donderdag 24 juli 2014

Mortals – Cursed To See The Future


Mortals – Cursed To See The Future
Relapse – 2014
Rock, Metal, Sludge, Thrash, Punk
Rated: ***

Everything is turning to black and white now with a limited amount of that color that’s supposed to be in between them. This is not the romantic version of everything turning to black and white. No, this is the bleak and disheartened version. Which can be uplifting from time to time. And the new album Cursed To See The Future by the female power trio Mortals is just that. Brutal riffs and angry growls; absolute destructive drumming leveling all that lays in front and a relentless chucking bass. On the six tracks that make up the album the ladies display not only that they are a masterful and precise wrecking crew. They also show their prowess for inventive structuring in sleek bridges and often using collisions as a ghastly and long outro. Leaving you tensed, anxious and sweaty. There is no salvation on the other side of the horizon, and Cassandra knows this. And now we do too…

(Written by JK)



woensdag 23 juli 2014

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath


Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath
Ubiquity Records – 2014
Hard Rock, Funk Doom, Metal
Rated: ****

Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based Brownout, delving into the catalog of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal godfathers themselves Black Sabbath. “Hand Of Doom” featuring Black Angels singer Alex Maas on vocals is the lead-off single with “The Wizard” on the flip, pressed on limited colored splatter 10inch.

Don’t you hate these wanky tribute albums that reinterpret a bands music with novelty results? You know the sort of thing – a piano concerto of “Master Of Puppets” or a bluegrass tribute to AC/DC. It never works and only ever gets played once. There have been only two exceptions – (don’t bother telling me about other ones, this is my review) – Easy Star All Stars – “Dub Side Of The Moon” (okay and probably the Flaming Lips version) and Beautiful People with the Hendrix samples “If 60’s Were the 90’s”.

Here at last is one more to add to that tiny list. Brownout cover Sabbath with a genuine feel and love that just oozes with groove and power. With 7 tracks taken from the 1st four Sabbath albums, fuzz laden guitars and Ozzy vocals still abound but now with a screaming horn section and congas to bring a new dimension to well-loved songs. Before you recoil from the word “funk” – this is not the watered down shit which is passed off today as a genre but raw, bad ass vintage 70’s vibes that make me want to growl “muthafucka” a lot.

Early Iommi riffs were earthy, primitive blues slowed down and beefed up with huge volume and a sonic hugeness unheard of before. Now take those tunes and add brass to them – the groove is already there dude, “The Wizard” always make me move like a St Vitus victim, now more so.

This will not be for everyone but hey, try something outside your comfort zone –

What is this that stands before me? Figure in black which points at me. This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around!

(Written by Tony)






Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun


Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
Reprise/Warner – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Metal, Sludge
Rated: ****

It is one of their signatures to kick off an album full force and with a righteous stampede. They did this on The Hunter from 2011 which reached the 15th position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 countdown of that year. And the boys from Mastodon do this once again with Tread Lightly on their new album Once More ‘Round The Sun. It not only functions as the lift off it also seems to condense everything the band stands for in that one track. Blaring and blistering easy to comprehend guitar explosion, technically skilled but always filled of tantalizing rock esthetic. With resounding refrains full of cracked howls, grunts and clean vocals. And with so much pull it is impossible not to join in with their parade. They have been moving ever further away from their Remission and Leviathan beginnings and have been getting ready to produce their very own sizeable but comprehensible metal which remains sludgy and muddy but always with that uplifting edge and with a definite song structuring. More conservative as their previous and with less experimentation the album seems to set up their vision of the Mastodon future. But they refuse to smash it home… This time around…

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 18 juli 2014

Pantano – Resistencia y Viaje


Pantano – Resistencia y Viaje
Self released – 2014
Doom, Stoner, Fuzz Overload
Rated: *****

