maandag 27 juni 2016

Cactus Rojo – Cosmonautas


Cactus Rojo – Cosmonautas
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Heavy, Psych
Rated: ****

You know what I was just thinking? I'm gonna have to learn Spanish man. That's because the act Cactus Rojo from Mexico is one of a few Spanish speaking bands that I have really been digging. Another being Arrecho from Venezuela who have also just released a new recording. Cactus Rojo met all of my expectation with their newest release Cosmonautas. Right from the first cut Génesis they grab hold of a heavy stoner sound that borders closely on metal. It's a great opener and a rip roarin good time… Once again the singer is so good that I don't care what the message is (most times I do). There is something about the Spanish speaking world; when they sing heavy, it rocks! Cosmonautas is a nice cleanly recorded heavy record. They rock the shit out of cuts two and three as well. Then cut four Pirámides comes on and it's a way more laid back vibe and I'm loving it. I love everything about it. The psych guitar playing, the nice smooth bass and drums with those heavier vocals makes for an awesome tune. Very nice indeed. It's the kind of jam that makes you want to stop and just enjoy the atmosphere... Then the guys bring it home with their title track which also gives the rest of the EP a run for its money. I urge all readers to give these guys a listen! I believe there is something for everyone on this record and maybe you’ll learn a little Spanish along the way.

(Written by Charlie Tooth)



donderdag 23 juni 2016

Jiboia – Masala


Jiboia – Masala
Self released – 2016
Rock, World, Acid, Psych, Drone
Rated: ****

Jibóia is a highly personal project. The man behind it, goes by the name of Oscar Silva and invites friends to record with him. On some albums or EP’s there are a few. But in the case of the new album Masala, there is only one: Ricardo Martins. The two Portuguese friends turn into acid fueled Prince of Persia’s travelling the globe for worldly inspirations and wild adventures. And therefore the eight psychedelic tracks on this record are all named after different cities. Alluding in the tiniest of ways to what influence you may come across in said song. But, for the most part they draw almost all of their inspiration from Eastern, Persian and North-African regions. It soon turns into this free rock extravaganza filled with sleazy casio beats and droning basslines. It turns hypnotic quick and before long you will be wobbling and bobbling with heads, shoulders and the rest of your body. And pervasive throughout is something mysterious and dangerous and shrouded and snake like. Yes, ride the snake. It might not grab you on every level but it will strike a chord in every fiber of your body. And with summer approaching, we can all use this kind of music to dance to. Ooh, and did I mention the snake… Yes. Ride the snake!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 21 juni 2016

Red Cloud – Ursa Minor


Red Cloud – Ursa Minor
Self released – 2016
Rock, Desert, Prog, Psych, Stoner
Rated: ***

Like a highly natural and earthy wave of almost jazzy goodness the tracks of Ursa Minor wash over me. Do not get me wrong, Red Cloud is a heavy rock group. One that pays debt to all that good stuff that came from the desert and went on to become stonerrock. But there’s something highly throwback about this little diamond. As if that wave of the sixties is still rolling. And rolling. And rolling. Named after a famed Indian Chief of the Oglala Lakota, part of the great and proud Sioux Nation, the five-piece hail from Eugene, Oregon and has this proud proto rock aspect to their compositions. It goes against the grain on some moments, moving into prog and jazz territory and makes it easy to dream of those great plains and majestic mountains. And thanks to the vistas they produce you soon forget about the heavy side of their music and drift along the endless current. It’s relaxing and laidback and still big on everything heavy, quite a feat in my book and definitely interesting. Let’s keep an eye on Red Cloud and let’s get ready for the next assault by these crazy chiefs…

(Written by JK)



maandag 20 juni 2016

Polarbeers – Down The River


Polarbeers – Down The River 

Soon. Very soon. The new full-sized album entitled New Revolution by the Italian Polarbeers will be unleashed upon the world. Promising yet again to deliver those wild rock, grunge and stoner tunes. And as a teaser they’ve now released a first song and awesome video: Down The River! And if you remember the vid’s for 1MV and Everywhere But Home, you know the boys deliver! Recorded this time with the help from the Rockin’ 1000, who got the Foo Fighters to play Cesena, Italy by playing Learning To Fly with 1000 musicians. Yes, those guys and the Polarbeers, a rockin combination!



