zaterdag 8 juni 2024

Off to Spain…

 

 

Off to Spain…
 

We’re off… Off grid for a couple of weeks. Hiking the Mountains of Picos de Europa and surfing the waves of the Bay of Biscay. Taking those forty albums of the May Doom Charts with us, and many more… No updates on the little old blog or on Facebook… But there might be a very occasional post on Instagram. Should you follow the HiVe there… Probably of a mountain or a wave… Or a beer kept cool by the world famous Psychlona koozie…


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vrijdag 7 juni 2024

The Doom Charts for May 2024

 


Doom Charts

May 2024
 

“The DOOM is strong with this one...”

~ Darth Vader (probably misheard quote from A New Hope)

 

We’re almost at the halfway mark of 2024, and the onslaught of quality heavy music shows no signs of stopping. Mark your lists, tally your year-end contenders, rack and re-rack your abacus, because May is yet another bountiful month of doom, stoner, sludge, psych, prog, you name it. Doom or do not, there is no try.

Well. I'm almost off for a three week off grid holiday... And Kyle took and takes over Doom Chart duties. He's a good boy! And delivers great work once again, just like he did for Doom Charts of March. It's been an amazing month once again. With so many great release. It keeps me in constant awe, the quality and the quantity. Browse the list to see them forty that rose to the top of a total of 199 albums that received votes. Of the ones that made it,  I voted for: Drive By Wire, Geezer, Isaak, Djiin, Sautrus, Nine Moons, Spaceslug, Maragda, High Noon Kahuna, Young Acid, Daily Thompson, Mooch, Vitskär Süden, Kayleth, The Hazytones, Huanastone, Baardvader, Ufomammut, Pallbearer, Gjenferd, Abrams, High Desert Queen & Black Pyramid... But as usual, I could have and probably should have voted for all the others as well.. Two others that were on my list that I would have loved to have seen mentioned: CostaSol & Tricklebolt... Check those out as well! But first, run down all forty of the May 2024 Doom Charts!

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio, podcasters and 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…

The Doom Charts for May 2024

 

Huanastone - Son Of Juno

 

 

Huanastone - Son Of Juno
Self-released – 2024
Stoner Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Nineties, Blues
Rated: ****

It seems to come in waves. The influences that rise up through the Heavy Underground that were always there to begin with but get more attention at one point in time. Making albums drift more towards the progressive side of things, the psychedelic stomping grounds, the early proto days or start of it all, the blues… The Huanastone four hail from Malmö, Sweden and seems to show us on Son Of Juno that the blues was and always will be the main undercurrent for the Heavy Underground. Grunge, Stoner Rock and everything else the Alternative Nineties gave us, had that coursing through its veins. But on Son Of Juno, they take those genres and inject it with even more blues. Turning it almost viscose. And even though they are mainlining their stoner and grunge sound on the blues of yore, those minor swirling Psychedelic touches and wavey Desert Rock vibes make Son Of Juno that album you need to hear. They start off intensely grunge and alternative nineties, evoking the spirit of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden and turning it into something completely their own. Opening track … And Then Came The Sun opens with these dragging guitar lines, that dissipate and give room to the vocals to exhale, to breathe life into the song, to give extra meaning to the lyrics, to the turning of the page, to the sun finally arriving. Intention articulated to perfection. Following title track Son Of Juno, boasts much of the same and at the same time offers it in tenfold. And once you get to that forlorn sounding guitar in the middle, Son Of Juno is swinging deep inside every one of your pores. That guitar is so beautifully done and time and place will be immediately out of focus, you are there with them, feeling the blues on whatever imaginary landscape they inhabited while crafting it. Four more song follow, that let the blues creep in more and more. And then there’s absolute smashing instrumental end song Red Dunes, that has guitar lines climbing mountains, braving thunderstorms and hitting like lightning over and over. And Huanastone managed to capture all those flashes and bottled it up…


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Redwood – Dry Rivers

 

 

Redwood – Dry Rivers
Self-released – 2024
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Cosmic
Rated: ****

Sure, it is probably mostly in dept to the vocal effects used, but there is a hint of Psychlona here. And if you’ve read some stuff on Stoner HiVe before, you know we love Psychlona! And don’t think this means we are listening to Redwood solely on that merit. Hell no! The four track Dry Rivers EP uses those effects and made them special! The Redwood Special is twenty two minutes of lovely swirling stoner and circling cosmic rock! It’s a Sheafer McOmber special, for it is another of his outlets. A project like his Bloodshot Buffalo. But you might know the man from Deer Lord or way back when he was playing in an outfit called Civillian Assault. And if you’ve listened to any of those outfits the quality of this release will not come as a surprise. The doom touch used to rough up the edges, that psychedelic twirl to turn everything into a kaleidoscope and the stoner groove to turn it all into one gigantic and blissful wave. These Rivers ain’t dry at all, but filled with wonderful crashes and an endless current to surf…


