dinsdag 19 augustus 2014

Pukkelpop – 2014



Pukkelpop – 2014

A quick and none detailed rundown; cause it's been three days ago! It was one of those years that the surprises were limited to one or two acts and the ones that we hoped would deliver, did it righteously so. Apart from maybe one… It was one of those years where after the evening had fallen on the first day you could see a crazy blonde little white glue sniffing girl jump on stage with every act screaming: “I think yer freaky and I like it lot!” Or that might have been caused by the weird stuff that might have been thrown in yer beer when you weren’t looking…



It was dry. Or almost dry. Only a little spot of rain here and there and that was much better than we had hoped for. And so was Wallace Vanborn. On the verge of releasing their third album The Orb We Absorb recorded in Rancho De La Luna under guidance of Chris Goss they had the honor of opening the 2014 edition of the Belgian festival Pukkelpop. With a hazy sun and a first beer we witnessed them explode on stage. 


The songs from the earlier albums were hectic, loud and rough and the few new ones were more virtuous and made one long for intense heat and dubious amounts of whisky… What an opener! The rest of that first day we swerved around hoping for intense surprises, but they were limited. We thought Hozier might do the trick, but apart from their amazing hit single Take Me To Church, it was fairly flat. Die Antwoord delivered the entertainment goods and planted the freaky line firm in our heads… Weird selections for the main stage; that is another thing that made up Pukkelpop 2014. Cause when Janelle Monáe is performing for forty-five people and a handful of alpacas, I reckon something went wrong…


The next day we hitch-hiked (once again, cause that damn bus system in Belgium is too weird) back to the festival and were in time to run around a bit. But we wanted to see what The Van Jets were up to nowadays. They did not really seem to turn us on, but it was good to wake up to properly with some Grimbergen Blond and other beers. We decided to make our way early to the Shelter stage where Kadavar would play and Truckfighters would follow. 


Both shows were amazing, loud and good but Truckfighters was way better and way more energetic. Although the drummer of Kadavar is always a sight for sore eyes. But the rest of the Kadavar show could not pull you in; perhaps due to a weird limiter that sometimes took effect in the Shelter. Truckfighters is another beast in itself; bang, bang, bang and kaboom! Holy hell. What a show it was. After which we wandered from one act to another hoping for revelations of instigations… 


On the final day we finally grabbed a bus to the festival and prepared for the QOTSA family day. Unfortunately Sweethead disappointed. Especially the lovely Serrina Sims. It sounded like she had not sung in quite a while. Now, she never was the greatest vocalist, but she did have pazzaz. In this case it all seemed to falter. One or two songs she could bring properly and they ended with The Great Disruptor; which was probably the only memorable song in the set. Later on we would see Brody Dalle almost stumble and fall as well. Luckily she could just in time regain her strength and started punking the whole tent up. 



But before that we saw Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats. Who unfortunately were plagued by sound troubles during the first two songs; driving some people out of the tent. Who then missed what turned out to be a damn performance. Later on we saw Red Fang in the tent who were pleasantly surprised themselves by the reception and the fact a lot of folks new them and their songs. Like Truckfighters they tore the tent up and got the crowd going berserk. 




After which it was time for the headlining show of Queens Of The Stone Age. And they delivered once again; with a perfect execution of a greatest hits show they moved through all of the albums and performed every one of them with immaculate precision. Massive, meticulous, marauding and even wild on occasion. It wasn’t as dangerous as it used to be; but the Queens are a completely different animal nowadays. And we dug the hell out of it! It was a perfect ending to three days of amazing and fairly dry fun. As a desert we got a tight performance by Portishead; who were just as precise as their hard rocking counter parts who played before… 


And then the next morning you wake up and try to remember why those three days seem like only one and you envision yourself in a park somewhere in your neighborhood just sitting on the grass drinking lukewarm beer out of a plastic cup and every now and again jumping up, dancing and screaming: “I think yer freaky and I Like it a lot!”

