vrijdag 6 maart 2015

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Here we are with the second edition of the Quick Fire Friday of 2015! The Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday segment is a feature of a handful of bands and only a small amount of words to help spread their musical prowess and our melodic belief…  


Mojo Waves – 7x7

The out of control Mojo Waves from Finland are about to release their new album "All the Right Parts Fit The Wrong Way" in May 2015 via Macaroni Penguin Music. It's a follow up to their amazing five star album, Lo and Behold! Let’s hope the new album has as much big riffs, grooves, shrieking vocals, deep vibes, and most of all, catchy tunes to freak us out. And judging by the first single 7x7, this will surely be the case!





The Kahless Clone’s – An Endless Loop

Instrumental. There. That peeked some of your interest. The Kahless Clone is a project started by Vito Marchese of Novembers Doom fame. Long drawn out compositions that forges the vibe of dark metal with the sonic landscape and emotional buildups of post-rock. Severe and delicate and absolutely beautiful. So check out the An Endless Loop EP and forget about time...




Mares Of Diomedes - Mares Of Diomedes

Recorded at the Hive studios in Kilcoole Ireland. Well, that’s enough for us at the HiVe to pay attention. Mares of Diomedes is a duo. A crusty metal and sludge duo that deliver four gutter punches. Two brothers that will get your mind in a frenzy and have you milling around like a madman! Owyeah!




Shroud Eater – Face The Master

Stoner sludge titans! That’s the moniker that stuck to Shroud Eater. And it serves them right! Cause it serves them just! Just listen to the new two track EP Face The Master and you know there is nothing bigger than this. Ugly, grandiose and brutal. A titan having a drunken brawl and stomping his enemies!


Het Universumpje – De Grenzen Van Het Toelaatbare


Het Universumpje – De Grenzen Van Het Toelaatbare
PIAS – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Dutch
Rated: **

The four Dutch freaks that make up Het Universumpje, are one of those one-off creatures. Like the Platypus. It’s most of everything, somewhere in between and absolutely nothing at all. The music on their debut album De Grenzen Van Het Toelaatbare comes across as highly electrified stoner pop in the vein of Queens Of The Stone Age or De Staat. Which is something we could dig, were it not, that almost every song soon feels like you heard it before and that this is the less interesting version of it. Musically there is nothing that sets them apart unfortunately. But there are ofcourse the lyrics. In Dutch. Pretty poetic, with overtones of the absurd, humor, philosophical irony and social criticism. Albeit a bit farfetched from time to time, it is highly interesting to hear the Dutch language being used in this kind of rock music. Which sometimes works and sometimes comes across as certain artists from the Netherlands nobody wants to be compared to. The weirdest part though is the vague but acute sense of aggression they tend to invoke. You really want to hurt someone. Preferably the band members. Strange… Cause I am not a violent man… But they are testing the limits of what’s permissible…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 5 maart 2015

Boar – Veneficae


Boar – Veneficae
Lost Pilgrims Records/Mikrofoni/Ramekuuli – 2015
Metal, Doom, Sludge, Core, Stoner
Rated: ***

Grinding you down like a massive millstone until there’s hardly anything left. That’s what Old Grey, the first track on the new Boar album Veneficae does to a man. Their version of doom, sludge, grindcore and metal sounds dark, twisted and filthy. But the four Finnish lads do not continue down that same path for very long. Cause on the second track they draw inspiration from something much more stonerish and occult. Its old school doom metal with overtones extreme open aired playing. Just hear those drums and guitars exhale before they speed up again. Majesty. The grating grunts may distract from the beauty in this song, but the clean howling does pull you in. Next up is something highly aggressive and crunching. It levels the playing field and even though the disturbing death like screams fit well, they do tend to become a bit too oppressive; and then suddenly the track turns psychedelic, proto and laidback. And this kind of variation continues on the entire record, making it a highly entertaining ride. It sounds like ancient shapeshifting sorcery go berserk…

(Written by JK)




Dishonor in War – Cause and Effect


Dishonor in War – Cause and Effect
Self released – 2014
Metal, Core
Rated: ***

It is definitely not my style of vocal representation of a song, but whichever way you look at it, this guy does know how to do it right and carry enough emotion in his hyperactive distorted screams to keep you transfixed. The five-piece Dishonor In War from Eindhoven released their debut ep Cause And Effect in the summer of last year. It’s filled with brutal hardcore and grinding metal core but with definite melodic touches and even some highly inspired interludes or intros. Just listen to the start of Valkyrie and you know that these freaks don’t just want to hurt their instruments, they know how to handle them! Indeed, even though the five tracks are fierce, violent and destructive, they do retain a smaller glimmer of hope. In both their lyrics, breaks and melodies. These guys are destined to make waves in the hardcore scene… It’s the simple math of cause and effect…

(Written by JK)



Dishonor in War – Valkyrie


Dishonor in War – Cause and Effect

Official music video for Vakyrie by Dishonor In War from there E.P. Cause and Effect.


