zaterdag 3 december 2022

The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2022

 

 

The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2022

The time is upon us again… You’ve seen JJ’s The Best of 2022 Year-End Poll go up on The Obelisk… Which means we are already late with stating that The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2022 is now open for business. We unfortunately do not have a fancy poll system in place. But we’ve been doing it the old fashion way since 2009 and will for now, continue to do so. The deadline for your list will be on December the 13th! And it’s of course highly appreciated if you send your list before that time…

Almost every year the amount of lists received keeps growing and we are thankful for each and every one of them. Whether you are able to list five favorite albums or fifty it is all good! You can send your list to our email and we will do all the computing and tallying… And then when the day is there, we shall start the The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2022! Ending, with this years Number One on January 1st

On the image above, masterfully crafted by Doktor420, you see the covers of all the Number One albums of past 13 editions. According to YOUR votes back then! Anxious to see what all of your Number One album for this year will be… 

So, cast your vote! 



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ps. Want to read up on past editions? Visit the blog and see posts like: The Countdown So Far... Or the Number One Posts...



The Doom Charts for November 2022

 

 

Doom Charts

“I see The Doom Charts…” “In your dreams? While you’re awake? How often do you see them?” “All the time. They’re everywhere…”


I see the Doom Charts… But luckily we see them only once a month. On the First Friday of every month, the new edition of the Doom Charts go up. It doesn’t feel like they’re everywhere and all the time, right? There is no Doom Charts overkill is there? Cause even though we do the Friday Freebie sessions and we do the Peroration Post, we try to limit the amount of Doom Charts posts. Cause we’re only here to try and guide you all to albums that comes straight out of the Heavy Underground and that we feel need to be heard by everyone… Sure, there are some big names among them, sometimes. Or big names to the Heavy Underground ears. But the Contributors all feel that the albums we vote for every month, should be heard by everyone. And there is so much. There really and truly is. This month, 221 different albums, all received votes. That’s another 181 albums that aren’t featured among the forty below. And soon, the year-end-lists will start appearing. All of them listing the top albums of 2022. And if you consider the fact that we all keep discovering new amazing albums from past months and past years as well… We can only conclude that we live in amazing times, musically speaking… If only we could get our act together on all the different fronts as well.. Than we all would truly be rocking! But hey, below, especially for you, the esteemed heads from the Heavy Underground, are the November 2022 Doom Charts, with 37 brand new entries to rock out to! Go rock! Go roll!

I see the brand new November Doom Charts...

And they're not scary at all! Hell no, they're awesome... Featuring 40 amazing albums straight out of the heavy underground... Personal votes that made it, went out to:

Elder, GAUPA, WARLUNG, Vitskär Süden, Witchfinder, Onségen Ensemble, Cowboys & Aliens, Desert Wave, High Noon Kahuna, Grandier, Thammuz, Astrosaur, The Otolith, Odonata, Dune Sea, Black Mirrors & The Grand Mal


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 November 2022  

vrijdag 2 december 2022

The Otolith - Folium Limina

 

 

The Otolith - Folium Limina
Blues Funeral Recordings – 2022
Rock, Avant Garde Metal, Atmospheric Doom, Post-Metal
Rated: *****

We must confess. It took some time to come to grips with this release. But once it sank its hooks in, there was no letting go. For it arrived like a bolt from the blue, and as the sky turned dark, you could hear the heavy rumbling approaching… And at once you realized you were listening to a hammer strike against the gods… One that would ring on into legend… And forever… An album labelled as avant-garde metal might not always lure you in… But as the debut record Folium Limina by quintet The Otolith shows us, we probably should have let us be ensnared more often. For Folium Limina is a work of art that’s capable of fusing elements of sludge, noise, black, doom and metal into a brilliant symphonic almost operatic album, dizzying, stunning and grandiose. Rising from the ashes of equally stunning outfit SubRosa, the The Otolith five opt for gigantic gestures, a massive amount of layers and the fierce ability to turn it all down to a mere trickle of sounds. And then they let the roar swell, with enough gravitas to bring the world around you to a halt. Which is part of the succor given by Folium Limina since much of the album is a desperate trek forward through all sorts of trials and tribulations. For those who see too deep and too much, for the outsiders, the hour-long existentialistic masterpiece will pierce and strike, and penetrate deep into your heart. The intensity of the experience not easily repeated, might suck the wind away, and might show you once again that we live with the reference of past experiences, not future events. But as such, Folium Limina will be the touch stone for you to see the inevitable. The simple fact that time, is like an ever-rolling stream, bearing all your sins, all your failures, all you dreams, all your realities away… Folium Limina will bring you into the now. The only time that truly exists. And for one hour long, the world around you will be brought to a halt. And that is something to be truly thankful for…

