zondag 22 mei 2022

Great Rift – Utopia

 

 

Great Rift – Utopia
StoneFree Records / Self released – 2022
Rock, Psych, Stoner, Doom, Seventies, Blues
Rated: *****

We all love the heavy stuff, and we all love to play all of that heavy rock loud. But sometimes, an album NEEDS to be played loud, and when you do, it all surrounds, encompasses and ensnares you even more. Utopia by Great Rift is such an album. The Austrian quartet take us on a journey through space to a planet named Utopia, which is actually meant as a metaphor for a journey inward and an encouragement to reflect on oneself. And even though there are some spacious elements, the album is steeped in the classic rock from the seventies and honors those blues roots. Which they use to produce a psychedelic and stoner rock exploration of the universe and microcosm, as well as the tonal disparity between guitars and certain progressive elements. Which in turn gives it all a more modern edge. Every instrument gets its time to shine, thanks to the air in the production and certain moments in the spotlight. Majestic basswork and royal drums take the entire sound of every song to an incredibly profuse level of fatness. Fatness as in thick, large and huge! The six tracks on the album work as a cast iron structure of massive heavy rock, a Utopia for all us heavy rock loving fiends… Who love to play stuff loud!


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Crobot – Feel This

 

 

Crobot – Feel This
Mascot – 2022
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Southern, Seventies, Metal
Rated: *****

Crobot. Our much-loved Crobot. Remember 2012, when Legend Of The Spaceborn Killer came out? Followed by the Something Supernatural album, featuring that single once again in 2014. After which came Welcome To Fat City in 2016 and then Motherbrain in 2019. Interspersed by singles, EP’s, of which Rat Child was the latest. We loved them all! And now there is a fifth, full-sized Crobot banger called Feel This! On it we hear the band we all love so dearly do what we want them to do, bring you that classic rock, hardrock and stoner mixture, with a seventies approach, superb vocals and a furious edge, to rev you up and get you crazy. This time however moving more into southern rock regions and metal territories. Highly dynamic and bursting with conviction, the twelve tracks of Feel This are extremely infectious and fun. Feel This will undoubtedly put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. It sounds like a band that has found the exact sound they want to take with them into the future without forgetting to sound like that band they were in the past. Impressive, willful and incredibly cool. That’sCrobot alright!


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vrijdag 20 mei 2022

Geezer – Stoned Blues Machine

 

 

Geezer – Stoned Blues Machine
Heavy Psych Sounds – 2022
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Blues, Hardrock, Seventies
Rated: *****

As a member of the Pat Harrington Appreciation Society, PHAS for short, our heart jumped with joy when we saw the new Geezer promo for Stoned Blues Machine come in, on yes, of course, 4-20. And let’s immediately cut to the chase, Stoned Blues Machine is simply put stunning, swinging, and stoned to the core. And sounds like a continuation or better yet distillation of Groovy from 2020. And we all dug that album! I sure as hell did! And what do you get when you distill the groove, when you break down that laidback stoner blues, that bounce and that pounce. Well, you get a colossal sound that aims for the universal nod on a massive scale. Whether they inflict some righteous social commentary on you or profess they’re natural born pot smokers, it’s all got that hip, far-our, funky, to cool for school feeling that will have you moving your head in unison with that almighty beat. Of set perhaps by that finale on the final track The Diamond Rain Of Saturn, which sees them explode into space, into kool-aid territory, before grounding again and crashing the machine in a pile of ringing shimmering gems. Leaving you with the feeling that this incarnation of Pat Harrington’s Geezer is exactly how they should sound; and that this Stoned Blues Machine has been created to search for the perfect groove and the perfect stoned out boogie. And that, as it turns out, is exactly what they found!


(ps. And today is the official release!)

(ps2. Awesome artwork by Ryan T. Hancock once again!)

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Cave In – Heavy Pendulum

 

 

Cave In – Heavy Pendulum
Relapse – 2022
Metal, Sludge, Stoner, Hardcore
Rated: ****

Formed in 1995, American metalcore formation Cave In has seen quite a few members come and go; as is often the case with all music outfits. But the incarnation featuring bassist and vocalist Caleb Scofield seemed to be the version of Cave In that would be in it for the long haul. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and he had fatal car accident back in 2018. The already recorded songs were finished and released as the Final Transmission album in 2019, which could have been the swan song for the grief-stricken band. But with the drafting of Nate Newton the band has found a way to move forward. And forward they go on Heavy Pendulum. Heavy, harsh, and full of unbridled aggression the album sees only a few moments of cessation. A few moments where the listener might take a breath of air and enjoy that small ray of sunlight. Title track Heavy Pendulum is one of those moments; slower, calmer, and melodic it might be viewed as one of those tracks that sets an album apart. Cause for the most part the album is a hardcore, mothersludge approach to metal that will flatten everything in its path…  


