vrijdag 21 juli 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

As we are slowly recovering from yet another wild festival which ended in a trip to the hospital all bloody and bashed, but still living it up in the limo ride there. We noticed the amount of updates on the HiVe have dwindled to a small trickle. This in comparison to the staggering amount of new entries in the inbox have lead to sense of dread and weariness. It is without any doubt too much. Too much. And so, in a futile attempt to gain a little ground among the gigantic heap of new singles, ep’s and albums that have been lying in wait, we bring forth a slightly larger Quick Fire Friday round. We know, we know, the albums and bands deserve more. But we just simple cannot ever do it all justice. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


JenHodges and Spurge – Four More Songs

We start off with some experimental and aggressive rock that fuses elements of postrock, metal, progressive, punk and all kind of worldly influences into some free form jazz and art compositions. We are referring to JenHodges And Spurge from Atlanta, Georgia and their new Four More Songs EP. Which features, yes, four songs.  This is definitely a different kind of animal, weird on some moments, crazy at others and absolutely beautiful most of the time. Usually during the calmer pieces. Perhaps we should qualify this as the new age classical music. Loving the David Bowie piece.




The Brunswick – Cathartes Aura

The Brunswick is a three-piece hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. The first song of the eight tracks on their debut album Cathartes Aura takes their fuzzy, desert and stoner rock towards a definite hardrock past. A sort of nod towards where it all came from and probably towards a love the three of them all share. Afterwards the rest take a more lazy day approach to everything we all love from those warm and sandy tones. Heavy on the side of pop sensibilities and damn catchy! Damn good songs, all of ‘em!

 



Menin – Lord of Pain

In a few weeks time Menin will unleash their new effort called Lord of Pain upon the world. And boy, are we all in line for a world of hurt! Unrelenting, stampeding heaviness powered by two drummers and a seriously insane bassist. This is combination with the low strung guitar, the screams, growls and howls from the vocalist leaves the listener in awe of everything that Menin is. They are lords themselves and we should all worship them!






Bees Made Honey In The Vein Tree – Medicine

Medicine is the first full length release by German psychedelic doom band Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree. Released through Pink Tank Records the album is available on standard black vinyl and luscious lemonade on ice splatter wax. Get them while they’re still available! Cause the five compositions on this release shows you a hallucinogenic world filled with wonderful vistas. Displaying a true knack for bringing doom out of the dark and into something colorful and sweet. The perfect soundtrack for a setting sun and bottle of something… Somewhere… With some woman… Somewhere…





Cegvera – Creations

The five track Creations release by British/Mexican outfit Cegvera is simply amazing.  Powered by Gerardo Arias, the Vinnum Sabbathi drummer, Cegvera is more about painting vistas and blending heaviness with more laidback soundscapes. Which are often distorted by hefty dystopian outbursts. It is an amazing amalgam of doom, fuzz, postrock and ambient adventures. And we love it! 


woensdag 19 juli 2017

Poste942 – Long Play


Poste942 – Long Play
Self released – 2017
Rock, Hard, Blues, Grunge
Rated: ****

The picture on the cover reminds me of the time we spent in the little cabin Felix build for his guests in the Restonica valley, high in the mountains of Corsica. That was back in 2004. Drinking wine and dubious quality spirits until it was pitch black outside and getting up only a few hours later to join him as he went searching for his goats. We’ve been longing to go back there as much as we’ve been wanting to travel to the south of France again. There is a same kind of spirit lurking there. We’ve been keeping an eye on the Poste942 guys ever getting to know them back in 2014, when they released their Extended Play EP. For they definitely possess that righteous, no nonsense spirit. Two years later they released follow-up EP Extended Play 2. Which showed quite some progression, a road that lead them away from a lot of the gritty punk prevalent on that first release and to something more hardrock and blues oriented. That trek through musical history continues, on the Long Play release, released somewhere in the beginning of July. They sure still grit their teeth but with more feeling and more soul. The album features a handful of tracks released on the earlier EP’s and a truckload of new stuff. All of them are rowdy, spirited, teeth bared rockers that fill the soul with something honest and pure. Like self-produced hooch and self-shot meat. Bluesy, southern and still wild enough to qualify tracks as grungy or alternative. A definite soundtrack for defiance and a revolution waiting to happen…

