woensdag 17 juli 2019

Rowsdower - The Michael Jordans of Suicide


Rowsdower - The Michael Jordans of Suicide
Sludgelord Records – 2019 (August 2nd)
Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

LA Doomsters Rowsdower bring their own inimitable OUCH! style of West Coast Doom to the masses with their new release The Michael Jordans of Suicide: Ten sludge - infected stanzas of suppressed anger delivered with true vehemence and vitriol. "New Old" is a jaw-breaking sucker punch of down-tuned desolation, "The Hit" is a crawling, misery-steeped slab of Doom which is both languid and laconic...."Men II Boyz" interjects a juxtaposition of electronic samples and quirky beats, heralding the arrival of "PCP Homeboy (I Am A Black Wizard)" which bleeds from an open wound of vile, black - blooded misanthropy. Rowsdower's sound is gratingly slow and gutteral: an echoing dark canyon where sounds ricochet and distort from its bleak walls, finally crushing you under the impending avalanche...a terror - filled trip through the Valley of Death. Marvellous!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Baroness – Gold & Grey


Baroness – Gold & Grey
Spinefarm/Abraxan Hymns – 2019
Rock
Rated: ***

We continue along the kaleidoscopic Baroness journey that begun so many years ago with that magical Red album. Apparently the new Gold & Grey album was supposed to be called Orange, but he wasn’t feeling that color. And yes, Gold & Grey does alliterate nicely, so I guess we can agree with the decision. And shit, we have no say in that matter anyway… We were already jotting down these few lines about the new Baroness record when Madman Tony Maim sent in his screed about Gold & Grey and we of course stopped writing immediately, cause why do another mention about the same album. There is so much other great music out there and so little time. But even though I agree with his rant, I missed something. Something I felt needed to be said. Gold & Grey feels like a continuation from Yellow & Green. Where the experimental side was perhaps bigger but the amount of different approaches to the tracks smaller. Influences are still too many to name and the dynamics are even grander. We even get an acoustic treatment and female vocals in the form of new guitarist Gina Gleason. And the feeling we are listening to one big work of art is even more present due to all the bridges and themes connection the songs. But it still could not grab me initially, it took some time, and the reason behind that fact, I fear, was the way the mix and production feels. And that feeling has not left me, even though the album has become a favorite, a record one can spin at all kinds of different moments, there is something amiss with the mix. The tracks and compositions have this fragile edge to it, while the mix goes through the ceiling in loudness and fullness, leaving no room for the instruments to move or the compositions to breathe. It is a strange feeling to listen to an album and wanting to love it so much but feel like it is a lot of work to do so. I would give a lot for a new version of this record, but shit, we have no say in that matter…

(Written by JK)




maandag 15 juli 2019

Ealdor Bealu – Spirit Of The Lonely Places


Ealdor Bealu – Spirit Of The Lonely Places
Self released – 2019
Rock, Psych, Atmospheric, Prog
Rated: ****

The Boise, ID quartet Ealdor Bealu has delivered their second album Spirit Of The Lonely Places to follow what might be considered as a psychedelic heavy yet ambient masterpiece called Dark Water At The Foot Of The Mountain two years ago. Did that get enough attention around the globe? Probably not. Will this one? We sure hope so! Cause it is even more impressive than their debut release. We can still see them as a heavy psychedelic rock band. Definitely! And we can still state that the ambience, the feeling and the moods they evoke are most important. But the way in which they manage to paint their colorful and naturistic tapestries is simply amazing and has grown to gigantic proportions. Less solemn and precise than on their first album, they move more into a flowing and colorful dimension. Imagery of meandering rivers and rolling hills continue to spring into your mind. Dynamic be default and demanding your utmost attention the tracks soon nestle in your heart and mind. There is no escaping this Spirit and it will not make you lonely, but yet leave you appreciative and in awe…

(Written by JK)



Black Galaxy – Wrath of The Void


Black Galaxy – Wrath of The Void
Self released – 2019
Rock, Hard, Metal, Doom, Stoner, Proto, Grunge
Rated: *****

There’s always this intense giddy feeling when the time rolls around to produce a quick blurb for some awesome record for the new edition of the Doom Chart. This month we jumped at the chance to write a few words about the Black Galaxy album Wrath Of The Void. Cause these four crazy Canadians delivered some pure heavy gold. Hard rock, heavy metal, signs of proto-love and a grungy spirit. The Black Galaxy four have it all! And you could stop right there, buy the album and put it on repeat. But I just need to single out that second track: Death Monster. It will whip you into a frenzy and have you screaming along with the vocals within a few spins. It just rev’s you up like crazy and I can already see every crazy cat in the crowd going insane wherever and whenever they shall play it live! Holy hell, what a monster track!

