woensdag 16 juni 2021

Fastflows – Noon

 

 

Fastflows – Noon
Self released – 2021
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Blues, Grunge, Alternative
Rated: ***

Fastflows is just another rock band based in Sardinia. And that Sardinian based rock band has just delivered their first three track EP called Noon. It’s a Sardinian power trio that rock band called Fastflows and the three tracks on the EP start off with a new version of their 2019 single Barking Smiles. A grungy rockers that implores touches from space rock and little prods of an eighties sound. It convinces you that the power-trio are blessed with the sacred fire of rock, heavy rock and that alternative edge. The second track Lowland was also present on that 2019 single and starts out with a more psych and stoner edge before turning into a rocker aiming for the grand gestures and the arena sound. It’s the instrumental track titled Wheels that ends this trio of Sardinian rock, which quickly batters its sound into your heart and it will touch your naked soul with the proggy ditties that follow and you will scream, ‘here’s another cripple like yourself love’! Indeed, it reminded me of something for some weird reason, a long forgotten line from an awesome track. And then your rolling on and you’re rolling gone and you will feel like you belong there on that island, under the sun, with just another rock band based in Sardinia called Fastflows


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Low Flying Hawks – Subatomic Sphere

 

 

Low Flying Hawks – Subatomic Sphere

Sometimes a press release is just the perfect and simple summation of what’s about to happen. In this case it announced the arrival of the new single Subatomic Sphere by Mexican-American doomgazers Low Flying Hawks, which is the first of the forthcoming third full-length "Fuyu", which will be out through Magnetic Eye Records and will arrive in stores on August 27. Awesome news and awesome track! 

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donderdag 10 juni 2021

Ganesha – The Gardener

 

 

Ganesha – The Gardener
Self released – 2021
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Southern, Psych
Rated: ****

They hail from the Barcelona, Spain and the three crazies make more righteous ruckus than an eighteen tons steamroller crashing through a precious china shop. It’s Ganesha and they hit us with a two track release called The Gardener, which opens with a majestic stoner metal track called Mad Trucker. It will rev you up, get your energy flowing the right way and will make you aim for the horizon at top speed. Indeed, it will hook, line and sink you within seconds! It’s four minutes and fourteen seconds long and they go by in a mad max flash! It’s followed by the release’s namesake The Gardener, which will give you twelve minutes of absolute powerful chugging and fierce riffing. This is some bad ass powerful stuff you start to think. Savage, frantic and that’s… when the real music starts, you suddenly feel like a werewolf, howling at the moon and waiting for the edge to crawl ever closer. Cause these cats suddenly turn in complete acid freaks and weave you a psychedelic landscape to lick weird powder to; luring you ever closer. And then kicking you over for a righteous finale! Indeed, good Ganesha comes on heavy and goes out even heavier!


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dinsdag 8 juni 2021

ELCAM - AXE

 

 

ELCAM - AXE
Self released - May 2021
Stoner, psych, sludge, instrumental
Rated: ****

Instrumental French duo ELCAM have been doling out ten-ton stoner rock since 2013, and show no signs of slowing down on their fourth album AXE. With only a guitar and drums at their disposal, the two piece conjure up a massive sound bands with longer rosters would be envious of. The guitar tone is gnarly and sludgy, heavy enough to plow right past any talk of missing low end, and the drumming is masterfully tight and wildly dynamic. Like the best instrumental albums, AXE brings so much to the table that vocals are simply unneeded. The listener is ushered into the dark, noisy world of ELCAM with opener "Bipolar", ominous feedback slowly building to a razor wire riff, and layers of distortion and drums are gradually added until it all comes together in a relentless, driving onslaught. A brief psychedelic break changes things up and adds to the foreboding atmosphere, with keening guitar slowing down the tempo before the track soon bursts back into furious noise. "Tightrope" is another highlight cut of the album, laying down a slick, jazzy shuffle of lightning fast drums alongside RATM-style guitar squeals. The core riffs are angular and abrupt, cutting through tirelessly pounding drums. A break emerges with taut, laser-focused guitar that lives up to the song's name, so sharp in attack and tone it feels like a deadly balancing act. The remaining journey through the album is a treasure trove of equally nasty riffs and brilliant musicianship, making AXE a truly lethal weapon of stoner rock in ELCAM's capable hands.