(Written by JK)



maandag 17 juli 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 Artists listened to last week…


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week


It has been a hectic week. Due to the weeks away from the screen and thus getting behind on the rent-paying-work as well everything HiVe worthy, it has been feeling like playing ketchup to every rock ‘n roll tomato out there. And with the staggering amount of missed albums that have entered the HiVe inbox, it is simply impossible. There is too much music out there and most of it deserves way more attention than I can give. Unfortunately. And then there was the remembrance date. It has already been 10 years since guitar magician Robert S Buras passed away. He is still missed every day. A genuine original and one note God. So, of course we listened a lot to Madrugada and his own project My Midnight Creeps during the week. But we also had time for some new stuff. Bluesy, soulful rock from the Universal Hippies which definitely sooths the spirit with their instrumental grooves. The combination release of EP 1 and 2 by French quartet Orotoro definitely demands attention. Progressive metal, stoner grooves, robotic trucking and a grungy feel. Orotoro has it all! Temple of Lies has more aggression in it and bring their grungy rock with some swamp and sludge influences. Heavy, heavy and heavy… And damn fine!

donderdag 13 juli 2017

Robert S Buras


It has been exactly ten years to the day that the news came that one of the best quitarplayers that ever walked the earth passed away...

Today we only spin My Midnight Creeps & Madrugada albums in honor of the great Robert S Buras....

A true original...

We once wrote a little ode about him on the Black Insect Laughter blog owned by Madman Tony Maim. . .

dinsdag 11 juli 2017

The Doom Chart For June 2017


Doom Chart

“Listen, are we helpless? Are we doomed to do it again and again and again? Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall? Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Empires of Charlemagne and the Turk: Ground to dust and plowed with salt. Spain, France, Britain, America—burned into the oblivion of the centuries. And again and again and again. Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing? This time, it will swing us clean to oblivion.”

    – Walter M. Miller, Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz, 1959)


Welcome to the soundtrack to the apocalypse.  This is Doom Charts, a collaboration of bloggers and broadcasters who have their ears to the ground listening for the latest and the best in heavy music from the cursed earth.   While it is indeed July as I pen these words, this is a good time to remind you that The Doom Chart always looks back to the previous month of listening activity, giving you a window into the vibrant world of doom metal and stoner rock, with every imaginable variation.

Overall, we had a robust array of submissions from our panel of critics for the June chart — over 200 unique albums chosen among the lot of us.  Following is the consensus list of the critics’ picks, over half of which are making their Doom Charts debut.  At the same time, we say goodbye to long-time chart dominators Goya and The Obsessed.  Will Elder, Geezer, and Telekinetic Yeti hold their positions as tenaciously in the months ahead?   We shall see.

It is worth noting that for this go-round, we have our first “tie” since the Doom Charts inception, with Pyreship and Medusa1975 vying for the 25th spot to begin the countdown.  Also, we welcome the return of Demon Head after taking a month off from the charts.  Now, grab a good spot to watch the world burn, as we bring you the June edition of Doom Charts!


This month tallied by Bucky and edited by Billy...

maandag 10 juli 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 Artists listened to last week…


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week


As we slowly return to the fold, we can’t get enough of that majestic album with those luscious grooves by the Greek quartet Puta Volcano. Stoner infused swamp rock straight out of the Mississippi Delta, that’s Voodoo Trees for ya. And the old and good Rollerball always needs a few more spins around the block. Not sure if these Aussies quit back around 2009 or are still active? And the self titled Clear Light album from 1967 is one of those albums from that magical year could always use some extra attention, cause it usually gets overlooked when they have to compete with Disraeli Gears, Surrealistic Pillow, The Who Sell Out, Sgt Peppers, Easter Everywhere, Bold As Love, Absolutely Free, Piper at the Gates, Velvet Underground and so many more amazing albums from that one amazing year in musical history. A psychedelic folk rock album with two drummers and filled with a few true gems that should definitely be heard by everyone. As should Supersonic Fuzz, their 2017 album …Without is and absolute smash ‘n grab kind of album! Not too much to be found about these crazy Italians. But they rock. Rock hard! Check it out! 

