woensdag 11 december 2019

The Number One album of 2014


The Number One album of 2014

Before we start the Countdown of 2019 we look back at those past 10 years of Stoner HiVe. Indeed, we celebrate 10 years. 10 years of heavy riffs, romps and stomps! 10 years of heavy magic! That all started back in 2009 when the blog started, just so we would have a vehicle to count down the best 20 albums of 2009. The edition of 2014 had 86 lists to tally which of course made the outcome even more valid then when we started back in 2009. That list, deduced out of the lists sent in by 86 heavy music fiends,  started with Salem's Pot - …Lurar Ut Dig På Prärien on Number 20. It featured Brant Bjork and his Black Flower Power album on Number 3 and the amazing Clearing The Path To Ascend album by YOB on Number 2. For the entire Top 20, visit the Countdown So Far post on Stoner HiVe… But what album ended up on the Number One position back in 2014... Well, that’s when we wrote:

“We jump 90 points from YOB’s majestic album Clearing The Path to Ascend to reach the gold medal of this year’s Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown. Produced by a band that has made the countdown with almost every release the past years. Reaching Number 8 in 2009 and Number 13 in 2012. A band that inspired honorable Madman Tony to write a love letter this year and inspired so many more to vote for this band as the number one release or among the top of their favorites in 2014. And the groove is indeed strong in this band. They know how to stoner and they know how to metal. With a distinct swagger and luscious riffs that call for a spittoon looking container in the manner of stomping drums; they manage to control and evoke that late night blues feeling that flows underneath all that heavy rock. It will be that trusty companion that you will turn to whenever you need something summoned or awoken. Something swinging, with distorted fuzz, molasses sludge and hypnotic bass work. It is the voodoo they do so well! And we all know these three cats will deliver and keep delivering… Don’t mess with Texas…”

Some albums wither away with time and some age like fine wine… And we were honored to have the Original Guru, Doktor420 revisit the album and write down his findings… “ OK, I thought, that will be easy, when Joop asked for a re-review for one of our old Number Ones. I picked Wo Fat - The Conjuring because it had been one of my favorite albums in 2014. I love their Fuzz groove with the epic jam-parts, paired with enough heavy Blues and Boogie-Woogie. This time it didn't ignite. I needed several attempts to find back into it. The album has all the elements I dig: Psychedelic-Sludge-Stoner-Doom-Fatness – It’s just, well, my personal juju is low. But even so, I think  I can state: Wo-Fat is still very high.”

Wo Fat - The Conjuring  



(For the rest of the Top 20 of 2014, visit the Countdown So Far post on the blog...)

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