 

zaterdag 18 juni 2016

Sidhe – Contenebrat


Sidhe – Contenebrat
Self released – 2016
Rock, Pagen, Metal, Gothic, Doom, Occult
Rated: ***

As the moon slowly hides behind the clouds and darkness descents we listen to the new record Contenebrat by Italian pagan rock and doom metalists Sidhe. We have ten new ritualistic and occult sounding tracks to dance around the cauldron with. Formed in 2005 the band has been heavily influenced by pagan and Celtic mythology. With a demo a year later and a full-sized debut She Is A Witch in 2012 under their belt it was time to do the sinister thing once again. The result is Contenebrat and sports heavy doom metal and every other occult influence one can think off. Even going more quiet and folky at times, and always retaining something highly musical. It might not always sound especially evil, but it does come across ritualistic and high quality. Sung in both English and Italian the music of this female fronted band, although there are also male vocals, drifts towards a lot of older Dutch bands such as The Gathering and Within Temptation. All in all, it just sits exactly right on every level, covering all the bases and making the Contenebrat experience a definite pleasure, it just misses that extra little bit of magic to make it truly enchanting…

(Written by JK)



Telstar Sound Drone - Your Finger Stirs The Liquid Moon


Telstar Sound Drone - Your Finger Stirs The Liquid Moon

And a new Telstar Sound Drone video! The single Your Finger Stirs The Liquid Moon is taken from the album Magical Solutions To Everyday Solutions that came out in March 2016. Which we have been loving to bits! Cause their space rock extravaganza is filled with huge psychedelic layers and intense droning backgrounds. The band, featuring three Baby Woodrose members, one (two actually) from Spids Nøgenhat and vocalist Sean Jardenbæk, mix up their hard rocking psychedelic garage with laidback space and almost blasé drones. Check it out and get owned by Telstar Sound Drone!






donderdag 16 juni 2016

Iron Trap – Instincts


Iron Trap – Instincts
Self released – 2016
Rock, Metal, Stoner, Punk
Rated: ***

Hailing from somewhere in the dark woods surrounding Quebec, Canada, the trio of Iron Trap, the punk metal druids personified, have just released their first official EP called Instincts. Consisting of five tracks that are heavy on the metal and punk vibe, but also sporting that stoner and almost sludge drive on all those tracks. And even though the vocals of bassplayer Maxime Boucher definitely take some time getting used to, you immediately are drawn to the music. There is just so much ace axe-work going on; with a rumbling bass and choppy riffs, you cannot sit still. And any band sporting a female drummer should always and immediately grab your attention. Perhaps a bit on the clean and meticulous side of drumming, Fanny Grenier definitely knows how to give the strings all the air and room they deserve. Instincts tell me Iron Trap must be an absolute riotous gas live in a rundown bar on the outskirts of town. And listening to the final battleship track Lady Of The Slain sporting the double amount of minutes compared to the rest of the songs, you realize these three freaks are definitely capable of writing fine structures. I guess we will have to wait for a full-sized album to see where the Iron Trap will be heading next…

(Written by JK)



Mother Mooch – HiVe Mind



Mother Mooch – HiVe Mind

Charlie Tooth has been digging the hell out of Irish quintet Mother Mooch and so have we all. Right?! And ofcourse we are honored with their reference to the HiVe (thank you guys!) in that one song HiVe Mind. Well, guess what, they made an awesome video for it as well! Check it out and smooch Mother Mooch!




woensdag 15 juni 2016

Black Black Black – Altererd States Of Death And Grace


Black Black Black – Altererd States Of Death And Grace
Self released – 2016
Rock, Hard, Punk, Stoner, Garage, Sludge
Rated: ****

I remember that I instantly liked this album when I quickly stepped through the songs the first time around on their Bandcamp site. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to listen to the whole thing at that moment, but kept in mind that it sounded pretty promising. Now after some more runs and some more time I know what I liked, it’s the vocalist, he formerly sang in the unforgotten Cleveland band Disengage which I dug in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, when internet was young and mp3’s were spread with Napster or AudioGalaxy. Now, nearly two decades later I’m still glued stuck to the same music and still love it. Altered States Of Death And Grace is the second album, after the self-titled debut in 2013, from the New York four-piece Black Black Black. Nine of the ten songs are unusually short for stoner- or psychedelic rock. This and the shouting singer reminds you of (post)hardcore but there is always some Kyuss’ish desert rock shining through, with a slight taste of noise and punk’n’roll...

(Written by Doktor420)




Farflung – 5


Farflung – 5
Heavy Psych Sounds Records – 2016
Rock, Space, Psych
Rated: *****

We had to wait no less than eight years after the superb A Wound In Eternity album to be treated to a new full-sized album by space rock motherfuckers extraordinaire Farflung! Which has been hard on the senses and on the heart, cause we’ve been in love with these crazies since first discovering them back when The Belief Module was released. But now they’re back with an intense space rock rollercoaster ride through the universe. Recorded among others at the fabled Rancho De La Luna studio and with aid from not only hero Dave Catching, but also Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and Gene Trautman (QOTSA, EOFDM) the new record entitled 5 is a true hallucinatory headspin! A highly mesmerizing vortex that does not let up for one minute. Starting with the opening track (thank you guys!) HiVe, the longest cut on the record, the psychedelic goodness washes over you with weird effects and you feel the potential energy build up as the catapult stretches and the arc almost becomes unbearable. The release is there, with the second track Proterozoic, but it feels subdued, as if the hill flattens out and you go straight on. The real dive and rush comes on once 044MPZ hits! What a rush! You woosh and swoosh through the corners and can’t wait for the corkscrews to come. And trust me they are there. With another slow climb in 27th Sun there is no holding back the Farflung cart after that. Even though on some level there is always that feeling that you might not be in the front cart on this ride. As if you’re watching yourself go through this, like a guest standing on the outskirts of the party, just beyond the glow of the campfire. Which makes it all the more weird and trippy…