Check’m all out!

vrijdag 7 juli 2017

Puta Volcano – Harmony of Spheres


Puta Volcano – Harmony of Spheres
Self released – 2017
Rock, Alternative, Stoner, Grunge, Desert, Prog
Rated: ****

Greek quartet Puta Volcano has recently put out their third release Harmony of Spheres. It follows up the fine Represent Victory Below Eye from 2011 and the damn fine The Sun from 2015. And it starts out with the amazing track Dune. That mid temp groove trek across some sandy and shimmering landscape, bopping your head and screaming at the sky for nourishment. I can’t get enough of the way the drums together with the guitar paint those slow-moving hills so freaking expertly. And then there are the female vocals sailing on top of that all. Simply wonderful. And that is just the start my lovely freaks out there. There are seven more tracks waiting to be devoured. And on it they bring the perfect mixture of desert and stoner; all leveled up with more progressive influences and everything highly melodic. Sure, there are the heavy explosions and the intense riffs, but the real power and beauty of Puta Volcano lays in the immense space they are able to create with their music. Such an awesome record, and one everyone should spin whenever they feel crowded, overloaded or riddled with angst. Cause this will rattle yer bones and shake yer soul; and will set yet aim for gigantic things which lie just behind that wide horizon! Follow the smoke of Puta Volcano!

(Written by JK)



Weirds – Swarmculture


Weirds – Swarmculture
Alcopop Records – 2017
Rock, Post, Stoner, Psych, Alternative, Indie
Rated: ***

The debut album Swarmculture by the Leeds, UK Quartet Weirds has been rattling the cages of their home country for some time now. Which is only logical after hearing opener Things That Crawl, an intense mixture of postpunk, stoner and psychedelic rock. We hear distant memories of Joy Division mixed with overdriven guitar explosions and wild riffage. As we continue down the tracklist some more eighties, almost new wave, influences shine through as well as garage rock, grunge and even some space moments. Old World Blues, starts off as something which could have turned into everyones favorite. They do go a different route after the vocals start in, but even then it remains one king hell of a track. The best thing about Weirds is without a doubt their fuck all attitude towards musical conventions and the way they seem to want to mix everything up like a gigantic swarm of locust eating all that lays before them...

(Written by JK)




Amplifier – Trippin’ with Dr. Faustus


Amplifier – Trippin’ with Dr. Faustus
Suburban/Rockosmos – 2017
Rock, Alternative, Groove, Stoner
Rated: ***

Paradoxically enough, the new Amplifier record Trippin’ with Dr. Faustus, feels less trippy than their previous records. Ever since the former Oceansize guitar player joined the ranks the course of the Amplifier ship has been altered from exotic islands filled with almost psychotic outbursts towards a sea storming with heavy grooves and swirling yet submerged riffs. Recorded analog, the new album sounds wonderfully immense and intensely saturated. Every song is a new adventure onto itself and it’s hard to pick favorites. Sure, the immediate love goes out to all those tracks filled with a massive array of fuzz, loop and distortion pedals but we can also profess our love for the acoustic campfire track Anubis, which perhaps feels a bit like painting a rainbow across the sky, but which definitely gives the album some balance. Ending the record is masterpiece Old Blue Eyes, six minutes of perfect bass work and a finger licking groove. And that is after already immediately been hit in the heart by the lovely opener Rainbow Machine. Yes, Amplifier knows how to start things off properly and end it all on an even higher note!

