Mammatus Cloud – EP Ozium Records/Sulatron/Kloakken/Self released – 2013 Rock, Psych, Stoner, Prog, Space Rated: ****
This mention has been laying in wait for some time. For reasons that soon shall be explained. The Danes are always cool. Laidback, but ready for action. Just like Mammatus Cloud. On their first title-less EP they build and build and build and tear down and demolish and re-construct. It’s an amazing psychedelic construction yard filled with all these weird little creatures that just want to erect something grand or majestic. And then decide they want to have it exactly the other way around. And around it goes. And it’s all founded on groundwork of heavy fuzz and space waves. And that’s the kicker; cause just when you think you’re on solid earth you’re suddenly soaring high and feeling like a golden god. At which point you start to wonder if it’s the acid or the ibogaine you had last summer that’s rearing its lovely head? Is the mattress in the corner really telling you its okay? Nobody will ever know. Just know this: the Mammatus Cloud quartet knows how to keep a psychedelic adventure going with heavy blues, a stoner groove and have the listener on the edge of its seat. Wooha!
The Whocares – Now In Full Stereo Self released – 2014 Rock, Speed, Punk Rated: ****
The Belgian five piece The Whocares first stomped on the terra around 2001. It was an alcohol-fueled summer that started their ugly business. A few EP’s, splits and compilations later we arrive at the proud release of their actual full-sized debut album, nicely titled: Now In Full Stereo. It brings all that hard speed rock ‘n roll power we know from heavy acts like Peter Pan Speedrock, Gluecifer or Hellacopters in radiating colors. It is fast paced and proud beer guzzling punk music that’s way rawer and much wider than most punk bands and refuses to go for that choppiness most acts usually do. It is straight forward no nonsense neck breaking enjoyment and one that can be savored many times over. For even though the boys have a knack for short, sweet and tasty powerhouses. They put just enough of creamy licks and wizard guitar moves in them to have you coming back for more and more. I’m gonna eat one of my hats if these guys don’t deliver the goods live as well… Like the pro’s they sound they are…
And just to kick things off properly! The first single Get You High! from the upcoming album Buckle Up And Shove It by Dutch formation Peter Pan Speedrock is out now and doing it's ugly business! It will also be released as a seven inch featuring the The Damned cover New Rose. Check out the damn fine video and get high!
The operation has gone well and soon I shall be able to perform those rudimentary functions once more. You all know which ones I’m referring to! I’m shedding skin and bandages like a mad man and can’t wait to get back into action. So the Stoner HiVe show will continue pretty soon… Thanks everyone for the well wishes and let’s get crackin!
Supercruel – Devil With A Gun Self released – 2013 Rock, Alternative, Stoner Rated: ****
Well well well, what have we got here? Some tasty alternative groove rock and stoner excellence! Supercruel was named after a song by Monster Magnet and formed in Austria in 2008. Plagued by multiple line-up changes the guys found a stable formation for a small period of time in 2012, but long enough to record and release their debut album: Devil With A Gun. Sporting no less than twelve driving stoner tracks that sound a bit like Kyuss and a lot like Queens of The Stone Age with some Truckfighters and even Foo Fighters bits and pieces. And all of them songs have this awesome ‘Go With The Flow’ feeling to it. Add to this a dune boogie swagger that demands for drunken swaying and dancing skirts. And you know you’ve got your hands on something catchy, poppy, a bit sleazy and extremely tasty. Too bad the band is once again looking for a vocalist and bass player to complete the formation. Let’s hope they find some soon; because these riffs and rhythms should be played live and played a lot!
Burning Full Throttle – No Man’s Land
Self released – 2013
Rock, Hard, Stoner
I’ve been burning bridges and tearing life a new hole in Budapest many times. But for some reason the guys from Burning Full Throttle have always been able to escape my attention and havoc wrecking actions. Even though they’ve also been around for a long time. Founded in the foul year of our lord 2005 somewhere in a dirty basement in Kõbánya, Budapest the band quietly dissolved again for quite some years only to be resurrected again in 2010. And after the recording of their debut album No Man’s Land the guitar player left and was replaced by Csaba Mundi from Düne. Which is highly interesting since bassist and vocalist Vincze András has a highly gruff and grimy growl in him; but some extra vocal coloring like they do in the Downtown Paradise, Hellhound and Why tracks could add to the beauty of the songs and since Csaba did the vocals for Düne; who knows, right? On other fronts the high speed sandy compositions exhume a dry desert heat and a punky attitude. There’s this wonderful exact choppiness to the drums and riffs which will not let you catch your breath. You have to keep up with their pace and go along with the ride. Hot, scorching and growling in the beginning; steamy, blistering and sweet in the middle. And with a fine mix of their two sides in the end. Just the way we like it!
Richie Dagger – Jaded Man Quadrofoon Records – 2012 Rock, Punk, Psych, Garage Rated: ****
Named after a song by The Germs. Founded by surviving members from the incredible Dutch formation Hooghwater and the fine Belgian punks The Reactionaires back in 2011. Richie Dagger is actually a reformed and renamed version of Restless Youth, who quickly recorded a fine selection of demo songs called Area51 Sessions in the Eindhoven skate park with the same name. And only a few months after that the time was ripe to record a full-sized debut; which they entitled: Jaded Man. Ten fast paced punk songs that hold their love for the sixties psychedelic garage front and center. With an intense drive and a funky groove these riff powerhouses whirl around you and turn you upside down. And don’t worry; there is still a hint of the Hooghwater beauty in there as well. This is criminally good!
Duskhead – Thousand Eyes Rising Magma Records – 2014 Rock, Stoner, Blues, Southern Rated: ****
The release date for the second EP Thousand Eyes by Dutch formation Duskhead is approaching fast. And for those of you who have been unaware of said band. The formation is made up out of Jochum van Weert and Rogier Berben who make up the rhythm section of instrumental stoner metal riff monster Tank86. Together with guitar player Joerie Dekker from Sofia Nero and drummer Lars Spijkervet from Horseshoe Sharkattack they released their first self-titled debut in 2013. A ramshackle collection of rowdy rockers. On a Thousand Eyes the boys take a few steps forwards and one or two back. For their highly soulful sound with that extreme accessible take we loved on their debut has been replaced for something much bluesier and rawer. The southern gentleman charisma is still there but changed into something much more swaggering. It starts off with a biker mentality hitting the road looking for some action and continues down the highway full speed. But it’s on Life In A Nutshell they show their prowess best with damn tasty guitar moves and very bad ass worms. And they end with this funky blues bopper that just keeps demanding that foot stomp like you’re down in the bayou somewhere. There’s no escaping the fact: after hearing the new EP; everyone turns into a Duskhead…
My fever has gone down just in time. For I will be off to the hospital for reconstructive surgery soon. Which means I will be out of commission for at least three to five days. After which the pain should be down to a bearable level and I should be able to at least get some Stoner HiVe action before getting back to the battleground to earn me some rent. Which will not be possible for at least another week. But; before I’m off to get cut open and pieced back together… Here is an HiVe update or two!
Got in a bit of a tumble and rumble with a minivan… So I’m out of commission for a couple of weeks… Hope I’m able to get back into action soon… But typing with one hand and a massive headache isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be… Weird...
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