woensdag 17 april 2019

Clouds Taste Satanic – Evil Eye


Clouds Taste Satanic – Evil Eye
Self-released – 2019
Instrumental Post-Doom Stoner
Rated: *****

Instrumental music sucks big time – boring jamming that no one wants to hear, recorded and presented as an album. You lazy fuckers, do not waste my time. And then something comes along to change your mind. Never listened to Clouds Taste Satanic before but was sent a promo and decided to give it a five minute spin ….. which turned into playing the whole thing, getting to the end and starting again. These guys just do it right. Expansive soundscapes carry you along – in my head I am riding a skeletal horse across a blasted city ruin being trailed by mutated wolves and shambling cannibal women who are strangely sexy. Stunning guitar work and song composition make me want this piped directly into my ears at all times. This is the good shit.

Thanks to Leanne Ridgeway @ Mettle Media for promo.

(Written by Tony Maim)

Read up on all the other Clouds Taste Satanic releases here



dinsdag 16 april 2019

The Madman’s Monthly Ruckus Round-up


The Madman’s Monthly Ruckus Round-up

As we mentioned last month and we hope you crazies out there remembered, Madman Tony Maim has fired up his Black Insect Laughter blog again. Well, fired up might be a big word perhaps, but you will get fired up after checking out those post. Once a month the Madman will put forth his choices of Punk and Hardcore releases that made him go: ‘fuck yeah!’. And that’s the most important reason we want to hear about new releases! So, head on over to Black Insect Laughter and read up once again on what January and February did for the Madman before you get a serious kick in the head by his March selection! A great freaking selection it is! Check out the wild Heckel & Jeckel for instance or the amazing Kurandera! “Punk and stoner mixed together to give you some dirges to delight your soul.” See… The Madman laughs, because he knows!

maandag 15 april 2019

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


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


Morning everyone. It’s Monday! And at Stoner HiVe we usually try  to put together a quick list of the most listened to albums of the past week. We limit it to five even though there is a multitude of other records that got a few spins. Well, here’s the rundown. The Beast You Are might very well be the best Big Business record to date! Out on Gold Metal Records and Joyful Noise Recordings, there are so many different approaches on can take to this album. Intricate weirdness and twisted heaviness! Reek of STOOM tipped us about the Australian five-piece Giant Dwarf! What a freaking sweet fuzzy desert and stoner rock record. That went on repeat very quickly! Hell yeah! Sophomore album Dos(e) by Black Medicine out on Baby Gas Mask Records has this very different groove going on. Highly addictive once you’ve gotten a dose in ya! And you’d better, cause some medicine should be taken on a daily basis! And since all of you read up on the HiVe every day, (coughcough) you’ve already seen Hey Satan and their Orange Moon album come up. Featuring ten hard rocking, stoner trucking tracks that are comprised out of twin guitars and a stampeding crazy drummer. It’s a wild release once again by Cold Smoke Records! Last but certainly not least, Cracked Machine! The Call Of The Void comes out on PsyKa Records and the seven heavy psychedelic tracks will quickly make you turn on and tune in! Mostly instrumental and completely amazing! Check it out! Check’m all out!

zaterdag 13 april 2019

Hey Satan – Orange Moon


Hey Satan – Orange Moon
Cold Smoke Records/Domino Media Agency – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner
Rated: ****

Some factual info: Orange Moon was recorded, mixed and mastered by Serge Morattel at Rec Studio, Geneva in May and October 2018. Hey Satan is a rock trio from Lausanne, Switzerland. Formed by longtime friends François, Laurent and Frank (formerly from Shovel and Houston Swing Engine). After unveiling two music videos for the singles "Golgotha Beach" and then "Housewife Blues" the three good ol’ boys are now set to take on all comers with their Orange Moon album! Featuring ten hard rocking, stoner trucking tracks that are comprised out of twin guitars and a stampeding crazy drummer. Bluesy in nature, grungy in spirit the rock’n roll exuberance explodes from these songs in spectacular form. Hey Satan, powerful stuff with a wicked groove! O’ and look at that superb deal for both their debut and this one on vinyl!

