woensdag 13 februari 2019

Negative Wall – Gammagelu


Negative Wall – Gammagelu
Black Doomba Records – 2019
Rock, Stoner, Space, Prog
Rated: ****

Negative Wall from Georgia, USA offer up a surprising and entertaining romp through the world of 70's Prog and Proto-Metal with their new release, Gammagelu. Opener 'Imperii Exsules' thunders in with the Majestic Pomp of early Uriah Heep or Arcadium; heavy, slow and monolithic. 'Hybrid Genus Serpentis' immediately conjours up images of Rush and Porcupine Tree with it’s brooding hooks and twisted solos. 'Mater Saeva Kp22' switches the mood... A delicate intro suddenly bursting into a crawling, savage riff of Sabbath oppression… Final cut 'Torquemada 71' reminds me of the proto-metal of Iron Claw or Eugene Carnan revisited and re-packaged as a solid wall of pure Stoner heaven! This is an album that both excites and delights - there's nothing negative about This Wall!! Four fat Stars!

(Written by The Reek of STOOM)





maandag 11 februari 2019

Thunderbird Divine – Magnasonic


Thunderbird Divine – Magnasonic
Salt of The Earth Records – 2019
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ****

Heavy trucking stoner rock with sweet waves of psychedelics, spacey whenever it needs to be and all out fuzzy for most of the time. We’re talking about debut release Magnasonic by Thunderbird Divine and we’ve said almost everything that actually needs to be said about this amazing four track release. Well, almost. For if you go on over to their bandcamp site to listen to these track you notice they tip Grand Funk Railroad and MC5 as influences and that is something you can quite lovingly pick up on. Cause there definitely is some proto spirit floating around and that give Thunderbird Divine such a sweet tasting edge you cannot get enough of them track. Just listen to Qualified with it’s building anticipation and it’s raw and rainy railroad vistas. This is something sweet for barreling down the mean streets of some forlorn neighborhood. Steel riffs and fuming fuzz, classic, gloomy and righteous from end to end!


(Written by JK)





Lightsabres – A Shortcut to Insanity


Lightsabres – A Shortcut to Insanity
Self released / Medusa Crush Recordings – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Punk, Grunge, Psych, Garage, Doom
Rated: ****

And there, at the very end of 2018, was the release of A Shortcut To Insanity… The new album by Swedish one-man grungy psychedelic stoner operation Lightsabres! Mastered by Mos Generator's Tony Reed, this underground sound is something a crazy man would understand by default and all others if they’ve got that door open in their head. You know the one we’re talking about. Cause this is A Shortcut To Insanity… A grandiose exploit that combines so many different genre’s that you could easily state it becomes a new one all on it’s own. We list those genres on certain blurbs, not to limit the releases, but to point the listener in the direction of what to expect. This time around, we just want to point! Point in the direction of Insanity! This is a wild and extraordinary shortcut to something absolutely amazing!

(Written by JK)





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


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

Colour Out Of Space

Good Monday. Or errr, I mean morning. Finally someone righteous winning a Grammy. Congratulations to Matt Pike and High On Fire ofcourse. But as he already stated: “We don’t need an award for doing something we love.” Right on maestro! Right on! We shall refrain from mentioning that we listened to David Bowie a lot; because we need to! And shredder Ygnwie Malmsteen, cause we need to prepare for an interview with the man. No, we shall list the other five we listened to the most… The Grand East for instance and their What A Man release. Soulful rock that just mainlines the groove directly into your heart. The self-titled release Colour Out Of Space was instant love! We don’t know much about these cats, except that we immediately understood that this is stoner metal from out of this world! Davenport Cabinet is a side-project Coheed and Cambria's lead guitarist Travis Stever. We had their 2013 album Our Machine on a lot, mainly because we were tracking projects maestro Pete Stahl had been a part of. But it’s damn good and the Stahl track hauntingly majestic! American trio Skirt released their new record Reinstate The Guillotine a few weeks ago and we it’s still on heavy rotation. Spacey heaviness with overtones of fast paced psychedelic goodness and a garage sounding take on hardrock. Grimy and druggy! And if you’re looking for something messy, check this out: King Cig! Stoner punk straight from the Melbourne gutters.! And their new EP Cult 45 is an intense and wild ride through those sewers filled with lovely filth and energetic nastiness! You just gotta love it! So check it out! Check’m all out!

