donderdag 29 februari 2024

Weedow – Weedow


 

Weedow – Weedow
Self released – 2024
Rock, Stoner, Doom
Rated: ****

Man, I love Krakow, Poland so much. And I figure the dudes from Weedow found out and immediately decided to send their promo to me. Nah, there I go being delusional again. They’ve been sending out their promo to all the Heavy Underground sites. And I’m very happy they did! Cause this is an album everyone should hear! Cause their full-sized debut is full of hazy, psychedelic stonerrock and doom and has been spinning here ever since! That earthly rumbling underneath, those guitar solos, the tones, the heaviness, the haziness: it’s blissful! And even though the Weedow name references those green leaves, the songs themselves are of a much deeper and higher nature. And where some doom albums tend to lean too much on tone and the slow march, the seven tracks on the full-sized debut of the Polish three show they have been careful in showing more width and elasticity in their compositions. Some splattering with doom energy, others more languid and all of them balanced and intriguing. Nine minute and a half long sixth track is indeed an ode to goodbye, a building reverie towards something ecstatic, and where some bands might have gone guttural or howling, the Weedow three have a guest singer named Wiktoria Kowalska recite a poem on Threnody, lifting that one track out of the mud and haze with that sheer brilliant touch. But all seven tracks add something different to their overall classic sounding doom, and therein lies the addictiveness of Weedow.



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Slift – Ilion

 

 

Slift – Ilion
Sub Pop Records – 2024
Rock, Metal, Space, Noise, Prog, Kraut, Psych, Punk
Rated: ****

We never actually wrote something about their Ummon album. Even though it was one of our absolute favorite albums from 2020. It came in on Number 9 of that years Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown, according to all your votes. We had it listed in our Top 10 back then, but listened to it so much afterwards, we should have put it in our Top 3. What’s even better, we got to see Slift live quite a few times afterwards, and they always managed to amaze. And their Sonic Whip 2023 show also immediately made Slift an absolute favorite for my wife. So ,when the Ilion promo arrived, it naturally immediately jumped ahead in the gigantic queue of amazing albums we need to listen to. Ilion is no UmmonIlion is much wilder, rougher and more disturbing. With almost white-out droning noise moments, contrasting those prog rock turning into kraut instances and vocals that might haunt your dreams. Grandiose in scale and execution, the main goal for Ilion seems to have been to keep the listener strapped into a chair of a rocket ship blasting through space, never knowing what comes next, but always keen to find out.


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Dool - Venus In Flames

 



Dool - Venus In Flames

Summerland was released some four years ago and all are longing for some new DOOL music. Well, the wait is almost over. April 19th, will see the release of The Shape Of Fluidity on Prophecy Productions. And Venus In Flames is the second video and single from that album.

“‘Venus in Flames’ deals with shaking off societal expectations, obliterating gender roles, and learning to love one self in the process. It is an inner dialogue sung out loud, and translated to moving images in the accompanying video by director David Fitt. This is the opening track of our new album ’The Shape of Fluidity’, wherein the smouldering ashes of the old make way for something new and exciting. Self-love is the key.” ~  Raven van Dorst