(Written by JK)





vrijdag 12 april 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

The middle of a month seems less special nowadays. We’ve got that first of the month thing going with the Doom Charts and we start longing for the day the new edition goes online. To see what my fellow contributors have been listening to and what we might have missed. Cause even though we listen to so many amazing releases there are always a few that slip through the cracks. And then there are those that always seem to slip through the cracks. For whatever reason. The horror, the horror! So, on the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday we try to put a band-aid on that ever growing crack and stop all that magic just leaking away. And yes, we know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. More attention and more of our time! But there is so much out there and we just simply cannot ever do it all justice. So here it is. The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!



Into Orbit – Kinesis

Post rock and so much more! Yes, we are digging the first singles from the new Kinesis album by New Zealand duo Into Orbit. A dynamic offering of guitar and drums whose immersive, genre-defying sound contains aspects of experimental rock, metal, prog, doom, ambience & drone. Check out Horus for instance. The seven minute prog/doom-metal epic opens with eerie guitar dissonance before erupting into a storm of frenzied drums and furious riffing and concluding with a hypnotic, loop-driven build to a cataclysmic end. And that’s the only end we could think off when we are slowly pushed up hill towards the edge of a cliff… Push us over! Make us fly!





Six Steps Above The Earth – Step 4

More minimalistic droning doom comes from Thessaloniki, Greece. Six Steps Above The Earth is another duo man project that implores the help from others from time to time. The project is already on Step 4 and has of course been through the other steps as well. It’s heavy monotone doom gaze and it’s not for the lighthearted. There is meaning to the slow instrumental doomy madness and if you don’t step on board; you will surely loose your mind.




Electricjezus – Cmex

Guess what, we have another duo on our hands! Straight from the heart of Moscow comes Electricjezus and it’s down tuned lo-fi doom sludge. We already mentioned their Грязь поколений release back in 2013 and then kind of lost track of them. Luckily they found us and put forth their new Cmex release. Muddy sludge, sludgy mud and some crusty demonic offerings. Another release that is surely meant for deep dark dungeons and twisted minds!




Heavy Traffic – Garage: Bad Dream Adventure

Remember Plastic Surgery? Written about by Madman Tony Maim? Well... We slowly move, slowly, very slowly move away from the drone and the doom. We approach Heavy Traffic and their Garage: Bad Dream Adventure release with arms outstretched. This is more in league psychedelic doom and lo-fi punky noise influences. Even though there are once again a few shoegaze moments; there is no way you shall be hypnotized this time around. No, this is freak out stuff, this is maddening on a very different level. You shall go wild! Berserk even!




Sküma – Vol. [0]

Berserk and wild you shall go as well when you hear Sküma and their Vol. [0] release! If the former mention already stepped away from the droning doom this moves completely out of its way. The Greek five-piece gives us heavy grungy hardrock and stoner trucking. Metal moments pop up here and there and poppy influences grab you by the head and scream in your face. And on those moments when sun dried guitar tones are thrown into the mix we can hear something blossoming that not only sounds promising; but sounds deliciously cool! Listen to the P4nda track for instance; dang!




woensdag 10 april 2019

Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree – Grandmother


Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree – Grandmother
Pink Tank Records – 2019
Doom, Dark Psychedelia
Rated: ****

Stuttgart Doomers Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree make a welcome return to the scene with their latest opus, Grandmother. Four strychnine-drenched blotters of loathing which immerse you in pustulent dissonance, atonal atmospheres and crawling cacophonies of gloom. 'Cinitus' moves with the slow, brooding tomes of tectonic shifts... 'Craving' swirls with psychedelic guitars and mesmerizing harmonies; 'Grandmother' cackles with Matriarchal Oppression, yoking you to the crippling weight of ancient expectation... 'Dionysus' is the soundtrack to the dark alley, the creepy, echoing subway... The sonorous wail of the grey thing festering in the corner. BMHITVT have drawn the dark psyche of the subconscious to the surface, the horrible fascination and rancid beauty of rot - the distilled essence of Doom. They invite you to look inside.....

