. If not for yourself or me, do it for the rest of the lovely freaks out there… Scurrying in the HiVe


Send your lists HERE

donderdag 29 november 2018

Arcadian Child – Superfonica


Arcadian Child – Superfonica
Ripple Music / Rogue Waves – 2018
Rock, Psych
Rated: ****

Their debut album Afterglow was released in 2017 and now the Cyprus born fourpiece Arcadian Child is back with a follow-up titled Superfonica. Eight concise rockers that still feel incredibly jammy thanks to the slow rolling psychedelic current. It sometimes feels like you are floating in a life raft across a vast and endless ocean, the sun blistering your skin, out of food and water, but you still feel incredibly happy and you lay there, smiling at your lot. Yes, it has the unearthly quality of making everything feel alright. Worldly and Eastern music influences might also play a key factor in this; just check out closer The March and try and not be completely content. The entire album feels like a majestic wave of acceptance and being in awe of the beauty of everything. Sure, we have gone overboard again in describing our feelings when we listen to Superfonica. But we simply adore the album, we accept our faith and decided to jump out of the life raft and swim with the fishes…

(Written by JK)



City of Thieves – Beast Reality


City of Thieves – Beast Reality
Frontiers – 2018
Rock, Hard
Rated: ****

A power-trio from London, that loves it’s no nonsense rock ‘n roll and knows how to pound the walls with massive fists and drown the senses in riffs. We are listening to Beast Reality by City of Thieves. This screams for loads of beer and intense headbanging. Cause sure, we’ve been treated to this kind of thundering rhythm sections, walls of guitars and howling vocalists before. But not often is it done this well. Like the Australian pub rock we love; and UK answer to that or the more eighties approach. They’ve managed to combine it all into another pint of good freaking rock! This is, simply put, damn good! Let’s spend out money on fuel and alcohol!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 21 november 2018

Under The Mountain – II


Under The Mountain – II
Self released – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Seventies, Metal
Rated: ****

The Under The Mountain fourpiece from British Columbia has released their second album II or Deuce, as they are also calling it, a few weeks ago. Formed somewhere around the ugly year of 2009, when the HiVe had also just begun, the four Canadians released their self-titled debut three (or four?) years later. The best thing about Under The Mountain was and is that they aren’t afraid to combine stoner metal and seventies hard rock on the very same album. Hold On Tight for instance is a bluesy, ballsy hardrock track straight form the seventies. Freight Train follows the same path but Ash and Dust is a more postrock influenced stoner metal track. Wild and emotive! Into The Unknown is a much more fuzzy and grungy stoner ditty that still implores seventies touches. And Lemmy is exactly as it should sound when you use the Godfather’s name as a title. A raw, fast paced and muddy stomper! So, you’d better get your hands on this one, cause there are ten wild, dangerous and divergent songs for you to dive into. Under The Mountain!

(Written by JK)





Northward – Northward


Northward – Northward
Nuclear Blast – 2018
Rock, Hard, Metal
Rated: ***

So, apparently, this album was already ready to go a few years back, but due to their respective other bands they never found time to start the Northward project up. We’re talking about Floor Jansen from Nightwish and Jorn Viggo Lofstad from Pagan’s Mind. With these two grand masters at the helm you would expect something proggy, something symphonic and something metal. And sure, we can still hear some echoes of what they are capable of in that respect, but this is rock, hardrock with a metallic edge. Although we're even served some radio friendly rock with a highly poppy edge on a track like Storm In A Glass. Swinging seventies is heard in Big Boy and perhaps the most proggy track is the fine piece named Paragon. It’s good. It’s all good. It’s Floor and Jorn doing their magic in a different setting. And it’s a good one!

