zaterdag 1 februari 2020

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Is it still Friday somewhere? We hope so, cause we forgot to push the publish button yesterday… As you know we’ve been looking back at 2019 for the better part of January. But we’ve set off with a boom towards 2020 with reviews by Reek of Stoom, Shastabeast & Madman Tony Maim on Ritual King, Dopes to Ethereal, Desert Colossus, Hubris and the premier of the new Vessel single The Void Tempest! And I guess there is already way too much 2020 stuff to keep looking back. But today, on this Quick Fire Friday round, we will do it anyway! All of the releases featured here are from 2019 and all of them should have been mentioned sooner and with more words. Cause 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!


Mutautu - Somewhere Over The Death Trip

We’ve mentioned the Finnish crazies Mutautu before. Back in 2017 when they released their Basement Tapes. And well, they’ve released a major step forward back in July, Somewhere Over The Death Trip! Still the fuzz powered blues outfit of yore but way more doom and way more stoner. These crazies should get way more attention! So, here it is, your daily chore, rock out with Mutautu!




Mosara – Demo

Mosara! It features Nikos Mixas, guitarist for Mosara and contributing writer for Metalunderground, The Sludgelord and PureGrainAudio; which should have gotten our attention right? But the demo two track release got buried among all those other releases when the press release was sent in November 2019. Growling doom metal and sludge. Starting off with a doom crawl through the sludge; a beautiful guitar color and snappy drums. Followed by a doom march towards an awesome, awe inspiring cliff edge. Shall we go over?




Third Island – Unspeakable

Released in November 2019, Unspeakable, the second full length and fifth release by Third Island, is themed around a selection of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, with each song lyrically following a different story. Alternative metal, post metal, sludge and doom. We mentioned them before and we shall continue to do so, for the Irish quartet take ques from every genre we dig. And although we must confess that we struggle with some of the vocal parts, Unspeakable is heavy by default, and hey, sometimes we need to just enjoy the struggle, just like Sisyphus did. Right?





Black Capricorn – Solstice

Also released in November is Solstice by Black CapricornFrazer Jones of Desert Psychlist wrote: “Excellent, dank dark and moody grooves of atmospheric stoner doom textured with a hint of occult.” Capturing without question the sound we are treated to on the four slow moving doom tracks. Solstice. Ominous. Mysterious. … and dark!




Seven Serpents – Cursed To Be

Four-piece Seven Serpents from West Palm Beach, Florida released their Cursed To Be single in November. Stoner and sludge metal that has this alternative edge to it, a scream take and a multitude of -core influences. Yes indeed, brutal hardcore and grinding metal core are also there with a fierce, violent and destructive attitude. This is what we mean with freakin good metal!



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