dinsdag 12 augustus 2014

Craneón – Hacia el Sol


Craneón – Hacia el Sol
Anomia – 2014
Rock, Hard, Stoner
Rated: ****

These three amigos from Madrid have gone through many line-up changes ever since the foundation was laid in 2006. After a few demo’s and an EP called Avanza in 2012 the power trio named Cranéon has finally released their full-sized debut: Hacia el Sol. And it is one hell of a killer ride. Influenced by heavy seventies and alternative nineties the twelve tracks just drive and speed and move through a varied landscape filled with towering drums and soaring guitars. And the boys add enough blues, classic elements, psychedelics and touches of Spanish passion to turn those scenes into something, wild, wonderful and ecstatic. And then when the horizon comes into view and Depresa starts its engine you hear the vocals and trumpet craziness of El Pastuso from ¡Pendejo!. Which just puts another layer of icing on already incredible cake. Cranéon is one hell of beast! Un gran gran monstruo! Monstroso!!!

(Written by JK)



maandag 11 augustus 2014

Godsmack – 1000hp



Godsmack – 1000hp
Spinefarm Records – 2014
Rated: ****
Heavy Rock

When I was a young man, many years before most of you were born, there were only a couple of genres for me to worry about. Punk, Heavy Rock, Metal – that’s all I needed to know. No post this or sub that, no tribal allegiances or divisions of loyalty within various genres of music. We just saw fucking great bands regardless of what the hell they played – that’s why in ’78 I could see AC/DC, The Clash, Sabbath, The Ramones, Black Slate, Priest, The Damned all in the space of two weeks. Why do I bring this up now? Well, the new album 1000hp by Godsmack is just plain Heavy Rock. It does exactly that – it rocks big time and makes me want to jump up and down. No trying to pigeonhole them – like Clutch, The Cult etc, they just play riffs that are groove ridden, have great melodic passages, economical wah-wah solos, cleanish vocals that convey feeling, a rhythm section that pounds and powers the songs along. God Damn, these tracks just sound right – everything clicks into place and puts a big smile on your face and sometimes that is all I need. Listen up download monkeys – if you like guitars, riffs and stamping feet in time to a beat, whatever tee shirt you are wearing today – give this a go and remember the days when music just made you feel good!

(Written by Tony)





vrijdag 1 augustus 2014

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday 

Finally, another edition of The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. A segment which is nothing more than a semi-weekly feature of a handful of bands and only a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief… 


The Glorious Rebellion – The Glorious Rebellion 

The glorious two track teaser released by The Glorious Rebellion has you on the edge of your seat or jumping like a madman. The anger and attitude is full force and compelling. And so is the stomping stoner sludge with an almost industrial punky edge. Ooh yes, keep an eye out for The Glorious Rebellion; produce some wicked flags and man the barricades once it’s released. Cause it’s going to sweep the nation! 




Vidaguerrilla – About Music Not Fashion 

This Spanish one man effort excels in aggressive maddening garage punk. On his album About Music Not Fashion, Vidaguerrilla blends fuzz, doom, garage, punk and metal. A fast paced and fast passing album that ends after twenty minutes. Most songs never or barely passing the two minute mark. Raw power indeed. Raw, gritty and filthy, like a skeleton party in a sewage system…




Dean Allen Foyd – Sunshine Song-Devil’s Path 

The psychedelic Swedes from Dean Allen Foyd are back with an incredible groovy and swinging seven inch that will turn you on and freak you out. Released as an edition of 350 pieces in different colors on H42 records it’s a definite collector’s item. Not in least for the fact that the two tracks are of absolute stellar quality. Groovy to the max! 