(Written by JK)



maandag 12 november 2018

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


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


Well hello there! I did not expect to see you here. But thanks for joining and thanks for listening to all the cool stuff that is out there. We sure as hell can’t get enough of it! And we hope you can’t either! The new Daily Thompson for instance, out on Juno Records and MIG Music, is called Thirsty and messes around with grunge, hardrock and stoner making it all fuzzy, warm and psychedelic. It has something enormously laidback and we shall call it indie-stoner henceforth. Don’t hit us over the head for that. Or do, whatever tickles your fancy. Red Dragon Cartel brings us pure hardrock on their new album Patina! Out on Frontier Records. It’s Jake E. Lee and friends and you know that it can’t be wrong in that case! Or very very very wrong; and that’s alright as well! Castle has been soaring high on the Doom Charts this month. Bucky stated: “‘Deal Thy Fate’ cements Castle as its own distinguished brand of stoner meets heavy metal, especially within the Ripple catalog. Reinforced with indestructible Slayer-esque guitar tones, the threepiece lower a bridge of fuzzy hooks crossing a diabolic moat of molten metal.” Which means we had to put it on repeat ofcourse! Deville released Pigs With Gods through Fuzzorama and we already mentioned this intense muddy metal masterpiece in which we wallow! And then there’s Hear The Rivers! The new Greenleaf! Out on Napalm is continues where the last album left off. And thus is gives us their very own groove and energy, it’s their bounce, it’s their stomp and you cannot help but bounce and stomp along. Riding that green water rapid makes everything alright! All the time! So, you know what to do. You need to check’m out! Check’m all out!

vrijdag 9 november 2018

Deville – Pigs With Gods



Deville – Pigs With Gods
Fuzzorama – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Metal
Rated: ****

Back in 2013 we mentioned their almighty Hydra album. Two other great ones came before and one damn great one called Make It Belong To Us came out two years later. Why we never mentioned that record beats the hell out of me? I reckon we should be flogged for neglect and dragged down the streets naked. Tar and feathers may be applied. For forgetting to worship the four Swedes from Deville and their fourth release, is pure heresy. So, let’s try to make up for the negligence and mention their fifth one entitled: Pigs With Gods. No less than twelve tracks grace the album and all of them are gritty, grimy and aggressive. Moving distinctly into a more metal approach and fast paced dynamic the album soon becomes a stalwart testament to something we like to call: leaving all options open. Whether this is due to the new rhythm section or not; the tracks try different approaches to their stoner metal sound. Opting for bombast here, groove there or spacious post influences where ever they envision them. It seems Deville has thrown all the imaginary boundaries out the window and aimed to make the record they heard in their head. And that is the only way to go. Cause now we have a muddy masterpiece in which to wallow…

(Written by JK)




King Buffalo – Longing To Be The Mountain


King Buffalo – Longing To Be The Mountain
Stickman Records – 2018
Rock, Desert, Stoner, Psych, Kraut
Rated: ****

For starters: Longing To Be The Mountain is one of the best album titles and already offers an insight to what is to come. It's simply gorgeous in all aspects. In tune with nature the new King Buffalo record takes you through the wide expanse and above the big wide divide. This is sleeping the dream kind of stuff! This is introspective and stellar at the same exact moment. It is so spacious and so luscious that it feels like cream to your ears. It is a true odyssey and adventure that makes you fall in love with everything all at once. Expertly weaving hypnotic and dreamy into something that not only feels grandiose but really is gigantic. Not in a bombastic sense, but in something true and honest.  It reminds of that line from a long-lost poem: ‘all my life, my heart has sought for a thing I cannot name’. And with this album we can state: it has been found…

(Written by JK)




Nekromant – Nekromant Lives


Nekromant – Nekromant Lives
Ripple Music – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Proto, Metal, Hard
Rated: ****

Nekromant! These three Swedes have constantly delivered the heavy raw and rowdy ruckus since their inception under the name Serpent. Since the name change the band has only become even tighter and have managed to explore all those different areas of the proto metal and doom rock genres we all love so dearly. The new Nekromant Lives is a testament to everything right and beautiful in those heavy genres. This time however the proto goes more into the early hardrock territories. It’s got the speed, it’s got the stamina and it’s got soul. Here are three good old boys in nothing but black, axe wielding, aiming to explore the seventies and delivering so much thick hard rock gusto you immediately envision yourself in some worn down club from that era, banging your head away and knowing that it is all happening right there and then. And yes, stoned. Ripped. Twisted. Good people. Groovy, wild and stunning stuff! The new Nekromant is here for you! 