zondag 10 februari 2019

Stone Witch – Desert Oracle


Stone Witch – Desert Oracle
Self released – 2019
Rock, Doom, Proto
Rated: ****

Something wicked comes this way. Something ominous is afoot. Calamity lurks and the very spirt of malevolence will be here by the end of the day. So, the cartomancer speaks! The Stone Witch! The Desert Oracle! On this new release the hair-rising, spine-chilling atmosphere gets an ominous treatment.  It evokes that atmosphere with lo-fi, gritty, proto doom and an ancient sounding ritual of skiving riffs, echoing rhythms and an intense granular sound…  And then there’s the Dutchman… An acoustic Americana inspired doom ballad that sends off waves and waves of David Lynch like tales of woe. And that broken voice; and that despairing echo. Ye gods, this is the real deal! 

(Written by JK)




donderdag 7 februari 2019

The Grand East – What A Man


The Grand East – What A Man
Self released / BB Records – 2018
Rock, Blues, Soul, Classic, Psych
Rated: ****

Are you looking for something soulful? Something with an irresistible groove? Check out the new effort What A Man by Dutch five-piece The Grand East. These cats show their love for their influences and there are influences a plenty. Think The Doors, The Who, Velvet Underground and even something classic like the Allman Brothers. But none of them become more than influences cause it’s The Grand East we hear here. A feel for the days of yore and everything retro; but with so many modern touches that it never becomes anything but a majestic rock record that quickly warms your heart. Producers Pablo van de Poel (from DeWolff) and Simon Akkermans (from Bombay, Jungle By Night) have delivered an intense crispy and energetic sound that works extremely well on the song with a more garage approach, the psychedelic ones and all that soulful gold that is spread out across the album! What A Man, what a record!

(Written by JK)


The Grand East - What a Man



The Grand East - What a Man

Official music video for the song 'What a Man' from The Grand East, out since October 2018. What A Man is featured on the album with the same name. And check out the mention just above this video post... What a record!

maandag 4 februari 2019

Dreckneck – Dirty Habits (Rule Us All)


Dreckneck – Dirty Habits (Rule Us All)
Self released – 2018
Rock, Stoner, Hard, Blues
Rated: ****

We enjoyed the hell out of their first self-titled release back in 2017 but never got around to mentioning those crazy Dutch stoner fiends named Dreckneck! Well, let’s remedy that dubious neglect by spinning their new album Dirty Habits (Rule Us All) until we are Dreckneck insane! The Dutch trio firmly roots their sound in the heavy blues rock but without ever turning it into blues. Indeed, this is blazing hot stoner trucking and a big fuzzy riff explosion. No less than eleven meaty, heavy stoner tracks that grind up against metal here and there. Just listen to opener Route 69 and pound along with that chugging rhythm! And that’s what’s often taken the cake here, this wild almost animalistic pounding. You Can Have It All for instance, that ancient sounding thrashing, ye gods, you would want it go on forever! And then for a moment, seeing the song title, I imagined Dreckneck doing a cover of the Motherfucker Jones track by another Dutch band called Voltage. But this is a totally different animal! This Motherfucker Jones truly sounds bad to the bone! Bad to the bone, just like the rest of Dirty Habits!