Hailing from Chile, Pantano – which translates into “Swamp” – have produced a fourth album of heaviness and groove that just demands that heads nod and fists pump. The first thing that hits you on Resistencia y Viaje is how thick all the tones are - no tinny or fizzy instruments – everything sounds massive and powerful, for me this is exactly how stoner doom should sound. These guys have taken Fu Manchu, Electric Wizard and of course Sabbath and added their own melting pot of fuzzed, hypnotic riffs – gruff, anguished drenched vocals and huge sounding wah-wah leads that just sound great. You get the sense of guys just playing for the hell of it – no plan to stick to a formula – if the riff sounds heavy and righteous, just play it loud regardless of speed or styles. No drawn out passages that try your patience here. With nothing over 5 minutes in length, you can hear the rush to get to the end so they can play another one. We have slowed down fuzz blues rubbing shoulders with Motörhead type monster foot stompers with a bit of punk attitude to spice things up. For me though, the icing on the cake is the distorted, screaming solos that assault your eardrums. What is up with the “new” doom bands that do not indulge in axe shredding? I wanna hear some Iommi worship! While Pantano have not re-invented the wheel, what they do offer is a superb album of songs that I have found myself playing again and again. Stop reading and get downloading – ‘cause the band are cool dudes, it is pay what you want.

(Written by Tony)





donderdag 17 juli 2014

Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton


Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
FABA/Deep Dive/Bertus
Rock, Stoner, Instrumental
Rated: *****

And once again it isn’t the Karma To Burn as Karma To Burn once started; but it is however a Karma To Burn that sounds exactly like we want them. After the successful reunion in 2009, the massive touring that came after and the damn fine releases and even the sort of merger with Year Long Disaster it took three years before the walls started cracking again. Drummer Rob Oswald left the band and the music world around 2012 and was followed by bassist Rich Mullins a year later. Who is about to release his first EP with his new country-Americana-honkytonkstomp effort The Broken Harvest. Their respective replacements Evan Devine (Ancient Shores) and Rob Halkett (The Exploited) have managed to fill the deep hole left behind to a remarkable degree. Ofcourse the many many many live shows they played the past years have something to do with it. On the new record Arch Stanton the new three lead by founding member Will Mecum return to the sound of the second and third album. Which means we are treated to tight riffs, stomping drums and rolling basses. No need for experiments and no need for vocals. But there’s also a slight hint of progression to be noted besides the minor difference in bass work; notably the encompassing theme. The boys have used a Western signature in their desert rhythms and riff references. And it is highly present in the last song on the album Fifty Nine; which uses samples from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly… And there; among the tumbleweeds and dust storms the band has never sound better!

(Written by JK)





woensdag 16 juli 2014

Heralding a new member to the team: Tony Maim


Heralding a new member to the team: Tony Maim

We are sad that Tony Maim has decided to turn down the laughter on his very own and awesome outlet Black Insect Laughter. It will not die down though; sudden bursts of brilliance will continue to appear now and again and once every so often and he will put up a list of his most listened records. And ofcourse we will still be treated to new music from his damn fine Zeppheroin project and apparently there are some other collaboration projects in the work as well. But we are also honored and happy to announce that the man will produce some words of wisdom for the HiVe. He will write about whatever and whenever he feels like and they will keep stinging, stunning and plaguing your mind like the Black Insect Laughter always did! We thank Tony for all his work and energy he put in there and we thank him for wanting to deliver something for us now and again… He is a damn fine madman and he is always right… And we love to be wrong here! Welcome amigo!

Back… From the island…


Back… From the island…

The sun was good, the rum was better… And the island was incredible! Will definitely be back there before long and trash it even more than the locust already plaguing around like the ugly beasts they are… Tomorrow we shall continue on with the HiVe show.. And now for some sad but great news… ...

zondag 29 juni 2014

Off the grid again…


Off the grid again…

Sorry my brethren, I gotta go do some stuff. But will be back before the next full moon. And if not; well, if the recent loss of our amigo has taught us anything; it is better to cease every day by the balls… Even if it turns out to be one mad freakin bull that kicks you back in the nuts. Whatever happens after that; you made sure you lived it all to the fullest! And whatever gets your adrenaline rushing; is probably worth doing!

