zondag 26 september 2021

The Waterfall King – Vol. I

 

 

The Waterfall King – Vol. I
Self released – 2021
Rock, Metal, Doom, Alternative, Grunge
Rated: *****

Looking for an engulfing dose of a pure sonic doom metal waterfall? Look no further. Check out the debut release Vol.I by Chicago trio The Waterfall King. Torpid torrents of doom tempo’s and sluggish riffs will drag you along to the edge of a huge cliff, pushing you over and letting you drown amidst an fathomless array of furious chords and ferocious drum work. Eight tracks and over an hour long, the album contains this booming sound, perfectly displayed by second track Crystal. A boom that comes in waves and borrows as much from the alternative and grungy nineties as it does from classic doom metal. There’s this feeling of dread and threat about and it gives every track a truly exciting ambiance. It makes you anxious, for more, for continuation, for those few moments of glittering splashes of light, when the sun hits those floating drops of water above the river. And they will come, not in the form of the incredibly forlorn, waterfall of noise and doomy third track Vessel or the very fitting fourth Nirvana-cover Something In The Way; but it will come and it will blow your mind. The entire fifth track Heavy Rain for instance, which starts out just as dark and languorous, slowly moving from alternative into stoner metal territory, using progressive elements, psychedelic touches and emotive vocals to conjure up a majestic atmosphere. Vol.I, another debut that will ring high once those year end lists start rolling in. And hey, I guess we could have known, cause it’s The Waterfall King!


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Hawkwind – Somnia

 

 

Hawkwind – Somnia
Cherry Red Records – 2021
Rock, Space, Kraut, Psych
Rated: ****

Don’t sleep on this record! Cause it’s one that will rank among the best Hawkwind has delivered throughout the ages. Ages indeed, I don’t know if everyone realizes that the man behind the wheel of this universe crossing, mind expanding, travel music delivering battle ship has already turned eighty. Maestro Dave Brock will not take it easy or give in to old age though and we are lucky for it. Cause more than fifty years after the foundation of Hawkwind and more than thirty Hawkwind related albums later, Somnia, their thirty-fourth, is hypnotizingly good once again. Centered around the theme of Sleep and all that it might mean to everyone around the globe, the thirteen tracks will take you on a grand adventure. Starting with opening, ten minute long, Unsomnia, the album immediately shows its colors. Space rock, with kraut elements, worldly and otherworldly elements, here to take you on a huge trip. Which will be soaring high and intense, when the almost frantic and feverish rocking Strange Encounters follows it, dispelling all ideas that it will only be a melodic and gentle album to slowly slip away into a dreamstate too. No, Somnia will show you every mesmerizing side of Hawkwind available. Thank you, good Sir Brock for keeping theHawkwind ship going…    


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Scattered Hamlet - Stereo Overthrow

 

Scattered Hamlet - Stereo Overthrow 

First single and video Stereo Overthrow for their upcoming album by the same name from the American quartet Scattered Hamlet. Hardrocking, good ol boys! Southern, speedy and full of fire! These boys are gonna be huge! If they would only do something about their appearance… 

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zaterdag 25 september 2021

Kadabra – Ultra

  

Kadabra – Ultra
Heavy Psych Sounds – 2021
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Proto, Doom, Psych, Fuzz, Stoner
Rated: *****

Kadabra hails from Spokane, Washington and is considered to be the new band on the block. Already signed to the incredible Heavy Psych Sounds, the debut album Ultra was released a big week ago and it’s one of the albums that have been on heavy rotation over here when the past hellish months of all work and no play were here. It’s one of the albums that pulled me through on those long nights of work, already dreading the early morning to come. For the glorious fuzz presented by the Kadabra three is classic in every sense of the word. It is that seventies approach, that proto attitude to doom that will immediately heat you up and warm your blood. Soon enough the sound becomes this slow burning soul igniter, this repeat and hypnotize form of heavy psychedelics that will immediately conjure up certain images. But, this time around, we’re not performing rituals on sacrificial slabs, no, cause the excellent vocals and lyrics takes us in a different direction and one that is much welcomed. With no resume or socials to speak off, Heavy Psych Sounds took a chance purely on the demo’s they heard. Which is only logical when you hear Ultra. Kadabra’s debut is one of the best debuts of the year and one of the best albums period. Welcome to the heavy fold Kadabra!


