zaterdag 7 december 2019

Sonic Moon – Usually I Don’t Care For Flowers


Sonic Moon – Usually I Don’t Care For Flowers
Self released – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Grunge, Noise
Rated: ****

We’re visiting Denmark for the Five-track EP Usually I Don’t Care For Flowers. A complete DIY production by the five crazies from Aarhus that formed the band Sonic Moon somewhere around 2016. And yes, we know, there are other bands called Sonic Moon, making it more difficult for this one to catch everyone’s attention. Which they definitely deserve! Cause the five tracks on this sweet little release are simply stated: damn freakin good! It feels like a Scandinavian take on stoner, desert and grunge. That warm heavy embrace we all love so much sounds colder, windswept and icy. Perhaps that’s because they use some noisy influences and have a grunge take on their sound that is intensely blue. Even though they went with the color pink for the cd packaging, there is a definite blue sound here. A strange color blue. They’re sixteen tons heavy and on the move! Indeed, the first half of the release also have this tiny Madrugada vibe before the grunge gets turned up on the later half. Which is darker still, brooding and almost ominous. Damn these guys can sure set a scene and create an intense atmosphere… Sit down, grab your headphones, turn off the lights and dive deep into the Sonic Moon!

(Written by JK)




Kamchatka – Hoodoo Lightning


Kamchatka – Hoodoo Lightning
Kamchatka Music / Border Music / TNO Recordings – 2019
Rock, Blues
Rated: *****

We have been smitten with Kamchatka for a very long time and when that 2014 album came out our love was cast in gold, set in stone and tattooed on our bones! And we were right! The first four of Swedish trio Kamchatka were already bloody amazing and managed to shine a light on the various influences they had. But then, back in 2014, there was The Search Goes On. An album so perfect we all knew these cats met the Devil on the crossroads. Everything that came before was executed with so much soul and spirit, it simply spilled over the edges. And when that happens a follow-up album can never be THAT good. Long Road Made Of Gold wasn’t bad but could not hold a candle to the one that came before. But now, after another four years, we are treated to a righteous continuation of that wonderful earthshattering album. Hoodoo Lightning spins around its axis on very powerful and fast paces blues. Hardrock grafted on that seventies spirit, full of energy and a majestic groove. The first two track seem to serve as whirling intro to take the listener to a state of bliss  before the dark magic truly explodes! Highly addictive!

(Written by JK)




Orodruin – Ruins Of Eternity


Orodruin – Ruins Of Eternity
Cruz Del Sur Music – 2019
Rock, Metal, Doom,
Rated: ****

We wonder what the exact reasons were behind the long pause. We also wonder what the reasons were for the re-emergence of this awesome band. For as we already jotted down for the Doom Charts: It was right after last months edition when Ruins of Eternity by the Orodruin trio came into the collective peripheral vision of the Doom Chart Contributors. It immediately caused a stir and all of the doom metal fanatics went all rubber and extremely giddy. For the nine tracks on this sophomore release (after a sixteen year hiatus) are all filled with metal, parts NWOBHW and loads of proto metal and seventies doom. This is intense and pure doom songcraft, essential down to the very fiber of everything we love about doom and metal. With grace, with poise and with attitude! There shall be no quarter asked and surely none given. Orodruin is back to show the squares some class!

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 6 december 2019

BASK – III


BASK – III
Season of Mist – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Doom, Psych, Prog, Americana
Rated: ****

We had to revisit the III album by Bask to write the blurb for the Doom Charts. We knew we had definitely dug the record but to what extend we were unsure. What was it again that made it all that special? Well, here is what we wrote for the Doom Charts… The progressive take on their stoner metal sound, with all of that post-rock, doom and heavy psychedelic goodness is worth every minute of your time. The Bask quartet crafted something vibrant, clear and thoughtful, there is no note out of place on  III or awkward time signature anywhere to be found. Indeed, there is something spiritual about the entire atmosphere. Something worthwhile and something that will guide along a path to something holy. It feels like you are swimming in the most wonderfully clear lake of water. And those Americana moments, yes Americana, add even more glory to something that is already so lively, high spirited and full of energy. The III album is without a doubt extremely meticulous and highly melodic; something we can really fall in love with...