(Written by JK)




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


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


A Quick list before we head out into the cold and gray weather. Where did the summer go all of a sudden? Still getting the most spins is the awesome new Below The Deep record by Luna Sol! But there’s another Luna on the horizon! Luna And The Moonhouds, great band with a great record called Moonbase! Slow Burn Suicide by Eternal Black continues its round, it did not end up on the 8th position of the June Doom Charts for nothing! And the same could be stated for Beastwars! There IV album sits nice and cozy on the number 2 spot of the Doom Charts. And record we hope will start making the rounds is Spirit of The Lonely Places by Ealdor Bealu. Cause there is so much beauty hiding among the atmospheric heavy psych and downtuned smooth and sweetness. Be sure to check it out! Check’m all out!

Ealdor Bealu - Ebb and Flow




Ealdor Bealu - Ebb and Flow

 From their first and majestic album Dark Water At The Foot Of The Mountain.
Check out the new record Spirit Of The Lonely Places, it will leave you breathless!

dinsdag 9 juli 2019

Waingro – III


Waingro – III
A No List Records / Sludgelord Records – 2019 (August 16)
Stoner Doom, Punk’n’Roll
Rated: *****

Oh man, I have never heard of these guys before but with a blast of aggression and a raw as fuck stoner template, I am hooked! Waingro have produced an album that blasts along like a shotgun to the head. This is dirty punk rock’n’roll with a metallish edge that takes no prisoners. Fast Motörhead type riffs propel the songs along which have hook ridden chorus breaks, angry but tuneful vocals and heavy-as-fuck attitude. With killer solos that hurtle along but have a sweet, sweet tone to them that make me want to punch walls, this is the good shit. One album ain’t much to sum up a band but when the world ends and I am riding my open-topped convertible through a nuclear ravaged landscape, wearing clothes made from skinned dogs and wielding a baseball bat with nails in to hunt and kill zombies, this is the soundtrack I will be playing!

(Written by Tony Maim)



Danko Jones – A Rock Supreme


Danko Jones – A Rock Supreme 
AFM – 2019 
Rock , Hard
Rated: *** 

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Danko Jones a couple of times. Unfortunately, those times were never my best moments in interview history. I guess we never recovered from that first time when I messed up the radio interview that was going on before me because I did not recognize the journalist that was talking to him before me nor the record company representative sitting off to the side trying to intercept the rest of the press. I stumbled in from the other side, drink in hand… The taxi interview from hotel to venue the following time was only slightly better. And the third time and fourth time, well, let’s not dwell on the past. The best thing about Danko though, he sticks to his guns, knows his stuff and of course, the real best thing is the music and the live show. Don’t expect philosophical insights or political commentary about the state of the world. The best one may expect is some rock ‘n roll poetry. Some scruffy lines about being in a band, how he loves rock n roll and how he loves women. Hey, what more is there? So, it’s a new Danko Jones album. A Rock Supreme! And it is exactly what we have come to expect from the Mango Kid. Heavy stompers, rhythmic riffs and a big rock n roll sound. And hey, what more do you need? 

(Written by JK) 




maandag 8 juli 2019

Elder – The Gold & Silver Sessions EP


Elder – The Gold & Silver Sessions EP
PostWax Records – 2019 (July 12th)
Stoner, Psych, Progressive
Rated: *****

