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!