(Written by JK)



woensdag 4 december 2019

The Doom Chart for November 2019


Doom Charts

    “Did you know that there’s an acceptable level of rat turds that can go into candy bars? It’s the government, jack. Even government doesn’t care that much about quality. You know what is okay to put in hot dogs? Huh? Pig lips and assholes. But I say, hey, have at it bitches ’cause I love hot dogs.”  ~ Jesse Pinkman

Well hot dog we’re back with another round of ear candy, giving you 30 of the most popular albums within the heavy underground, voted on by the Contributors listed at the bottom of the page. If the government doesn’t care about quality of candy bars or hot dogs, it certainly lacks an interest in the underground stoner / doom scene, and that’s fine by us. What we lack in sales we make up for in quality and integrity. The November Charts bring us one month closer to the end of a decade, which will go down in the books as a quintessential period of hard and heavy music…

Right on Bucky! That’s very very very true! The HiVe has been around for that decade and has loved every heavy minute of it. All those albums we heard upon release, the ones we mentioned and the ones we discovered much later. Exactly 292 different albums got voted for this month and we mention the top 30 of those. Age of Aquarius by Villagers Of Ioannina City, a favorite among the HiVe crew and especially Doktor420, just missed it on the 31st spot. And Kreuzung by Mammoth Mammoth which we mentioned last week was 32nd. Just think of all the albums way down on the list. Someone is still very much digging it. Some of which might climb next month because they have not yet been heard by everyone. Some are still being voted for by someone still so much in love with an album from a few months ago. And some speak to even a smaller niche within the Heavy Underground that it might never rise to make the end list. What will be the fate for Demons From The Deep by Zivatar for instance? Which we find down where only one or two contributors voted for them. I for one had not yet heard it. Or The Whole Of Each Eye by Abronia? Both completely different and both damn fine albums… No rat turds… Anywhere on the entire list…

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…

maandag 2 december 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Top 10 Most Listened To Albums Last Month…


Stoner HiVe’s
Top 10 Most Listened To Albums Last Month…


There’s a new Doom Chart on the horizon. Are you ready for that? I think one or two of the ones mentioned here might make it? Three of the TOP 10 above would also make it to the Most Listened to albums of Last Week. Cause Chelsea Wolfe’s new album Birth Of Violence keeps getting spun. As well as the awesome Immanent Fire record by Emily Jane White. Who, for the Dutch freaks out there is currently touring the Netherlands. She will play Cacaofabriek, Helmond tomorrow for instance. And the album accompanies my current reading material as if they were made for eachother: The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. And the other is Solace and their The Brink album, out through Blues Funeral Recordings. Their sounds keeps moving back into time when all the heavy goodness started and The Brink brings their stoner metal, doom twist and old school atmosphere in pure glowing brilliance. It will give you goosebumps and make you feel hot and cold all over! Classic in every sense of the word!  Two others that aren’t on this last but were often listened to last week were Tainted Lady and their Sounds Like Freedom-Feels Like War release and Gourrama by The Shattered Mine Machine. Both definitely need your ears! And the HiVe needs your help! Did you see the first post about the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2019 go up? If not, go read it, if so, get cracking on your list of favorite albums and send it to us before December 12! (Send it HERE!) And hey, this year all the sent in lists also compete for a little lottery giveaway thingy… So… Check’m out… Check’m all out!

zondag 1 december 2019

Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2019




Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2019


On the 11th of December 2009 the Stoner HiVe blog started. In honor of all the freaks in the HiVe. All those heavy music fiends that love the good stuff in whatever shape or form. The blog started to have a vehicle to Countdown the best 20 albums of that year. For the first years the blog never promoted itself or even featured on other social media outlets. We are still not that visible or that around. But we continue on nonetheless. Simply because we love all those heavy albums that are being released in such amazing numbers, and yes, we still stagger backwards or fall from our chair each time we realize the total number of albums listened to in one year. And we then realize there are even more…

So, this is once again a call to action. Cause the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2019 can only happen with your help. That first year, back in 2009, the end result got deduced from only 17 lists. But it slowly grew every year. Last year it halted on 79 lists. So, we implore all of you out there, the ones that already participated before to send in your lists once again. And then tap your neighbor’s shoulder and get him to send one in as well. Cause it would be cool, to reach a 100 for this years anniversary…

The rules are simple… Send in a list of your favorite albums to our EMAIL. They should be released in 2019. (Or after December 12, 2018) Send it in before December 12! And on the 13th of December we start the countdown. 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!

