zaterdag 28 maart 2015

Seremonia – Kristalliarkki (the Crystal Ark)


Seremonia – Kristalliarkki (the Crystal Ark)
Svart Records – 2015
Garage, Doom, Proto, Punk
Rated: ****

Emerging from the darkest depths of Finland, Seremonia manage to mix doom, 70’s psych rock and grimy punk without sounding forced or experimental. The primary feel is dank and doomy, with riffage suitably low slung and powerful but thanks to the wonderful vocals provided by Noora Federley, the range goes from a velvet croon to a more hard edged style. She is complimented by the band who have a vast array of talent to back her up. Vintage scorched earth keyboard stabs and solos mix with ghostly backing vocals, flutes, synths and effects which provide a suitably graveyard feel. Nik Turneresque sax bursts explode with gritty squalls of frenzied scales to add another dimension. Sung all in their native tongue there is a genuinely foreboding tone but in case you think that this is a strictly retro affair, the modern, hard hitting production and bursts of fast, ballsy workouts will stop any doubts you may have. Seremonia have enough punk attitude mixed with a love of darkness to make them stand out among the crowd.

Many thanks to Svart Records for the promo.

(Written by Tony)



vrijdag 27 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

Did you manage to check out the March edition of the Doom Charts? The return of a righteous list and one that is delivered by an amazing amount of people who have a damn good finger on the pulse of that stoner and doom undercurrent. (Except that JK dipshit ofcourse!) Did you manage to give all of the albums on the list a go? Did you get stuck on one or more because they were so damn fine? Well, be sure to visit the list one more time this weekend. Cause soon, the second, April edition of the Doom Charts will go up… 

Who will make the list this time around? And how much will change? Doktor420: "Not much will change I guess, only a few will change position and only a few will be added or dismissed."

Soon we will know… Soon…




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

woensdag 25 maart 2015

Killer Boogie – Detroit


Killer Boogie – Detroit
Heavy Psych Sounds – 2015
Rock, Classic, Seventies, Proto, Punk
Rated: ****

Although coming from Italy, Killer Boogie have named their album Detroit and indeed have embraced the early 70’s rock sound which will always be associated with that city. Cooper, Nugent and the mighty MC5 are at the front of a sound which when mixed with Mountain and Cactus (I know they are not from Detroit!) give you a gritty, dirty fuzzed out and fucked up street band, living in the gutter and reaching for the stars. Gabriele Flori – vocalist/guitarist from Black Rainbows – takes this scuzzy collection of tracks and welds them together with distortion pedals set to “Stooges”! Some of the songs morph into psych mantras that circle around, giving hints of breathing spaces but fear not fuzz-fiends, on this album, all roads lead to heavy riffs in the end. With a clear but still raw sounding production, acoustic guitars can drift in and out, organs can drone in the background and some spacey effects can be used without ever feeling forced. This is a loving tribute to an earlier rock sound but without sounding like a rip-off. Killer Boogie keep it fresh sounding and vital. Play this and stick a finger up to ”The Man”!

(Written by Tony)



Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno – Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno


Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno – Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno
Self released – 2015
Rock, Doom, Drone
Rated: ***

A battering call to arms. A haunting revolutionary cry. A demand for more meat for the vultures. Cause the vultures want more and more and more and forever more. Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno opens your heart and mind and sends your blood racing with opening track Agnosis of their first self-titled album. A side-project for the bassplayer and drummer of Annimal Machine, as they wait for their guitarplayer to return home and finish the new album. Back to the opener; the one that pummels and pounds and has you rising up, flag in hand and antique sabre in the other. How incredibly great that track is and how high they set the bar for the rest of the album. I will leave that up to you. I for one was overwhelmed and waited for the next stroke or eerie trumpet call to get on a plane, horse or donkey and ride to the nearest battlefield. But even though they keep up the gigantic gestures between the two of them, that high pitched fever they evoked at the start soon settles into a brooding little rise in temperature. With every track that follows they seem to take it down a notch. Not so much in energy, ambition or prowess, but more because it would have been impossible to keep the stakes that high. Is this a bad thing? I think not, otherwise there would have been revolutions going on across the globe and all stupid annoying extremists (in every category) would have been slaughtered… (O’ so it is a bad thing?) Nevertheless, we experienced a righteous track through the netherworld, saw the sun’s extinction and learned much from the wind… And we know there are others like us… Everywhere… We only need to rise up… Fight the good fight; and Experiencia Del Paso Por El Averno will urge us on!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 24 maart 2015

Black Rainbows – Hawkdope


Black Rainbows – Hawkdope
Heavy Psych Sounds – 2015
Heavy Psychedelic Rock
Rated: *****

The Holy Rainbows EP released in 2013 was my first inkling of the Black Rainbows infectious brand of riffs, melodies, fuzz and just sheer grooviness. Seeing them last year at Desertfest blew me away so I eagerly awaited this new album. And yeah, Hawkdope is brilliant. Tired of ten minute prog rock tracks passed of as Doom/Stoner songs? Well plug into these Italian guys vision of rock. Tight, taut songs that hit you between the eyes are order of the day here, served up with catchy-as -fuck choruses, world weary vocals and scorched earth solos that never overstay their welcome. Heavy, groovy, unstoppable with hints of space rock expansiveness combined with driving Stoner song structures to make each track sound like a classic cut on the first hearing. Hints of fuzz electric blues are scattered throughout with searing effect and yes, it does make me want to drive faster with my arm hanging out of the window, music blaring from the speakers on the way to some humdrum place of work, having my soul lifted by this potential masterpiece.