(Written by JK)



donderdag 8 november 2018

Stonewood – Stonewood


Stonewood – Stonewood
Self released – 2018
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

Five crazy Italians from the city of echoes, the city of illusions, the city of yearnings. Yes, Stonewood hails from Rome and sound like a poetic take on all that goodness that came from the desert. Especially on a track like Legs of course. Grin. But in all seriousness, these cats are definitely paying homage to atavistic stoner and archaic desert rock without sounding like a copycat anywhere. That is quite a feat and the eight tracks on their self-titled debut are exactly that. Sounds that could have been out there for ages; but are now captured by the five from Rome. Easy to the ear, their sound immediately becomes a home and even though the tracks all have their very own Stonewood signature they also all of them sound like themselves. Out Of Sight for instance is a slow burner. While Blue Stone is a stomper with a majestic languid ending. China White takes the trip the other around, starting out laidback and luscious and ending fast paced and wicked. And we can state all the other identities; but it’s just better to whoop in general. Because we love the vocals, the rumbling bass, the intense drums and wild guitars! Stonewood! Bella zio!

(Written by JK)



maandag 5 november 2018

The Doom Chart for October 2018


Doom Chart

 “I was looking for something a lot heavier, yet melodic at the same time. Something different from heavy metal, a different attitude.” ~Kurt Cobain

Well Kurt, I think we found it here at the Doom Charts……

"Holy crap, what a month! The past several weeks have seen an onslaught of new albums dropping and the quality continues on the path of righteousness. 17 of 25 albums charting this month are fresh off the street debut albums on the charts. That could be a record. 4 of the top 5  released in October knocking the reigning champions down a few notches and when you scroll down, its not hard to understand why. What a month. We here at the charts continue to be blown away at the amount of music coming at us non-stop and we thank all of you, the bands, the scene, and everyone out there reading for your part in spreading the gospel of the heavy underground. It’s a testament to the era of music we are experiencing right now. We are seriously living in the mecca of time for creativity and exposure for bands all over the world with the aid of technology on our side."

Master Bucky could not have said it better! Amazing albums just keep on swatting you left and right and it's difficult to keep track of it all. Luckily the Doom Chart Contributors have reached the grand total of 70 members; some of who are more active than others. But a lot of them manage to send their list of favorite records of the past month every time again. I believe the total list of albums sent to be tabulated reached almost 300 different records. All of them stunning! At least to some of us and probably to all of us! Go check out the Doom Charts, we love the music and that's why we do it! 

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 5 artists listened to last week…


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


Just another happy Monday. Or not. Depending on how one’s weekend probably was. So, just a quick list and rundown this morning. Cause there is something more important that needs your attention! The new October edition of the Doom Charts! Which ofcourse features the new We Hunt Buffalo! What a majestic album! Out on Fuzzorama Records this one will leave you breathless and longing for more and more and more. Electric Circus is still the classic psychedelic, groovy surf and loose stoner record to make you have a great day. Mojo Bozo’s Electric Circus has done something very right there! The Sore Losers have a new one out called Gracias Senor. Out on Ultra Elektric and Caroline Benelux Distribution it moves through all sorts of alternative rock genres, opting to go classic here or more Britpop there. Blues or seventies, it’s all present and it’s all rock! Wasted Theory have delivered a freakin great follow-up to their majestic Defenders Of The Riff album. It’s called Warlords Of The New Electric, is featured on the new Doom Charts, is out on Argonauta Records and it will turn your brain all fuzzy and warm! Loud and heavy in all the exact right places! King Buffalo, another one that makes the Doom Charts this month. In tune with nature the Longing To Be The Mountain record takes you through the wide expanse and above the big wide divide. This is sleeping the dream kind of stuff! And you’ll never want to wake up! Amazing! All of them! So, go check’m out! Check’m all out!

