maandag 26 januari 2015

Yama – Ananta

Yama – Ananta
Lightown Fidelity – 2014
Rock, Hard, Stoner with tinge of Doom.
Rated: *****

This Dutch band take the Stoner genre but infuse with a heaviness that steers them into the fringes of Doom. Riffs that power through your senses have a groove added that refuse to leave your brain until you bang your head against a wall. The song compositions are varied and skilfully executed – head-nodding moments are interspersed with slow movements, full on Stoner turbo charged riffing, atmospheric moments of calm before the storm of powerhouse chords overwhelm you – everything in fact to make this a superb offering. The vocals are impassioned but restrained – perfect for these tracks. With a clean sounding production, the solos hover over the top of your hearing with power and clarity. Yama have given us something that does not just slavishly rip off the past but lovingly show their influences while still having a modern take of some genres that are in danger of being tagged “retro”. This band is looking forward, doing their own thing, keeping our beloved underground sounds fresh and vital.

(Written by Tony)

psst. And do you remember their demo from 2011?

zaterdag 24 januari 2015

Goya – Satan’s Fire EP

Goya – Satan’s Fire EP
Self Released – 2014
Stoner, Doom
Rated *****

Goya remind you why their debut album “777” was such a blast to listen to at the end of 2013. This EP continues in much the same vein – 19 minutes of riffs, heaviness and Doom. Sludgy stoner rock tunes struggle to emerge from the filthy sounding instruments that are more distorted than the speakers in The Devil’s car that have been turned up to number 11 and is being ridden down the lower depths of hell, windows open, elbows hanging out the door frame and a horde of demons head-banging on the back seats. Marijuana Doom has never sounded this good. As a taster for the next album, it is an appetite whetter of huge proportions. These newish kids on the block are coming to kick the fuck out of the established favourites.  You have been warned.

(Written by Tony)

psst. And did you ever get around checking out their demo from 2012?

vrijdag 23 januari 2015

Birnam Wood – Birnam Wood

Birnam Wood – Birnam Wood
Self Released – 2014
Doom, Stoner and some more Doom
Rated ****

I presume the band are named after the Birnam Wood as foretold by the witches prophecy in Macbeth. If so, the name suits very well as the music conjures up images of despair, suffering and atmospheric dread. But fear not, the lashings of fuzz used will still get the stiffest of heads nodding. Sounding like the missing link between Sabbath and Sleep, what you get is a shit load of riff worship that mixes evil psychedelic bad vibes with heavy groove and tunes that make you realise how redundant so many of the current ‘retro’ bands really are. I do not want to listen to something that sounds like the last 20 years of music have not happened. Birnam Wood are influenced by the greats from before but infuse it with punk attitude, the joyfulness of stoner swagger and the modern, dark take on doom. Give this a listen and you will not be disappointed.

(Written by Tony)

donderdag 22 januari 2015

Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol

Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol
Napalm Records - 2014
Stoner, Psych, Rock
Rated *****

When Dave Wyndorf announced that he was going to re-mix the Last Patrol album (from 2013) as if it had been recorded in 1969 I thought “meh!”. I did not need some half arsed dub versions from an album that was pretty good but that in no way set my world alight. Well, stick a bong-pipe up my arse and call me Susan 'cause this is fucking fantastic!' Songs have been torn apart with new guitar and vocals parts, slowed down, fuzzed up, echo boxes have been abused beyond belief, tracks discarded, 4 new songs added and two live versions included. Monster Magnet have never made a truly bad album but until Last Patrol, seemed to be on auto-pilot for a long time. Even so, I never really played  last years release that much. But when the creepy Doors-like Hammond organ starts creeping through the tracks and the trippy vibe really hits you over the head, you will realise that Dave and his boys have created a masterpiece of Stone Psychedelic Rock. I would have never thought a remix album could make such an impact on me but this is an essential part of the soundtrack to my life now. Highly recommended ………. Please do not call me Susan!

(Written by Tony)

zondag 18 januari 2015

Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler! - Answer

Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler!

Listen to the track in the post below and fill in the right answer! It is the name of the track with the first letter as a capital!

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Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler! - One

Sunday's Stoner HiVe Stickler!

Pop quiz, hot shot! There's a bomb on the bus and you need to solve the riddle before the speed reaches 50mph. So, listen to the track below, and if you know the answer you can open the restricted post above this one. Just enter the track name, with the first letter as a capital, to unlock the encrypted text. And guess what, in the near future, on next editions, of the Stickler there will be another gift of discovery waiting for those who guess the right track!

Top 20… Late additions… The albums we missed list...

Top 20… Late additions…
The albums we missed list...