(Written by JK)



zaterdag 11 juni 2016

Doom Chart for June 2016


Doom Chart

And then there was a sound. Like a bootheel on a wooden floor. A fist on the lid of a coffin. Slow at first. Then speeding up. Faster and faster until the sound became a furious barrage. And with it came the pure ecstasy of perfect recognition…

“Indeed. It was my honor to work out the Doom Charts this month and much of the work it entails is quite fun. Listening to one of the many records voted for by one of the contributors. One you had not even heard of before the sweating for and laboring over the chart commenced. Sure, we all listen to an unhealthy amount of music over here. But no one ever claimed that we were health nuts or all encompassing. There is simply too much great stuff out there. But that is probably why we all go completely apeshit over one of those new discoveries. One of those albums that someone mentions with a certain glimmer in his or her eye. That spark of something wild and wonderful, just waiting for the needle to be dropped. And guess what, no less than fourteen new albums entered the charts this month! Fourteen of those records that will delight and envelop the listener in a glorious rapture….” ~ Joop Konraad (Stoner HiVe)

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom-sludge metal and stoner-psychedelic rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below. This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world.

It’s been out there. Since yesterday. Once again. The all new, June edition of, the Doom Chart. This time around edited and tallied by yours truly. Go ahead, run on over there and catch up on 25 of the most brilliant heavy records floating around the heavy scene at the moment. O’ and did we mention the list sports no less than fourteen new album?! O’ and did we mention it also sports the very first blurb by our very own Doktor420?! It’s the Doom Chart! Yes, we love this kind of music so much, we make lists about it!


dinsdag 7 juni 2016

Mother Mooch – Nocturnes


Mother Mooch – Nocturnes
Self released – 2015
Heavy Rock
Rate: ****.5

The Irish have done it again. First with the band Ainriail and now the land of green bring to us Mother Mooch, a five piece from Dublin consisting of Chloe on Vocals, Sid on guitar and backing vocal. Farl on guitar, Barry on bass, and none other than Danni on drums. Their record Nocturnes instrumentally is solid as solid is, if u get that. And there is something extremely familiar about Chloe's vocals. I can't quite place it. Never the less she rocks the mike like a pro, with a clean and depth to her vocals that don't need the distortion that they put on the track L.H.O.O. I know today a lot of us add distortion to a vocal for some power. But I don't feel she needs it. Alright on to the guitarists. Hmmm. I'm actually at a bit of a loss. The guitar playing is quite good, maybe very 90's but again I'm having a hard time with that part of the record as far as description goes. The bassist is also quite good and has the 90's Alice In Chains feel to some of his riffing. Same for the drummer, extremely solid and clean playing. This is a true unit! As lone wolves I couldn't say, wow that guy sticks out. It is the group effort in this case that makes Mother Mooch who they are. I believe their strong suit is serving the song like many of their 90's elders did. It wasn't about the individual, but the cohesiveness of everyone involved. A sort of more modern hippie attitude that has once again past us by for even more speed and technology. Mother Mooch allows me to revisit; at least in my mind that time period when life was just a bit kinder, if only just a bit. Thanks Mooch. Slán go foil!

(Written by Charlie Tooth)




zaterdag 28 mei 2016

The Bad Light – Temples


The Bad Light – Temples
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Garage, Blues
Rated: *****

After the wholesome start of the first track called The One, with a merry-go-rounding guitar and a slow drum stampede, added vocals and an ever building and filling instrumentation, you can feel a bit overwhelmed by the almost cluttered mid-section. The sensation of drifting off and falling. Dead center in the middle of a tempest still shines that pure chiming melody. But then they slow down and start over again and you are immersed. Immersed in a complete universe of sound and wonderful layers. Cause it’s just one guitar, one drum and two voices. Wow. The Bad Light latest album Temples has you cornered and will beat you into submission, without a doubt and with a lovely padded Billy club. They hail from Santa Cruz, California, were originally a duo and bring forth a holy mixture of stoner, psych, garage, blues and doom. On their new effort they’re a trio, consisting of drum, guitar and vocals. The songs resonate through your bone structure and fill your very being. As mentioned before, many of the multi layered, yet basic sounding tracks overwhelm, take by storm and will have you gasping for air. Simply because the intensity of their sound is so immediate. It’s the blues stomp everything is based on. Righteous and wild! And then there are those female and male twin vocal duties, running with each other and bouncing off each other. It chimes like pyroclastic crystal! Almost too beautiful! As does the entire album. One track and you might want it to stop or it might kill you. A second one will make you think it will kill you when it finally does stop. Gorgeous! And where we loved Marrow Of Sound and Onward Downward, Temples is simply in a league of its own. Brilliant!

(Written by JK)