zaterdag 3 november 2018

Helldorado


Helldorado

In two weeks time the crazy train departs once again for trip through Helldorado! The festival that had it’s glorious first edition last year and is now back for more. What a ride that was! And they are upping the scale of this rock ‘n roll freakshow for the second edition! So, what you thought was weird last time around will now be mundane! Ofcourse we’re all just going for the clowns, bearded ladies, knife throwers, wrestling acts and everything bizar! But what a line-up as well!!! Monolord, Greenleaf! Kadavar! Vintage Caravan! Turbonegro! Danko Jones! Zeke! Dewolff! Nick Oliveri! Dwarves! Lucifer! Death Alley! Supersuckers! And quite a few more! Not sure what the side show will be this time around?! It might be you!!! Go grab one of the remaining tickets and join the freakshow!

Helldorado




Not sure what the side show will be this time around?! 
It might be you!!! 
Go grab one of the remaining tickets and join the freakshow!



donderdag 1 november 2018

We Hunt Buffalo – Head Smashed In


We Hunt Buffalo – Head Smashed In
Fuzzorama Records – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Prog, Metal, Fuzz
Rated: *****

We Hunt Buffalo have managed to lay down the foundations for a very own sound in the space of eight years. They captured my heart and soul with that amazing and absolute brilliant EP Blood From A Stone back in 2013. Everything they released after that immediately became a favorite and much played track over here. Including the later find of an earlier released cover called Mr Grinch. Which we play religiously throughout December. You can count on these Canadian cats to deliver a steady current and heavy barrage, full of masterful riffs and intense hooks. Accompanied by grand choruses and wicked lyrics. On the new Head Smashed In, which featured on the Doom Charts last month, they continue this triumphal march and become even more progressive at times and even more emotional. For all the louds bursts and wild atmosphere We Hunt Buffalo is without a doubt delicate and precise. And with every listening session Head Smashed In keeps opening up to your heart more and more… And we will continue to play it religiously!

(Written by JK)




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


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

maandag 29 oktober 2018

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


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


Mornin y’all. It’s Monday. A new week is upon us. And it’s almost time for a new edition of the Doom Charts! Happy times! Who will be the new Numero Uno? Which does not really mean it’s better than the rest, it just gotten more votes this month around. It also meant I needed to revisit The Skull and their The Endless Road Turns Dark album. It didn’t end up on Number One for nothing last month! We also started listening to the entire and amazing back catalogue of Billy Goate’s Doomed & Stoned compilation albums. Did you visit their Bandcamp site yet? Hours and hours and days and days of amazing music from a massive amount of regions. Go check’m out! It will teach you stuff! Just like The Sleeping Sea King does on their new album Creature Wears The Crown. It teaches there is still so much room to explore in melodic stoner metal. Soulful and heavy! You gotta love it! Pikiah’s All Down But Nine is a different animal. Hairy, slothy, grungy and very stonery! Different side of the heavy coin, but equally lovable! And Mojo Bozo’s Electric Circus puts the heavy coin on its side! Electric Circus is the classic psychedelic, groovy surf and loose stoner! It has everything to make your day and too make you smile! Happy times! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

dinsdag 23 oktober 2018

Thunder Horse – Thunder Horse


Thunder Horse – Thunder Horse
BC/TX Records – (14th December) 2018
Stoner, Doom, Southern Rock
Rated: *****

These bunch of Texans stomp through six songs like the bastard child of Motörhead and Orange Goblin. Cleanish vocals sit on top of a powerful mix of riffs, fuzz, a pounding rhythm section and some meaty solo madness. Thunder Horse take all the elements of the music we love, inject it with some punk attitude and present us with something modern sounding while still worshiping at the altar of all things heavy. Released digitally back in June it will be available on vinyl through BC/TX Records as of December 14th. This is the good shit.