Every year it’s the same story. We wholeheartedly dive head first into this list making thing. We end up with fifty or more albums that we have come to love so much that it is hard to twiddle them down to say the twenty that we use for the Stoner HiVe Countdown. But I do it anyway. And then while the countdown is running or has just passed one of your buddies hands you an album you completely missed and think. Shit. This should have been on there. Madman Tony prodded me while the countdown was running about Doctor Smoke and a few more. And when Yama came out on Lighttown Fidelty I immediately knew it would have made my list if I had heard it earlier. Same goes for Electric Citizen which I only learned about thanks to all you lovely freaks out there who voted for the album in the first place. So here are a few of those late additions. Albums that surely would have been on our list if we had heard them earlier…





And guess what?! We are all sure we still missed even more albums that could or should have been on our list. So many amazing albums have been release in 2014 and we sure hope we will eventually discover them all. Just as we sincerely hope that many more will be released in 2015. But if you wanna read more about all those late additions… Those damn fine sounds of 2014! Visit Fast N Bulbous, cause he has a post about late additions and a 2014 breakdown that will rattle your brain for weeks!

Check out Fast N Bulbous!

vrijdag 16 januari 2015

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Here we are with the first 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… 

Endless Sundown – In Brackets

I wandered through the grimy streets of Lyon before. Besides the rivers and near the station. And I’ve talked to the girls who work the streets. But I had business further down. But Endless Sundown, who hails from that city, does not sound as dark and filthy as the city I experienced back then. Highly accomplished and with luscious bass work we hear this clean edge that explodes into something that exhumes through aching. Lyon, I should go back there soon…

Ponamero Sundown – Blood Feud

Another day, another Sundown! The Swedish troublemakers of Ponamero Sundown are in the middle of recording their third album. And to keep interests peaked and our love for the Sundown ever growing, they released a single. Teasing motherfuckers that they are! After simply announced that this monstrous groovy bastard will not even be featured on the album! Holy shitballs!

Curse of The North – Sleep While You Can

Seattle heavy rock trio Curse of The North are gearing up to release their debut full-length album entitled: I. And to spark the interest of everyone that loves heaviness they’ve released a video for Sleep While You Can. Which starts off as a slow and clean race around the track before it gets grimy, gritty and speedy!

Mind Vice – Consumer Nation

Another day, another Seattle. After the highly entertaining Set This Thing In Motion released at the end of 2013 and Mind Vice earlier that year. The guys from Mind Vice return. Bouncing basslines and funky grooves are key on the new single Consumer Nation. Ballsy stuff! And they get more grungy, heavy and breaky on the B-Side The Profit. And yes, there is some social commentary, so beware of subliminal messages!

Fatso Jetson & Yawning Man hitting Europe!

Fatso Jetson & Yawning Man hitting Europe!

O’ yes, my furry little freaks. The grandmasters are coming to Europe once again! Apart from all the wonderful things that are in the works for the guys, they are also heading out for a stiff tour. Psst. And for the people who can hit the Dutch dates; they will likely be joined by Automatic Sam. Who already jammed the big jam with the uncles. And henceforth turned and twisted into the new Ten East line-up. Which now entails: Gary Arce & Bill Stinson of Yawning Man and Erik Harbers & Pieter Holkenborg of Automatic Sam. So keep an eye out, cause their might be a new album coming out this year! But first… Feast your eyes and ears on the magical Fatso Jetson & Yawning Man!

Yawning Man "Dark Meet" (from Fatso Jetson/Yawning Man Split)

Fatso Jetson "Long Deep Breath" (from Fatso Jetson/Herba Mate Split)

Feb 5 ~ Dortmund, Germany ~ The Piano
Feb 6 ~ London, UK ~ The Purple Turtle
Feb 7 ~ Leuven, Beligium ~ Orange Factory
Feb 8 ~ Drachten, Netherlands ~ Iduna
Feb 9 ~ Hamburg, Germany ~ Hafenklang
Feb 10 ~ Bielefeld, Germany ~ Forum
Feb 11 ~ Berlin, Germany ~ Cassiopeia
Feb 12 ~ Jena, Germany ~ Kulturbanhof
Feb 13 ~ Deventer, Netherlands ~ De Hip
Feb 14 ~ Mons-en-Baroeul, France ~ Le Trait d’Union
Feb 15 ~ Paris, France ~ Glazart
Feb 16 ~ Karlsruhe, Germany ~ Alte Hackerei
Feb 17 ~ München, Germany ~ Feierwerk
Feb 18 ~ Linz, Austria ~ Stadtwerkstatt
Feb 19 ~ Wien, Austria ~ Arena
Feb 20 ~ Innsbruck, Austria ~ PMK
Feb 21 ~ Bozen, Italy ~ Pippo Stage
Feb 22 ~ Brescia, Italy ~ Latteria Molloy
Feb 23 ~ Roma, Italy ~ Sinister Noise
Feb 24 ~ Ravenna, Italy ~ Bronson
Feb 25 ~ Padova (Go Down Festival), Italy ~ Circolo Mame
Feb 26 ~ TBA
Feb 27 ~ Lucerne, Switzerland ~ Sedel
Feb 28 ~ Frankfurt, Germany ~ das Bett

Yawning Man & Automatic Sam

Yawning Man & Automatic Sam

A new project is in the works. And whether they will call it Yawning Sam or Automatic Man is unclear. If you are interested in seeing these cats live? Check out the Deventer date of the upcoming Fatso Jetson & Yawning Man European tour!