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




maandag 8 april 2019

Isla Fortuna – Verity


Isla Fortuna – Verity
Self released – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

I absolutely adore the cover image of the Verity album by Isla Fortuna. The surrealistic, magic realistic almost Salvador Dalí like picture speaks to your imagination and will have your fantasy run wild. At least, it does in my case… And that is something the eight tracks on this album will do for you as well. The three Cypriots have managed to produce a psychedelic stoner rock album that will be easy to grasp but then surrounds you with so many atmospherical elements and such a warm whirling tonality it will seem like you’re being transported to that tiny gramophone island in the middle of a vast ocean. That desert edge, those progressive touches, the way the spin out their melodies and all of that on that tiny island… And then that final track Thinker’s Cave. What a send-off. High energy. Proper fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio…

(Written by JK)



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


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


Monday Monday, So good to me. Monday morning, it was all I hope it would be… What were The Mamas & The Papas thinking when they wrote those lines. Sure, it’s to mislead you at the beginning before the true nature of the song kicks in; but still… What if you can’t make it that far? And the lousy feeling that you have because the weekend is over sticks with you until the following weekend? What then? Luckily we don’t have to actually listen to that song; we have tons of magic floating around that will brighten up every day! On repeat for instance has been Isla Fortuna and their Verity album. Which we will post a mention about in a few minutes. Instrumental space extravaganza Earthling, Go Home! By Hhoogg has also been spinning a lot. Just like Green Lung and their Woodland Rites album. Hey, it didn’t end up at the Number 1 position of the Doom Charts for nothing! Noise, punk, thrash, metal and more is featured proudly on the High Anxiety album, out on Thrill Jockey, by Oozing Wound. Seven past paced bangers that will stomp out every last bit of hangover! Come on Monday! I’ll take ya down! We dug the shit out of the Elefantes release back in 2013 and must confess we for some reason did not take notice of the releases after that one until Picaporters slapped us silly with their new XXIII record! Psychedelic doom, metal and more metal and more metal and an occult flavor all with a very own sound. Amazing record! Check it out! Check it all out!

vrijdag 5 april 2019

Solar Halos – Coiled Light


Solar Halos – Coiled Light
Cursed Tongue Records – April 12 2019
Stoner, Doom
Rated: ****

Two seconds in and your fingers are drumming the coffee table in anticipation... …And then BOOM! A sonic wave of thundering, bass-driven Stoner Doom assaults you like a Tsunami as Coiled Light unfurls... North Carolina's Solar Halos invoke subterranean noises; crusted walls of intense riffery, threaded motifs of mournful, despairing vocals from Nora Rogers underpinning overwhelmingly bleak landscapes of abrasive guitars and shuddering rhythms. 'Personal Levee' rumbles with a Brume-esque power, deep and alluring... 'Ground The Fire' crawls with an evil, maleficent intent… 'Rivers of Grass' pulls you into Anubian other-worldly domains with a shrill, ghostly quality... Title Track 'Coiled Light' staggers with odd time-signatures and pummeling drums; compelling and beguiling... Solar Halos open a portal to an all-encompassing journey through the dank tenements of Doom. Witches and Vulpines move aside... A new Siren arises...