Indeed, we don’t have one of those sweet poll’s the majestic JJ Koczan has on his The Obelisk. But we’ve been able to do it manually every year, even though the time and energy it takes keeps getting more and more. But hey, we love doing it!  In honor of all those heavy albums, those heavy bands and you heavy fans!

So, you’ve got your list ready for The Obelisk… You’ve got your list ready for something else?  Send it to our EMAIL as well! And since we’ve been around for 10 years. We will perform a lottery among all the cats that manage to send in their lists before December 12! What?! Yes, you will also be able to win something…

Send your list of favorite albums from 2019! HERE


donderdag 28 november 2019

Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence


Chelsea Wolfe – Birth Of Violence
Sargent House – 2019
Rock, Folk, Dark
Rated: *****

We never got around to truly mentioning that amazing album from 2017 called Hiss Spun. But now that Chelsea Wolfe returns with follow-up Birth Of Violence we can remedy our fault! Sure, Hiss Spun was much heavier and louder and used a mixture of sludge and doom to add grime and texture to her dark folk and wonderful voice. This time around there are still heavy moments and intense layers but she decided to remain more in her dark folk territory; moving towards that ghostly atmosphere and that hits just as hard. Which goes to show how powerful her voice and persona is. Strong, commanding and clear but also ethereal and unnerving. Which adds to the already eerie and sparingly used percussion. The entire record quickly become this almost blood curdling experience and is without a doubt as scary as a lone night in a haunted forest. Enchanting and intoxicating are other words that come to mind when trying to describe this record. But all of them fall short of really explaining all those feelings one experiences when listening to Chelsea Wolfe. What a record…

(Written by JK)




woensdag 27 november 2019

Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights


Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights
Self released / Fly PR – 2019
Rock, Speed, Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Sludge
Rated: ****

It’s been fifteen years since Speedealer dissolved. It’s been fifteen years and I wonder if it, at least in part, was Rich’s doing? Or if the band had just run its course? Well, it was a fan’s doing, and that fan’s wedding, they got back together under the name Dealers Choice. And now, only a little while later, there’s a new album! Blue Days Black Nights, it’s the fast paced doom and gloom and depression and fuck it all up sound we know from their earlier work and which has now been distilled to a hundred percent proof speedball! With Daniel Barron from The Swingin’ Dicks as the new vocalist this new incarnation of legendary Speedealer seems to be ready for everything. Cause their coherent fast paced punk and metal keeps diving into different territories that always keeps the Speedealer hancock going. A bit of hardcore here or sludge there, it all sounds like those crazies we all knew and loved back around the turn of the millennium. It’s powerful, angry and full of grit! It’s the good shit, absolutely pure and we're glad we finally have our dealer back!

(Written by JK)




maandag 25 november 2019

Phantom Druid - Red Eyes/Sacred Sabbath + Burning Truth/Autumn Shroud


Phantom Druid - Red Eyes/Sacred Sabbath + Burning Truth/Autumn Shroud
Self released - 2019
Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

Presenting a double feature of doom, the Netherlands' one-man band that is Phantom Druid graced us with two 2-track releases in the past few months, offering up classic Sabbathian doom with earth-moving guitar tones and equally menacing vocals. Mastermind Tjeerd de Jong's two splits span a range of influences, starting with the marching, Iommic riffing of Red Eyes/Sacred Sabbath before downshifting into the wall-of-sound and lumbering nod of Burning Truth/Autumn Shroud, taking more cues from Cathedral than Sabbath. Throughout all four tracks the atmosphere is one of unrelenting menace, aided by tectonic low end and tones that saw through gravel; exhibit A, the opening riff of "Autumn Shroud". Of particular note as well are the excellent vocals, evoking Ozzy's keens in the first split and echoing the almost spoken-word stylings of Lee Dorrian in the second, with some Alice in Chains self-harmonizing thrown in for good measure. With such commanding guitar and vocals, the minimalist drumming is a perfect fit, building a solid foundation with which to drive forward the churn and plod while leaving just enough space to let it all crash down. Phantom Druid brings a crushing take on doom's masters of old, bearing a weight of tone that justifies a double-take at the one-man roster, and a classic voice that was tailor made for the genre. Hats off to this lone vision of doom.