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Ruff Majik – What A Time To Be A Knife

 

 

Ruff Majik – What A Time To Be A Knife

Sorry, we’re going to boast a bit now. We’ve been one of the lucky ones that have been living with this track for a month or two now. And we’ve also been one of the lucky ones to already have heard it live. O’ and let’s not forget… We’ve also been one of the lucky ones to drive them home, offer them a place to sleep and serve them breakfast and basically cater to their every need. And we’ve been happy to do it! Cause Ruff Majik has something special, it needs to be cherished, the boys need to be stroked and fondled with care so that it may grow! And flower into the mushroom cloud that wants to envelope everything! And yes, it needs to be heard by one and all! Just get a load of the new single: What A Time To Be A Knife! It’s the first single of the new Moth Eater album to arrive via Sound of Liberation Records somewhere around October. It will be the completion of the trilogy that started with The Devil’s Cattle and Elektrik Ram and it will be telling the tale of Ruff Majik on the road, the good fight against everything evil they’re in and about that explosive energy that courses through the veins of these good ol’ boys! Love it! And if you don’t, do as they state on their own post about the new single… “Skip to the last three second…”




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"What A Time To Be A Knife is out now, everywhere music can usually be found. It’s angry - don’t say we didn’t warn you. Featuring some extra power from our homie Reegan du Buisson (Facing the Gallows). Mixed and mastered by Justin Bernardo. Written and recorded by all of us. Released via Sound of Liberation Records. To all our friends, families and supporters, we love you. To everyone else, skip to the last 3 seconds of the song …"




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donderdag 6 juni 2024

Full Album Premiere – Void Commander – Alien Queen

 

 

Full Album Premiere 

Void Commander – Alien Queen

Yes! This is awesome! So great to see so many of you, so great that all of you set your alarm so early and sit barely dressed behind the computer with your first coffee so you can listen to the new Void Commander album! It’s called Alien Queen and will be out tomorrow through Majestic Mountain Records and Interstellar Smoke Records. But you can hear it here, on Stoner HiVe a day early! And I totally understand all of you! It’s something you need to hear… And not just because you read that glowing review on Stoner HiVe two days ago. It’s because you know Void Commander, you know their rootsy vibe, their proto love, that blues that motors the soul. Diesel blues personified! You can read more of what we wrote by scrolling down or clicking HERE. But most of all, press play on the player below and start your day off properly! It’s Void Commander and Alien Queen is the fuel for the ride of your lifetime!




From the PR Wire: 

Sweden’s history of top-notch stoner rock is a well known one, and the latest addition to the country’s legacy is trio Void Commander’s new album, “Alien Queen”. Their third album, the band dig ever deeper into their blues and classic rock sound, creating a hazy, cosmic journey that drifts and drawls just right. If Creedence Clearwater Revival time traveled to the future, got their hands on some extra fuzzy pedas, and lit up with All Them Witches, Void Commander would emerge from the smoke, harmonicas held high. From the throbbing low-end groove of “To The Grave” to the laidback, tasty southern blues of “Sweet Depression”, Void Commander navigate their breadth of sound on “Alien Queen” locked-in and wholly committed to the sonic world they’ve created. Retro yet pushing their craft ever further, the band have created an album that oozes an easy confidence and undeniable identity front to back. Void Commander arrive on their flying saucer from the past to plant their flag in the murky stoner of today. Their latest and final single, “Sweet Depression”, is out now, and the full album “Alien Queen” lands June 7.



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“Inspired by the mystique of space travels intertwined with the enigmatic allure of witchcraft and occultism, Alien Queen is more than just an album; it's an expedition across the sonic universe, designed for those who dare to explore the edges of Stoner Metal and Hard Rock.

Dive into the cosmic depths with Void Commander as we unveil our latest creation, Alien Queen. This stellar journey is brought to you by the combined forces of Majestic Mountain Records and Interstellar Smoke Label, ensuring an otherworldly auditory experience.”

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Another Love For Loud shindig!

 

 

Another Love For Loud shindig!

Go on holiday they said. It will be good for you they said. Right. And then it turns out we have to miss this lovely Love For Loud shindig! Grrrrr! But for those not having to relax, drink wine and  errrr… You are the lucky one! You get to head over to De Tanker in Noord in Amsterdam and see The Klittens, Cervus, Atomic Vulture and Demonauta kick serious ass! That’s right and that’s a must see if you love anything loud! I’m thinking about canceling that whole vacation at this point…

And if you aren't able to rock out on Sunday... Like myself... They've got another wild night planned the day before! Which I won't be able to attend either... Hell! No other than Ruff Majik and Green Policy are taking the stage at Rock Club The Cave in Amsterdam! Love For Loud is on a roll!  