(Written by Reek of STOOM)






Remember that wild Solar Halos self-titled debut?

donderdag 4 april 2019

No Man’s Valley – Outside The Dream


No Man’s Valley – Outside The Dream
Tonzonen Records – 2019
Rock, Psych, Blues,
Rated: *****

For some weird and probably insane reason we never got around to mentioning that wild adventure called Time Travel back in 2016. So, now, two years later, we have the chance to correct that and go crazy on the record Outside The Dream by Dutch five-piece No Man’s Valley. We’ve been spinning the shit out of it for the past months, slowly getting more immersed in the dream. Slowly losing all sense of the outside world. ‘Psychedelic blues infused organ wave rock’, quite a lovely description by the band itself. But it has so much more! It aims for the stratosphere with certain element without ever becoming too spacey and it surges through all kinds of nooks and crannies to serve up an entirely own universe. A heavy and thick universe with depth and width. The atmosphere is so compelling, it transports you to ringside seats at a twisted carnival or will have you trapped inside a tin can that might be floating around in outer space or deep beneath the ocean. Who knows? It might just all be a dream. It is without a doubt based on the bluesrock of yore and the psychedelic transformation that happened in the seventies. The Doors could learn a lot from these cats!

(Written by JK)





Obsidian Sea – Strangers


Obsidian Sea – Strangers
Ripple Music – 2019
Rock, Doom, Metal, Proto
Rated: *****

Powertrio Obsidian Sea hails from Sofia, Bulgaria and released their damn fine album entitled Dreams, Illusions, Obsessions back in 2015. It was rich in tone and used doom to spice up their proto metal sounds. And now, three years later, we can look back at that album and see that it was already there. That sound. That proud quality befitting a majesty. And so they continued on and released Strangers at the end of March… Classic doom and proto metal with a highly grandiose and august atmosphere. There is something regal and even prouder about the six compositions on the Strangers release. It also comes across as very meticulous and exact record; cause even if Obsidian Sea clearly loves it’s languid approach to everything proto it does not slack off or sound perfunctory. The opposite is true and it makes the entire release sound serious, perfectly balanced and stunningly executed. What a wonderful release!

(Written by JK)



Number 8 on the March 2019 Doom Charts

dinsdag 2 april 2019

The Doom Chart for March 2019


Doom Chart

"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." ~ Mark Twain

March sure came in like a lion and out like a god damn lion in terms of the heavy underground. Being April Fools day on this glorious day of the March 2019 Doom Charts list reminds us that we are all fools in some shape of form. Without fools like us, or them, none of us would succeed. Okay now onto the chart. Sorry for the dorky intro, but lets not fool ourselves, we are here for the music and the music of March and beyond is charted below. Enjoy.

Yes, the Doom Charts are here once again, twenty-five of the best heavy albums making the rounds through the underground, around the globe. The contributors all sent in their lists, Bucky does the majestic work of tallying them all up and ending up with a list of over 300 albums each month. Yes, each month...  This time around 320. And you might wonder what kind of bands we find at the bottom of that list? It's not really the bottom you see, it's just where the list ends... And guess what, they are still all damn freakin good, that’s what’s so amazing! 4Mag Nitrous for instance and their High Road EP. (Read about it on Riff Relevant) Or Yatraa with their Arkhan release. (Read about it on LaHabitacion235) Both absolute wild releases that might move higher up the list next month or maybe not. That is why we occasionally debate whether we should publish more? Or even the entire list? Or the individual lists by the contributors? I guess, the Doom Charts, as they are, seem fitting and it does not pretend to know it all or show it all, just to guide you through what came out on top this month. And we all have our preferences and we all find out those hidden lumps of gold anyway, those albums that for whatever reason does their magic for you… But not for your neighbor… It’s music! It’s what we love!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and album reviewers from the 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…

zondag 31 maart 2019

zaterdag 30 maart 2019

Neoyka - Vol II : El Desborde y el Ocaso


Neoyka - Vol II : El Desborde y el Ocaso
Self-released – 2019
Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