Since 2006, Boston's Elder have shone like a beacon in the Underground: a band who's output has been met with universal acclaim and admiration, culminating in 2017's triumphant Reflections of a Floating World. The World stood, poised, baited-breathed and eager for their next foray... The Gold & Silver Sessions heralds the return of a band who's assuredness and constant striving has delivered a jewel of a release: a multi-faceted, shining stone of effortless Psychedelia that bathes in warm shallows of serenity, meanders through Inner-spatial mind caverns and ion-fueled excursions into the Outer Realms. 'Illusory Motion' rolls out a lush red carpet of velvet textures and delays, drawing the listener into a plethora of pleasures. 'Im Morgengrauen's arrival by way of soft Rhodes tinklings and smooth, subdued bass defies all sense of time...like a blunt burning to the roach without you even knowing nor caring, before the seeping melodic guitar passes through your mind like a sweet flow of treacle. The epic on the EP at 18+ minutes is 'Weißensee'...opening with Krautrock rhythm patterns and Gottsching-like guitar weaves before the solar sails unfurl and venture forth into galaxies of groove and glee… Elder have become the Elon Musk of the music world - bold risk-takers who not only see the Bigger Picture but daub the canvas with style, grace and eloquence... Ultimately finding True Glory!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)
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Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 artists listened to last week…


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


Sorry my fellow music fiends! Still in full fucked up work mode. No rest for the wicked! So no time to actually write a few worthwhile lines about the albums we listened to the most last week! But before to check’m all out and we hope to be able to do something soon… But we still have Reek of STOOM holding guard for us all! Check out what he wrote about Elder’s new The Gold & Silver Sessions!

vrijdag 5 juli 2019

Hippie Death Cult – 111


Hippie Death Cult – 111
Cursed Tongue Records – 2019
Stoner, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ****

Portland, Oregon has long been lauded as the US Capital of Doom and it's no surprise that it should once again spawn an album of Intensity, Intelligence and Invention. Hippie Death Cult's new opus, 111 reads like a Rocker's almanac: a mental cognizance of every Great band you ever heard... It's all here - laid bare, unashamed and honest. Opener 'Sanctimonious' sets the stage with dry - ice and dreadnought riffs… A Heavy Blues monolith to the mighty Sabbaths and Iron Claws of yore. 'Breeder's Curse' stabs glistening knives of fuzz through the fabric of Psychedelic Doom, grappling hooks and gravel-gargled voice on counter-attack. 'Myrtu's gentle guitar refrain provides a brief, calm oasis... Reflective and wistful before the punishment begins again and the raging maelstrom that is 'Pigs' stomps and stamps its command on your ears. HDC have unearthed a album that is immediately evocative of all the 70's Heavy Blues giants and the influences can be heard throughout… But Retro it is not... This is Modern Heavy Rock music of the very Highest Order that just has enough of that nostalgic feel to be familiar. A Triumph!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)





woensdag 3 juli 2019

The Doom Chart for June 2019


Doom Chart
  "We want the old Rome! But a better version of Rome!" That’s just me going 'you want a better version of yourself in the future'. I want to build a better version of me who’s more compassionate, more understanding, more awakened more loving. All those things that you think 'I could have been but I chose not to be'. My New Rome is a place where you are a better person."   ~ Matt Hyde (Beastwars on the new song Storms of Mars)

I mentioned we would surprise you this month and we did something a little different. Like always, the top 25 ranked albums based on the combined tally from over 30 active contributors is featured below. This month I figured we’d share the top 30 giving just a link to the albums that barely missed the mark. The total votes yielded around 316 unique albums making the top 25 on individual lists sent in and we thought we’d give you a taste of what barely missed out. Its a slippery slope so before long we could end up with a top 300 list each month. That would just freak everyone out though. Congrats to all the bands making this months Doom Charts. Check them all out, visit their pages, buy their vinyl, and go to their show. Its you guys keeping the scene alive. Tell your friends too.

As Bucky stated on the Doom Charts intro, it's a slippery slope and a very steep on counting many albums. Why don't we share all those 300 plus albums every month? Well, because it would defeat the purpose of the votes and the charts themselves. The fact that the Top 25 albums are on that position is that for whatever reason they spoke more to the contributers that voted for them. Which means a bigger selection of music fiends dug it; which probably means a bigger selection of other music fiends will dig it too. We want to serve that up, those tasty dishes and wonderful spices. And that doesn't mean that all the sidedishes we discover along the way aren't just as good, it just means that it will probably take a more specific taste to be able to truly savour it... 

To state the obvious: among those Top 25 on 30 in this case are only 4 of my picks this month... And I could easily have voted for all those albums that did make it. Ye gods, can you imagine? The sheer amount of soul food of delicious musical magic. And ofcourse we all know that it's the only thing that really matters... Anyone who's crazy about music ultimately knows that all that matters is: is it good? Does it give pleasure?