 

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dinsdag 4 juni 2024

Void Commander – Alien Queen

 

 

Void Commander – Alien Queen
Majestic Mountain Records / Interstellar Smoke Records – 2024
Rock, Blues, Stoner, Doom, Seventies, Proto
Rated: ****

We were honored to premiere their fourth single Sweet Depression from the Alien Queen album to be released on June 7th. We’re talking about that wild and feverish Void Commander trio out of Karlskrona, Sweden. It will arrive through a duo of great labels, namely Majestic Mountain Records and Interstellar Smoke Records and sports no less than seven tracks and forty two minutes of great and classic rock. They’re celebrating their tenth year of existence and do so by trucking through as much of the roots of rock as they can possibly do. This is hardrock, diesel blues, stonerized and doom touched. This is that proto love, the seventies edge and everything classic you can think of. Opening track To The Grave starts out as gritty and as doom as they can before turning that blues corner. They do circle back to that doom once fourth track Bloodred Knight Alright rolls around. That stays in that doom circle, until it suddenly all bluesy and jazz, jams away from the dark and dances off into the distant light. And that’s where title track Alien Queen is waiting. Cause even though there is a doomy edge here, Alien Queen is allowed to head off into that proto direction. With a beautiful and soulful harmonica freak out, that curls into this wonderful little pocket to get lost in, right there in the middle of that track that could easily into a majestic jam during a live show. Which is definitely another word you can feel throughout the album, jam. And not just because the sixth track is called Jam In C. You often feel a lot of this record was born out of jam, without any edit, just re-recorded because it immediately felt good. And that’s where everything the Alien Queen record does goes, to that lovely feeling. There is no real darkness here or depression, it’s all framed by sweetness and something glowing. That ending guitar work on Jam In C, grooving on such a warm and intense ebb and flow, sliding over all your marrow and bone. The Night Took My Name ends the album in fine form, a perfect capture of one of those feelings you might have after one of those memorable nights, with vocals that will force you to surrender to the Void Commander sound. And after listening to all that, there might still be a bonus track, that might only be available on the vinyl soon to be released. And after listening to all that there are so many moments when you find it’s hard to believe that this trio does not have a Southern American city as birthplace listed in their passport. So much blues, so honest so pure. Sometimes Mississippi oriented, sometimes more Texas, mixed with so much spicy soulful rock and always unpolished, untamed, raw and jam adorned. It isn’t all blues and roots, but it is always there. And that simple fact makes Alien Queen an album that feels like already stood the test of time and will live on into legend…


And guess what… We’re honored to bring you that legend first with a FULL ALBUM PREMIERE on Thursday the 6th! That’s right, thanks to Good Boy PR, Majestic Mountain Records and Interstellar Smoke Records we will bring you the new Void Commander album Alien Queen this Thursday! So, set your alarm and get up early, cause we’ve got some diesel blues to guzzle!


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Deville – Dust

 

 

Deville – Dust

We dig Deville! And after that wild Heavy Lies The Crown album that came out on Sixteentimes Music back in 2022, we were giddy to receive this new single called Dust. Cause knowing Deville, it must mean a new record is on the horizon. And it is! It’s a collection of their work over the twenty years of existence. And it will include a cover version of the Nine Inch Nails song The Hand That Feeds. Check out Dust, it’s Deville at their finest!




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With two decades of heavy guitar riffs and thunderous drum beats, these rockers are ready to unleash a sonic storm like never before. Celebrating their 20 year anniversary, Deville put together 10 electrifying tracks that will take you on a journey through the bands work over time. With 8 handpicked gems from their albums and starting with the new single DUST, this record is a testament to their passion for pure, unadulterated heavy rock and metal. On this album, Deville is unleashing their first-ever cover song, a spine-tingling rendition of Nine Inch Nails „The Hand That Feeds“. Prepare to be blown away by their unique take on this legendary anthem. Join the celebration and crank up the volume as Deville invites you to experience 20 years of Rock n Roll relentlessness in one epic record. The jubilee album is simply called 20 YEARS and will be out as a limited tape release. 20 Years is out the 9th of August via Sixteentimes Music.