Chile... The place Where Gods and Immense beings roamed and forged the Inca civilization aeons ago. Now, new Gods have entered equally awesome and leviathan, in the form of Neoyka, a four-piece Stoner band from La Serena, the 'place of Serenity'. However, Serenity is not a word you could ascribe to Neoyka - their blend of Heavy Psych, Stoner and Fuzz assaults the senses and rocks you back on your heels! Shifting effortlessly between the supercharged excesses of Fu Manchu and the grooved crushing of Greenleaf, Vol II: El Desborde y el Ocaso (The Overflow and The Sunset) sees Neoyka stride through their second release with Passion, Flair and damned heaviness! The dynamic proto-metal of '70 Rockas' evokes memories of psych Kings Embrujo whilst 'Sabelas' meanders through cactus - strewn deserts, mesas and sweltering, shimmering heat-waves... 'A 2 Segundos' crackles with a Sabbath-inspired density, crunching riffs as slow as the pulse of Cthulhu with swirling keyboards ominously brooding beneath before unleashing the raw power finale... Each track a seemingly living entity of it's own. Neoyka have offered up a noise to the Gods, and Viracocha smiles His approval... Awesome!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



vrijdag 29 maart 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Friday, March 29, 2019, we’re finally over the hump. It’s been a gruesome and bad case of stomach flu, lost half a stone in weight and almost a week of time. Horrible. Horrible. But it has been done, and the energy and kilo’s will shortly return, I am sure. But as we sometimes do, when a Friday is upon us, when a weekend is opening it’s windows; we quickly mention a couple of releases you all should be checking out during said weekend... And yes, we know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. More attention and more of our time! But there is so much out there and we just simply cannot ever do it all justice. So here it is. The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava! 


A Constant Knowledge of Death – Vol. III.a: Forth From The Quiet To The Air That Trembles

April will see the release of a new A Constant Knowledge of Death album. The five-piece have delivered a grade a progressive acoustic metal album that seems perfect for a burgeoning spring. Combining all sorts of post rock and post metal influences into very breathable prog, airy and open spaced, thanks to that acoustic take on things. It’s heavy and it’s light and it’s something worth your while! 




Ramblin’ Roze – Old Time Revival

So great to see and hear that things are getting wild and wicked in Beijng, China as well! Ramblin’ Roze is a heavy blues rock band that likes to speed up and do some honest stoner truckin! On their five-track Old Time Revival release we hear a five-piece that knows where the good hardrocking mustard comes from; and add to those blues roots a bit of punk and a whole lot of fuzzy groove! We love the shit out of this one!




Scratch – Grave Grove (Call You Out)

The Grave Grove (Call You Out) single is a track that came together with one half of the Scratch band living in New York, USA and the other in Perth, Australia. A grungy protest song that once again takes everything back to the bluesy roots is all came from. One single, damn good, and now we can’t wait for more by Scratch!




Mu Cephei – Mantras of The Uninformed Mind

If you’re looking for some droning, hypnotic, atmospheric doom metal, that's black to the touch and bleak in feel, look no further. Here’s Mu Cephei and their five track release Mantras of The Uninformed Mind. Over 1 hour of experimental doom that will wreck your mind if it’s not completely open. Cause it’s dark, it’s death and it’s doom! Doom so twisted, it will make your head go Exorcist for the entire duration… 




Electronichaos – Make or Break it, Don’t Give Up

A first track of a new release called Architectural Destructivism by Electronichaos. The first demo by this one-man band was labeled as Nintendo Metal, and grindcore and deathmetal. And some of that was definitely accurate for the Canadian bastard. But this new track promises much more and seems to steer away from the bleak stuff. Much more progressive and definitely more interesting! Make or Break It, Don’t Give Up seems to have found interesting foothold and we can’t wait to hear about his next steps…




Onioroshi – Beyond These Mountains

And we end almost as airy and upbeat and uplifting as we started this Quick Fire Friday, and we do that with some progressive psych from Italy. Onioroshi releases an atmospheric post rock adventure that incorporates some noise explosions, some stoner elements and a lot of intricate details that give their sonic landscapes, color, body and depth. It’s a wild adventure that you can take over and over, cause there is so much to discover…