(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… Sure, the melody from The Mamas & The Papas sticks in your head, but those lyrics; can’t agree with those. It’s always been more about the Boomtown Rats version for me! But let’s not dwell to long on the fact that the weekend is over once again and the week is only just starting. Let’s mention those five artists we listened to the most during the past week! Dutch stoner trio Dreckneck has been spinning like a whirlwind over here! There new album Dirty Habits (Rule Us All) is righteous stoner and desert release that will have you stomping your feet, pounding your fists and banging your head! Released some six months ago is self-titled effort Emanuel Desperados! Sublime Norwegian stoner and hard rock with twists of metal and grunge. And it’s out on a very limited run of vinyl! Awesome stuff! Another Dutch outfit that has been digging through our head is three-piece Diggeth and their new album Gringos Galacticos. This hard and heavy rock! Absolutely smashing stoner with some progressive touches here and there; some metal infused southern touches or even Americana grade blues and most of all grade a songwriting and production. This is simply put: solid gold! American trio Skirt released their new record Reinstate The Guillotine a few weeks ago. Spacey heaviness with overtones of fast paced psychedelic goodness and a garage sounding take on hardrock. Grimy and druggy! And damn tasty! Just like Kadaif, the Turkish Delight album, released through Reality Rehab Records, tipped by our newest member The Reek of STOOM, who seems to have the good news for the tasty stuff! “Kadaif offers the listener a sumptuous platter of seven tasty instrumental morsels, each infused with heavy Eastern influences.” And more! We can’t get enough of it! Just like the other ones. So, check’m out! Check’m all out!

zondag 3 februari 2019

The Doom Chart for January 2019

 
 Doom Chart

 May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall! ~ Aleister Crowley

A new year is upon us and we find ourselves thinking how incredibly impossible it could be to top the year prior in terms of quality music. Lets be honest, it just keeps getting better each year. We are going to have to come to terms with that and its a glorious thing. The January chart features 20 new entries each bringing something special to the table. We have added several new contributors recently and the voter turnout for the January 2019 Doom Charts was stellar, mentioning over 300 different albums with a couple ties and some clear victors. Please follow along as we bring you the best of the heavy underground each and every month.

Bucky is right on the money there! There is so much great music being released every month; it's freakin difficult to keep up. But we try; in some way... Exacltly five of my personal list of 25 made the Doom Charts this month. And I reckon of the other 70 (plus) contributors it won't be much more. Can you imagine? As Bucky already stated: over 300 different albums... All those idiots stating rock is dead or there is no good music out there or whatever crazy thing should just look up a few editions of the Doom Charts... It's all there dingbat! And you need start listening...

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; but these are January’s Top 10 Most Listened to Artists…

vrijdag 1 februari 2019

Black Lung – Ancients


Black Lung – Ancients
Ripple Music / Noisolution – 2019 (March 8th / 22nd)
Doom/Heavy Rock
Rated: *****

I was having a couple of drinks before heading home when The Snake walked in –fuck it. Why is he here now? Ever since kicking the habit, The Snake was the last person I wanted to see. He always had good shit but I was trying to escape that world now. He wandered over to me.

“Alright mate, got some good stuff for you today.”
“Fuck off Snake, I’m clean now and don’t need the stuff you are trying to sell me.”
“But mate, this is top quality Doom. Heavy riffs, top notch solos , the works.”
“Snake, you know I have given up Doom for good. I was sick of female vocals suddenly making a band ‘Occult’ or just slowing some 2nd hand Sabbath riffs down and playing some blues over the top.”
“Tony, this is different. This is really great. Tell you what. Listen to the first track for free. If you don’t like it, walk away, no charge”

It did sound tempting and to be honest could a little bit of Doom hurt? I slipped some headphones on and Snake put the 1st track on. DOOOOM!!! Thick heavy doom with thunderous riffs that had a feral urgency to them. Impassioned vocals over solos that went straight to my brain. And so quickly and easily I was hooked again. Black Lung had become my drug of choice and their album Ancients a contender for my end of year list.

(Written by Tony Maim)

Thanks to Richard S Jones & Sheltered Life PR for the promo.