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maandag 7 juni 2021

Saliga – Förödelsetrilogin

 

 

Saliga – Förödelsetrilogin
Self released – 2021
Rock, Free, Prog, Psych, Instrumental
Rated: ***

The two from Malmö, Sweden started this Saliga project to get rid of all the possible rules that they felt they had to follow in other bands, projects or perhaps society. That part is a bit unclear; but their goal when they set out on this adventure isn’t. It’s about pushing the boundaries and stepping over them with total disregard. But did they actually do that? Three instrumental tracks, recorded in their own build studio, meander through the free rock and psychedelic landscape. Very earthy tones seem to communicate with more spacey or spacious compositions giving off this air of perspicacity, turning everything around you on, making it all come alive. Like some electric gonzo dada magic they incorporate jazzy elements to evoke some weirdness before reverting back to the heavy dream do da they do so well. And that is definitely the magnetic power of Saliga on Förödelsetrilogin, their ability to hypnotize you with their slow moving reveries and the way they let the guitar whisk you away even if there is a heavy undercurrent of something slightly ominous surrounding you. Cause you know, it’s not always a good thing when everything around you comes alive. A living samurai with the wrong kind of disposition might just cut yer head clean off… So, being whisked away before that happens is a good day. And not breaking all the rules and actually just using most of the colors possible to paint twenty by twenty paintings on five by five canvasses might be better then disregarding them totally. We need to keep an eye on the two from Saliga, cause this is a first trilogy of trilogies in a trio of trilogies, and well, they’ve got some dangerous magical trickery in their arsenal…


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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…


Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows
Venus Flycatchers
Hermit’s Weedsom
Shun
Moon Coven
Book of Wyrms
Billy F Gibbons
Year Of No Light
Melissa
Octohawk


zondag 6 juni 2021

Hermit’s Weedsom – As Above, So Below

 

 

Hermit’s Weedsom – As Above, So Below
Self released – 2021
Rock, Instrumental, Stoner, Psych, Metal, Prog
Rated: ***

Progression is key with these two cats! Indeed, Hermit’s Weedsom is a duo from Rennes, France and they play some heavy instrumental metal, with overtones of stoner and some psychedelic touches. On their sophomore full-sized album As Above, So Below they treat us to eight tracks that seem to progress ever higher or ever lower before collapsing unto itself. By sheer weight or force or will. For they seem to have moved at the speed of inspiration, letting the muse or the universal unconsciousness dictate wherever the track needed to go. There is light in the dark and dark in the light, and those opposites seem to perfectly complement each other on this record. There’s a distinct esoteric feel about these tracks and that alone makes it all an extra special experience to be a part of. Headphone music for the heads, the alchemists, the freaks, the beat poets, the crazies and the heavy prog loving fiends. Count me in!


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zaterdag 5 juni 2021

Billy F Gibbons – Hardware

 

 

Billy F Gibbons – Hardware
Universal / Concord Records – 2021
Rock, Blues, Surf, Desert
Rated: ****