woensdag 4 maart 2015

Antique Scream – Two Bad Dudes


Antique Scream – Two Bad Dudes
Self Destructo – 2014
Rock, Blues, Stoner, Metal, Garage
Rated: ***

Two Bad Dudes indeed. The new album delivered by the Antique Scream duo reeks of badness. That old school badness. That badness that’s actually translated as something good and high spirited. The ten tracks on this album move towards that sixties garage and seventies blues rock. And with some added age old metal influences and some stoner trucking you know you are in for one hell of a ride. Here and there we note some psychedelic seventies and a definite love for steamy and sweltering songs. Raw and gritty and made for those ramshackle drinking holes where hardly anyone will pay attention to the band. They just stare at their drink and occasionally move the ice around. The smoke is heavy in these kind of places. And the oppressive air will only add to the sweaty fuzzed out blues that these guys bring. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Antique Scream, they’re just Two Bad Dudes, on the road, looking for some action and a fistful of dollars to buy drinks…

(Written by JK)



Torche – Restarter


Torche – Restarter
Relapse Records – 2015
Metal, Stoner, Rock, Sludge
Rated: ****

What to say about those damn funny freaks that is Torche. Rocking the world for over ten years with an ever changing approach to the music they want to bring. It could be seen as a justified quest to find the perfect metal soundtrack to sunny and shiny rock that is both infectious as it is catchy. And on the record Restarter, the first album after Steve Brooks reformed Floor, they are back at it, in fine form. Where Harmonicraft from 2012 went overboard with its lighthearted approach we can now hear something even more compelling than Meanderthal. You could almost state that the quest is over and that Restarter is the treasure they have been looking for all this time. Easy comprehensible riffs that slowly but solidly work towards eager refrains. Thrumming bass and guitar colors that are allowed to zing, sting and fuzz. Gentle rolling songs leisurely built by straightforward yet shimmering riffs, outlandish prose and poetry in unadorned vocals with beautiful echoes. And then there are the faster and more nervous songs with speeding tempos and a rhythm section that becomes a beast all onto itself. Typically Torche, the Restarter album has it all and moves easily around heavy, chugging, rocking, hypnotic and sexy without every losing focus or that typically Torche sound…  

(Written by JK)




Get Your Gun – The Worrying Kind


Get Your Gun – The Worrying Kind
Empty Tape – 2015
Rock, Folk, Stoner, Garage
Rated: ***

The Danish formation Get Your Gun gives us their version of subdued garage, rock and stoner. In fact on The Worrying Kind they often come across as a hybrid between 16 Horsepower, The Gun Club and Queens of The Stone Age. A sort of stoner folk experience that enchants and grips your throat with dark and sensual hands. Cause even though we are only treated to seven tracks on this album, they sure as hell grab your attention. Heavy stuff and hard to take in on occasion, but o’ so beautiful as well. Their Scandinavian melancholy is ripe with Viking shadows and ghostly flatlands. Calm one moment and savage and wild the next. With a weak white light they bring out those gloomy black experiences of human existence. Instinctive, they speak to the unconsciousness and have you reliving past lives where you travelled in a lusciously carved Knarr to distant shores not knowing whether you would return. Scattered like a broken necklace of pearls and small drops of blood, the Get Your Gun trio have delivered something highly logical with a natural pattern to otherworldly feelings. You were there, remember…

(Written by JK)



maandag 2 maart 2015

The Doom Chart for March 2015



Doom Charts

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

They have returned! With a vengeance and an amazing amount of good people with great taste! (Except that one dipshit...)

Welcome to the Doom Charts, representing some of the finest sites, podcasts and bands in the stoner and doom metal underground! Each participant lists their favorite new stoner / sludge / doom albums and the results are compiled into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world. EVERY MONTH!

But first … The Roll Call – A.S. Van Dorston (Fast n’ Bulbous); Bill Goodman (The Evil Engineer); Billy Goate (Doomed & Stoned); Bucky Brown (The Ripple Effect); Cam Crichton (Motherslug); Clint (Hand of Doom Radio); Doktor420 (Stoner HiVe); Double A Doom (The Sludgelord); Gram Pola (Dirty Denim); Ian Gerber (WTF is Stoner Rock?); Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe); LK Ultra (You May Be Dead & Dreaming); Lyk (Phantasmagoria); Melissa (Doomed & Stoned); Mr. Fuzz (More Fuzz); Pat Harrington (The Electric Beard of Doom); Paul Rote (Bandcamp); Skip (Ride With the Devil); Soggy Bob (Soggy Bog of Doom); Steve Howe (The Sludgelord); Steve Miller (Vertical Chamber Apparatus); Tony Maim (Stoner HiVe); Ulla Roschat (Wicked Lady)


So, head on over to the Doom Charts and read up on all those amazing albums!




At Number19 we find Hobo Magic… This hard rockin’ Brisbane trio’s album has been out half a year but it can still set fire to those with loose hanging morals and then teach them a thing or two. Earnest and full of powerful stuff. If you want to know what the rest of the chart holds and who the Number One in March is… Check it out here: DOOM CHART ~!