donderdag 3 september 2015

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper


Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper
Rise Above Records – 2015
Rock, Psych, Heavy, Fuzz Riff Fest
Rated: *****

After ‘Mind Control’, which I found a bit ordinary, Uncle Acid return with ten tracks of sonic psyche-frazzling heaviness and blood-drenched hooks that are simply awesome. A heavier sound which still retains the ‘69/’70 Blue Cheer vibes but at the same time turning up the psychedelic and druggy feel which holds so much allure to warped minds like myself – and indeed you – my dear Stoner HiVe readers. I have had this album on repeat and find myself drifting into the coldness of a foggy London night as twilight descends upon you and the dark, dank shadow shrouded streets beckon with hints of strange pleasures or the kiss of a razor blade only to be jolted out my fevered dream state with a fuzz filled solo and find my head is slowly nodding to the majestic songs that are starting to feel like the best thing I have played for ages. I have a slab of new releases to review and I despair of anything coming close to matching this. Without doubt, this is one of my contenders for Album Of The Year. Five blood soaked stars!

(Written by Tony)



Motörhead – Bad Magic


Motörhead – Bad Magic
UDR – 2015
Rock, Hard, Metal
Rated: ***

My pre-show interview almost a year ago got cancelled a few hours before the scheduled time. Without a reason, but between the lines you could hear that the man would be needing all the rest he could get before the final show that night of the European tour. And on stage that night, the man, our God, Lemmy, looked fragile. Something nobody would have thought to say about the Motörhead frontman. After which the shows went on and some got cancelled, just like cancellation last week. So when the new album Bad Magic was released one wondered how it would hold up to all those great records of the past. Would it sounds just as good? Or would it come across as brittle? So let’s state the obvious: Motörhead has been making the same great album for the past forty years. And how good that record is, depends on the state of Lemmy and his muses. And guess what, the for the most part live recorded, Bad Magic, sounds much more vital and fresh than expected. Robust rock songs like Victory Or Die, Fire Storm Hotel and Shoot Out All Of Your Lights are without a doubt fully charged weapons. And Till The End even gives us an emotional Lemmy. Ofcourse there’s also a cover, and this time it’s Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil. And guess what there’s enough power and blood left in the Motörhead gunners to turn it into something evil, dangerous and highly Motörhead. So, put away all the obituaries and remembrance articles, Motörhead is still running the show. I guess there’s some Bad Magic involved…

(Written by JK)



woensdag 2 september 2015

Stone Em All – Villains


Stone Em All – Villains
KY BackSlider Records – 2015
Alt. metal, Heavy metal, 80's style American metal
Rated: ****

Stone Em All, let Charlie Tooth sort it out! Stone Em All is a group hailing from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Where? That little speck of dust in the water between France and the United Kingdom. No matter, because they have recently unleashed their new EP Villains for all the world to hear. I gave it one listen and waited a bit to let sink in what I had just heard. It was very unexpected. These guys are a straight up kick ass Metal style band. Here is the easiest way I can sum it up. Crüe meets Anthrax, meets Scorpions, meets a heavier version of hair metal. Villains took me back to a time of no worries and party time. I listened to the EP a second time. Now I want to listen some more. I'm not usually a fan of this style of music anymore but Stone Em All have won me over. The musicianship is great on this record. Thumping bass guitar, powerhouse vocals, double bass and a lead player that makes me wish I would have practiced more. Is Villains, Stoner HiVe material? I'm not sure, but these guys are filling a niche and I for one like it.

(Written by Charlie Tooth)



dinsdag 1 september 2015

Seedy Jeezus – Seedy Jeezus


Seedy Jeezus – Seedy Jeezus
Self released – 2015
Stoner, Retro, Punk, Garage
Rated: ****

Seedy Jeezus combine hard rock with some punk roots which lead to a highly energetic and explosive sound mixture. The songs on the debut are straight-ahead ones that are full of speed and power. It feels like a 40 minute tail spin, driving a car with two accelerators and no brakes! Full on Stoner with Garage/Punk vibes drive, this Aussie band speed along with blazing guitars and snarled but clean vocals. This is Rock ’n Roll played with power and a Detroit edge that hints of influences from that town circa ’71. Frenzied leads are sprayed like machine gun bursts lodging inside your brain. Do not drive whilst playing this album or you will end up jumping red lights, overtaking recklessly, plowing through road works and generally trying to match the adrenaline rush these songs produce. If you have ever laid awake at night – like I have – and wondered if anyone could continue the legacy left by the sadly defunct Hellacopters, wonder no more and get this now!