(Written by JK)




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maandag 19 juni 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Top 5 Artists listened to last week…


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


No words this week. We are still recovering from a head injury. So, the screen is not very pleasant to say the least… But the sun is out and Phe is doing well! So, cheers, grab a beer and enjoy the hell out of everything!

vrijdag 2 juni 2017

Phe – Phe


Phe – Phe
Self released – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Fuzz
Rated:

I shall refrain from rating it. Or even doing anything resembling a review. This is just a short mention to get the word out on the wonderful three-piece called Phe from the south of the Netherlands. With roots going back to Divinity, 24 Hour Psycho and Ventilators this is mostly a continuation of friendship, love for music and beers. They started jamming again back in 2010 which soon included a few more folks. But then; after some time and a few good moments and better inclinations, they decided to go and forge a path for Phe with three… And this is the result. Five masterpieces that evoke a sense of the desert are always high on the side of fuzz and a rumbling bass. A howling drummer who has the devil on his heels and sounds chased enough to start running with him. Phe, the three, the first five tracks of Phe, finally! Check it out and let them and us know what you think!

(Written by JK)


Monobrow – The Nacarat


Monobrow – The Nacarat
Trill or be Trilled – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Space, Instrumental
Rated: *****

These three Canadian cats have steadily improved their instrumental art ever since their self-titled debut back in 2010. Which immediately made the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year and on Number Eight to be exact. We kept following them and they kept amazing us. Just revisit Big Sky-Black Horse from 2014 or Bennington Triangle Blues from 2013 to hear just how amazing Monobrow actually is! Seven years later they’re on to their fourth full-sized album The Nacarat and the Monobrow goodness continues on!  More spacious, more cosmic than their predecessors, it tells the tale of the age-old battle between good and evil, dark and light. Which is expertly told with rising rhythms, stealthy passages, huge explosions and violent clashes. Yes, it definitely takes place on another world, another planet, with a heavier atmosphere, but the Monobrow sound is there all the time. Progressive in nature their metal, their doom and their stoner excites and enthralls and gets you all giddy like a young cheerleader looking to get her cherry popped…

(Written by JK)



The Doom Chart for May 2017


Doom Chart


    In my eyes, indisposed
    In disguises no one knows
    Hides the face, lies the snake
    The sun in my disgrace
    Boiling heat, summer stench
    ‘Neath the black the sky looks dead
    Call my name through the cream
    And I’ll hear you scream again
    Black hole sun
    Won’t you come
    And wash away the rain
    Black hole sun
    Won’t you come
    Won’t you come (won’t you come)
   
    Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

The tragic passing of Chris Cornell in May 2017 affected a lot of us deeply here at The Doom Charts. For many, he was the voice of a generation. For myself, Chris was the perhaps the main reason I became so fascinated with Heavy Rock/Metal music back in 1995. In my younger years, I was more of a Dance/Rave fan. Though that was until I heard Chris legendary vocals on Black Hole Sun and he turned my whole outlook on life upside down.

From that, I bought all of Soundgarden’s discography and they quickly became one of my favourite ever bands. Discovering Soundgarden led me onto other grunge bands such as Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. Though at the same time I started to discover bands such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu and heavier bands within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal spectrum.

If it wasn’t for Soundgarden and the legendary vocals of Chris Cornell, I may not have discovered the bands that I love and appreciate today. Though it all started with Soundgarden and that haunting riff…..

Thank you for the music Chris. Your legacy lives on….

Here is the May 2017 edition of the Doom Chart. For now, we have twenty five great albums for you to check out. Some new and some not so new….

Welcome to Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and podcasters and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe. Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy 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…


Tallied by Bucky Brown and this month edited by Steve Howe...

zondag 28 mei 2017

Sautrus – Anthony Hill


Sautrus – Anthony Hill
Pink Tank Records – 2017
Rock, Prog, Stoner, Fuzz
Rated: *****

We’ve had the pleasure of listening to Anthony Hill, the new Sautrus record for the past few months. The Polish quartet amazed us and turned us into massive fans with their first release Reed: Chapter One from 2014. A record that dared to aim for bigger and gigantic things, which is quite something for a full-sized debut. And when you set the bar that high, can you follow it up with something equally stunning? On the new record, they drift more to a sound we know from the Croatian band Cojones; albeit still retaining their own signature. That huge sound of crashing, wave after wave. Riff after riff, drum after drum. Turning their love for progressive rock up and turning the darker more dangerous stuff down. But they still go fuzz ape and stoner trucking when needed and they still take their chances, this time, taking their progressiveness to something more melodic, easy on the ears yet all the while more complex. It is definitely the Sautrus sound one recognizes yet there is no repetition or a vague sense of dread that this is simply a Reed: Chapter Two. No, no, this is an entirely different tale. One that quickly turns into a page-turner. And one you could read over and over again. For it is one of those stories that enchants and pulls you into a different dimension, with little gems hidden here and there; and it will take time to discover them all!