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woensdag 18 mei 2022

Sabotør – Skyggekæmper

 

 

Sabotør – Skyggekæmper
HQ REC/Pudsige Herrer Musik Aps – 2022
Rock, Garage, Stoner, Pop, Punk
Rated: ****

I learned much from my wild nights in Copenhagen, but can only remember how to say ‘Rub A Duck’ in Danish. Which is a bummer, cause I would have loved to hear the exact lyrics of the new Robot album by Danish trio Sabotør. But even if I have no clue what they actually sing about, the spirited vocals still rev me up, gets me up and make me want to jump on the barricades! Or at least dance my little furry ass off! The title of their new album Skyggekæmper; had me thinking it meant something like ‘mock fight’ or ‘shadow fight’, which, it turns out, isn’t completely far from the truth. Cause we learned it means ‘Shadow Giant’ but could also be read as ‘Shadow Boxing’. And when reading part of the press-release or better yet the Sabotør, ‘mission statement’ I wished even harder I remembered more: “Life is hard. It has always been so. Today most Europeans go through life embedded in technology with an abundance of necessities, but this abundance creates new problems. In the 2020’s technology, media and the state conspire to brainwash us into acting and thinking in certain ways that are perceived as beneficial to society and capitalism. This process often leaves us feeling exploited, empty and alone. The terror of being different and excluded is greater than ever before.” Right on! But hey, we can also simply just enjoy their music, for the highly pop sensible, danceable rock has a punk feel, stoner and garage influences, but can perhaps be best qualified as off beat disco stoner to go absolutely bonkers to! Electrifying! It’s sexy and full of nasty and gyrating gritty riffs. There seem to be not limit to the groovy stompy beats and defiant party atmosphere! Look out, dangerous nights ahead! Fuck! Skyggekæmper is simply orgasmatronic! Gnide en and!

(ps. And in a dream world, they would go tour the world together with Jimmy Glitschy… A man can dream…)


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dinsdag 17 mei 2022

Red Sun Atacama – Darwin


 

Red Sun Atacama – Darwin
Mrs. Red Sound – 2022
Stoner, Garage, Desert, Punk, Rock, Fuzz, Psych
Rated: *****

Praised be the Parisians that have been rocking out under the moniker Red Sun Atacama since 2015! And praise be Darwin, their newest album! Even though the release date is still almost a month away, we could not help but immediately jog down a few words of praise about the six tracks featured on this slab of heavy gold. Cause we already mentioned that so incredibly many great promos arrived in the past weeks and months; well… This is one of those records that immediately grabbed us by the throat as well! If Brant Bjork was here we would tell him that this is some true desert punk. Inspired by not only the Californian desert, but also the mystical magic from the South American ocean of sand, the six tracks on their new Darwin album have this furious and angular edge to it all; turning riffs into choppy and bouncy propellants. And it all starts so lovely, laidback, and classic with that one-minute opening intro 11-CH. But as it shifts gear into the eight-minute following second track Furies, the drums slowly but steadily preparing you for what will surely be arriving soon, the riffs circling, building it all even more into a hotbed of anticipation… And then… The release! Here we go! Kamikaze! Let’s attack! Let’s go! With psychedelic touches, mostly used for a moment or respite and to make what comes next even more volatile and dangerous, and yes, a whole lot of fuzz the Red Sun Atacama three have delivered one of those legendary records that will surely turn everybody’s head and turn everybody on. And, well, make everyone go crazy! For Darwin is explosive, wild, stunning, and extremely addictive! Can’t wait to see these cats live; it will be a night for straight legged tackles! (As a buddy of mine would say…)


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maandag 16 mei 2022

Greenbeard – Variant

 

 

Greenbeard – Variant
Sailor Records – 2022
Rock, Classic, Stoner, Blues, Desert, Hard
Rated: *****

The promo album arrived somewhere in March and immediately upon spinning Variant; we could not get over the fact that the vocals often shared the same color as Chris Goss and that there were these definite musical moments, mystical melodies that reminded of Goss’s Masters Of Reality as well. Second track Burns Like Basketweave being the pinnacle in that. And it turned Variant immediately into a household favorite and a much-played record. Variant is the classic and blues-tinged heavy rock, stoner infused album by Austin, Texas quartet Greenbeard. And indeed, it’s not just simply that… For the way they implore all the different heavy rock elements make them move ever more away from the trodden path and into a wild, strange and definite desert and alchemic rock adventure. And in the way the album dares to dive into the wind and take a look behind the veil of existence makes it even more reminiscent of Masters Of Reality. And then there’s more, more in the way of a saxophone, in soulful gospel breakdowns, in the width of every composition and the warmth of the production. Variant can easily and instantly be recognized as an amazing album and one that will ring on for a very long time to come…