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…


dinsdag 2 juli 2019

Dust – The Fall Of All Things


Dust – The Fall Of All Things
Self-released – 2019
Doom, Blackened Sludge
Rated: ****

German Doom outfit DUST return with another chilling slice of crusted Sludge Doom! The Fall Of All Things... A five - track phantasmagoria of filth that sweeps across your mind like a forest fire... Quick, vicious and deadly! 'Shattered Existence' opens with a pummeling drum rumble, then the bottom falls out of the world when the bass drops... 'Cloak of Silence' gurns and contorts with menace whilst title Track 'The Fall Of All Things' creeps, festers and permeates your skin like a weeping sore of woe. All in all, a fine effort and one that leaves you spent, abandoned and drained... …as all good Doom should!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



Eagles Of Death Metal – EOFDM Presents


Eagles Of Death Metal – EOFDM Presents: 
(Boots Electric Performing The Best Songs We Never Wrote)
Universal – 2019
Rock
Rated: **

We never really mentioned any of the great albums that Eagles Of Death Metal have put out. Yes, great albums. All of them. Although I must confess that I still think that their first one was their very best. And I don’t think this one will rank highly among them. Not that it is bad. But it feels a bit, errr, silly? Cause many of the covers already came out earlier on EP’s and such and some versions are not that good or every memorable. And I loved Jesse Hughes version of The Distillers song The Hunger, when he did it back around 2014 (?), it was a righteous cover that always came up during a cover test session among friends, pretty unknown and now it’s out there, for the rest of the world to enjoy. The rest of the tracks are a bit too similar to each other and Jesse has recently gotten the urge to start wheezing and husking even more when singing… And he can do so much more… It is the same trick over and over, which does not add to the love for this record. And yes, sure it is fun to hear what the boys do with Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band or Family Affair by Mary J. Blige. But we already heard So Easy by Guns N Roses and High Voltage by ACDC. I don’t know…. Jesse, I hope you were there the past months when Billy Gibbons and Dave Grohl attended the new Desert Sessions hosted by your pal Josh Homme. Cause I feel you need some serious kick to get the creative juices flowing again. But hey, I love you all the time…

(Written by JK)



Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month...


A day late of course… But work and other crap has been relentless… So, just a quick Top 10 of the Most Listened to artists of the past month… And we all know that a new Doom Chart is just around the corner! Way more important than everything else…

woensdag 26 juni 2019

Ulysses – On Safari


Ulysses – On Safari
Self-released – 2019
Psych, Glam, Retro, Pop
Rated: *****

Essence. It's what every Artist seeks - that inscrutable, unique presence that defines the sound, word or flavour of all we do. British band Ulysses have tapped into that rich well, bottled the contents and shipped it out by the crate-load! On Safari boasts myriad and manifold influences, all condensed to a sweet miasma of Pop Glory. Opener "Looking For A Guru" is pure Chinnychap heaven! Groove with bite...The Sweet spring to mind immediately, as do Slade. "Doctors And Nurses" is an innuendo - soaked morsel of 10cc/XTC tease with nods, winks and hooks a-plenty. "This Useless Love" melts like the dreamchild of The Beach Boys and The Apples In Stereo... Swooning, harmonic Psych. "She" is a full-on Rocker, punkish- paced and irresistible! Melodies drop nostalgia in every direction… Familiar, as if you've always known them from ...somewhere...(I swore I heard RACEY in there!). Each track pulses with beautful, lovingly - crafted musicianship of sheer brilliance and a bang-on production. Ulysses' ability to capture the feel, sound and true Joy of the Golden Age of Pop is breathtaking, refreshing and thoroughly engaging. I'll go out on a limb here - On Safari is possibly the best Pop-Rock album in a decade. Yes people, it's THAT good.

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Big Business – The Beast You Are


Big Business – The Beast You Are
Joyful Noise/Gold Metal – 2019
Rock, Noise, Sludge
Rated: ****

