vrijdag 26 juni 2015

Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time

Glowsun – Beyond The Wall of Time
Napalm – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental, Metal
Rated: *****

The mentioning of the following album has been lying in wait for a month. Waiting with anticipation on spreading the good word on this truly amazing record! And yes, perhaps we are biased once again, but then again, we always are. Cause we only speak about the music we truly love! After meeting up with guitarist Johan Jaccob in a restaurant in Lille where some of his art was on display to talk Glowsun and to buy some of his drawings he remarked that they were already in the final stage of the album and that he himself was absolutely smitten with what they had done so far. And now it is here. Beyond The Wall Of Time, the third full-sized Glowsun album. And it truly is a masterpiece! Intricate details and overwhelming accuracy are what make this album tick. Like a high prized Swiss clock it turns and shifts and balances out on the exact right moment. The pounding drums and growling riffs have you soaring high. The time-umbrella concept really feels like an adventure; and thanks to all the minutiae you keep discovering little musical trinkets with every new listening session. Do not mistake this for just another good Glowsun album, no, this is an instrumental masterpiece and one that is meant for the ages!

(Written by JK)

Slowly getting back to action…

Slowly getting back to action…

We are slowly returning to the fold and slowly getting back to action…

Please have patience though, cause we did not use the word slowly twice in the former sentence for fun. Slow is the operative word here… But slowly does it…

vrijdag 19 juni 2015

Bad times... We will return soon...

 Bad times... We will return soon...

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

Due to a massive amount of personal tragedies and setbacks in the past weeks, the Stoner HiVe show has grinded to a halt. Soon we will be back at it... But it will take some time...

donderdag 11 juni 2015

Doom Chart for June 2015

Doom Chart

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

They continue to roll on… Those damned Doom Charts! Thanks to an amazing amount of good people with great taste the fourth edition of the Doom Chart is up and running. We have entered June with this month’s edition. Is Dopethrone - Hochelaga still the number one album? Or do we have a new record topping the chart? What great new bands entered the list and who do you miss? Go check it out! Go check it out…

Go check it out and head on over to the Doom Charts to read up on all those amazing albums!

Spoiler alert for...

On Number 4 we find a band which definitely deserves to be soaring this high! And which was already predicted by Doktor420 in his rant about their new groundbreaking album Given To Emptiness. We are ofcourse talking about Arenna! Go see what the good lords say about these crazy cats on the Doom Chart and check out all the other great bands there!

woensdag 3 juni 2015

Stone Rock Festival - 2015

Stone Rock Festival 

There’s a new festival in town. Or well, one that has been around for five years. But not that well known yet. Stone Rock Festival in Dalfsen, Netherlands. A festival that focuses on alternative rock, stonerrock, stonerpop, garage and psychedelic rock and all or mostly from that lovely Lowlands country with their wooden shoes, windmills and marijuana. This year featuring amazing bands such as An Evening With Knives, De Staat and General Midnight. But also other damn fine outfits like Navarone, Poor John, The Indien and few new kids on the block. And those new bands show definite promise. What to think of Mandrake’s Monster? Or Magnetic Spacemen? Or The Apologist and The Muncks? Hey, and then there’s also old dogs Raggende Manne! So get your ass over to Dalfsen for Stone Rock festival on Saturday June 6th! And if you don't feel like getting down, dirty and boogying your behind off you can always get frustrated and angry watching Het Universumpje; or maybe have you mind blown by them instead…

Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets

Mandrake’s Monster – Regrets
Face to Face Records/Self released – 2015
Rock, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

They hail from Enschede, Netherlands. You know, that city that was partially destroyed by an explosion in the fireworks factory back in 2000. But on their first full-sized album Regrets by Dutch quintet Mandrake’s Monster there is little destruction but a lot of rocking. Ten fine songs that meander between alternative rock, stonerpop and something hard and heavy. With impressive tours through Germany and Poland the Dutch formation finally thinks it’s time to conquer their home country. And with their debut record in hand they sure have something to show for. Cause their sound evokes memories of Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age and classic hardrock bands. That might be due to the fact that the rhythm section also rocks out with Adje Vandenberg in his Vandenberg’s Moonkings. They opt for the big gestures on many occasion and seem to prepare themselves for huge stadiums and massive arenas. I’m sure they have no regrets by now, cause with a highly American sound, Mandrake’s Monster will not only turn on their home country, but the rest of the world as well…

(Written by JK)

dinsdag 2 juni 2015

Stoner HiVe BuzZz Feed bandzZz

Stoner HiVe BuzZz Feed bandzZz

Another quick post about those band that are posted in the BuzZz chat feed on the right side of the page. Cause they do deserve attention! Not just because they made it over to the HiVe, no, because they rock hard and kick ass!

Tropical Doom – Tropical Doom

This Brazilian stoner and desert rock outfit definitely has something tropical about them. Now, don’t go envisioning hula girls and pineapples, cause they probably owe more to sandy hamburgers and lukewarm rum. They’re damn heavy and got this damn fine trucking speed to their songs. Think Queens Of The Stone Age or Fu Manchu, but with a very own definite twist. The Tropical Doom boys do their stoner well and don’t really bother with dooming that up, no, they stare at the sun, guzzle their drinks and party completely sunburnt like the night will never come!

Black (W)hole – Receive

Black (W)hole has been putting out experimental drone and noise instrumental since 2010. Each of them offering weird or majestic soundscapes that sometimes twist your brain and on other moments make you experience one of those lucid hangovers. This Austrian fella improvises his heart out and on occasion stumbles upon something smashing. Just imagine what he could do sober or with an entire band?

Vidaguerrilla – Hora de Aventuras

We mentioned Vidaguerrilla’s first release during a certain Quick Fire Friday segment. And since that faithful day the Spanish one man project released no less than six new efforts. Hora de Aventuras is its newest release. Insane fuzzed out punky doom that is as chaotic as it is crazy, with weird esoteric interludes and arcane soundscapes. It is almost impossible to follow, not unless you are wired into some kind of weird trip and have a truckload of speed at the ready…

Lizard Queen – Third Eye

Lizard Queen is a stoner metal project from Gorizia, Italy, born and raised by a member of the band DEEP in that most ugly year of 2013. With overtones of doom the entire album twists your head and curdles your blood. There is something occult and dangerous about it. Both please, please, do not judge the record by that first track. Even though the hellish howls fit the name Khan, it does not do justice to the quality displayed on the rest of the eleven songs. Grow a pair, or in fact, grow a third one!