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Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me

 

 

Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me
Konkurrent / Rough Trade – 2021
Rock, Punk
Rated: ****

Mullets are back! Especially down south, judging from certain Australian bands sporting the hairdo! And so is punk! Punk the old fashioned way! We already fell in love with Amyl and The Sniffers when they were still learning how to hold their instruments but decided to release their debut anyway. Half a decade later we are treated to Comfort To Me, where they sound accomplished, harder, slicker and less ramshackle. Indeed, they sound like they years of playing their instruments and with each other has lead to them understanding both elements. Like a well oiled machine the four come across as an highly electric outfit set to burn at both ends, cause it’s still furious, frayed and fearsome. It’s just that the quality of playing, the effortless way they mix choppy hooks, filthy rhytms with catchy punk and actual ingenuity is astonishing. Classy, well… A little bit classy… But still a bit of rat as well…


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Polderriffs - Volume II

 

Polderriffs - Volume II

We've been honored to write the small blurb for the Wheel Of Smoke track Hallucinations of the awesome Polderriffs Volume II record by the equally awesome Polderrecords... And hey, there's more... Cause Shasta Beast and Reek of STOOM wrote one as well! Three times the HiVe cozying up to Bucky, Martin and Marc-Eric... We're truly honored!

 

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vrijdag 24 september 2021

Duel – In Carne Persona

 

 

Duel – In Carne Persona
Heavy Psych Sounds – 2021
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Garage, Metal, Doom
Rated: *****

During the past hellish months, where there was little time for poor old me to play outside, we’ve been lucky enough to have the new Duel album In Carne Persona on repeat. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this one, cause the one that came before called Valley Of Shadows was stunning and reached the Number 5 spot of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2019 thanks to all you crazies that voted for it. Well, the Duel four are back and deliver their majestic super heavy tripped out old school stoner metal straight out of Austin, Texas once again. In Carne Persona features nine tracks that brings all that you have come to adore from Duel, but with even more seventies bravado and proggy swagger. Classic hardrock, early metal and something that sweeps up the ashes of what once was doomy and stonerish. But above all we hear seventies rock and everything proto in all its glory. So, yes, every old school metal head, hard rocking fiend and crazy seventies tambourine man will love the shit out of In Carne Persona. Duel seems to be able to do no wrong and everything right!  


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Splinter – Filthy Pleasures

 

 

Splinter – Filthy Pleasures
Robotor Records – 2021
Rock, Garage, Stoner, Punk
Rated: ****

When we learned that the new outfit comprised out of members from Death Alley, Vanderbuyst and Birth Of Joy would be here to stay and were about to release their full-sized debut, we did a little dirty dance and jumped so high we bumped our head on the ceiling. They’re called Splinter, the album is called Filthy Pleasures and it’s one king hell garage rocking, stoner punking, maddening rock’n roll ride! Opening track Robot Hell is an easy going, yet smash ‘n grab attack on the senses, it will ignite your soul and get you ready for everything else that follows. Cause the garage, stoner and punk will morph into melodic hardrock with progressive touches and a seventies flourish as easy as it turns into an all out all night burner. That Hammond, that sweet sounding, heavy pounced Hammond, how it turns all that choppy and hooky hardrock noise into smooth curved jamboree! Cause even though will surely be moving smoothly to all of this whenever you spin the record, you will be sure to go nuts and possibly even insane when you catch them live! Just like the filthy Splinter four themselves!   