It has been out now for a couple of months and we already mentioned it a while ago when we stated what we had listened to the most in April. But when a record feels this good for the summer heat once revisited; I reckon we should do a bit more... With members that already earned their spurs in The Melvins, Murder City Devils and Karp, their own band Big Business has been one of those twisted amalgam of styles that originate from those mentioned bands and more. We can hear psychedelic heavy metal, noise, hard rock, sludge, punk and weird other tidbits. And on The Beast You Are it is all there in superb form. It is rock. Heavy rock. Heavy, loud and cumbersome and finally Big Business has managed to make all the pieces fall into the exact right place. On earlier records the band always had the tendency to become a bit too experimental. But on The Beast You Are there is finally room for something else, something more and something that immediately feels right to the beast inside. Thanks to a more uniform sound and great production there is a crispness to the compositions that make the tracks wash over you like warm waves of heavy bliss. And even though every track is heavy and huge, there is also something subtle about it all. Showing us, very carefully that there is beauty to be found in each and every earthquake…

(Written by JK)




zaterdag 22 juni 2019

Plague of Carcosa – Ocean is More Ancient Than The Mountains


Plague of Carcosa – Ocean is More Ancient Than The Mountains
Sludgelord Records – 2019
Doom, Horror, Occult Metal
Rated: *****

In the dank catacombs of Chicago, IL something is stirring... An ominous, eerie rumbling from the bowels of the earth that Men have called 'Plague Of Carcosa'. Lovecraftian and eldritch, Eric Zann and his cult of electric heathens invoke unholy rites of noise in Praise and Summoning of The Old Gods. 'Crawling Chaos' opens the ritual: Void becoming Form in waves of dark riffage, manifestly evil and gibbous, a morass of twisted sound at catatonic velocity. 'Madness at Sea' eschews ritual and plunges deep into the oceanic maw of R'lyeh: cavernous, infernal booms of sonic dread etch infernal glyphs on lightless walls, welcoming the Mariner to his demise… Plague of Carcosa open the portal to Ancient apparitions of Glory and Doom and we watch, recoiling, flinching but unable to turn away as the tentacles writhe through the rift...

(Written by Reek of STOOM)

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dinsdag 18 juni 2019

Hhoogg – Earthling, Go Home!


Hhoogg – Earthling, Go Home!
Crystal Space Bricks – 2019
Rock, Instrumental, Space, Psych, Jam
Rated: ****

We’ve been working on writing something about the new Hhoogg since it came out somewhere around February. Things get in the way, it happens, we all know it does. But when you return to the Earthling, Go Home! album after these many months and are immediately blow away again, you realize you dropped the ball and should have finished the mention back then. Cause people need to hear it! Psychedelic instrumental space rock! Jam-oriented heaviness that implores touches from all the genres we love so dearly, but focuses on getting you high and getting you to another planet. Like you are sucked through a warped vortex and are travelling at the speed of sound towards a destination unknown and laughing like a mad man, even though you know that is never about the destination, but about the journey itself. And this one is majestic! What an adventure!

(Written by JK)



maandag 17 juni 2019

Abyss – Red Moon


Abyss – Red Moon
Self-Released – 2019
Stoner, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

Abyss, a quartet from Odesa, Ukraine have released three leviathan discs of Heavy, expansive Psychedelic Stoner rock with Doom touches and Spatial atmospheres... RED MOON is my personal favourite of the three: seven mammoth tunes (with a total playing time over two and a half hours) that seek out dissonance in the void, alien forms in the vastness and introspective reflection in the darkness... As if MIR had been visited by aliens and overpowered by the crew, who then took their ship on a jolly around the galaxy! All three Abyss releases are well-executed, seriously trippy and come with a price-tag that is bargain of the year! Lose yourself in the Abyss... The Odesa Files? More like the X-Files!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)



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

 
Stoner HiVe’s
Top 5 artists listened to last week…
 
 
No time for a update on the how or what... Just a quick list...

Go check'm all out!

zondag 16 juni 2019

Baroness – Gold & Grey


Baroness – Gold & Grey
Abraxan Hymns – 2019
Rock, Metal, Prog Stoner
Rated: ****

Once upon a time in the magical Kingdom of Heavy, there was a band called Baroness. After some EPs, the band released the “Blue” and “Red” albums and all the subjects of the kingdom celebrated with much joy and drinks and drugs because the two albums were declared masterpieces and the band were the best in the world. All was good in the Kingdom of Heavy. Then the band released “Yellow & Green” and “Purple” and a lot of the subjects cursed the band because these new albums were not the same as “Red” and “Blue” and in the Kingdom of Heavy the subjects became sad and cursed Baroness for changing and not staying the same for years and years. So all the subjects waited to see what the new album “Gold & Grey” would sound like. And up in the Dark Tower, the brave reviewers who listen to piles and piles of shit so you don’t have to, shouted down to the waiting subjects and declared “Some of you saps will hate it, some will love it. It is like none of the albums mentioned but a glorious mixture of all of them, showcasing the song writing skills of a band secure in their own abilities, still heavy, still displaying light and shade and still awesome”

How did the subjects of Kingdom of Heavy react to this news? Who gives a shit!