(Written by Tony)




vrijdag 20 maart 2015

Lord Loud – IN


Lord Loud – IN
Self released – 2015
Rock, Garage, Psych, Punk, Grunge, Stoner
Rated: ****

Four highly concise rockers and two battleships. The debut EP entitled IN by the Van Nuys, California duo Lord Loud has a lot going on for everybody who digs the fuzz, the stoner and the garage rock. There’s something highly addictive about these six masterful tracks. The whirling guitar in opener Innerspace, the riff stomp that accompanies it and the stand out vocals, lusciously pitched and echoed. The languid ‘ooh ooh ooh’ in that gritty straight forward rocker Searching For The Thief, that even older sounding psychedelic garage sound in Tune In and everything about No Regard. And that’s when the cruisers anchor down in a hidden cove somewhere and the battleships set sail. The highly psychedelic Living Mystery which invokes some doomy feelings and as the drums groove and dance, the guitars do the talking and the haunting vocals drag you along on this mystical adventure. And after that closer Silent Spokes slows down even more and turns into a creepy and irking howler of a track. Echoes of something whispered in forgotten times. After which we’re all in. And there’s no way out…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 19 maart 2015

John Lancaster – A Penchant For Hell On Earth


John Lancaster – A Penchant For Hell On Earth
Self released – 2015
Rock, Metal, Prog, Hard, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ****

Phantom Moon still gets heavy rotation over here. But for some weird and probably insane reason the second album Crash Test In Progress is hardly played at all. Which will soon change again, since we are now neck deep in absorbing the third album A Penchant For Hell On Earth by John Lancaster. Lancaster, former frontman for Chum delivered his first solo effort back in 2010 and delivered that Phantom Moon record with the help of an incredible array of musical companions. On the second disk he implored the help of Abdullah’s Josh Adkins, Barry Smith with whom he played in Earth to Eros and his buddy from Chum, Mac Walker.  And they are all present once again, you could easily state the guys have turned this solo project into a full-fledged band. They could be called The Lancasters. Imagine petite dance moves and matching suits. But what’s definitely not petite is the sound; which goes big the way of the Samurai once again. Think Faith No More, Kings X, Muse, Soundgarden and Torche. Which is offset by this weird flutter in the vocal lines, which reminds a bit of Alain Johannes, his solo work as well as Eleven. Which is strange, for the music is metal, progressive, alternative and full of twists and turns. Yet, it’s the vocals that sets it apart this time around. Emotional cries and passionate howls, timid screeds and new discovered vocal possibilities. They’ve grown considerably and now rival the amazing music that was already there. A multitude of layers aided by samples and synths that never fight for domination, but instead offer up the spotlight to whichever instrument should have your full attention. A truly amazing and inspirational record once again! A labor of love for someone… Felt by everyone…

(Written by JK)




Arthur Channel – Arthur Channel


Arthur Channel – Arthur Channel
The End – 2014
Rock
Rated: ****

Drummer Jack Irons, bassist Greg Richling and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes know each other from bands like Eleven and The Wallflowers. But it is the unknown singer/guitarplayer Jon Greene that launched this new project known as Arthur Channel. He was the guy who was writing the tunes in a little mountain cabin somewhere in the bushes of California. And he was the guy who just sent them to Irons and prayed for something. Who in turn immediately fell in love with the songs and got Richling to participate and Johannes to produce and add color. On guitar we also hear Lyle Workman (Frank Black, They Might Be Giants) and Zach Irons (Irontom). The sum of these musicians give us a magical total: highly atmospheric and emotional alternative rock with moments of hunted folk and natural melodies. But still, the most impressive part is the fact that the amazing collection of music by the different musicians almost pale in comparison to the fantastic voice by rookie Jon Greene. What a find!