Wow. Been fortunate enough to see ZZ Top quite a few times live and they’ve always managed to make it all look so damn easy. Looking cool and rocking hard. They’ve got their sound and they’ve got their style and it will never disappoint. But does it surprise? Perhaps not that often. But that’s where Billy Fucking Gibbons comes in! Sure, the first few tracks on the new Hardware album are all good or better yet, the best he ever recorded solo. And then there are even tracks that are better than those from the best ZZ Top period. Just check out More-More-More for instance. West Coast Junkie is the first track he wrote after Austin Hanks and Matt Sorum kidnapped him and took him out into the desert. No, not in the mafia kind of way! And West Coast Junkie has turned into this wild mixture of surf and desert, perfect for a Tarantino soundtrack and for every hot and steamy night out there, where the danger lurks. And where the dirt is just around the corner, as we can hear in his dirty ode to Spanish Fly. And sure, he’s been there before, in the desert you know, with Josh Homme at Rancho De La Luna. But this was a different studio, Escape Studio and a whole new ballgame. But his love for the desert, the mysteries and the danger are obvious and get that extra supernatural delightful treatment with this album and final track Desert High in particular. Since he was unsure of how to sing the lyrics, Matt suggested he’d read them out loud first to see how it would sound. If it really is the first take, as the man suggested, we hear on the record is best left a mystery, but somehow the desert, has made Billy Fucking Gibbons sound like Leonard Cohen, out there near Joshua Tree. The desert knows and the desert does wonders, just listen to the new Hardware album by 71-year old Billy Fucking Gibbons. Wow.


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vrijdag 4 juni 2021

Magic Chicken Fudgetoe – Technicolour Misery

 

 

Magic Chicken Fudgetoe – Technicolour Misery
Self released – 2021
Metal, Thrash, Rock, Stoner, Grunge, Doom
Rated: ***

Perth, Australia. Another spot I’ve always desperately wanted to visit but which has not materialized so far. What has revealed itself to eyes, ears and heart, is that new eight track album Technicolour Misery by Perth, Australia trio Magic Chicken Fudgetoe. (Aah, that’s why you mentioned Perth.) And yes, I do love that bandname. Although Fudgetoe would have been rocking to my ears as well or Chicken Fudgetoe or Magic Fudgetoe. Anyway, enough about the bandname and on to the album. Which starts out pretty psychedelic and trippy before quickly distorting that with guttural vocals or even screams and an intensely grainy grunge sound. Which then picks up speed soon enough moving into thrash metal and hardcore territory. An eighties vibe can be felt on many of the tracks and there’s something highly energetic about it all, even that fourth instrumental track Kenny On The Couch will kick you out of whatever seat you’re in at that given moment in time. There’s a certain neck breaking tempo here that just demands every bit of your headbanging techniques. And soon other metal sparks will be flying of the wall as well. And yes, when the more slow, dragging final tracks arrive you are ready for their version of doom. Doom straight from the inferno…


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donderdag 3 juni 2021

HWDU – Love Crime EP

 

 

HWDU – Love Crime EP
Self released – 2021
Rock, Punk, Stoner, Skate
Rated: ****

The four that make up HWDU (pronounced as Hoodoo, apparently) are about to release their first EP. It’s called Love Crime and holds 6 tracks and possesses quite a few different styles, which are glued together something highly infectious and entertaining. They hail from Swansea in south Wales and two of the members are also a part of Sigiriya, Suns Of Thunder and Estuary Blacks. Opener and lead single Space Punk comes out swinging and is an in your face kind of punk rocking anthem that also speeds through the stoner landscape. A ballsy and speedy hardrocking track follows before we get thrown a college rocking punky curveball in the form of Jessie. Title track Love Crime is one of those stoner grooves that will immediately capture your heart and soul, thanks to the melody, harmony and all out musical quality. And yes, those two minutes of Song For June will definitely blow you away and the final send off is intense and proper. The four that make up HWDU definitely deliver some heavy rocking voodoo! (See, you know, that rhymed…)


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Book Of Wyrms - Occult New Age

 

 

Book Of Wyrms - Occult New Age
Desert Records / Dewar PR – 2021
Rock, Seventies, Psych, Occult, Doom
Rated: ****