(Written by Tony Maim)



maandag 22 oktober 2018

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


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


A very quick rundown; cause we are on the move and on our way out. Jon Spencer’s new album Sings The Hits, out on In The Red, got the most plays. Not just because we had to prepare for the live show and the interview with the king trash can kicker. Simply because the album is freakin amazing! Grade A ramshackle garage and punk that still sounds full and luscious. Amazing! As we already mentioned last week the new Mudhoney is amazing! And fits nicely besides the Jon Spencer record. Go listen to Digital Garbage out on SubPop if you haven’t already! Genuine! That’s what the new Howling Muffs release is and is called. A mix between a whole lot of styles and it all sounds damn good! Far From Earth, out on Flightless, is the new album by the four sisters from Melbourne called Stonefield. If you aren’t addicted to this one yet, you haven’t listened it! Psychedelic goodness that growls and howls and rolls out everything you could ever wish for in a heavy, catchy and captivating record! Ukraine based Poltva Sharks has just released their full-sized debut called The Endless Roller Coaster. Heavy, sludgy, groovy and fast paced metal that bounces and pounces! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

woensdag 17 oktober 2018

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


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


Well, as usual. This should have gone up on Monday. But stuff got in the way again. And will probably continue to do so for the rest of the week. So, a very quick roundup of last week. Bazaraba self-released their self-titled album back in July but only know found it’s way into my brain! Stoner rock and metal of the finest grade! Eight amazing tracks that just keep you banging your head! And I only just realized it’s available on vinyl as well! Oxen and their Low album has been making the rounds everywhere and for a while now. Released in September the album moves in a distinctly slower direction that Bazaraba. Sludgy, doomy and highly atmospheric! Set Fire To The Sky is the new album by stoner boogie bastards Hypnos. Out on The Sign Records the nine tracks on this thunder out of the speakers like a runaway train! Blood Of The Sun releases their Blood’s Thicker Than Love on Listenable Records and their classic sound is extremely pleasing to every part of the human condition. Awesome stuff! And on heavy rotation is the new Mudhoney record. Digital Garbage, out on SubPop is simply amazing! Everything sits absolutely right on that album! Go check it out! Check’m all out!

donderdag 11 oktober 2018

Mudhoney – Digital Garbage


Mudhoney – Digital Garbage
SubPop – 2018
Rock, Grunge, Punk
Rated: *****

Almost every Mudhoney mention or review starts off with the fact that it was this little punk rock band that started off the grunge scene and then saw every other band around them explode into everyone’s living room while they themselves stayed behind and kept laboring at their day jobs while continuing to make the honest music they do and that the new record is simply stunning and might propel them into something bigger. Well, we could do the same here and go overboard with the praise for their tenth album Digital Garbage. It won’t make a difference. For some weird and possible fascist reason people steer away from Mudhoney. And this was wrong on so many levels in the beginning of their career and even more so now. Digital Garbage moves back towards everything punk with a definite aggression in their step. With a Stooges or Iggy type swagger even; for there are so many moments that remind of those greats that it becomes inevitable not to mention Iggy Pop. But more importantly, the honest records Mudhoney has been making those past thirty years have culminated into a brilliant rant against this world we live in. It’s Mark Arm’s seething rage against all the wrongs he sees around him that gives this record an even sharper stab then everything they did before. “Fuck the planet, screw your children, get rich, you win!” Is just one of the winner lyrics on this album. He orates furiously about the glorification of wealth and fame; and does that just as easily and with just as much feverous energy as about the church, alt-right, the president of the USA and social media. What an album! Those little ditties on the organ, taking the everything to an even higher level. Simply amazing! Fury, sarcasm, biting derision and pure fun has not sounded so incredibly good since the invention of the wheel. (It all went downhill from there.) Oh Yeah, is the proper final track to sum up an album that expertly translates the feeling that anywhere and anytime was better than right here and right now…

(Written by JK)




Thou – Magus


Thou – Magus
Konkurrent/Sacred Bones – 2018
Metal, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ***

