vrijdag 21 november 2014

High Fighter – The Goat Ritual


High Fighter – The Goat Ritual
Enorm Music – 2014
Rock, Metal, Core, Stoner, Sludge
Rated: ***

The debut EP The Goat Ritual by High Fighter is by no account meant for the feeble, the weak and the weary. It is an all-out stampede on the senses and it will devour you whole if you’re not careful. It is a new band formed in the summer of 2014 by members of Buffalo Hump and A Million Miles. And those of you who know of those bands will immediately recognize the guttural screams and grizzly howls of Mona Miluski who has no hindrance with switching on her clean voice when the songs calls for it. The most impressive part however is the no holds barred drumming and the metallic riffs that just keep whirling around like a mad dervish. The five tracks pounce on you like an animal lying in wait to murder. Not because it is hungry but for the pure lustful act of killing. So be prepared to fight!

(Written by JK)




The Cover That Could – II


The Cover That Could – II

China Drum – Wuthering Heights

In lee of their triumphant return to the stage as of 2013 and the release of a new seven inch next week it feels only right to pay homage to this great cover done by China Drum. Founded around 1989 the band released three albums and a handful of EP’s and singles. But unfortunately the band never garnered the attention they deserved and they disbanded in 2000. Their punk spirit and aggressive energy trades places with their melodic and alternative rock side within almost every song. It sported the singing drummer Adam Lee who went on to become frontman and new drummers came. One of them was ofcourse the Dutch drummer Jan Willem Alkema who came from Compulsion after the Goosefair recordings and who went on to bang with Driven To Collision. Their debut full-sized album from 1996 is called Goosefair and is perhaps their best one. Although Self Made Maniac from 1998 brought forth the truly amazing 60 Seconds track. (It’s still on almost every playlist I manufacture.) But for the listeners who were there when Goosefair came out the wait wasn’t over. Cause at the end of the disc you had to wait twelve minutes before the secret track to commence. Overdriven distorted feedback starts their version of the Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights. It is perhaps the most famous song of this criminally underappreciated band. But Great Magnet willing, the new incarnation will match what the band was all about, and manage to help everyone (re) discover China Drum…

Ps. Did you know it made the 15th position of the BBC top 50 covers of all time selection?




donderdag 20 november 2014

Fubear – Hopeless


Fubear – Hopeless
Inverse Records – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: ****

Finland. It is one of those great great countries. Clean and not completely filled to the rim with assholes and idiots. And they know what is more important in life. Finland has space and has a certain spirit. One that is laidback or rather careful. Fubear seems to let go of that latter aspect. They hurl themselves into the fray with their new five track EP Hopeless. Sporting influences from Alice In Chains, The Cult and something highly desert sounding they stomp on the terra as if there would be no tomorrow. Live today, die today. And then there is their age old metal side, which shines through in certain moments. The best thing about the five songs are the eclectic nature of the tracks and the diverse structuring and the only sad part is that there are only five songs and some of them do not last long enough. It is impressive the way they fill their songs to the absolute rim with ideas and changes without having them become muddled and still keep the spirit of each track alive. Just listen to those first three songs, different each and heavy all. The fourth song Oceans explores their warm seventies styled rock with post elements and then we are treated to the secret track: Play Fucking Ice Hockey. Wild, raw and wonderful! Next time I take the Karhunkierros I’ll surely be blasting Fubear out of an old eighties stereo to keep the bears at bay. Kippis!

(Written by JK)



Robot Death Monkey – Full Dunham


Robot Death Monkey – Full Dunham
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Sludge, Metal, Punk
Rated: ****

And New Zealand will never be the same again. All the Jager is gone and so are all bean green tank tops and larger than life candlesticks. And none of the Kiwi’s asked, knew where we could find Tipp-Ex or small wooden figurines shaped like a turtle but not actually a turtle. We all know what this means. Gary Dunham is roaming free and at large around the islands. That sonumbitch. Save the children and keep the sheep inside at all times. Lock up the beer and hide the bourbon. And shit, this also means that the Newcastle/Edinburgh formation going under the name Robot Death Monkey misses their number one fan. But there are many more and their army is growing by the day. Which is only just, for their stoner and sludgy metal is full of gritty punk spirit and grimy fun filth. And that’s besides the damn fine drumming and the awesome guitars. So find yourself a nice little cranny to hold up in, open a bottle of something or the other and put on Robot Death Monkey, and go Full Dunham! It will sooth even the most savage beast… In the end...

(Written by JK)





Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to rock! And the Robot Death Monkey knows this!

Robot Death Monkey - Gary Dunham



Robot Death Monkey - Gary Dunham 

No words needed. And the Robot Death Monkey knows this!

Robot Death Monkey - Dragon Clit


Robot Death Monkey - Dragon Clit

It's the Robot Death Monkey. And they play guitar in the wild!