The past two weeks have been extremely hectic, giving us less time to listen to the good and heavy stuff out there and even less time to do the HiVe thing. But that new Book Of Wyrms record has not been passed over. In fact, it has been spinning like crazy and when the Doom Charts called for a blurb, we quickly jotted down a few words. Occult New Age is a luscious blend of seventies rock, occult metal, doom, psych and all that’s good and heavy into the spiked kool-aid we all need to drink from time to time. Together with the folky touches, this little diamond will make you flashback to all those great acid parties you might not even have experienced. You should spend a few bucks on this, let yourself loose, throw back your head and screech out the Book Of Wyrms name. Do that three times in a mirror and they might turn up in your living room for a live concert. Who knows? An Occult New Age is dawning…  


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The Doom Chart for May 2021

 

 

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anaïs Nin

Here comes May. The wind is still fresh but the sun rises high in the sky. The golden rays nurture the soils and nature awakens. It’s time to install the summer tire set and do the oil change on our rides. I’m sure you’ve never been so happy to be back at mowing your lawn or preparing your yard or doing whatever you need to do outside in order to be ready for June knocking at our doors. It almost feels like if we are out from a long cryogenic sleep. The long pandemic winter is over. The widespread access to immunization is making the return to normalcy a more and more tangible thing. Fuck yes, we’ll soon gather in a feast of friends! The hope flows in our veins!

May is the month the most associated with fertility and I can insure you our Stoner/Doom scene has been very fecund. It’s like all these pregnant bands decided to give birth at once. Fuck guys, the nursery is full! My guess is they all wanted to be ready to take back the road. I know they are eager to show us in person their new babies but for now, let’s enjoy these digital pictures that have been brought to us along this past month. ~ Marc-Eric Gagnon

And there they were once again! Live on June 1st! The all new and all heavy Doom Charts! An amazing month once more... Personal votes went out to Surfsquatch, Book of Wyrms, A Better Tomorrow, Atomic Vulture, Savanah, Monster Magnet, Khirki, Robots of the Ancient World, Dr. Colossus, Alastor, Vokonis & Hippie Death Cult... Don't think I ever had that many choices make the final list? And of course that Number 1Circle of Days… We mentioned it around the start of May; what an album…  

Gonna be listening to them all again; starting with Melissa's Devil's Mask album... Check'm out! Check'm all out!

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


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maandag 31 mei 2021

King Buffalo – Burden of Restlessness

 

 

King Buffalo – Burden of Restlessness
Stickman Records – 2021
Rock, Prog, Psych, Stoner
Rated: *****

Their Dead Star release was one of the best albums of 2020. So when King Buffalo announced they would be releasing three albums in 2021 all heads turned at once with mouth agape and a wild fluster in their hearts. Indeed, and if the quality of the following two even come close to this first one that has been released, it will become a majestic trilogy. For you know, what might be missing from loads of great albums we all love so dearly in this enormous heavy rock niche we all curl up into to hide from the outside cold. Might be a sense of urgency and the ability to transcend the mundane; offering insights and feelings about what the human condition is going through. King Buffalo have the strength and ability to make you feel that both we and they are hemmed in and torn by similar walls, frustrations and tragedies. The new album Burden Of Restlessness is dense enough to be compulsive, somewhat hard to hear at first, the precision and the fury that resides underneath the riffs and rhythms. Where Dead Star offered a same approach but all layered with different sort of shade, they now show more humility and a dazed frenzy. Burden Of Restlessness is about casualties, a search for alternatives, for something to do, something worthwhile. They emerge as masters at rendering the boredom and desperation of living comfortably in this society. Of translating the impossibility to escape the prison of prosperity. Often the sense of helplessness and impotence is not particularly pleasing; and such withering and brutal personal honesty is what now sets King Buffalo apart from most peers. The same can be said about those synapse-snapping shifts in tempo and tone or the way the bass weaves itself beneath all the different elements, lifting them up and with that emphasizing each one even more. It brings focus to every note played and every color chosen. Dense, concentrated and heavy but opening up whenever they allow the tension to slacken. The first of three... Amazing artists with sublime craftmanship...