(Written by Tony Maim)




woensdag 12 juni 2019

Gin Lady – Tall Sun Crooked Moon


Gin Lady – Tall Sun Crooked Moon
Kozmik Artifactz/Spinnup – 2019
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Sixties, Roots, Psych, Americana
Rated: *****

Making it all the way to the 12th spot of the May Doom Charts is Gin Lady and their new album Tall Sun Crooked Moon. On it they move every forward to the sound of yore. Their love for the good stuff, the stuff that originates from the sixties and the seventies is every present and o’ so obvious. But the level of musicianship is so extremely good that the sounds become pure shimmering gold. This perhaps the best soundtrack you will ever hear this year for a long drive towards a wide and sunny horizon. Cause it is the Roots, the Country and the Americana that make this album jump out from all the other heavy stuff we love so dearly. It has been said before, but honestly, these cats combine all the best from The Band, The Allman Brother, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Neil Young in one tight package. This is the biography of a spring full of love and sweet country living. Amazing!


(Written by JK)



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Off for a while...

Remodeling the warroom...

Have been off for the past couple of days... And won't be around much the next...

Aspiring to reach the level of sophistication my colleague has reached, as you can see in the picture above...

vrijdag 7 juni 2019

Lo-Pan – Subtle


Lo-Pan – Subtle
Aqualamb Records – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Desert
Rated: *****

Lo-Pan has always been a definite fixture on the HiVe. They’ve made it to the Top 20 Countdown at the end of the year with almost every release the past ten years. Sasquanaut back in 2009. Salvador two years later and Colossus in 2014. They just have that unique sound that worms itself into your blood, bones and heart immediately! And guess what, they’ve done it again! Produced by James Brown (Not the Godfather of Soul obviously!) (NIN, Foo Fighters, Ghost) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Mastodon, Deftones, Alice in Chains, GNR), Subtle, Lo-Pan’s newest releases has even more catchiness and melody to it than their earlier albums. If that was even possible? It retains all of its heaviness, it has a high degree of dynamics and pushes for a mighty groove every time again. And all that with so much dirty nuance and gritty chugging, simply colossal! It’s hard rock, it’s desert rock, it’s stoner and it’s soulful! And only logical that they are on Seventh position on the Doom Charts this month… But how high on the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown at the end of they year will be up to you freaks… How high indeed?!

(Written by JK)



Tempel – Tempel


Tempel – Tempel
Jansen Recrods / PIAS – 2019
Metal, Hardcore, Hardrock, Punk
Rated: ****

The Norwegian Tempel is the new Kvelertak-drummer vehicle and seems to continue on where the other band signs off. The melody that suddenly appears when you get used to the hardcore sound is beautiful. There are other bands once again using this name, so be aware and be ready. For the tracks are definitely along the lines one would assume a Kvelertak drummer could continue. Joined by two brothers and long time buddies they’ve produced nine tracks that use metal, hardrock, hardcore and punk to their breaking point. And once it does, the sudden beauty of the melody that appears and the wild gorgeousness that hides below all that guitar violence is simply amazing. And of course we can state that the hardcore screaming vocals fit the music, but it does mean, that some of the track fuse into one and a good record did not become great. For on those few songs they do not screech and grate, like Confusion, one can hear that Tempel has a lot to offer… So let’s bring an offer at Tempel and pray they go down that route on their next record…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 6 juni 2019

King of None – Weightless Waters


King of None – Weightless Waters
Self released – 2019
Rock, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

It is the third release for Finnish five-piece outfit King Of None and it’s definitely the best one to date! After hanging out on the damn fine and freaky hot Fortarock festival last weekend, which caters to all sides of metal, but only a bit to hardrock and stoner, the King Of None sound comes across as the perfect transition. The new release is called Weightless Waters and features six highly metallic stoner tracks. Wild guitar work, filled with excellent riffs and damn fine solos. A bass sound that will make everything bounce and drums which seem to pound animalistic on half of the tracks and almost machinal on the other half. Which in turn almost gives it a sludgy vibe here or there. Gritty absolutely fitting vocals complete the tracks and turns Weightless Waters into an half hour of pure unadulterated stoner metal bliss! Digging the shit out of it!