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Thanks to The Otolith



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Shit The Cow – Slaktgrop

 

Shit The Cow – Slaktgrop
Self released – 2022
Rock, Stoner, Garage, Punk
Rated: ****

Their first release was already ten years ago. And ever since that time, that Volume/Cow release in 2012, we’ve definitely mentioned quite a lot of their outpouring. We’re talking about the Swedish collection of weird cats that bring their very own brand of scrapyard rock named Shit The Cow. The new three track EP is called Slaktgrop and features some great garage rock with stoner and punk influences. Opener Cassius even sound like it might go the route of doom for a moment, but then the sundried riff takes hold, the languid male vocals careen and the drums take it to the bowl, before the female vocals give it a moment of angelic beauty. But only for a moment. The Shit The Cow five have released another great three track release and you will want to join in on the hunt!


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donderdag 1 december 2022

Stoner Rock Army Night

 

Stoner Rock Army Night

Are you one of the lucky bastards? One of those free wheelin’ cats that know where Turbo Haus in Montreal, Canada is situated? If so, the rest of the world is jealous! For on March 9th 2023, the very first Stoner Rock Army Night will be held in that crazy venue… And you will be there! How can you not be? Did you not see that video? Do you know about all those great bands already on the bill? Check it out above, salute your General and follow the rest of the army down to Turbo Haus on March 9th and get your groove on with…


Hazehound

AAWKS

Sons of Arrakis


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The Green Uncle and the Black Hole Surfers - In the Animal World

 

 

The Green Uncle and the Black Hole Surfers - In the Animal World
Virkelighedsfjern – 2022
Rock, Kraut, Space, Psych, Punk, Garage
Rated: ****

The Danish Virkelighedsfjern label has been amazing releasing noise, space, kraut and drone releases for quite a while now. And now they are releasing the In The Animal World album by Russian fourpiece The Green Uncle and the Black Hole Surfers on vinyl. That is something to rejoice in, for the five tracks on this mini album are righteous droning kraut rockers. It’s fuzz and it’s space create a warm and embracing atmosphere for you to go crazy in. That’s where the punk and garage influences come in handy. Or even the almost drum ‘n bass insanity that is present on that middle track: Axaxaxaxaxaxa. Or that stomping final track that will have you dancing like an insane devil! In their hometown of Nizhniy Novgorod, the band is known for their work at the underground club Tago)) Mago)), a diy-club that has hosted more than 500 musical artists over the last 6 years. In December they will enter the studio again to record a collection on heavy psych anti-war songs. Sounds like a good bunch of surfers! 

 

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Samavayo - Songs for the Iranian People

 

 

Samavayo - Songs for the Iranian People

I was lucky enough to see Samavayo a few weeks ago during one of those amazing Club Void nights in the Effenaar in Eindhoven. And two of the tracks they performed during that night had vocals in the Persian or Farsi language. The language of Iran. And those two tracks mesmerized and enchanted the most. The way vocalist Behrang Alavi lived within those words and the way the lines, even if one could not understand them, felt like beautiful poetry and struck a chord within the heart of all who were present. He gave a little speech about Iran, the fight for human rights, women’s rights and the daily struggles people all have to go through… And received a wave of applause…

And now, they’ve released all their Persian songs, from all their albums, the two from the new Payan album and the three from earlier albums on a digital release. And all revenue from this five-track release will go straight to the women fighting for their rights in Iran. Head on over to their bandcamp for great music and righteous cause…

“These Persian songs from our various albums are dedicated to the Iranian People standing up and fighting for their freedom! "Women! Life! Freedom!"