(Written by JK)




vrijdag 26 mei 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

The summer has finally begun. We are about to reach 30 degrees over here and it is a Friday. A hot steamy Friday! So, it is only right that we’d do another Quick Fire Friday round! It’s a fast way to give a little more attention to some of those bands we love out there. And when time is scarce it might even be the best way to do some HiVe’n! So here it is once again, a small selection of amazing bands that deserve way more attention than the tiny amount of words selected here. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


Men Of The Wild Age – Mad Man

The new Polish quintet Men Of The Wild Age just released a first single called Mad Man. It’s a prelude to their upcoming EP. And it is grade A stoner rock in the vein of Queens Of The Stone Age (Hence their name perhaps?), Kyuss and everything else heavy that came from the desert. Driving rhythms and stoner truckin, sweaty, intense and steaming hot! Keep an eye on theses cats!




Nekromant – Stoned To Death, Doomed To Die

Their new album Snakes & Liars will be released soon enough. It will be the first to be released under their new name Nekromant. Before they underwent their transformation they sent out their righteous blues metal out into the world as Serpent and released their debut effort then called Nekromant in 2015. Yes, just to keep things interesting. Will they change their name to Snakes & Liars next year? Whatever they do, we shall follow, for the first single Stoned To Death, Doomed To Die, is one hell of a rawdy rocker! Much more metallic, hefty and heavy than what they did with Serpent! We love it!





Mesmer – Mesmer

Released on Wicked Lester Records, the Oakland quartet Mesmer bring forth intense doom metal with all kinds of proto feelings, classic metal guitar meanderings and dueling strings attached to it. The five tracks on their debut EP shine like a pure lost treasure from the golden age of rock. Once again, we can see a marauding herd of bikers speeding down the highway, blasting Mesmer, runnin flat out through the eye of a beer can and up your daughter’s leg with no quarter asked and none given. Right on! Ride on!





Plaguewielder – Writhing in Mental Torment

Doomy, sludgy, black metal and growling madness! A new single release by Ohio outfit Plaguewielder, a departure of the sounds captured on their debut album Succumb To The Ash, which was released by Dullest Records in 2015. We are in for an even darker and gloomier ride if they continue on with this mental anguish. Painful murky beauty but with no light at the end of the tunnel…





Kolossor – Kolossor

The debut self-titled EP by three-piece Kolossor is an intense precursor to the full length which will be released later this year. Featuring members of Swarm of Arrows, Wizard Eye, and Meatplow, Kolossor hails from the primordial cedar swamps southern New Jersey. Which definitely shines through in their sound, pummeling sludge metal and swamp doom. Hefty, heavy and gnarly! Especially, every time they come back from vista and start pounding the marshes again. Holy hell, just check out second track Pillars… Dangerous stuff! Another band to watch out for!


dinsdag 23 mei 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week

 
Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


This should have gone up yesterday. But we all know how it works and what the deal is. Another week. Another list of artists listened which we listened to the most in those seven days. It has been a disastrous one; carrying the demise of a hero with it. I was looking for the right words, trying to compose a fitting epitaph, something original. But everything has been said and on many levels there is nothing right to say about what happened. He was a true voice and I loved all of his projects and all of his records, except the one with Timbaland ofcourse, which for some reason does not get mentioned a lot the past week. For me it started with Superunknown, when it was released, which stayed on repeat for months. After which I went back to the Badmotorfinger album, Louder Than Love and Ultramega OK. And then on to Temple of The Dog. I never got to see Soundgarden live. Seen him solo a couple of times and with Audioslave and with the reforming of Soundgarden and the King Animal album I had good hopes to be able to catch them live one day. Their albums will stay with me forever and that time when I first got to know them even more. It is without a doubt the soundtrack to a certain time and place and one that carved out a destination. He was his own character an amazing songwriter and an even better vocalist. And for all that he will be truly missed. But his family and friends will miss him even more. Our thoughts go out to them and to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Thanks for all your music Mr. Cornell and may you rest in peace or rock hard with all the others up there, wherever that may be…   


woensdag 17 mei 2017

Atomic Thrillride – Heavy Elements


Atomic Thrillride – Heavy Elements
Trunnion Records – 2017
Rock, Hard, Seventies, Stoner
Rated: ****