zaterdag 28 juni 2014

Rest In Peace... Riez…


Rest In Peace Riez…

He was one of those good people. He moved through the world with honor and pride. He never complained and wished only good things for everyone he ever came across. He will not be mourned by the entire world; but he made an impact on a lot of people in the heavy rock scene and surely he must have done the same for his other friends and family. And those who have had the pleasure to meet him at a festival somewhere, on the street or behind a screen will testify to the fact that he really was in it all for the good of it. I can only recall good words, good tips, good music and good memories. He was one of those people who can always see the good in the bad. And you can only recognize their spirit and soul as something that is near completion. Who knows, he might have been one of those souls who were already full circle. I will remember him. He was an inspiration and he brought many good tunes to my ear. He was without a doubt a true champion. A rebel with a cause. To do well and to be good. And now that he is gone; we all lost one those high notes that we will never hear again… You will be missed amigo… 





vrijdag 27 juni 2014

Molior Superum – The Inconclusive Portrait


Molior Superum – The Inconclusive Portrait
H42 Records/Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Seventies, Garage
Rated: ****

As soon as that chased voice starts wailing over the rumbling and crashing drums you’re hooked and the remaining eight minutes are spent in utter head nodding bliss. The boys from Molior Superum return to us with a two track single called The Inconclusive Portrait after releasing their amazing Into The Sun album in 2012. Still claiming their very own version of high energy stoner garage and seventies psychedelica that exhumes something classic; the two tracks continue where their full-sized album left off. It all sounds even fuller and more mature; and where the wildness from Into The Sun could deter some listeners from fully grasping the exquisite quality of the songs. On the new single it serves as a high crested wave to surf from; keeping your head held high and above the water at all times and always making sure it never swallows you whole. But it’s still there and it still highly groovy and has you jumping around looking for some dune boogie to party on. And those two tracks has you lusting for more Molior Superum…

(Written by JK)




ps. The band picture above is taken at the amazing Lake On Fire festival in Waldhausen, Austria. And yes. Everyone should go.

dinsdag 24 juni 2014

Bud Spencer Blues Explosion – BSB3


Bud Spencer Blues Explosion – BSB3
42Records – 2014
Rock, Blues, Garage, Punk, Stoner, Grunge
Rated: *****

We had already heard about these two Italian freaks around 2010. But it were the guys from Polarbeers that really turned us on to them. And ever since their previous album Do It from 2011 they have been in heavy rotation and we have anxiously been awaiting new stuff. That day has finally come for the Bud Spencer Blues Explosion has now released their fourth album called: BSB3! And what a ride it is! The two of them run through a musical field filled with experimentation in the traditional way and which covers all kind of different streams. They wade through rock and blues and dip their toes in stoner and grunge and do all of that with a punky attitude and garage feeling. And even though much of it is seeped with tradition and done with honor; there is also this modern quality. Sounds that sound so universal and catchy it has you hooked before you can say: Miracoli! It starts with the stomping Duel, the addictive Mama, the crazy Hey Man and continues to the heavy Rubik. And it never stops. Even when the slow and natural Troppo  Tardi ends; cause that’s where you put the needle back and let the record spin once again… Bella Zio! Questo è un album sorprendente e sicuramente non a tardive!

(Written by JK)



Radio Moscow – Magical Dirt


Radio Moscow – Magical Dirt
Sonic Rendezvous – 2014
Rock, Psych, Blues
Rated: ****

Their third album from 2011 called The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz made it to the Number 18 position of that year’s Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown. And this year the three amigos return with their fifth release Magical Dirt. Ofcourse we all know that the man behind Radio Moscow is and has always been Parker Griggs cause the man is once again accompanied by two new gunslingers. So just like on the 2012 release 3 & 3 Quarters, a collection of demos recorded by Griggs before Radio Moscow even took hold, the man could be playing every freaking instrument you hear on the album himself once again. But all we can conclude is that the fuzz is flying high once more. Perhaps this albums pays even more tribute to Cream, Hendrix and Blue Cheer. It’s all a bit more bluesy and a bit more trippy; but not as psychedelic as the earlier releases. Well, take that weird remark with a grain of salt or two. Cause the guitars still wail and howl and the solos screech and scream. And the rhythm section seems to be delirious at times or even out of control and stark raving mad. Not sure what kind of grass these fellas been walking on? But the dirt beneath their feet where their favorite kind of mushrooms grow must be magical and insanely brightly colored!

(Written by JK)