General Midnight - Moon


General Midnight - Moon

First single Moon taken from their self-titled debut album. From Seattle to the South-Californian Desert; from the arctic wastelands of Scandinavia to the innercity blue hour, General Midnight is a Dutch band that plays rock music which varies from dark grunge to fuzzy desert-rock. They will give you a deja-vu you have never experienced before! 

woensdag 19 november 2014

General Midnight – General Midnight


General Midnight – General Midnight
Nick’s Cave Records – 2014
Rock, Noir, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: ****

Hailing from Nijmegen, Netherlands this officially a three-piece but live a five-piece formation has a distinct Norwegian or Swedish feel to them. It is General Midnight and they sound like a stoner and grunge version of Ricochets, Navigators or The Brigade; which are all from Norway; especially on the first single Moon. Which might not be completely exemplary for the rest of their debut self-titled album. Since they move over to the Californian desert on their next track Cannon Fodder. And soon we find ourselves comparing them to a Queens Of The Stone Age, Masters of Reality or perhaps our Belgian friends Creature With The Atom Brain. But whoever they might sound like next; we don’t care anymore. We are hooked. These guys are meticulous in their build-ups and tear-downs; they are experts in creating a brooding atmosphere and celebrating that dark hour before the moon rises. And just listen to all those layers and that howling guitar. They can go low and heavy, gritty and grimy but almost always aim for that darker and more melodic edge. That edge that shimmers on those cold and dirty nights. When the clocks strikes twelve; and the moon hardly shines, there’s the General asking for a quarter and a dime.  And like a pure pleasure seeker and whisky tweaker he will whisper the truth and give you the déjà vu of a lifetime…

(Written by JK)




An Evening With Knives – An Evening With Knives


An Evening With Knives – An Evening With Knives
Self released – 2014
Rock, Metal, Sludge, Doom, Stoner Post
Rated: ***

Hailing from that same town as Komatsu; An Evening With Knives produce heavy ruckus that could be seen as an offspring of that band. Heavy, dirge like sludge and stoner metal are the main vein. And they use samples. But through those arteries race post-rock blood cells and substances that are highly volatile. Another reason might be the fact that Komatsu-frontman Mo Truijens produced the EP. And ofcourse guitarist Marco Gelissen filled in for Stephan Quint when the man was hospitalized. O' and the band opened for them on their last show in their hometown before they left on their European tour with Uncle John. There, that’s enough about that connection. But another background check showed drummer Ivo Jonkers being part of Hijos De Mayo and Red King Rising. (One of the first bands of Selim Lemouchi from Devil's Blood.) But let’s dive headfirst back into those two mountainous tracks. Huge in sound, color and atmosphere the three manage to keep you captivated and on edge for the entire time. There is something lurking down there in those deep and dark waters. And it is dangerous and armed with knives…

(Written by JK)

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dinsdag 18 november 2014

Pocket Size Sthlm – Exposed Undercurrents


Pocket Size Sthlm – Exposed Undercurrents
Self released – 2014
Rock, Prog, Experimental, Art, Jazz, Psych
Rated: ***

The new album Exposed Undercurrents by the Swedish musical mercenary squad Pocket Size Sthlm is not just a little psychedelic ditty one can enjoy on a lazy afternoon. No, this experimental jazz infused adventure desires your full attention. The man behind this endeavor is Peter Pedersen who has enlisted the aid of a multitude of artists from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to help him surf these newly found undercurrents. It is a slippery ride that feels forced on a few moments but generally comes across like that tightrope acrobatic you once knew that loved his drink and drank his vodka like he was on a mission. Which is a dangerous mix that will sooner or later lead you to cross the wrong wire at the wrong time. And on some of those days you will be lucky and only break a finger or two and make a fool of yourself. But luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance. Peter and his band of brothers seem to be experts in surviving. They maneuver themselves into musical Cul-de-sacs where you think there is no way left to go. But they then manage to either find tight little hole to squeeze through or just turn around and stampede the way they came in from. This is high art and not to be taken lightly. This is a festive and highly fluid way to arrest a certain undercurrent of life. Not to hold it fixed for future generations but to expose it now for entire world to see. Or at least the lucky few who knew and who will understand…

(Written by JK)




Space Guerrilla – Boundless


Space Guerrilla – Boundless
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Space, Instrumental
Rated: ****

It is the story of many a stonerrock outfit. Guys get together to jam in a dusty little cellar somewhere and record a few tracks and send them out into the world. More often than not they have merit and you are glad they did, sometimes you wish they hadn’t and on a few occasions you wish they had more or will come through with more soon. The release Boundless by the Brazilian trio Space Guerrilla is one of those occasions. The five instrumental tracks on this record are highly spacious stonerrock and infectious wide ranged psychedelic meanderings. Accompanied by soundclips that are pushed back in the mix to invoke a sense of mystery; the songs take on this otherworldly atmosphere. They soon have you envisioning endless starry nights and vibrating comets hailing the coming of something good. The drums crashing and thundering one moment and tribalistic and meandering the next. Guitars that wail, howl and slide but also riff and rock where needed and a bass that flows and follows and sets the course for the infinite space. Simply magnificent!

(Written by JK)



Ocean Chief & Snailking at Club Undergången, 29th of November!


Ocean Chief & Snailking at Club Undergången, 29th of November!

If you’re in Stockholm on the 29th of November; swing by Club Undergången to have a night of stoner, doom and sludge! The mighty Ocean Chief and the thunderous Snailking will do their best to make your knees go weak and your head explode! Club Undergången where the darkness is revered!