It has already been five freakin years since Atomic Thrillride hit us with their fine ass debut album called Chain Reaction. And now they’re back with a follow-up to that sweaty hardrock record and named the new selection of songs: Heavy Elements. And heavy it is. Filled with ten intense trucking tracks which are all soaked in hardrock tradition, dried with seventies inspiration and sprinkled over with some stonerrock and punk adagio. Making some tracks stand out like righteous speedrock anthems, like closer Rocket To Hell. Sounding less southern, but every bit as sweaty as their debut record the album has without a doubt once again some hot magic going on. There’s something highly addictive about Heavy Elements, the Atomic Thrillride trio manage to make the classic hardrock sound, sound inspired, grimy, ruff and gruff. Every track seems important for some weird reason, with heavy riffs, heavy grooves, heavy rhythms, heavy drums and heavy basswork. Yes, all the Heavy Elements are there, now it just needs you! The bourbon fiends, the beer crazies, all the music junkies and the ones that carry the heavy rock in their heart. In short, the good people who listen to good music!

(Written by JK)





Snakecharmer – Second Skin


Snakecharmer – Second Skin
PIAS/Frontiers – 2017
Rock, Hard
Rated: ***

Supergroup Snakecharmer came out swinging about four years ago with a debut effort that recalled all of the bands the members were or had been a part of. Shall we name them all? But of course and why not. Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Thunder, Magnum, Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, Andrew Strong, Wishbone Ash and Heartland. So, we expected hardrock steeped in tradition, bluesy when it needs to be and howling like a mad banshee. And yes, the follow-up Second Skin is just as classic. Powerful hardrock, with a stomp and punch attitude, damn fine guitarwork, sold rhythm section and a vocalist that definitely woke up in the gutter once or twice. Classic in every sense of the word. Which means a power ballad shall be present as well as the atmosphere of the eighties. Not on every track, but exactly then when you need it. The boys needed to make the past the future and the future is always now. So, spin Second Skin and be put under some sort of spell by Snakecharmer!

(Written by JK)



maandag 15 mei 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


G’morning y’all. Another Monday and another week passed. It has been a hectic one with loads of travelling. But on the road we had great company. Remember the Reed: Chapter One album from 2014 by Polish quintet Sautrus? Well,  they are now following that amazing album up with something that might even be grander. It’s called Anthony Hill and we have not been able to put it down since they sent it our way. Be ready! Psychoriffadelia, by Geezer was on last week and still continues to spin, just like No Waves, Just Sharks by The Mad Doctors. Back on heavy rotation is Automatic Sam, their album Arcs from a few months ago still becomes better with every spin. Amazing! Hawkwind, ye olde legends, are back once again. And we definitely appreciated their The Machine Stops album from 2016, so we had to check out the new one called Into The Woods. So far, it has nog gotten into our heads like the Hawkwind did before. But who knows, it might happen after more spins… And since a new week has started, new spins will always be there. Cause we are addicted! Aren't you? Heavy junkies unite!


zaterdag 13 mei 2017

The Chuck Norris Experiment – Chuck Me!


The Chuck Norris Experiment – Chuck Me!
Transubstrans Records – 2017
Punk, Hard Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

Released on Transubstans Records, The Chuck Norris Experiment sound like a Harley riding you down in a dark, dingy back alley and leaving your mangled body behind - as life slips away from the meat package that was you, the sound of Motörhead mixed with early AC/DC makes you try to bang your head and want a beer or five. Fast, bouncy, powerful, rocking and with a real feel for grimy punk n’ roll, this is hard rock with added balls. The Chuck Norris Experiment are great mix of rock tinted stoner with groove laden riffs and dirty bass lines. Gruff vocals with classic rock vibes should please stoners and punks alike while the drums are violent but bouncy at the same time! Distorted blues solos are spat out throughout and all these guys combine to make a very tight unit. The highest compliment I can give is that I would rank Chuck Me! up with Ass Cobra by Turbonegro.