(Written by Tony)



maandag 31 augustus 2015

Arrakis – Ammu Dia


Arrakis – Ammu Dia
Self released – 2015
Rock, Heavy Psych, Stoner, Instrumental
Rated: ****

Straight outta Greece comes the trio Arrakis. Formed in 2012 these guys are a straight up heavy psych instrumental crew with some nice chops and dynamics on their debut record Ammu Dia. When I received this I thought to myself "hhmmm, this should be interesting." Guess what; it is! Six of the seven tracks kept me extremely engaged. What's good is I do not have a favorite track, for the album is kind of like a winding road in that a surprise lay around every turn. What's real nice is how Arrakis dabble right at the edge of metal from a time gone by with some old time slow Slayer-ish riffing on a psych binge. The players all have their moments and shine individually throughout the journey.  For fans of improve Ammu Dia is something to check out and maybe give Greece a financial boost by making a purchase at their bandcamp site.

(Written by Charlie Tooth)




zaterdag 29 augustus 2015

Red Mountains – Down With The Sun


Red Mountains – Down With The Sun
Nasoni Records – 2015
Rated: ****
Rock, Stoner, Grunge

Nice!!! Red Mountains kill on this freshman offering. You wouldn't know Down With The Sun was their first release. The writing and playing has a certain maturity that comes with having experienced craftsmen. Not knowing their age I can only assume these guys have been around a while in other acts. Everyone in this band is solid on record. Styles on the LP span the decades of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s guitar driven rock. The LP has a very nice production with the drums having a sort of 70's lo-fi thing going on and of course heavy guitars, killer vocals at times bordering on grunge, and nice low end bass. The band is far from drone. Not that drone is always bad. But I prefer diversity; and this album has it. The opening cut ‘Six Hands’ reeks 90’s, which for me is a little refreshing with that time past and turned into classic. Second track ‘Sun’ is dynamic with nice tempo changes, ode to Maiden. So on and so forth right up to the tune ‘Silver Grey Sky’. Stylistic and tasty I may find myself sporting a Red Mountains tee soon. Nasoni Records is releasing a limited press of 300 vinyl available September. Charlie Tooth says: "take a bite outta this one". You won't regret it!

(Written by Charlie Tooth)



Introducing: A new member to the team! Charlie Tooth!


Introducing: A new member to the team! Charlie Tooth!

The man digs everything as long as it’s good. But if it’s not, he politely kicks the shit out of it. He is a musician, the man behind Eichen Tooth and he can dream like a realist and realize it’s all a dream. A true music lover if ever there was one and with a burning rage second to none!

And he immediately sank his teeth in Red Mountains album Down With The Sun!

Welcome Charlie Tooth and go ahead a gnaw everything to hell!



vrijdag 28 augustus 2015

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Wow. It’s been a long time since we had a moment to get wicked with a Quick Fire Friday! But finally, it’s here a new Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segment. Meant to spread the good word on all those great bands out there. Just a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief… 



Eichen Tooth – P.T.K

The man is looking for artists to join him on stage. Eichen Tooth! So if you live near Philly or Delaware be sure to send him an email on: Eichentooth@gmail.com. Cause so far this crazy cat has been recording all the instruments and vocals himself. Turning that one track P.T.K. into one damn fine psychedelic seventies dune boogie adventure. It’s wild and it sounds like the good times are here! And stay tuned, cause tomorrow we got some more things to say about this cat!



Beastmaker – You Must Sin

Sinful we are, sinful we be. Yes we must sin! And it’s the Californian trio Beastmaker who show us the way on their five track EP called You Must Sin. Expert vintage sounding proto doom metal and psychedelic rock. So if you by any chance dig something along the lines of Pentagram or Sabbath or Electric Wizard you should check out Beastmaker! If only so you can blame them once you have sinned!