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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…


Kyra Kira
Monster Magnet
Dr. Colossus
Rest In Haste
King Buffalo
Technicolor Blood
Guided Meditation Doomjazz
A Better Tomorrow
Dreadnought In In The Pond
Erich

zondag 30 mei 2021

Technicolor Blood – Technicolor Blood

 

 

Technicolor Blood – Technicolor Blood
Self released / Songs Of Phaedra Records / LeBackstore Records – 2021
Rock, Garage, Psych, Space, Kraut
Rated: ****

Garage space rock and psychedelic fuzz straight out of the outer reaches of the universe! All brought to you in hyper condensed form and kaleidoscopic colors. It’s the self-titled full-sized debut album by Montréal quartet Technicolor Blood. The six tracks all meander through the free rock cosmos and turns every note played into an interstellar adventure. It’s that thing we love from Uffe Lorenzen and his Baby Woodrose outfit, it’s the rock of Hawkwind and the wildness of 13th Floor Elevators. It turns smokey, hazy and granular fast; compressing the sound into something oppressive and muggy yet extremely airy and spacey. Like one of those factory cellar rooms filled with smog from machines and certain forms of smoke; but that somehow doesn’t seem to clog your lungs; and you can just keep on dancing. And dance you shall, until the spaceship lands and the boys from Technicolor Blood take a sip of the kool¬-aid going round. And then we go again…


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zaterdag 29 mei 2021

The Hawk Messengers – Scifi-Wifi

 

 

The Hawk Messengers – Scifi-Wifi
Self released – 2021
Rock, Desert, Kraut, Alternative, Psych
Rated: ****

Okay, so perhaps, not everyone was hooked on that self-titled Drug album back when it came out in 2017. But I found that alternative and experimental high desert sound pretty intoxicating! They worked with Brant Bjork's wife and artist Zaina Alwan and recorded a Jam In The Van segment at Brant’s Jalamanta Studio before slowly settling into that Drug sound. Or did they? Cause, well, they now stared a new outfit named The Hawk Messengers. And on their first release Scifi-Wifi they sound less experimental and even more addictive. Championed by Dave Catching and everything Rancho De La Luna, The Hawk Messengers now sound like pure alchemic gold. Taped loops as a fourth member and entirely spaced out rhythms create an enormous vista for you to get lost in. Inspired by a kraut rock approach and a psychedelic universe it will trip you up and send you tumbling down the hole, waiting for the (gram) rabbit to follow you down. There is something very special lurking in these six tracks, something hard to define, something electric and something triumphant. It’s that desert thing, and it seems to epitomize the air that seems to flow like water over there… Let’s swim… Are you ready to take the dive?


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dinsdag 25 mei 2021

Glass Steigal - Glass Steigal

 

 

Glass Steigal - Glass Steigal
Self released - October 2020
Alternative, americana, indie
Rated: ****

Hailing from New York, four-piece Glass Steigal share their guitar/vocalist and bassist with hard-rocking outfit 10% Reptile, but veer away from the latter's distorted attack towards a very different sound. Blending Zeppelin-esque acoustic guitar, a bit of electric via Santana, and a healthy helping of americana, Glass Steigal create an infectious and attention-grabbing sound on their self-titled debut EP. The nimble strumming and plaintive vocals of intro "Back and Forth" start things off a somber atmosphere, opened up further by the Santana-reminiscent electric lead that sneaks in to give the track an epic feel. Follow-up "For Reasons" moves to a more rocking sound with infectious, choppy rhythms thanks to acrobatic drumming, but with vocals not far off from Eddie Vedder's gentler numbers. The occasional, and welcome, electric flair is still present, and the overall feel-good vibes induce a smile and toe-tapping with ease. The sound takes a turn towards more punky americana with "Next Big Election", where a touch of 10% Reptile shines through with a slight sneer and urgency, though the vocal-driven melodies keep the flow easy and smooth. Final cut "Imitation" closes the EP with a bouncing beat that really allows the kitwork to shine, crisp and snappy while leading the biggest-sounding vocals yet, a satisfying and grooving conclusion to the energy built across the four tracks. Accomplished and creative in their sound and use of influences, Glass Steigal have created an impressive debut on the acoustic side of the rock spectrum, one that captures your attention and hints at a sound whose growth is rife with possibilities.