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Everything flows, nothing ever stays the same. The same can be said about the third studio album of the fast-rising Dutch rock band DOOL. Aptly entitled "The Shape of Fluidity" there is not just musical innovation but the full-length revolves around themes of personal change, physical change, psychological change, and the ever-changing world around us. DOOL and particularly singer and guitarist Raven van Dorst ask questions: How does change affect us? How do we keep being ourselves in a world that is so incredibly demanding and aggressive towards the individual? We must be as fluid as water to navigate ourselves through this ocean of possibilities and uncertainties – and make peace with chaos and impermanence. Musically, DOOL continue on the path laid out on the two previous studio recordings of heartfelt rock music with added metal elements, while displaying a maturity and focus in songwriting that has grown out of experience. "The Shape of Fluidity" exhibits an eclectic yet seamless amalgamation of progressive and post-rock as well as doom and heavy metal in combination with an inherent catchiness and a dynamic backdrop. It is hardly surprising that the theme of the album that pitches the concept of identity against the backdrop of a world in constant flux connects the album's lyrics to the biography of lead vocalist Raven. Born intersex, doctors at the time assumed that they could surgically determine which kind of life the infant should lead and decided that the child should be a girl. This has led to a life full of soul searching, fighting taboos and breaking boundaries, until recently Raven decided to reclaim that which others have tried so hard to take away from them, and finally embrace their hermaphroditic nature. The band derived the name DOOL from the Dutch word for 'wandering'. When their debut album "Here Now, There Then" was released in 2017, it became an instant success. Their fresh and wild rock and metal sound received "Album of the Month" titles in the renowned German magazines Metal Hammer and Rock Hard as well as the "Best Debut Album 2017" award from the former, while Vice (US), Aardschok (NL), and De Volkskrant (NL) happily chimed in with heaping praise on the young Dutch band. With their sophomore full-length "Summerland" released in 2020, DOOL successfully exceeded the already sky-high expectations and scored even more "Album of the Month" awards in German Rock Hard (10/10) and Sonic Seducer magazines as well as #2 soundcheck positions in Metal.de, Metal Hammer (DE) and another #1 in the Polish edition – with a pile glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. With "The Shape of Fluidity", DOOL offer so much more than just damn cool music. These extra dimensions of depth and meaning are all part of their unique appeal and come out clearly on the new album. May all those who wander gather under the fluid flag of DOOL!

 
 





woensdag 28 februari 2024

Last Quarter – For The Hive

 

 

Last Quarter – For The Hive
Self-released – 2024
Rock, Blues, Fuzz, Stoner, Psych
Rated: ***

We are truly honored and a bit embarrassed at the love displayed by French quartet Last Quarter. That they created this amazing four track and decided to name it in honor of Stoner HiVe , that they did this for us… For The Hive… Of course, we know we are delusional here. But the grand meaning behind the title and what they call the Hive is not lost on us. Stoner HiVe has always meant for the Hive part to be viewed in a similar manner. The story of the four tracks can be read as a story meant for an earth a few or hopefully many years in the future but is actually set on a desolate planet in a part of the universe they call the P647 system. A spaceship heads over in a hurry after getting signals a bee might still be alive on that planet. And you should listen to the tracks to find out what happens. And it will not just be this story that might captivate you, the music executed uses early rock with blues, fuzz, stoner and even a bit of doom tones to transport you through space and time. The slow and meticulous opening of third track Next Morning, the extra vocal harmony parts during said track, that funky bass during final track We’ll Be Just fine, all add flavor to an already highly varied outing. A story they began with that seven minute long track Space Bee Keeper from 2021 is continued in fine form on For The Hive. Perhaps it should have been included on the EP? Although, that track was more aggressive and metal, and For The Hive speaks to quieter emotions. But these twenty minutes of heavy rock will speak to all…


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maandag 26 februari 2024

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

 

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

Glitchcraft
Replica Jesus
The Crotals
Thorndale
Earth Altar / Sun Below
1782
Skraeckoedlan
Locomotiva Eléctrica
Slowrepeat
Sundrifter

It’s Monday again! Still recovering from an awesome Into The Void Festival in Effenaar, Eindhoven. What a day! What a fest! Will try to write a few words about it soon. The bands and the organization did well! Loads of Most Listened on the list were Friday Freebies over on Doom Charts. We did ten this time, all amazing records! We did the Full Album premiere for Thorndale! A wild new metal outfit that knows how to incorporate all that good stuff from before. We wrote something about those punk noise bastards from Geishas Of Doom and had to do a lot of other work, so we were unable to do more for the HiVe last week. Hope this week will be better! Although of course, Friday will be for Doom Charts once again…


donderdag 22 februari 2024

Full Album - World Wide Premiere - Thorndale - Lightning Spawn

 

 

Full Album - World Wide Premiere

Thorndale - Lightning Spawn


We're honored to present you all with the Full Abum World Wide Premiere of the debut album by
ThorndaleLightning Spawn sports six amazing metal tracks and almost thirty minutes of wild guitar work and majestic grooves!  

And yes, we wrote a few words about it just yesterday...