Jupiterian – Aphotic

Even darker, doomier and scarier is the new release Aphotic by doom metal outfit Jupiterian hailing from Sao Paolo, Brasil. Forty-two minutes of highly impressive doom and death that still has something sludgy and muddy in there as well. Moving over to funeral marches one moment and lurching over the cauldron the next, there is absolutely nothing small about this titanic album. So pull up your hood and join the trudge, cause you can only submit to their demands…





Black Titan – Black Titan

Mobile, Alabama. This is Black Titan country and what a country it must be. Cause on their four track self-titled EP they combine stoner, rock, proto, metal, sludge and something doomy like big hair motherfuckers. Ye gods, this is simply amazing and we are lost for words. So check your coat on the gate, get yer spacesuit on and head off to Black Titan, cause that’s where the good tunes are at!


donderdag 27 augustus 2015

The Sun The Moon The Stars – The God


The Sun The Moon The Stars – The God
Self released – 2015
Metal, Sludge, Stoner, Core, Doom, Punk
Rated: ****

They hail from New Jersey, the four animals that make up The Sun The Moon The Stars. And with their new six track release The God they want to devour you whole. The ground shakes violently and an unholy abyss opens up beneath your feet as the first tones of To Dethrone A God blister your ears. This is loud, bludgeoning and wicked. Meandering between metal, stoner, core and sludge the band sports a couple of vocalists that scream like banshees, howl like madman and growl like otherworldly beasts. There is no rest for the weary here and the march towards the fire goes on relentlessly. Where the sludge metal was filled with hardcore riffs and speedy tempos for the first tracks they slowly turn into doom and darkness and despair for the latter bunch. It’s the fish. Those bastards. Not sure what those little floppers did, but their dastardly ways turned us on with that fifth track, what a monster, what a cathedral, simply stunning. And then there’s the guitar work in the final show stopping song Queen. Ye gods, having your head on an anvil in a steamy hot metal works. We always have and surely will keep worshipping The Sun The Moon The Stars…

(Written by JK)



woensdag 26 augustus 2015

Haddock – Haddock


Haddock – Haddock
Ozium Records – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Metal
Rated: ****

Lonely Kamel, Graveyard, Spiritual Beggars and Dozer all come to mind when listening to the debut EP by Swedish quartet Haddock. Tracks that were originally released digital only, at the tail end of 2013 but found its way to the master of ceremonies behind Ozium Records. Who though it was high time a physical release would be made available. With bonus track Manhunter, all six of them are high riding stoner boogies, which sometimes have this doomy edge, sometimes a bit more metal coloring, but all of the time with an incredible lust for fuzz. With a new album on the horizon this EP is one hell of a taster, which will make you crazy for everything Haddock. Just listen to the guitar heralding the heavy trucking at the beginning of Collision Demolition or the groovy and grimy vocals in Unholy Smoke. There’s no escaping Haddock and you will be there motoring along as you speed down the highway. And just when you thought things couldn’t get fuzzier, they end with Manhunter. Slower, doomier, with mighty basswork and as evil as Haddock on a moonless night!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 25 augustus 2015

Drive By Wire – The Whole Shebang


Drive By Wire – The Whole Shebang
My First Sonny Weissmuller Recordings/Konkurrent – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert
Rated: ****

We all know how it would sound if PJ Harvey would join Queens of The Stone age after that damn fine nine and tenth Desert Sessions album, which featured Lady Polly on seven or eight songs, depending the version. But what if they would truly join forces and record an entire album together. Well, put on the third album The Whole Shebang by Dutch quartet Drive By Wire and hear the result. Sure, we can also put on their first two records, but they never sounded this true to themselves before. Opting for the simple tunes on occasion and for the slow and leisure rock is never a cop out when it sounds this good. They have stuck to their ground and the age old principle, you can only make good music if you produce the stuff for your own ears. And there is no doubt in my mind that this record is on heavy rotation at their homes, and surely more than their first two. They have the grimy fuzz rockers straight from the desert, the dark art from the subterranean high streets and the twisted motives of the shady people lurking in the cul de sacs around the industrial areas. There’s something razor-sharp about these compositions. Thumping basses and cutting riffs make sure you are on edge, from the first rocket Kerosine Dreams to the last slow and dangerous Nightstalker cover Voodoo You Do. And those two lazy and snaking tracks River Run and Promised The Night are exactly the kind of tunes that sets the killer loose…