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Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers – Spencer Gets It Lit


 

Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers – Spencer Gets It Lit
Bronze Rat / PIAS
Garage, Alternative, Rock, Punk, Blues
Rated: ***

Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have all come, get us lit, kicked some ass and gone. Gone… The way of the knife wielding dancing dodo… Errr, anyway, back in 2018 maestro Jon Spencer brought out an album under his own name and we had the honor to interview the king trashcan kicker. And now he’s back with a new outfit called Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers and an album called Spencer Gets It Lit. Garage punk for the now people! Which is basically the same outfit he used for that solo record, with addition of Pussy Galore and Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, which means good news for all those lovers of noisy and trashy garage rock! And for all of those who want their nights to get weird and good taste to fly out the window whenever the weather is hot! Whenever the summer hits the city! Whenever the thirst for wild nights, copious amounts of dubious quality alcohol and horrible junk gets too big! And it's all here...  That dying Farfisa, begging to be put out of its misery! Those rusty screwdriver riffs penetrating every orifice of your tiny little body! The abundance of filth distilled to the most economically foul few minutes that every track might last.  Spencer Gets It Lit burns the candle at every end you can imagine and gets away with it. This is the junk man!


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

 

 

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Top 10 Most Listened Albums Last Week…

Britof
Fatima
Sludgebucket
Gnome
The Gathering
Carson
Greenbeard
Ufo över Lappland
Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers
All Them Witches

zaterdag 14 mei 2022

Carson – The Wilful Pursuit Of Ignorance

 

 

Carson – The Wilful Pursuit Of Ignorance
Sixteentimes Music – 2022
Rock, Stoner, Sludge, Grunge
Rated: *****

There were so many great expected releases that arrived in April. Such an unbelievable amount of awesome heavy rock. Stöner, Ufomammut, Greenbeard, Steak, Alunah, Somali Yacht Club, Helms Alee, Ealdor Bealu, Geezer and we could actually keep this list going for quite some time. Insanity! But Carson came out of nowhere for me; even though somewhere in those dark recesses of the mind their 2017 release Drown The Witness still lingered. But what a grand surprise this new album is! And logically it entered high on the April Doom Charts! Just check out opener Dirty Dream Maker; and its massive mother sludge approach to stoner rock and you will know what we mean. It was also an eye opener to all that great music that their label Sixteentimes Music release and al lot of other Swiss bands doing great things. But for now, we will stick to trying to come to grips with The Wilful Pursuit Of Ignorance. For the trio that hails from both New Zealand and Switzerland have delivered eight wild tracks that beg to be devoured over and over again. Whether it’s the vocals that draw you in, the pop sensible melodies or that hefty sludgy edge, Carson brings it all in absolute golden form! Indeed, we’ve got a new very favorite band!


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donderdag 5 mei 2022

Silver Gallery – Head Will Roll

 

 

Silver Gallery – Head Will Roll
Cursed Monk Records – 2022
Metal, Doom, Sludge, Stoner
Rated: ***

Marseille, France is home today for the soccer game between Feyenoord and Olympic Marseille in the Conference League second leg of the semi-final. But it is always home to Silver Gallery; a four-piece doom sludge band formed somewhere around 2002. The initial tone sets the scene, paints the picture and it is one of doom, glood, murder and cannibalism. For the seven tracks on their new album Head Will Roll functions as a sort of sonic crime documentary detailing the exploits of Issei Sagawa, also known as Pang or The Kobe Cannibal. A man of extreme passion, a hungry man; a Japanese murderer who did all sorts of cannibalistic rituals with his victim back in 1981. Truly disgusting and sickening; and the four from Silver Gallery have matched that with some growling doom and bleak sludge metal. With some punk and noise influences to top this all off; it will surely spark the imagination of some, and of course, we know, imagination can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in…


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Demonauta – Low Melodies About Chaos

 

 

Demonauta – Low Melodies About Chaos
Self released – 2022
Rock, Stoner, Fuzz, Psych, Doom
Rated: *****

Are you in dire need for something extremely fuzzy? Want to get hit by an almighty groove? Those sandy riffs; that sun bleached sound straight out of the Chilean wastelands? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Demonauta’s new release Low Melodies About Chaos has it all and more! You will surely be transported to the Demonauta wasteland domain by all that doom proggy brilliance! And did we mention it’s Chilean? That damn awesome country that has been delivering brilliant heavy rock album after brilliant heavy rock album. Well, Low Melodies About Chaos, is yet another one of those albums. Opener Tinto will grab you with its bluesy groove and swing and the eight tracks that follow will not let go! Deservedly placed at Number 6 of the April Doom Charts; it could easily have reached higher… For it is a stunning album!


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