In The Whale – Lake of Fire 

The dynamic rock duo In The Whale just released their new album entitled: Nate & Eric. It’s raw and rambunctious rock straight out of a filthy gutter that has all kinds of weird stuff floating in it while it runs besides an infamous and gritty rock ‘n roll punk rock infused juke-joint. No need to call names, just call’em Nate & Eric and join them as they march giddy and laughing towards a Lake of Fire!!! 




donderdag 31 juli 2014

Lonely Kamel – Shit City


Lonely Kamel – Shit City
Napalm Records – 2014
Rated: ****
Rock, Stoner, Seventies, Blues

Shit City is the fourth album of these Norwegian fellas. And as we all know; the boys sold their soul to the devil to produce the overwhelming record released in 2011 called Dust Devil. Which made it's way to the Number 14th position of the Stoner HiVe top 20 of that year. Well, Lonely Kamel is back and the devil sure hasn’t relinquished his hold. Even though Shit City misses a little bit of the magic that was Dust Devil; it is still filled to the brim with heavy stoner stompers, groovy blues and soulful hard rock. If anything, most of the song structures and rhythms have grown and matured. They all just immediately sit right and they all just want to shake your bones. The sound has gotten a little darker without losing its warm color and the drums and guitars have gotten better and are receiving a little more air here and there. Even though there are moments that the composition is so full and fat and the instrumentation so compact that there is little room left; but then you hear Thomas Brenna wailing in the background and you know all is well and everything well be okay. C’mon, for you know that when you’ve survived Shit City, you can handle anything!

(Written by JK)



Chapel Supremesus – The Day I Achieved Contact


Chapel Supremesus – The Day I Achieved Contact

July 23rd, 1973

Chapel Supremesus drops their second occult film for July 23rd, 1973. It is the follow-up to Visitors (Supervisitors), which is equally astounding and mesmerizing. And it all belongs to the album The Day I Achieved Contact; which has been released recently. But let’s not babel on too much and let’s just dive deep into the unconsciousness of everything that we know we know we should know…



woensdag 30 juli 2014

Wo Fat – The Conjuring


Wo Fat – The Conjuring
Small Stone Records – 2014
Rated: *****
Stoner, Heavy Rock, Psych, Fuzz

A Love Letter.

Dear Wo Fat,

These are hard words to say but I have betrayed you. “The Conjuring” is your 5th album and as always it fucking rocks …. But I said that with all your other albums as well. I would start off with all the best intentions, playing it to death, telling other people about how great it sounded and all of a sudden, my loyalties would slowly drift over to the new Earthless album or maybe “Crack the Skye” and my love and devotion would fade away until you were just a fond memory that made me feel guilty now and then but could be pushed back down into my locked box of feelings. We have laughed, cried, drank beer together and told each other that we will always be together but I have broken that vow. I think the problem is that every album is just so damn good, I have been taking you for granted. No running around, waving the album cover in the air because let’s face it, your excellence is now a benchmark for riff-madness and it is what I expect from you. Guys, I can change – please give me another chance and let me prove I can be faithful to you. No longer will I forget your rich legacy but will shout from the rooftops how your latest masterpiece is laden with heavy, sonic slabs of fuzzed out stoner riffs that make my head nod uncontrollably and mixed with the solid psychedelic freak-outs, gives me an almost religious high of aural worship. Wo Fat, take me back, I have learnt from my mistakes and I will never abandon you again ……… or at least not until the new Electric Wizard or Yob albums drop into my lap!

Tony xxxxxxxx

(Written by Tony)



Blues Pills – Blues Pills


Blues Pills – Blues Pills
Nuclear Blast – 2014
Rock, Hard, Classic, Seventies, Blues, Soul
Rated: ****

After a successful run of EP’s and live performances we are finally furnished with a full-sized debut by the international assembly we know as Blues Pills. Founded by the American drummer Cory Berry and bass player Zack Anderson back at the tail end of 2011 they quickly joined forces with Swedish lead singer Elin Larsson and French guitar player Dorian Sorriaux. On it we hear a grand blend of seventies styled classic blues rock and soulful hard rock from that same era. And sure; it is the voice of Elin Larsson that pulls you in at first. For she mixes what Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin did into something highly soulful and exceptionally heavy. On some moments she does seem to miss a bit of weight making her color and strength move towards Beth Ditto (The Gossip) but for the most part she has you absolutely captivated. There is so much heavy blues and concrete hard rock that it’s hard to pick favorites. But when the guitar starts talking in Black Smoke one cannot do anything else but be awed and shocked. Or the slow building Little Sun that has you soaring through the sky. And Devil Man ofcourse; the one we’ve known from the EP’s. The stomping kandy-kolored-electric rocker infused with acid and meant for those who want to know… So bite the apple, swallow the pill, take the ride and see where you wake up…