(Written by Tony Maim)




woensdag 10 mei 2017

Brume – Rooster


Brume – Rooster
Doom Stew Records – 2017
Doom, Psychedelic, Hard Rock
Rated: ****

Brume have emerged from the depths of some Lovecraftian landscape to deliver an album dripping in doom, portent and heaviness. Rooster delivers songs of subterranean hymns weighed down with atmosphere and foreboding. The guitars are wickedly fuzzed and low-end, giving the songs a decidedly enveloping sonic envelope on which the band can run riot. The tracks are… (and I’m gonna use words that have been overused to such an extent that they are now common place in reviews and are in danger of being just lazy clichés but in this case, they are well deserved) …epic, monolithic and majestic with their length and breath of vision and sheer brooding riff mongering! The vocals have passion and soul but never resort to just screams, instead the melodic chants give a plaintive feel - buried down in the mix, are they pleas for help or a softly spoken curse? Solos are not fretboard wanking but slow, unhurried notes that carry real purpose and meaning and fit in perfectly with the song passages. There are acoustic moments of tenderness and peacefulness which gives a calming effect before the descent into darkness continues. Billy Anderson produced and sprinkled his doom fairy dust over everything.

(Written by Tony Maim)



dinsdag 9 mei 2017

Day of The Jackalope – Shapeshifter


Day of The Jackalope – Shapeshifter
Heksekunst – 2017
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Blues
Rated: ****

A mini-album or EP or whatever you need to call it. It always does something special for me. It should always serve as a testament to what the band can do and leave you wanting more. The new release Shapeshifter by Oslo foursome Day of The Jackalope does that on both accounts. With a mighty blues heavy groove the tracks meander between hard stoner and seventies inspired hardrock. Especially in the view of the compositions and guitar colors. Taking the name from a Clutch track one obviously wears their influence on their sleeve. And there definitely is a Clutch vibe going on here and there, but with much more bounce and boogie. Another definite inspiration should be Orange Goblin because of the gruff and grime. All in all, the combination works like a charm and the six tracks are over before you know it. A fine album, no doubt, and one that desperately demands more of their Norwegian fuzz heat!

(Written by JK)



maandag 8 mei 2017

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Stoner HiVe's 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week:


Another week and tons of new grooves! We’ve been grooving to The Sunken Djinn, the new Vokonis for a while now. We had eagerly been awaiting the album since we saw its awesome artwork (by Tessa Najjar) and since we were absolutely smitten with their debut release Olde One Ascending from 2016. And rest assured my fellow fiends, they have done it again. A truly magnificent album to follow-up what was one of the best debuts from 2016. So, get ready to fall in love with The Sunken Djinn! And as explained in the mention of the new Green Yeti album Desert Show, there is some weird magic going on. Which has put a spell on us. We can’t seem to let go of those tracks. Can you? As well as that crazy garage and wicked fuzz release by Bartek. The perfect soundtrack for a mad race through the city. And then there’s No Waves, Just Sharks by The Mad Doctors. The perfect soundtrack to a beach party or a backyard BBQ; we love both and we love the noise those Mad Doctors make even more. A new absolute favorite over here! And then there is a new Geezer, which is always a treat. Psychoriffadelia, as the new album is called, shall be released in June and captures a moment in time when Geezer was playing with Charles Ruggiero on drums while Chris Turco was on a work related hiatus. Turning more to old school blues tinted hardrock, infused with psychedelics and stoner it is a different animal than their self-titled album from last year. But it is, definitely, one king hell of a beast! And one, that one wants to get groovy with!