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

 


Stoner HiVe’s 

Top 10 Most Listened Albums Last Week…


Doors To No Where
Bud Spencer Blues Explosion
Monster Magnet
Dr. Colossus
Fu Manchu
Stöner
Technicolor Blood
King Buffalo
Alamo Black
Electric Haze

maandag 24 mei 2021

Red Beard Wall - 3

 

 

Red Beard Wall - 3
Desert Records - July 2021
Sludge, doom, stoner, punk
Rated: ****

West Texas riff merchants Red Beard Wall return with their third album, aptly titled "3", this July, and mastermind Aaron Wall's winning formula of crushing sludge and catchy melodies delivers once again. True to form, Wall's lyrics evenly share the stage with his amps' harsh noise and the stripped down drums. Alternating between understated cleans and throat-shredding screams, the vocals are brutally earnest yet hopeful, making each track an urgent call to action against society's many ills. Even before getting to the meat of the album, instrumental opener "Tap" sets the stage with a massive, gnarly guitar tone as an earworm riff snakes along the groove. Follow-up "March Forth" then dives into the band's signature staccato drum assault, slabs of weighted sludge grinding over a very literally marching beat. The track is a powerful, no-bullshit sendup of the US's recent and current struggles, a timely and refreshing change of pace in the genre. Highlight cut "My Brothers" hits even harder, shifting from melodic beginnings to battering waves of distortion as Wall makes a heartfelt and inspiring case for himself and his fellow men to do better by their "mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters". Wails, feedback, and thunderous kit-work send the track to its epic conclusion, and the listener even deeper into Red Beard Wall's latest opus. "3" is unrelentingly heavy in every sense of the word, from a band unafraid to speak their truth and hammer it home with style and power.


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Dr. Colossus – Lard Lad

 

Dr. Colossus – Lard Lad

The Melbourne four-piece Dr. Colossus is about to release the album with the longest title of 2021: ‘I’m A Stupid Moron With An Ugly Face And A Big Butt And My Butt Smells And I Like To Kiss My Own Butt’ One of the singles is called Lard Lad and features a freaking damn cool video!




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vrijdag 21 mei 2021

Tremor Ama – Beneath

 

 

Tremor Ama – Beneath
Self released / Salade Tomate Orion – 2021
Rock, Prog, Metal, Psych, Stoner, Sludge
Rated: ****

I do not know much about Creil in France. And I do not think I have ever been there. Although I have been to many of the cities surrounding Creil. But I now know it’s the hometown of five-piece Tremor Ama and it is a reason to visit for sure. On their second release Beneath, which will be out on June 11th, they produce some beautifully expected prog rock and metal and deliver this within the stoner and sludge boundaries we know from acts like Baroness. And especially middle track Eclipse will have you reliving those moments first hearing The Blue Album and don’t you worry now, cause we only mean that it is that good and in the same category. Or perhaps the Red Album. Either way, the following track Mirrors only solidifies your belief that you are listening to something amazing. Perfection is almost achieved with these glacial harmonics that surgically and metronomically stretch out the compositions towards something almost capable of levitation. Tremor Ama understand exactly how variations in tone, texture, tempo and melody can set apart the true artists. With so much atmosphere and soul, Beneath should be rewarded with everyone’s attention… And adoration…


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Barebone – War In Eden

 

 

Barebone – War In Eden

Barebone is a four-piece alternative hardrock and metal band from Cyprus and have just released a new single and video called War In Eden. It’s a single of grandiose proportions, baroque and symphonic and with every great metal element in the right place. Indeed, War In Eden has an enduring glow to it and the right kind of message… Thanks to their manager Zuzana for pointing us in the right direction!