(Written by JK)



woensdag 5 juni 2019

The Doom Chart for May 2019



Doom Chart

    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton



It’s amazing what is happening in the heavy underground scene right now. The artistic endeavor involved in all aspects of music is what makes it so immersive as a total experience both physical and mental. Yes, most of us our mental. Take a look at these album covers, most of them available in physical format on vinyl, CD, cassette, poster, patch, etc…. One of the defining elements of a complete package is the artwork to go along with the musical aspect. It’s downright amazing. This month the charts see more diversity across the planet with new albums from Poland, USA, France, Finland, Romania, and of course Sweden just to name a few. You can always count on Sweden. 18 new entries and 7 repeats keeping the trend going with over 300 different albums voted upon within our teams members’ top 25 individual lists.

As Bucky already stated: over 300 albums got voted for this month! Bands like Stone From The Sky, Beaten By Hippies and The Lucid Furs only barely missed the 25 that got featured. But there are so many more and I thank all the fellow contributors once again for all their work and all their votes. Otherwise I might have missed hearing Electric Paradox by Crow Ballard or Darkness Emotion by The Polvos CCP... Just two that were somewhere in the middle of those 300 albums... Thanks everyone, let's keep this heavy train rollinh!
 

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…

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month...


 Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Most Listened To Last Month...



A few days late of course… Right before we get to go wild with a new Doom Chart, which has been out for a few days, here’s the May rundown of the Top 10 most listened to artists on the HiVe…

vrijdag 31 mei 2019

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

The last Friday of the month and it is the final day of the month. What better time to fire off another Quick Fire Friday round! Soon a new Doom Charts will appear, featuring those 25 albums that got us all fired up the past month. But there are so many more great releases. If you follow any of the Doom Chart Contributors personal pages you will definitely be digging through more piles of heavy gold! And over here on the HiVe we always know there is more and we should do more but you know how it is… Too much great stuff, too little time… And that’s where the Quick Fire Friday round jumps in and helps out! Like Reek of STOOM, who once again gracefully delivered a few lines for the bands featured today… 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!



Nothing Is Real – Give Me Your Energy

LA Progressive Doomsters Nothing Is Real offer up a tour-de-force of Prog, Metal, Doom and Sludge which is inventive and uses samples to superb effect... Give Me Your Energy! Definitely worth a punt. NYP on Bandcamp!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




WhetheR – 2019 EP

More crushing Doom from the City of Angels, this time presented by WhetheR, from Shreveport. '2019 EP' is brash, nasty, heavy and uncompromising... And also NYP!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Black Solstice – First Rays of Loneliness

Former Ponamero Sundown guitarist makes a welcome comeback with Black Solstice from Stockholm, Sweden. They have released "First Rays of Loneliness", a 2-track EP of serious, groovy Stoner Rock with swagger and an authentic seventies inspired sound... Another NYP!

(Written by Reek of STOOM)




Malsten – Torsion

More Swedes! Listen to these ‘four grumpy old men’, as they state themselves in an email to the HiVe. That’s Malsten from Malmö!. After playing together for six months they’ve delivered a first heavy single called Torsion! Doom! Heavy and fully engaging doom! A slow march that keeps you on the edge of the seat! Yikes, this is promising something for the future!




Egonaut – Omens

We’ve been neglecting to mention Egonaut’s fine releases. Only Mount Egonaut from 2013 made it’s way onto the HiVe. We should be flogged naked in the streets for that neglect! But now the new single Omens is out! Out on Bastard Sounds Records and Omens is some righteous stuff! And is one hell of an omen for the new album out at the end of the year called: The Omega! All hail Egonaut!





Forrest – Final Frontier

I’m a sucker for everything that comes out of Kentucky… Especially the Lexington area. So, when Forrest contacted the HiVe about their EP Kickball With Russians and the soon to be released Final Frontier EP we got naked quick and dived in head first without looking how deep the water might be! Focusing on Kickball With Russians first, we get highly diverse yet always progressive instrumental doom, sludge with spacey elements. A wild ride! And Final Frontier is better on all fronts! Yikes! Get ready! Everyone, get ready!