(Written by Kyle / Shastabeast)



Mammoth Mammoth – Kreuzung


Mammoth Mammoth – Kreuzung
Napalm Records – 2019
Rock, Hard, Pub, Speed, Stoner
Rated: ****

Sure, you can move from Australia to Germany and continue the band making it all bigger and better and bolder and rougher and tougher. There have been artists before you that did the very same thing. And for the guys from Mammoth Mammoth it was the absolute right thing! The sound is high speed, double energy pub rock, hard rock and stoner. Every song on Kreuzung is a bullseye on its own and all of them pound and hammer and sledge their way into your heart and in a direct line to the bar. It's a speedball to the main nerve! This is the speedrock we all need when we are feeling low and the night is young, this is drink music for the rock ‘n roll spirit for the last in the bar and the lost in the gutter. Missing Motörhead? Check out Mammoth Mammoth! Need more AC/DC? Check out Mammoth Mammoth! Indeed, hard rocking excellence that fumes and grooves and revs you up the right way!

(Written by JK)



Mammoth Mammoth - Kreuzung



Mammoth Mammoth - Kreuzung 

The first single and video for their damn wild, speed rocking album Kreuzung! Check out the video and check out the new Mammoth Mammoth album!



 
 

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


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


It is Monday once again. And we’re quickly approaching the end of 2019! Which means in a few weeks time we shall start the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown once again. This year, marks ten years of HiVe time! Which in many ways is just a number but ofcourse also counts as a real and definite marker. Ten years ago the HiVe started in honor of all the records released through the year. And so, all you lovely freaks out there could give their two cents about which record moved you the most. Here’s us hoping you guys will go ahead and send your list of favorite albums to us once again, so we might make this 10 year anniversary of the Top 20 Countdown a grand and righteous one! As for the albums we listened to the most during the past week. Well, it’s riddled with albums that we listened to due to the interviews we had. Hence, Stef Kamil Carlens and Colin Blunstone. And it’s logical Kamchata’s Hoodoo Lightning is still up there, cause it is one hell of an album once again! It might even rival their The Search Goes On record… Virtual Time from Italy released multiple albums this year and both of them, The Circle and Pictures are part of a larger project and it all sounds damn wonderful! So, go ahead and check’m out! Check’m all out! Cause it is the Time Of The Season… Shit, it always is..

maandag 18 november 2019

Samowa - Smoking The Matchlock Bong


Samowa - Smoking The Matchlock Bong
Self released - 2019
Stoner, doom
Rated: ****

Followers of the doomed hasheeshian, gather round for an epic ritual courtesy of Sleep and Sabbath worshippers Samowa, on their debut album Smoking The Matchlock Bong. Hailing from Germany, the trio deliver huge, blown out stoner doom riffs in an unending wave of distortion and nod across four tracks all passing the ten minute mark.  Immediately familiar is the lysergic bounce of the cleaner riffs and the Cisneros-esque vocal lilt, calling to mind classic Sleep while putting a middle eastern twist on the eerie grooves. Those mellower passages never fail to eventually shift into crushing walls of distortion and thundering low end, given ample room to melt speakers in long instrumental passages that range from plodding to nearly thrash-like in tempo. Standout and longest track “Blackened Haze” dredges up a particularly vicious storm of fuzz, made all the more lethal by darkly doomed overtones and chants of “selling my soul”. The sheer length of the four tracks is daunting and the production rough, but plays perfectly into what Samowa are all about – wearing their weedian influences on their sleeves while infusing the hypnotic, earthmoving grooves with a personality all their own. A well-accomplished and powerful debut, Smoking The Matchlock Bong reeks with the dank smell of promise for future experimentation and expansion on the band’s already impressive sound.


(Written by Kyle / Shastabeast)



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


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


Just a quick Top 5! Cause we’ve got loads of work to do and place to be. Unfortunately! But hey, you all know the deal and it’s been like this for a while now. But luckily we’ve got a mention of the new Samowa by Kyle / Shastabeast to really jumpstart the week! It will go up immediately after this simple yet very tight Top 5 of Most Listened to Artists Last Week… Have a good one y’all!

vrijdag 15 november 2019

Deaf Proof – Brain Utopia


Deaf Proof – Brain Utopia
Clostridium Records – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Fuzz, Psych, Doom, Jam
Rated: *****