"... They opt from grandiose gestures, as you will soon hear once second track Ain’t The End Of My Rope roll on. A gritty groove builds to gigantic proportions, drums crash, as the vocalist uses mythological lyrics to paint ancient and lavish vistas. Born As A Stranger, hits faster, harder and then uses that almost trademark Thorndale signature sound, giving room to a guitar solo and letting it all open up and turn light before returning to that massive chug. Distinctly operating on every metal side of the Heavy Undergound, they do have moments where a bit of grunge comes into play or their love for an alternative nineties edge shows its colors...."


Read the full review HERE and listen to Lightning Spawn below!

 We thank Thorndale and Grand Sounds Promotion for the opportunity to share this wild album with you all...

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woensdag 21 februari 2024

Thorndale – Lightning Spawn

 

 

Thorndale – Lightning Spawn
Self released / Grand Sounds PR – 2024
Metal, Groove, Grunge, Hardrock, Blues
Rated: ****

That opening melody, the guitar line, the way it weaves and moves and dances around itself brought some weird memories of a My Midnight Creeps song to mind, a bit speeded up mind you. And whenever that happens, you have my undivided attention. Opening, title track Lightning Spawn from international but situated in the Netherlands trio, although now foursome, Thorndale, opens like a bluesy hard rocker but you feel it will build up to something more and heavier. Soon, a more metal approach starts to seep through, turning into classic metal one moment, groove metal the next and even some southern tinged stuff as well. With a real galloping and intense bridge part, before a guitar solo lets you fly above the thunderstorm underneath. The mostly clean vocals have the unnerving quality to grab you by the throat one moment and then have this minor part that rubs against the grain. As the record continues you hear some moments, where the vocals turn a more growling, screaming and guttural style; and its sounds like the vocalist immediately becomes more confident. But as it stands, the opening track is the perfect introduction to what the Lightning Spawn album is all about. A marriage of classical styled metal, which moves distinctly into the American style and uses influences of groove, stoner and hardrock. They opt from grandiose gestures, as you will soon hear once second track Ain’t The End Of My Rope roll on. A gritty groove builds to gigantic proportions, drums crash, as the vocalist uses mythological lyrics to paint ancient and lavish vistas. Born As A Stranger, hits faster, harder and then uses that almost trademark Thorndale signature sound, giving room to a guitar solo and letting it all open up and turn light before returning to that massive chug. Distinctly operating on every metal side of the Heavy Undergound, they do have moments where a bit of grunge comes into play or their love for an alternative nineties edge shows its colors. And not just the guitar, the vocalist moves into that direction as well during certain moments. Without any doubt Thorndale have crafted six songs that pay homage to metal, to wild riffage and exquisite solo work. And with almost thirty minutes, the Lightning Spawn debut leaves you wanting more. More Thorndale and of their groovy metal! Out on Friday February 23rd, we’re honored to give you a full album premiere tomorrow! Indeed, you can hear the Thorndale album a day early and get hooked on their hooks! Tune in tomorrow, Thursday February 22nd!… For the full Lightning Spawn album and check out the three singles already out below…


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Geishas of Doom – The First Four Tapes

 

 

Geishas of Doom – The First Four Tapes
Self-released – 2024
Punk, Thrash, Noise, Garage
Rated: ***

In days long gone there was a short period where I shared the same office space with Jan Petit, who plays bass for Dutch (usually) 6-piece thrash, punk and noise band Geishas of Doom. I saw them play live once and could never have imagined before that fateful night that Mr. Petit could make that amount of ruckus. He was such a good and tranquil dude. Now, I do realize that the name of Jan Petit might mean little to you crazy few that might have stumbled upon these words, and therefor we should probably namecheck a few others from Geishas of Doom. Cause yes, the members from this band all play or played in different outfits. And here’s that list of damn cool bands: Birth of Joy, Iron Jinn, Automatic Sam, Giant Tiger Hooch, Tricklebolt, Atlanta and Love Supreme. So, responsible for all that noise, that lo-fi punk, that raw, venom spitting, dynamite throwing explosive racket are: Jeroen Lichter - Vocals and Spaceplank, Pieter Holkenborg - Vocals and Guitar, Rense Slings – Guitar, Daan Wopereis – Drums, Bob Hogenelst – Drums and of course Jan Petit on Bass. And on this album called The First Four Tapes, which will be released in May, they have collected their first four releases, two releases per side, twelve songs each, twenty minutes on Side A, and twenty-one on Side B. Which immediately tells you how furious and fast paced these songs are, still retaining basic melody and offering a primitive groove, the moments when they let some surf in or some experimentation, are the definite highlights. But Geishas of Doom aren’t here for highlights, they’re here to shout and scream against ‘everything that has gone too far in this day and age, the direction of perfection, narcissism, polarization and hypocrisy.’ A righteous punk adagio if ever there was one! And a fiery collection of their work so far…