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Dust
The Hand That Feeds (Nine Inch Nail cover)
Lava
What Remains
Serpent Days
Deserter
Pigs With Gods
Gold Sealed Tomb
Wrecked
Rise Above

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

 

 

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Top 10 Most Listened Artists Last Week…


Castle Rat
Vitskär Süden
Acid Row
Speck
Shadow Lizzards
Sacri Monti
Airbag
Thunder Horse
Ufomammut
April 1830

Morning! This should have gone up yesterday of course. But you know how it is coming back after a festival. Getting grounded again, takes a bit of time. Freak Valley 2024 was awesome and even though I wasn’t there in any working capacity, pure to party my ass off, I might jot down a few words anyway. And due to be out of bounce for the better part of the week last week, there was only that damn fine write up by Stevie Reek about the amazing new Djiin album Mirrors! Which you should be checking out immediately if you haven’t already… Just like the list above!

maandag 27 mei 2024

Djiin – Mirrors

 

 

Djiin – Mirrors
Klonosphere / Season of Mist – 2024
Progressive, Psychedelic, Doom
Rated: Stevie does not rate

French Progressive Doomsters Djiin surpass all their previous works with 'Mirrors' :  An epic, transient journey encompassing Progressive, Doom and Post-Metal aesthetics that sees the band at their most inventive and challenging to date! Opening with "Fish", a strident rock-out with a distinct Stoner flavour, sets the tone for the rest of the album. The captivating voice of Chloe Panhaleux is the conduit for the band's hypnotic, progressive musings. Title track "Mirrors" moves through myriad time-twists revolving around guitarist Tom Penaguin's inimitable style, at times reminiscent of Steve Howe. Following along comes "(in the aura of my own) Sadness", which slows the pace to a more intricate almost Avant-Prog bent meandering and beautiful before bursting into a powerful mid-section which again highlights Penaguin's versatility and the tight backing of bassist Charlelie Pailhas and percussionist Allan Guyomard. "Blind" sees the band adopt a darker, more Doomy approach: a brooding slow-burner replete with stop-start rhythmic cadences and brash, abrasive vocals. "Iron Monsters" is the epic closer: A 13-minute excursion into heavy Progressive Rock that acts as a tour-de-force for all of the members to showcase their skill and unity. Overall, "Mirrors" delivers a fresh, modern take on Prog which incorporates different styles and genres with mind-bending ease!


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

 

 

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


Kayleth
Castle Rat
Tool
Vitskär Süden
Quantum
Airbag
CostaSol
High Noon Kahuna
Acid Row
Greenleaf

Gooooood Morning Heavy Underground! It’s been one of those weeks again… What looked like a very nice week to HiVe, it soon turned out to be hectic. Deadlines, sudden interviews and all sorts of other stuff. And later today we’re off to Amsterdam to write something about that Tool band that’s supposed to be playing there. But we did manage to do some HiVe work, and looking at the amount of posts, I guess it’s not too shabby. Many on the list of Most Listened last week were featured. But we also posted about that new swirling The Swell Fellas single: The Drain. The Vitskär Süden single R’lyeh, which was topped by the full album review of course on Saturday. We mentioned the new Birdstone single, The Devil is something else, can’t wait for the full album to arrive. Let’s not forget we were honored to do another FULL ALBUM PREMIERE, this time for Kayleth’s awesome New Babylon. Which is out now on Argonauta Records! And last but certainly not least, for it’s a stunning new record: the new Tricklebolt! Honey From The Sky is bluesy, soulful, classic rock, featuring an all-star cast of the Dutch rock scene! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

zaterdag 25 mei 2024

Vitskär Süden – Vessel

 

 

Vitskär Süden – Vessel
Ripple Music – 2024
Rock, Prog, Psych
Rated: *****

They’re out there. The originals. The outsiders. The ones that will forever and always follow their own path. Damn the consequences. The cats that captain the Vitskär Süden tattered sails and barnacled ship, belong to that category. For if you’ve listened to their self-titled debut album and follow-up record The Faceless King, you could have easily imagined them going forth on soundtracking the fantasy world they’ve created in the dark progressive, dungeon noir sensory rich type of music they produced for those amazing two albums. But you can guess where that intro (and very long sentence) is leading up to. Here’s that obvious statement: the new album Vessel did not go that route. The fearful intensity of the songs turn the new Vessel record almost Biblical at times, horror themed, not in the hell-fire flashing before your eyes fashion, but in a dread below the placid water kind of way. H.P. Lovecraft to waltz with and move romantically through your magical hallucination. And where those earlier albums were full of imagery that were trust upon you, landscapes to traverse and to get familiar with, the new Vessel record feels like it’s meant to stay hazy, veiled and almost beyond your reach. Like that fabled veil that can only be lifted through dreams or death. And all that heaviness you might feel is offset by shining, at time almost lighter then air or exalted vocals, and thoughtful progressive compositions. The gradual procession steers towards pious ceremony, emotive and almost bursting with gravitas. There is so much space within each track, that you can hear every instrument breathe and place itself in context to where the song is leading you. Added touches of violin and cello in certain songs or the sheer amount of synth and piano offer up extremely rich instrumentation, without ever sounding cluttered. Cause we cannot state this enough, Vessel is wide, vast and open source progressive rock, there for you to fill in with your imagination. There’s no shortage in glorious moments, but it is the overall and total experience that is most captivating. There is a deliberate movement from each track into the next, and the full forty minutes of Vessel is the carrier that will whisk you away into the Vitskär Süden dream sequence.



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