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 21 augustus 2015

Nick Oliveri with General Midnight – Live at De Pul, Uden


Nick Oliveri with General Midnight – Live at De Pul, Uden
13-08-15

The holiday season is still raging over here in the Lowlands. Festivals abundant baiting us all into spending weekends with truckloads of lukewarm beer in small tents. And ofcourse the weird wines and psychedelic snails that lure many of us abroad. So when Nick Oliveri decided to do a five date stint in the Netherlands during the height of this period I feared for the attendance. Especially since Uden isn’t the biggest of places to play. But with local band General Midnight also on the bill and the weather sunny and begging for cold beer and wild nights, our fear was unfounded.

The foyer was nicely filled with people as General Midnight took the stage. The local boys delivered a damn fine self-titled album last year and were still riding high on the wave of the great reception it received. It was almost a first and certainly a one-off for them to perform their songs acoustic. But as always with great songs, all of them held up and sounded wonderful with a three piece performance. Single Moon was once again such a great song, in this version as well, that one wondered if that song could be butchered in any way. One could ask Mr. Oliveri in attendance tonight, cause his goal is to try and do songs that aren't supposed to be done acoustically. Oliveri, without who General Midnight would never even have existed, thanks to his work with Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, and it was only logical to ask him to perform one song with them… And Oliveri being the man that he is, gladly accepted, even though the song also features on his own setlist… You Think I Ain’t Worth A Guilder, But I Feel Like A Millionaire… 



After a short break that took everyone outside to smoke up and feel the pressure of the thunderstorms closing in Mr. Oliveri took the stage. Who rushed through the first five songs like a lightning strike. As if he felt the crowd would not be as pleased with his Uncontrollable songs as with the rest he planned to play. As if he was still finding his own momentum and his own perfect spot. But as Green Machine ended and the crowd was back inside again, he started babbling, and the punk troubadour turned into a comedian, story teller and one hell of a performer. Trying to wreck songs by the Ramones (Endless Vacation) and Turbonegro (Back to Dungaree High), but also with all-time favorites like Bloody Hammer and Gonna Leave You. Which he couldn’t ofcourse. Cause everything sounds perfect when delivered Death Acoustically by Oliveri. His stories were infectious and his playing turned wilder and wilder and his delivery into a perfect tempest. Even though the sing-a-long version of Feel Good Hit Of The Summer was mostly saved by General Midnight singer Kneel van den Boom as he jumped on stage with his bullhorn to help out when the rest of the audience on stage did not perform very loudly. His own version of Millionaire proved this as did Another Love Song, Love Has Passed Me By and Autopilot

He ended the show after a round of returns like a slam poet screaming Six Shooter at full force, making the ground shake harder than the thunder closing in outside… 


Stay tuned for the interview with General Midnight… Soon!

And stay tuned for the interview with Nick Oliveri… Soon!

woensdag 19 augustus 2015

Gloria Lewis – Gloria Lewis


Gloria Lewis – Gloria Lewis
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

Taking your band name from a Kyuss song will always garner attention, but it will also raise expectations. Cause everyone of us who love the godfathers, will surely demand something great from bands who use said group as starting point and as major reference. So, the Dutch quartet Gloria Lewis, has the work cut out for them. But since they already played as pre-show to John Garcia, they must be doing something right. And guess what, they truly are. On their debut four song EP, they sound like they have come in straight from the desert heat. Dry crispy composition whirl around you liked dust devils. Stomping and muddy grooves accompanied by intense riffing and grungy vocals. The room between the notes is just as important as the notes themselves producer Jacques De Haard (Celestial Season, Garcia Plays Kyuss) must have told them, although we're sure they knew it themselves as well. Cause you can just feel those tracks take flight and cover the entire hemisphere. This is grade A stoner from the Lowlands!

(Written by JK)