donderdag 15 januari 2015

Snake Thursday – Iter

Snake Thursday – Iter
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Hard, Metal, Space
Rated: *****

Back in 2012 the Polish trio Snake Thursday released a damn fine six shooter album called Cruise Mode. On it they displayed a hefty take on stoner and hard rock with punky influences. Relentless grinding fuzzy riffs and pounding rhythms were the driving force and Cruise Mode was built for speed. On the new album Iter the boys slow down a bit without grinding to a halt. In fact it has this ever forward motion built into it. It still moves and keeps moving and trucks and pushes you over the edge. And there, down in the abyss, the gritty bass heavy fuzz vibrates and turns your surroundings into a steamy hot whirlwind. You can almost feel the lava being pushed up beneath your feet as you stomp around on tracks like Implode The Earth and Beyond Aurora. And still, we’ve only just begun, tiny influences of doom and space and grunge mesmerize as the sound goes big, huge and colossal. And all this just simmers and steams inside a big thermonuclear oven until the energy becomes too gigantic to contain. And then it just explodes! Over and over and over again. Until everything has become more than what we’ve started with. Yes. I am guessing this is indeed a musical Perpetuum Mobile. Snake Thursday, every day of the week!

(Written by JK)

Mammatus Cloud has coffee with the good Doktor420…

Mammatus Cloud has coffee with the good Doktor420…

“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.”  ~ David Lynch

Do you follow the Stoner HiVe?
André: “Not follow, but I’ve been there a couple of time. And we LOVE coffee!”

Introduce the band please.
André: “My name is André and I’m the lead vocalist and play guitar in Mammatus Cloud. We exist since 2008. Besides me there's Peter on bass, Ditte on guitar and vocals and Martin on drums. We have made about 3 demos that never got anywhere and then this EP in April 2013. And we have also recorded a single that basically only needs a label to fund it. We are from the second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus, the same city as Magnified Eye.”

Do you hang around with those guys?
André: “Oh yeah, with Bong, their bass player... They are really cool guys.”

How old are you guys?
André: “We are all in our 30s, I believe that Martin, as the youngest, is 32, and Peter is 39.”

What kind of music/bands are you diggin'?
André: “Well, I grew up on rock: The Who and all that... But my teen rebellion was death metal and that progressed into a lot of different genres... But that was before the internet. Growing up in a small city really narrowed my chances to hear new music and genres. I actually started playing metal with Peter 20 years ago... And now we are playing together again. Peter was into the whole metal scene as well in the early 90´s. Martin and myself had a band with Bong from Magnified Eye, a couple of years back, some kind of desert/stoner... But we never released anything.  Unfortunately it didn't work out with the singer we had at the time... He used to be the singer of a psychobilly band from Aarhus (Godless Wicked Creeps) but he lived 100km from us, so we barely got to rehearse.”

But now all band members live close and you're able to meet often - that's pretty important I reckon.
André: “Yeah, in Mammatus Cloud we live within a fair distance of one another.”

I presume you do all the recording yourself?
André: “Yeah... In our rehearsal space, but not on the EP... A guy from another city wanted to record us live for free, so we went for it, just to try something new. But he was really weird about the whole recording process and I couldn't really communicate with him.”

In what way was he weird? And did it hurt the recording process? Or perhaps add something good to it?
André:  “He was from another planet, it was as if we didn’t even speak the same language. Yeah, it put a bad vibe on the whole recording process, and it should have been a really cozy recording session. We were installed in an apartment above the studio, and we all had our girlfriends with us for the whole weekend… Half of them pregnant. Our "off" time was good, but the recording days was awful, bad headphones mix, etc.”

So that EP is a live recording?
André: “Yeah, we recorded all the music live at Horsens DIY.” 

Did you have audience?
André: “No, unfortunately not, that would have been cool. We weren't sure if we wanted to use the material. We agreed in the band that the sound and "overall feeling" of the EP should be kept as it was recorded - raw! We finally decided that we should mix it ourselves at my home studio. The vocals where recorded by our good friend Mads in my home city. And now we are looking for a new place to rehearse, where we can build a small studio. And if we find one. Well, we are gonna do a lot of recordings this year.”

Where can people get their hands on your EP?
André: “Yeah, at Bandcamp and our Facebook page... I think we even have a Myspace page, but we don’t check it that often though.”

Do you have pressed copies or only burned?
André: “We have pressed digipacks, they look awesome!”

What was the greatest moment for Mammatus Cloud?
André: “Phew, we had a lot of great moments with the band, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. But we played at ‘frøstruplejren’ (sort of like Christiania, just way cooler) 40th anniversary, and that was a great honor for us.”

How are things going now and what does the future hold for Mammatus Cloud?
André: “We disbanded in July 2014, unfortunately. We had a great run for 6 years, and we closed the "shop" as friends, just like we started. Don’t worry, we are still doing our stoner-shit. But harder and heavier and sometimes slower than we did previously... Still melodic though. We are working on songs, and we tend to do more "doomy" stuff, and more heavy riff based stuff this time. It is a new project. As of yet nameless. But once we know, you will know…”

(Written by Doktor420)