So get groovy!

zondag 7 mei 2017

Devils Hunt Me Down – In Media Res


Devils Hunt Me Down – In Media Res (Episode 1)
Self released – 2017
Rock, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ***

Whenever a relatively new band teams up with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) it definitely raises expectations and one cannot help but getting anxious to hear the end result. Well, the four amigos that make up Devils Hunt Me Down deliver something wild and interesting with their In Media Res (Episode 1) EP. A full album released over the course of the upcoming year in the form of three EP’s. And judging from the first release we shall be in for quite a treat. Cause these four songs are filled with a might groove, choppy riffs and a funky vocalist. There is also something northern about these tracks. Something with a chilly air and a warm touch. Even though that is something which is not easy to explain, it has to do with the overall feel. With a distinct break in its rhythmic pulse and a bouncy atmosphere, the tracks do still remember a bit of an earlier project of one or more members named Mind Vice. But this has a distinctly more dance vibe and energetic ambiance. And with all that, it might sound poppy, but it is not, it still growls, it still bites and it still draws blood!

(Written by JK)



vrijdag 5 mei 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday



Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

It’s Friday. And you know what that means?! If we have the time we fire off a Quick Fire Friday round! It’s a fast way to give a little more attention to some of those bands we love out there. And when time is scarce it might even be the best way to do some HiVe’n! So here it is once again, a small selection of amazing bands that deserve way more attention than the tiny amount of words selected here. But hey, it’s the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday. And its burns hot like molten lava!


Last Rizla – KLS9532

The title of this two track release feels ominous in some weird way. And the music does too. Even though the Greek, Last Rizla quartet seem like the ultimate fun bunch, judging from the way they introduce themselves through their homepage and email correspondence. The two tracks are seriously good, which helps build to their paradox. Take everything serious but yourself and being serious. But, back to the music. Two amazing growling, noisy, sludge punk tracks that immediately pull you into their world. As if falling into another dimension. The Last Rizla, you always needs more!







Crawl – 30 Year Suicide

Crawl, is a scream and screech, doom sludge trio from Atlanta, Georia in the United States. Their new seven inch 30 Year Suicide released through Bad Road Records holds two slow sludge marches that are filled with monstrous riffs and lumbering rhythms. On top off that we have screams and screeches straight out of the bottom layer of hell. As most of the freaks who follow the HiVe know, we are not really a fan of such vocalizations. But when they are done with such feverous energy one cannot do much else but feel admiration and the intensity burn in your gut with which it is delivered…





Mutual Aid – Slaves of Capital

Firmly wedged in the doom/sludge genre, Australian metalhippie Peter’s project Mutual Aid seeks to create crushingly heavy music for our current dystopian times. With heavy anti-capitalist themes running throughout the album, Slaves Of Capital as an album is a conscious and concerted effort to escape the dark fantasy so prevalent in the doom genre. But one can surely only bring forth bleak and dark tunes when talking about the dystopian state of society. And they have done just that, translated the wickedness of the world into grating riffs and distorted sounds. Let’s hope for a better future together with Mutual Aid!




Olneya – Olneya

Another one-man project is Olneya from Rimini in Italy. A much more psychedelic take on stoner metal and desert rock. Decidedly progressive in nature the five instrumental tracks on this self-titled EP maneuver its way perfectly through the heavy rock landscape we all love to wander through. And everyone will surely love to have Olneya on a trek through the desert. Even more so now, for it seems the man has found members to complete his band. So, no longer a one man show, Olneya is complete and looking for a future filled with good music! And we shall follow their path!





The Mad Doctors – No Waves, Just Sharks

Yes! We love the album title! No Waves, Just Sharks! So, get on your swim trunks, dive in and be prepared to get bitten. By without a doubt the best album of this Quick Fire Friday round! And just pray those three bearded, lab-coated creeps strung out on a dumpster beach, hi-fiving the sun, have the right medicine. And they do, two parts fuzz, one part reverb, and a jigger of formaldehyde. Yes, my fellow fiends, the Mad Doctors know how to describe themselves and yes, this is the perfect fuzzy, stoner surf, garage punk album for the upcoming summer. Released on King Pizza Records, these ten lo-fi tracks are all equally wild, raw and positively delirious! Envision big insanely rowdy beach parties filled with copious amounts of liquor of dubious quality and all sorts of different drugs. So yes, think of a sun stroke waiting to happen!