As the few of you crazies that take the time to read the HiVe stuff every now and again know, I’m not a huge fan of the endless guttural growling. Those death grunts and screeches need to be offset for me by something more melodic and cleaner. Otherwise that snarling barrage grates on my soul a bit too much. Thou refuses to bed me with that fact and rightfully so. Cause on their new album Magus, the composition and music are so pitch black, aggressive and gloomy that this would feel completely out of place. This is meant to wear you down, to crush you beneath the waves of concrete riffs and pounding weight. And yet, there is something almost romantic hidden among all this aggression and hate. The way an outsider might carry the weight of the world around on its shoulders. Searching inwards for whatever revelation might save the human spirit. Magus is that guy on the park bench, troubled forlorn look in his eyes due to the wisdom in his heart…

(Written by JK)


woensdag 10 oktober 2018

Blondstone – My Dark Sweet Friend


Blondstone – My Dark Sweet Friend
TFK Prod – 2018
Rock, Alternative, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: *****

This French trio released a five-star album called Mass Solace back in 2014. We’ve been spinning it ever since and checked regularly if a new release was on the horizon. And now finally there is! My Dark Sweet Friend is a new five track EP by Blondstone! With a new bass-player in their midst they still sound like the band we fell in love with. It’s their very own take on nineties alternative, grunge and stoner from the new millennium. Like long lost brothers of the Belgian band Triggerfinger and Queens Of The Stone Age they howl across a lost battlefield. Fierce grunge, steamy stoner and whirling rhythms whistle around the majestic riffs, regal bass and godlike drums. No sweet words of comfort and surrender, but sledgehammer stomps full of victory and euphoria. Blondstone is back!

(Written by JK)




Body/Head – Switch


Body/Head – Switch
Matador – 2018
Rock, Alternative, Experimental, Soundscape, Noise
Rated: ***

There is no reason why one should not scare itself half to death now and again. And there is no reason why music could not be the vehicle to do so. For those of you who do not know Body/Head or for those who know their first release Coming Part, the new record Switch will come as an… err… unpleasant surprise. This experimental duo is comprised out of Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and guitarist Bill Nace and on their first record they aimed for something that could be qualified as rock or even easy listening in comparison to this one. This one is nothing but weird, scary and delirious hallucinations comprised from tunneling sound explosions, feedback and screeching guitar tones that come in waves, pulses or tsunamis. There is no denying there is some dangerous form of alchemy at work here. Turning destruction into something sensitive, turning the impulsive into acceptance and endorsement. It’s open and wild and yet very constraining. You have to be willing to crawl along with these crazies, in a similar straitjacket towards something that might be light at the end of the tunnel, but just as easily could be another warning light… 

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 9 oktober 2018

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


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


And once again a day late. But we all know the deal. Work, life, shit, whatever it might be, gets in the way. But here it is anyway, those Five Most Listened to Albums of Last Week. Superseed’s self-titled debut is a fast-paced heavy rock race through grunge, punk and garage. It’s rowdy and it’s raw and most of all it feels like a freaky fun cannonball! Eternal Return, the new Windhand, out on Relapse Records will definitely end up high on many a last once again. And rightfully so. A bit heavier, a bit swampier, a bit grungier; but every bit as enchanting! Loving it! Satan’s Satyrs released The Lucky Ones through Bad Omen Records. Punky, Sleazy, Groovy, Glamy and Fuzzy. Check’m out and feel the pure energy and tasty weirdness. Dance with them! Back on rotation once again is Forgotten Planet by Spirit Division. Sometimes you just need to visit those alien worlds and bask in the glory of the bronzed sound there. Yes, Spirit Division knows how to transport your soul! Sundrifter and their Visitations album came out early this year. But after returning from Portugal we were definitely in the mood to some sun-soaked desert tinted stoner and groovy fuzz. And the vinyl will be out soon on Small Stone Records. The limited clear vinyl edition is almost gone. So, if ya dig it, you’d better hurry and get yer greasy hands on it! Check’m out! Check’m all out!