(Written by JK)



Danko Jones – Fire Music


Danko Jones – Fire Music
Suburban/Bad Taste – 2015
Rock, Hard, Garage, Punk
Rated: ***

Danko Jones is always good for some good tunes and some great live shows. Danko Jones is that well-oiled rock machine that just keeps on truckin, dealing in good times and has once again delivered with their seventh studio album Fire Music. Once again with a new drummer. In this case it’s Rich Knox, who you might know from the also in Toronto based rockers: Flash Lightning. And once again it makes little difference, cause the Mango Kid and John Calabrese are handing out doses of testosterone like mad and crazy rock ‘n roll professors. The biggest difference is perhaps the amount of angry songs on this album and the lesser quantity of tracks about the female beauty. Well, and we assume the guys also wanted to push up their punky edge. Their Misfits edge. Cause Danko loves Danzig and everything the man has ever done. Especially the Misfits stuff. So if you feel like hearing that band through a Danko Jones filter, check out Fire Music. And you can scream, shout and holler along with Danko. Just as you could in past and always will be able to in the future…

(Written by JK)



woensdag 18 maart 2015

Desert Storm – Omniscient


Desert Storm – Omniscient
Blindsight Records/Secret Law Records – 2015
Rock, Sludge, Doom, Blues, Metal, Stoner
Rated: ****

We’ve been writing about this stoner sludge hurricane since their Forked Tongues album from 2010 and we then revisited their 2008 self-titled demo. We went ape shit about their 2013 album Horizontal Life and ofcourse loved the split they did with Komatsu called Nomen Est Omen. And at the end of January this year the UK quintet Desert Storm released their newest effort entitled: Omniscient. We hold our breath, not because we are worried they won’t deliver, but because we are giddy with anticipation and hope we will love this as much as all that came before. Omniscient, ever present and all knowing. On which they’re turning into the sludge monster they know they have always been. Slowly all the influences they were sporting on their other albums are dissipating, or so we are lead to believe. What rises and holds fast is the sludgy stoner rock and metal that can easily hold a candle to the best of Crowbar and Down. And ofcourse the guys have to do it again, make a flag post of a stand out track in the middle of the record. This time around it’s an acoustic song called Home. Displaying once again that the vocalist could do so much more with his voice than just the aggressive howls we heard so far. And after Home dies away; the breeze picks up and, there they are, a myriad of influences can be heard, making the aggressive nature of the first four tracks disappear with more laidback grooves and sunny rhythms. Returning to an all levelling sludge landslide with the closing track Collapse Of The Bison Lung. And then we can breathe again…

(Written by JK)




dinsdag 17 maart 2015

Donnerwetter – Donnerwetter


Donnerwetter – Donnerwetter
Self released – 2015
Rock, Blues, Garage
Rated: ****

Two worn down looking men. Sitting across from each other on a rickety chair with scarred guitars in their hands. In an almost empty room, except for some yellowed posters, empty bottles and overflowing ashtrays. That’s how the band and the album were born. Donnerwetter! This sick self-titled album features Rocco Ostermann and Wout Kemkens, both active in Shaking Godspeed and Thee Hammer. They found each other as they watched the paint fall down from the walls when they made their guitars scream and howl. Two wayward guitarists and songsmiths that give fuck all about conventions. No, these cats dance on that weird tightrope where only a few can keep balance. Think Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart and Dr. John. On keys and bass we hear Matthijs Stronks and on drums Mike Visser. Which ofcourse has us also hearing some of that Shaking Godspeed sound. Cause yes, it becomes that wild and wonderful many a time, but it is also so forthright and honest that you can feel every note played in the very core of your spine. Even when they sing about cross-eyed dogs!

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 13 maart 2015

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Here we are with another Quick Fire Friday in this foul year of our lord 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… 


Mangostone – Journey to The Centre of The

Mangostone from the UK produces some damn fine night time fuzzy flying ruckus. On their first two track demo entitled Journey to The Centre of The they sound highly impressive and absolutely wonderful. Gritty desert rock and grimy stoner infused with some garage and off the wall stomping. Be a look out for this three-piece cause they’ll soon be tearing you mustache off and wearing it as batwings and have you applauding that action!




Abrahma – Fountains Of Vengeance

As always, French heavy rockers Abrahma deliver grade A stuff. Just listen to the first track Fountains of Vengeance of the soon to be released new album Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird. Classy and majestic rock 'n roll! And yes, they’re also experts in strange, weird and highly inspirational titles! So start drawing pictures with pencils, clay or mud and dancing around like a whirling dervish!





Romero – Gold For the Hunt

Another one of those bands that always deliver is Romero. These Wisconsin stoner metal pugilists go for the big gestures on the new single Gold For The Hunt. This is grandiose music for those moments where you want to lift your spirits and your arms and reach for the sky. And just as you are about to lean back and drift along with the clouds, they hit you with a sucker punch uppercut, as all good pugilists do…





Karma To Burn/Sons of Alpha Centauri – Six/66

Sons Of Alpha Centauri true pioneers of progressive instrumental apocalyptic stoner rock are releasing another single split with Karma To Burn. Their new exclusively written track 66 will be available on a 7inch released at the end of April on H42 records. And you can already hear their dark and motoring track online. Wild, wonderful and absolutely thrilling! We can’t wait to get our grubby hands on the seven inch!