Deaf Proof, a power trio from that picturesque town of Freiburg in Germany. They’ve been releasing their music since around 2011 and have now topped that all with their newest brainchild Brain Utopia! Four tracks, but almost forty minutes long. Nicely cut up into two gigantic battleship tracks and two accompanying cruisers. All of them absolutely necessary to bring this adventure to its paradisiac conclusion. For yes, it is a trip down to paradise, especially once you are locked into the jam-like quality that those big tracks possess. Powerful and whirling riffs dance around the pounding rhythms that will have you doing the universal nod from the very first moment. There is a definite organic and slight retro feel to the sound coloring, and this three-piece have become a force of nature for sure. Highly dynamic tension arcs make all the puzzle pieces fit together into the perfect groove. Brain Utopia is simply put sheer bliss…

(Written by JK)




Whiskey Myers – Whiskey Myers


Whiskey Myers – Whiskey Myers
Universal/Spinefarm – 2019
Rock, Americana, Country, Blues, Southern
Rated: ****

Six-piece outfit Whiskey Myers sounds like the outlaws from the American badlands we all love. One can immediately and very easily assume this looking through the song titles. And as soon as the music starts; you know you were right. It’s their fifth album and by God, have these good ol’ boys been crafting their skills to an unholy degree. Filled to the rim with the very best of everything that those southern American states have to offer. Hard rock with a country twang! Swampy rock, roots rock, smoky tunes, soulful tunes! They’ve got it all. And to show you that these cats can do so much they also go into the sentimental regions. And when a band like this goes into the tear jerk territory it might make you cringe, not so when Whiskey Myers does it! You intentionally go back to those and even more so to all those tracks featuring the female background choirs. Holy hell! Just go enjoy the big gesture track Glitter Ain’t Gold and hear what we mean. Indeed, if you didn’t already wanted to leave the city, this album will definitely make you want to move out to the country… Buy a farm… Poor a bourbon, practice the pedal steel and howl at the moon…

(Written by JK)





donderdag 14 november 2019

Météore - Démo 2019


Météore - Démo 2019
Self released - 2019
Psych Rock, Space, Post
Rated: ****

Strange and beautiful like their namesake, Montreal, Québec psych rock band Météore deliver and entrance with spacey, passionate promise in the three tracks that make up their Démo 2019. With songs and lyrics in their native French, the group begin with an eerie intro of gritty fuzz in opener "Conforte du silence" (roughly translating to "comfort of silence") before further layers of guitar and piercing synths materialize, adding a classic rock feel to the bounce and drifting groove. "Fuyant" ("receding") is a more laidback number, with a pitter-patter drumbeat beneath shimmering guitars straight out of a spaghetti western. Distortion kicks in with squeals of buildup before fading back into the cleaner playing, then rising up again in an entrancing ebb and flow dotted with groovy breaks. Finally, closer "Ent'4 murs" (possibly "between walls") ends with even more relaxing vibes, as delicate guitar and singing builds a languid and comforting sound that's both peaceful and somewhat somber. These expressive and well-harmonized vocals are present throughout the three tracks, adding sincere emotion to the wash and groove. Météore's first release easily accomplishes what all demos strive for by delivering an intriguing promising debut that can hold its own, and is a truly moving and beautiful piece of psychedelic rock.

(Written by Kyle / Shastabeast)




Iguana Death Cult – Nude Casino


Iguana Death Cult – Nude Casino
Innovative Leisure – 2019
Rock, Garage, Psych, Pop
Rated: ***

There are a multitude of good, great and awesome bands hailing from the Netherlands. But one of the most fun and diverse is without a doubt Iguana Death Cult! Their newest release Nude Casino via American label Innovative Leisure seems to breaking even more ground when it comes to diversity. Moving towards fifties rockabilly or seventies funk, some soul, kraut or even jazz on certain tracks the fivesome has a keen ear to mix all theses aspects with the psychedelic rock of yore; the postpunk of the eighties or the choppy rhythms that was the blessing of the later power pop. And that is the overall lingering feeling; powerful pop. Pop that gets a kick from trying to be different. Different pop that gets loaded and weird on all those genres and influences we just mentioned. It feels like a stream-of-consciousness explosion that’s on the verge of delving into something greater and nearer to the truth than most hope to achieve. And yes, as diverse and totally different as this all sounds, it truly is. And we can assume that a following album will be just as different…

(Written by JK)