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Liquid Maze – The Metz Session

 

 

Liquid Maze – The Metz Session
Self released – 2022
Rock, Psych, Prog, Stoner
Rated: ****

The four tracks on the new Liquid Maze release were recorded in their own Metz studio. It’s the place where the alternative rock scene from Vienna, Austria gather and get their groove on. And groovy it surely is! With a high jam-like quality, it’s often the keys that take center stage. Together with the guitars, they set the scene and paint the landscape. Soon you will feel enveloped by the atmosphere created and by the time third track Pieces rolls around you are deep and completely into the Liquid Maze. The excellent vocals on this track, and those drums, keeping it airy, fluent and whenever the rhythm demands it, tight and choppy. There are masters at work! Which is quite a feat, when you realize that the band was founded seven years ago, and the new key-player only joined last year. And sure, we dug, Snake Jazz from 2021 and Colours of Euphoria from 2016, but The Metz Session shows what these five Liquid Maze cats truly excel at: doing wild progressive rock, that goes the was of stoner when it moves forward, and fluid psych when the mood is right and the ambient rock calls for it… This is good, this is The Metz Session


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woensdag 30 november 2022

Jerky Dirt – Chirality

 

 

Jerky Dirt – Chirality
Self released – 2022
Rock, Stoner, Fuzz, Grunge, Psych
Rated: ***

You looking to get your fuzz on? Are you looking to get grungy? Stonerized? Are you looking? Are you looking in a mirror and seeing the new album from solo project Jerky Dirt flash before your eyes? Then nothing is wrong and everything is rocking. Cause it’s called Chirality and will surely make you drift along the desert currents and Synaptic Seas. Opening track Adrift On Synaptic Seas, with its warm instrumental bliss, has all the right colors to make you swim through that stoner and desert rocking flow. Following track Through The Mirror in fact has more synapse snapping guitar parts and drum work than that opener, the grungy, nineties era vocals sit nice on top of all that rhythmic ruckus. This Seems Familiar is the third track and paints a slow-moving stream, before turning it fuzzy again towards the end and introducing a few vocal lines. Which turns this track into something special and different. Fourth track Another Life is the almost nine minute long battleship of the album, a bouncy, steamy, desert rocking beauty. Beelzebubba follows, imploring even more grunge and some Palm Desert touches, with a break in the middle that will surely make the devil do a dirty shuffle. And then there are seven more tracks, all as warm to the touch as the first five. But that seems only logical, cause Beelzebubba was there for Jerky Dirt. That’s why Jerky Dirt dedicated the Chirality album to (Beelze)Bubba…


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Thanks to the rascally devil that is Jerky Dirt!

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maandag 28 november 2022

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

 

 

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

DeWolff
Ruben Block
Abrams
Arthur Brown
Odonata
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Acid Witch
Robot God
Candlemass
Dario Mars and The Guillotines

My sincere apologies for the lack of updates recently, but we have been swamped with work. The rent needs to be paid, and those ever-rising energy bills as well, as we all know. Some of the stuff was the usual horrible and annoying crap, but we also had some very fun interview assignments as well. That’s what keeps our energy level up! Spoke to Pablo from DeWolff, to Ruben from Triggerfinger and to Arthur. Or should we say, the Crazy Sir Arthur Brown! Got another one lined-up for Wednesday, but until then, we’re back to the horrible stuff for two days. Good news though, that Gravitational Perturbation album by Odonata is damn addictive! Good kicks! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

zondag 27 november 2022

Robot God – Worlds Collide

 

 