 



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donderdag 20 mei 2021

Doors To No Where – Darkness Falls

 

 

Doors To No Where – Darkness Falls
Desert Records – 2021
Rock, Stoner, Punk, Grunge, Desert
Rated: ****

They’ve been around since 2010; but to be honest we’ve only been familiar with their 2016 recording The Haunting. But now that their new album Darkness Falls has gotten its hooks in us, we will definitely check out the rest of their stuff and not lose track of the trio that is Doors To No Where ever again! There’s a new bassplayer on board for this record and Fu Manchu’s very own Bob Balch riffs along on the title track and final piece of music on Darkness Falls. The orchestral and grandiose gestured Who Died? is the sixth track on the album and it’s the first hint of the magic to come on that closing title track. For it’s an almost eight minute battleship that starts off so intense and earthy and in a perfect tempo that you cannot wait to see the desert flower slowly blossom into the beauty that is. And it does, shows you every color possible and delivers itself in all its glory. Is it justified to single that one final track out? Indeed, it is not. For we have already been shocked into submission by opening banger Lie, Lie, Lie and that majestic groove of Policy could have gone on forever if we would have had a say in it. It’s all very impressive and hearing all these eight tracks shows perfectly that the Doors To No Where three know precisely what their best qualities are. And they bring it all together on Darkness Falls, perfectly balanced.



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White Tundra – Honningfella


 

White Tundra – Honningfella
All Good Clean Records – 2021
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

We opened the press kit before we could download the two track of this 7inch single, thinking the EPK would deliver all the tracks, info and pr-pictures. We therefor could not help but read the following sentence: “For fans of Monster Magnet, Red Fang and Skraeckoedlan.” Sold! So, we immediately then found our way into the two tracks by Norwegian quartet White Tundra. They’re called Honningfella and One More Place and both deliver some tight stoner metal, rock and sludgy textures. Clearly inspired by classic riffs, they manage to make it all sound raw and rough, yet also retain something very catchy. With the multiple vocals it has a very rowdy and loud feeling to it. A bit manic even, but that’s exactly the way we like it! White Tundra, music to party to every night!


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Onyric Joy – Live in La Fontana 2021

 

 

Onyric Joy – Live in La Fontana 2021

The psychedelic stoner trio Onyric Joy from Barcelona is on the verge of releasing a split record with Dos Brujos, from Graz, Austria. But they’re also about to put their 2021 filmed footage from a show in La Fontana online. No crowd, just awesome music! And just to tease us all they’ve already got one of the tracks up. Oblivion from their 2017 album Tales From The First Light. Prog, psych, stoner and superb! Can’t wait to hear the rest!



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woensdag 19 mei 2021

Santa Planta - Santa Planta

 

 

Santa Planta - Santa Planta
Loneravn Records - May 2021
Doom, stoner, psych
Rated: ****

Formed in 2018 in Madrid, Spain, three-piece Santa Planta released their debut self-titled EP earlier this month, and it's been worth the wait. Taking cues from the hypnotic nod of Sleep and Sabbath bounce, Santa Planta deliver a sprawling, massively heavy debut across three epic tracks, the shortest by a long shot being just under six minutes. The slow, plodding groove and crunching fuzz are all there, and Santa Planta bring it to a new level with patience and a thunderous reward. Instrumental opener "Judas Goat" is epic, psychedelic doom echoing out over guttural bass and snappy but powerful drumming. The riffs are thick and slow as molasses, lumbering forward until a minimal psych solo eases in with feel good vibes. Follow-up "Overture" injects some aggro into thrmix, the filthy guitar tones laying down some crush 'n roll. Vocals make a sparse but powerful first appearance with lone, booming, single-syllable shouts, hammering down with the beat in the style of Pod People. The tempo eventually kicks up a notch with galloping bass and a winding riff overtop, adding some spice to the slugfest. Closer "Witches" is by far the longest track at thirteen minutes, and never outstays its welcome. The plodding waves and of distortion are hypnotic but somehow bounce at the same time, and echoing group vocals overtop seal the deal. Halfway through comes a significant shift to bright, shimmering guitar, a peaceful interlude that contrasts powerfully with the stomping low end that's never far behind. Santa Planta have delivered a mammoth slab of psychedelic doom on their first outing, impressive in both its scope and the spot on feel of the groove. These Spaniards are a crew to keep one hazy eye open for.