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The End of The Tunnel

 

 

The End of The Tunnel

We’ve finally glimpsed that famous light at the end of the tunnel. The hellish amount of rent-paying work is behind us. What lies ahead, is just the normal amount of annoying crap we need to deal with. But, there will finally be some more time available for the HiVe and the Doom Charts. So, even though we’ve been listening a whole lot of great stuff, we will now finally be able to jot down a few silly sentences about what’ve been digging a whole freaking lot! Hopefully we will be able to deal with quick a bunch before September end… And otherwise, there’s always October! Keep rockin! And be sure to check out all those records mentioned here and elsewhere by all the crazies promoting this thing we all love! Cause there’s so much good and heavy stuff out there!


vrijdag 17 september 2021

Lucifer's Fall - III - From The Deep

 

 

Lucifer's Fall - III - From The Deep
Self-released - August 2021
Doom, Heavy Metal, Traditional
Rated: *****

Riding forth from outer hells unknown are Adelaide, Australia's Lucifer's Fall and their third full length, III - From The Deep. The five piece deal in raw, unabashed trad doom and heavy metal, spinning tales of unholy ancient gods atop crunching gallops and piercing guitar leads. Drums like rolling thunder announce the band's arrival with opener "Trident Steel", grinding out pitch-perfect classic doomy riffs with just the right amount of dirt in the tone. Overtop the downtuned assault snarls the main weapon in their arsenal, singer "Deceiver" and his growling, theatric delivery. The fine line between drama and cheese is expertly toed, and every tune's lyrics are a captivating narration of nautical horrors. The epic "The Cave" is a particularly outstanding showcase, as mournful guitars eke out gothic doom to soundtrack an ancient Lovecraftian horror's rise from the ocean depths. The highlight of the tale, however, is the totally committed delivery of the line "octopedal copulation". Against all reason, Deceiver somehow sells that phrase without skipping a beat, a mic drop if there ever was one. Follow-up "Man Of God" takes a less mythical track and instead delivers a ruthless send-up of religion, spitting blasphemies between the lumbering first half and furious war march of the second's galloping guitar and relentless drums. Each of the album's remaining four tracks are just as evocative and crushing, from the Motörhead attack of the aptly named "Doom 'n' Roll" to the epic and dramatic scope of ten-minute closer "From The Deep". Lucifer's Fall are here to lay down their hellish sermons with eldritch fire and brimstone, and theirs is a righteously doomed congregation.


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maandag 13 september 2021

Stoner HiVe’s Top 10 Most Listened Albums Last Week…


 
Stoner HiVe’s 

Top 10 Most Listened Albums Last Week…


Taxi Caveman
Black Light Animals
Witchcryer
Low Flying Hawks
Amyl and The Sniffers
Gloop
Delco Detention
Miscellen
Sleep Moscow
Stone Cadaver


We've got one more week of absolute horror to go... After which we hope there will be more time to HiVe and to spread the good word about all that amazing music being released each week! But, as of the 22nd things should slow down enough to be able to get to work! HiVe work! That shit we love to do! But in the mean time we still at least got all that music to keep us going! So, check'm out! Check'm all out! 



woensdag 8 september 2021

Wolves in Haze - Chaos Reigns

 

 

Wolves in Haze - Chaos Reigns
Majestic Mountain Records / Tvåtakt Records – 2021
Sludge, doom, thrash
Rated: *****

Wolves in Haze's second album, Chaos Reigns, is a thrashy, sludge drenched bat out of hell. These Swedes deal in no holds barred, pedal to the metal aggression, like some unholy death metal-tinged Motörhead. The distortion is gnarly and grinding, the vocals soar between clean and hellish, and the drums are weapons of mass destruction in their furious attack. First cut "Green River" gives a taste of what's to come, with a demon-voiced intro launching into harsh, trad doom grooves hiding a thrash edge with paint peeling guitar tones. The kitwork is pummeling and sharp as hell, and a flashy high-speed solo seals the deal. With all this fury, Wolves in Haze still show off songwriting chops and a talent for catchy hooks, case in point "Tormentor". The singing drives the pounding groove, and the death-doom breaks give way to a howling chorus that'll worm through the ears straight into your lizard brain. Out of left field, however, comes "My Destroyer", a subdued acoustic ballad with bright keys and a patient, dark beauty that nicely breaks up the albums's sonic assault. There's no weak track across Chaos Reigns, but extra praise should be lauded on "Into the Grave". The wild, twisting riff being joined by big-band swinging drums is one of my favorite audio experiences of 2021 so far. With Chaos Reigns, Wolves in Haze haven't so much landed in the scene as busted down the doors and set fire to the place. A top contender for album of the year.


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