Robot God – Worlds Collide
Kozmik Artifactz – 2022
Rock, Stoner,
Rated: ****

Worlds Colllide came out in the middle of September of this year and is the sophomore full-sized release by Sydney, Australia trio Robot God. Four chugging tracks that marry stoner to a bit of psych, space, and doom and all brought to you with an intense and pristine production value. Indeed, the mix is so well done, that the lighter moments will immediately make you soar through space and the heavy make you stomp on the terra like a wild animal. Which of course is one way to make Worlds Colllide. Take opener Sleepwalking, with its eleven minutes, the abundance of riffs and solo’s tumbling over each other, the way the vocals take the exact amount of light and that airy drum, it will indeed make you dream, make you feel the electricity in the air and feel your hairs stand up. It’s one of the songs; with all these different layers and sections that have this lingering ability. They will stay with you as you move on to the following track. And you probably don’t even want to, with that atavistic rolling stoner riff ending. As the Floydian opening of Ready To Launch, transitions into the riveting rock, with the drums offering cues to what’s coming you will indeed be ready. Ready for the wild ride that will surely come, the rhythmic moves, the guitar pushing and pulling. Subtle, yet punishing and with no resistance possible. Two more tracks will follow, with title track Worlds Collide closing the Robot God show, their show on Earth, for even though that track will take the spacey cues through the vocals, much of it sounds much more grounded and yet still retains some of that impressionistic touch they started out with, and that middle section will surely mesmerize. What a fine ride! And hey, did not come in for nothing on that Fourth spot of the September Doom Charts. So, if you haven’t ridden with the Robot God yet, you’d better get your spacey stoner groove on! And if you scroll further down, we might just have the fix for you!


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Dream Unending – Song Of Salvation


 

Dream Unending – Song Of Salvation
20 Buck Spin – 2022
Metal, Death, Doom, Psych, Prog, Ambient
Rated: ***

Back in 2021 the duo operating under the name Dream Unending released their debut effort Tide Turns Eternal and now, one year later, that two-piece returns with Song Of Salvation. It took only one year for Derrick Vella of Tomb Mold (guitar, 12 string guitar, bass) and Justin DeTore of Innumerable Forms (drums, vocals) to find out what worked on that first album and make it better. Those of you that follow the HiVe from time to time know that I’m not the biggest aficionado of the guttural vocals, but one must confess that much of the use of those on the new album Song Of Salvation do fit the moment. On the other hand, the more prog, ambient, and psychedelic moments seem to work even better. That hard edge, that grim take coupled with the serene prog of the yesteryear give it this dreamlike quality and offer as much in melancholy colors as it does for more hopeful attitudes. Which seem to come perfectly together in that final sixteen-minute-long track Ecstatic Reign. A hefty metal groove, that rides on the waves of a riff that sounds like the unending quality the duo is aiming for starts your journey and slowly churns away at the liquid, gradually turning it into the synth progression that offers the listener a joyful trance. Another highlight is without doubt the use of trumpet, especially in that second track Secret Grief, once again touching on something melancholic, mournful, and remorseful. Sometimes you feel Dream Unending might have tried to aim for and actually reached something that wasn’t even their ambition and sometimes it might sound like too ambitious. And whether you can hear where that statement is coming from or not, and whether you are a devotee or a reluctant for the guttural vocals, it’s evident Song Of Salvation is a step forward from Tide Turns Eternal and all we can hope for, is that there will be another next step, next year…


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Candlemass – Sweet Evil Sun

 

 

Candlemass – Sweet Evil Sun
Napalm Records – 2022
Metal, Doom
Rated: ****

The official release was some ten days ago, but the new Sweet Evil Sun by legendary Candlemass has been spinning over here for quite a few weeks now. They are legends, not just because they’ve been around for ages, but because they blew us all away with their debut album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus back in 1986. And sure, we’ve been enjoying many great albums by many different incarnations of Candlemass ever since. But since the return of the original Epicus Doomicus Metallicus vocalist Johan Langquist back in 2019, we can honestly say we’ve been listening to the Candlemass we dig most. The Door To Doom and the ‘left-over’ album The Pendulum immediately seemed to grab me and apparently a lot of you as well more and more. The new album Sweet Evil Sun will surely do the same. We’re here to enjoy the Candlemass of old, that traditional doom metal, with its sluggish rhythm, its laborious riffs, the occasional tempo shift and the rumbling bass. Colorful, shiny solos and that ragged voice of Langquist. Added vocals on When Death Sighs, from Avatarium vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith, gives that track the perfect element for Langquist to bounce off. But most of the tracks go back to the roots, the roots of that epic and grandiose doom metal that Leif Edling once planted. Classic Candlemass delivers another classic.



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