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The Absurd – The Enemy_

 


The Absurd – The Enemy_ 


Will we ever know for sure if that underscore at the end of the title of this song was just a typo? Or intentional? Whatever the case, it’s not that big of a deal, unlike the new video! Yes, The Absurd has a new video online for the new single of their The Sun Still Rises album, and that new single is The Enemy_ Go check it out HERE! Or just below this...




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donderdag 13 mei 2021

Atomic Vulture – Moving Through Silence

 

 

Atomic Vulture – Moving Through Silence
Polderrecords – 2021
Stoner, Instrumental, Space, Psych
Rated: *****

I’ve just ordered the Atomic Vulture album Moving Through Silence on vinyl through the Polderrecords shop. We’re unfortunately too late for the Die Hard version, but we still managed to get our grubby little hands on that Intergalactic Orange edition. It had to be done, we could not miss out. For the three amigo’s from Brugge, Belgium have produced an amazing instrumental stoner rock album. And yes, here it comes, it will be one of the very best of the instrumental stoner rock albums you will hear in 2021. With overtones of space rock and psych, the eight tracks meander through all of the stoner related universes. Eclips serves as a proper lift-off track, destined for the outer reaches of space. Follow-up Mashika Deathride will put set you down on a distant planet and ground it all into submission; with a spooky, eerie middle part that slowly picks up speed again and then pounds it all to dirt. Amazing track! And then Coaxium starts its motif, and you cannot help but immediately fall in love with it. Three tracks in and you are shocked and awed by the three that is Atomic Vulture. Another five tracks to go on Moving Through Silence and each and every one of them is a righteous instrumental stoner rock adventure of majestic proportions. And we’re not even gonna mention that cathedral track, the closing, twelve minutes long, Astral Dream, we will just let that one transport you into whatever dimension you are needed…


(Written by JK)


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Monster Magnet – A Better Dystopia

 

 

Monster Magnet – A Better Dystopia
Napalm Records – 2021
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Space
Rated: ****

There’ve been two cover albums released recently that have been spinning ever since at the HiVe HQ. One is the Cloud Covered album by the awesome Clouds Taste Satanic, an album we will definitely mention in the very near future. O’ and we noticed Hugo just posted a write-up on his awesome Orange Maze blog, so head on over and grab an earful over there! The other one, is of course the new album A Better Dystopia by the legendary Monster Magnet. Even though we already assumed it would probably be a good one; there was a moment there that we felt a small pang of disappointment. We just really would have loved new Monster Magnet material. As we do every day. Every day. But that momentary feeling was incinerated by the thirteen amazing versions brought to you by Dave Wyndorf and his cronies. It’s loud, its filthy and it’s awesome. The thirteen tracks are all pulled out of the oubliette cesspit of psych, acid and proto-metal and indeed, not all of them are that well known. Most famous might be the Born To Go track from Hawkwind, and that one turns into one of the most fantastic tracks every to grace you ears. With a release to intense it will definitely bring you every sort of satisfaction! And after that intense closer Welcome To The Void leaves you all alone out there, at the bottom of the rabbit hole, where you will be waiting for the next Monster Magnet rocket ship to blast through the infinite space, the fourth dimension or the twilight zone with. You will realize that this is the kind of cover album the world needs right now, rough, raw and nuclear!


(Written by JK)


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