(Written by JK)




The Coyotes Dessert – The Wedding


The Coyotes Dessert – The Wedding
Domino Media Agency/Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Pop
Rated: ****

These French fella’s have a sweet tooth. Which is logical since their hometown Marseille is one of the drug ports of Europe and filled with tons of insane criminals who just as easily take you out for a night on the town as demand you pay their gas for their beat-up old Opel Ascona and give up your wallet before they take you out altogether. Yes, we’ve had fun and edgy times in Marseille. But if we would have met the fella’s from The Coyotes Dessert things would have turned out much differently and would probably have gone off the rails in an entirely different fashion. Cause on their debut album The Wedding the guys show their rock heart with their balls out. With obvious nods towards Queens Of The Stone Age they weave their own path through the desert. Which seems to incorporate just as much punk, indie, pop, billy, Americana and something noir that you soon forget their QOTSA beginnings. It soon takes on a life of its own; which has you imagining Faith No More merging with Masters Of Reality or Foo Fighters with Jane’s Addiction. But above it all rise the riffs, guitar lines and the quality of the songs; that have you bopping and dancing as much as you do with the other stoner pop records you have come to love so much…

(Written by JK)






The Coyotes Dessert - Devil dance


The Coyotes Dessert - Devil dance

No words needed... It's The Coyotes Dessert first video. Just watch and listen!

dinsdag 29 juli 2014

Acid Elephant – Star Collider



Acid Elephant – Star Collider
Kiarama Records – 2013
Rock, Stoner, Space, Psych, Drone
Rated: ***

Plagued with many line-up changes and health issues these lumbering giants who hail from that lovely town of Pori in Finland, home to a great and lovely jazz festival, have a resolve to keep trekking, always further and always harder. As a result the Acid Elephant released its fourth effort (counting EP’s and live albums) Star Collider at the tail end of 2013. Which starts of as a definite march and stomping saunter on the first two tracks. Las Noches Del Desierto and Red Carpet Lane have you loving these beasts instantly and wanting to stroke them. Repeatedly. After which the free form psychedelic space rock takes over. It is their natural state. The electric meditational swamp that drags you down and has you fighting for air. It washes over you in great waves of melancholia and loss and has you aching for relieve and respite. It unfortunately only partially arrives. Which leaves you standing around like a lonely elephant; which can’t remember when the party stopped and why he’s crying. Psychedelic drugs can do that to a beast. But during the fourth track Godmason you start to wonder if the experiment has gone too far. And even though these final three tracks, lasting almost fifty minutes, do have some interesting moments; they can never even come close to those first two songs. Star Collider explodes during those first fifteen minutes and the rest seems like an endless void. Which is no place for an elephant…

(Written by JK)





Van Cleef Continental – Cleefhangers



Van Cleef Continental – Cleefhangers
Wannaboo – 2014
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ***

Andrea van Cleef, released a damn fine solo effort in 2012 named Sundog. But he has been making appearances all around the globe since way back in 1998 when he started out in a dark alternative rock band called The Bogartz. We heard him in garage punk band The Jones Bones and in experimental effort Brother K. But also as part of Vic Du Monte’s very own band of brothers. And in October he returns with a second album Unda Maris for his very own outfit: Van Cleef Continental. But as a prelude to that release we are now treated to a four track EP Cleefhangers. Four colorful and harmonious songs that simply warm the soul and send forth the summer glow. It is the outskirts of the desert and the southern accents that permeate this release. Even though there are heavy guitars; rumbling basses and expert drumming; it is the songwriting and the simple rock essence that take center stage. Lifting ones spirit and sending out a definite need to hit the road like a southern gentleman. So don’t let the first stoner and fuzz track Drive throw you off balance, or the absolute stomping beginnings of the second track Sanctuary II: this is quiet rock music for the golden hour and everywhere where the horizon seems endless…

(Written by JK)

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