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maandag 19 februari 2024

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

 

 

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

Clocktopus
Deadpeach
Rotting Yellow
AlphaWhores
Thorndale
Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol
Sundrifter
Appalachian Death Cult
Dunraven
Gods of Sometimes

It’s Monday! A new week has started and a full week has passed since my trip to the hospital for some jaw and teeth surgery. Still not completely recovered. And got some more stuff lying in wait because of it. Pfff… But the music has been good and aiding in lifting my spirits. Cause there’s some good stuff out again! Besides the list above, we also listened to and wrote something about the Dutch crazies called E.T. Explore Me, that Puerto Rican stoner metal quartet Sábila, did a premiere for the new Empty Full Space single, let everyone know there were still some codes for Demons My Friends and tried to spread the good word about that awesome Live At Roadburn album by Iron Jinn coming out April 5th… See, we haven’t been entirely useless…


vrijdag 16 februari 2024

Deadpeach – The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race

 

 

Deadpeach – The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race
Self released – 2024
Rock, Psych, Proto, Blues, Stoner
Rated: ****

Founded in the year of our Lord 1993, somewhere in the hills surrounding charming Cattolica, Italy, the next door village to noisy Rimini, it’s Deadpeach. The Deadpeach collective always took the time to enjoy the finer things in life, release a single here or a demo there before finally releasing their debut Psycle in 2006. And now, more than thirty years after their inception, we are treated to their fourth full-sized, full-fuzzed record called: The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race. Seven tracks that have that distinctive proto groove going, that warm embracing atmosphere and that lysergic touch to make it easy for you to go with the flow or to drift away entirely. It’s starts with Madras, opening a doorway to the great beyond, and to the albums that came before, all of which featured tracks named after Indian cities. The instruments have this sweaty oriental, dense and high viscose ambience, which rolls out slowly but decidedly and builds until it finally starts to rock. And rock it does, hard and steady, until the vocals turn it into the old school diesel blues power anthem. With high riding guitar freaking taking it all home and towards the second track called: Motor Peach. (Which should be named Motör Peach?) Which is indeed, this motoring, perfect for the road kind of song that opens furiously before slowly turning a more psychedelic corner, majestic bass work complimenting insanely wicked drums and wild guitar playing. Man On The Hill is their seminal proto-blues, early seventies, heartbeat of a song. Taking it all back to the core, and so do the lyrics, taking the listener back to nature, to the important things in life. And then there’s Cerchio, a more subdued psychedelic song, taking cues from krautrock and space, before coming taking its rhythmic approach into hard rock territory, which quickly gives way to this celestial vocalization and rising melody. Which grows and grows, imploring an organ, taking on the appearance of a full orchestra before suddenly disappearing into the void. If only they had let it expand into even more gigantic territory, but perhaps, this is what they will do live. We must make sure to be present as soon as possible. Especially since the following three tracks, have these moments as well, those parts where you could hear the displaying restraint and not exploring certain opportunities even more. Rust for instance with its sunny, groove laden, surf reminiscent break sections, which could have gone on longer. Or the final track Loop (Set The Control To Mother Earth), which seems to surf on the cosmic winds as much as it feels grounded in soil. The two sides of this one track, could serve as a starting point for an entire record. But don’t get me wrong The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race is not lacking anything in any respect. On the contrary, it seems to have inspiration in abundance and wants to share that and all its energy with the listener. All you need to do, is push play and be open for it…  


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E.T. Explore Me – Drug Me

 

 

E.T. Explore Me – Drug Me
Voodoo Rhythm Records – 2024
Rock, Punk, Garage, Psych, Thrash
Rated: ****

We mentioned their Shine album from 2019 and were immediately incredibly happy, dancing weirdly and smiling that dubious clenched grin listening to their new Drug Me album. Yes, we felt intoxicated quick by the new E.T. Explore Me. A lot of work went into the collection of this variation of psychedelic eccentricity. Still anxious, nervous energy coming at you from all angles there are now more tension arcs, more experimentation and more weirdness. Drifting toward minimal electro punk on some songs, the Ace-Tone driven warbling still takes center stage on most tracks. Used to lure you into their midst with its addictive and infectious sounds, you will soon feel that junkie sweat break and that burning sensation in your blood. The rhythmic drive, the melodies exploding like a speedball through the nose, the fantastic lyrics reminding you of nights that might never even have happened and all the different voices drifting in and out of your head… Like those memories and those blinking lights and that feeling you might pass out at any given moment. If you weren’t an E.T. Explore Me junkie after ShineDrug Me will surely do the trick…


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Sábila - Voz Ancestral

 

 

Sábila - Voz Ancestral
Self-released – 2024
Metal, Stoner, Sludge, Doom
Rated: ***

Picture this, on a sun bleached Caribbean island, only a few yards from the beach, besides a tiny shack made of palm fronds, tin scraps and besides a hand painted sign saying ‘Coco Friyo’ a quartet might be delivering High On Fire like heaviness. Straight from San Juan, Puerto Rico comes Sábila, a four-piece with their debut two-track serving called Voz Ancestral. Sludgy stonerrock, doom metal and touches of psychedelia. Gutteral vocals howling out Spanish lyrics and filling their humid atmosphere with dread and something otherworldly. And that eerie energy, turns their sound into a righteous hurricane. Two tracks, that roar across the beach, the ocean, the world and straight through your heart. Sábila, is good for the soul!


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donderdag 15 februari 2024

International Premiere - Empty Full Space - From the limbo

 

 

International Premiere

Empty Full Space - From the limbo


They hail from Paris, France and deliver that mesmerizing blend of krautrock and spacerock, psychedelic and know when to dirty it up with a bit of garage. We're talking about Empty Full Space and we're honored to be one of the selected few to premiere their new single and opening title track From The Limbo. That's right, premiering right now across various European websites including The Heavy Chronicles (FR), Binaural (ES), The Sleeping Shaman (UK), It's Psychedelic Baby! (SL), World Of Metal (PT) and right here, right now on Stoner HiVe

 


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MORE ABOUT EMPTY FULL SPACE AND THEIR DEBUT ALBUM


Empty Full Space consists of Nico (guitars, vocals), Flo (drums, backing vocals), Edgar (synthesizers, percussion), Antoine (bass), and Max (guitars). With just one year on the Parisian music scene but boasting dozens of vibrant performances, the band has drawn inspiration from legends like Hawkwind and Can, as well as contemporaries such as King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Osees and Maragda, to shape their unique vision of psychedelia, kraut-rock, and garage.

"Amnesia" and "From The Limbo" serve as the first two singles into their debut album, 'From The Limbo' - full private listening -, with a release scheduled for March 20. This inaugural musical offering from Empty Full Space was recorded between Heat Studios and Pain de Mie Studio - both located in France - by Pierre Dessauny and Djibee, respectively. The subsequent mixing and mastering took place at Fuzzface Studio in Scotland, helmed by Jason Shaw.

'From The Limbo' will be available on all streaming platforms, as well as in compact disc format and a double vinyl edition, limited to 200 copies in purple and 100 copies in standard black - both part of Spinda Records' 'Trippy Series' alongside releases from Moura, The Silver Linings, or Moundrag. Pre-order is already available through spindarecords.com and the Andalusian label's Bandcamp.

Follow Empty Full Space on Facebook and Instagram for exclusive updates and insights into the creation of their debut album. 

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