donderdag 16 november 2017

Glice – Cielo


Glice – Cielo
Narrominded – 2017
Soundscape, Atmospheric, Experimental, Avant-Garde, Noise, Drone
Rated: **

Droning, atmospheric, experimental, soundscape noise as a wallpaper to this gray month of November. We slide off into the icy waters of December listening to the four-track Cielo release by Amsterdam duo Glice. We are of course not listening to music at all. This is sound-art. This is music meant for dark deserted metro stations and preferably accompanied by the amazing sound to image art by guys like Ricky van Broekhoven. Recorded in the outskirts of Berlin by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke we seem to be drowning in distorted distortion or travelling across a large body of frozen water. Ice, it seems to be a recurring theme throughout the four tracks. Coldness and disorientation, alienation and desertion. It seems to be breaking down the fabric of sound. It does this well and in certain locations (accompanied by visuals) this will be definitely magnificent. But, ah, there is the but; this does not seem to work at home. It might be due to the fact the fireplace is lit, spreading warmth and fickle shadows across an endless array of vinyl, books, posters and cd’s. All of which beg to be picked up and put on and have them warm the soul; where as Glice’s Cielo release proudly seems to announce this is not meant to be heard in cozy and homely places. I know of a landfill nearby; and will try it with a portable device and headphones over there. And if you don’t hear from me within a few days, I might have been frozen by the cold atmospheric noise that Cielo is…

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 14 november 2017

Helldorado




Helldorado!

Only a few days to go to the first edition of Helldorado! The festival that, let’s not kid ourselves, is the continuation of what Speedfest already was. This time around it might even become crazier, weirder and more dangerous! With clowns, bearded ladies and knife throwers everywhere! Yes, it’s a rock ‘n roll freakshow! And what about that line-up! Bands like Triggerfinger, The Darkness, Red Fang, Orange Goblin, Komatsu, Duel, Monomyth, Nashville Pussy, Imperial State Electric, Big Business, Lords of Altamont, Birth of Joy, Tigre Blanco, Dead Lord, Mambo Kurt, La Muerte, Fifty Foot Combo and the amazing Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds! Throw in some other crazy stuff, comedians and travelling karaoke machines that might just show right behind you when you’re taking a leak and you know you are in for one hell of a ride! This might be worse than the Circus Circus on a Friday night in Las Vegas… Ooh yes! Way worse! Still a few tickets left! Go grab’m and join the freakshow!!!



Ooh yes! Way worse! Still a few tickets left! 
Go grab’m and join the freakshow!!!
 


maandag 13 november 2017

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


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

W.A.S.P.
Sean Wheeler
Hälläs
Supersonic Blues Machine
Sanhedrin

In preparation for a Blackie Lawless interview and the live rendition of The Crimson Idol record we listened to a lot of W.A.S.P. this week. But we definitely enjoyed the honorable Mr. Sean Wheeler more and his fine Sand In My Blood album (released by Little Village Foundation) is simply stunning. The legendary desert punk delivers one hell of a southern, sun dried, Americana tinged, bluesy folk album. One for the road and one for lazy afternoons with corn on the barbecue and dubious quality bourbon slowly turning into lukewarm gold. Supersonic Blues Machine and their Californisoul record (out on Provogue/Mascot) definitely deliver the goods as well. Powerful blues rock and hard rock filled with guest spots from Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Robben Ford and Steve Lukather. Damn fine stuff! And how about Hälläs! Heavy rock from Sweden! A mixture of NWOBHM, space rock and seventies inspired hard rock. Their new Excerpts From A Future Past album (out on The Sign Records) has the exact amount of progressive touches that makes it one hell of an adventure. We love the shit out of it! It’s getting lauded all over the place, the debut album A Funeral For The World by Sanhedrin. And rightfully so! Just read Bucky’s words over on their Bandcamp: “A Funeral For The World celebrates all things heavy metal with a scorching metallic fuzz overlain by Maiden esque vocal chops and a groove factor off the charts. For any fan of metal, stoner, doom, or hard rock. This will go down as one of the strongest debut metal albums of 2017. Mark my words.” Words marked and awesome record noted!

vrijdag 10 november 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday



Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

We all know time is passing by ever quicker. Nobody really speaks about it ofcourse. Nobody really wants to be the one to bring the hammer down. We are all doomed. There is no escaping that simple fact. But do we need to bend our head? Should we all just sit it out in some corner somewhere crying our eyes out? Hell no, let’s do the Inca thing. They knew they were doomed. It was written in the stars. But they build the majestic empire and cities anyway. So, let’s view all that awesome music out there exactly like it is. Majestic monuments to stand the test of time! Errr; aah yes, another round of the Stoner HiVe Quick Fire Friday! 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!



Formosa – Love On The Highway 

Video’s a plenty today. In fact, it's a Quick Fire Friday round with only video's! Crazy right? But that's how it goes.... The first single Love On The Highway from the upcoming album Sorry For Being Sexy by German rock ‘n roll outfit Formosa has just been released. And it sounds just as tight and sexy as their previous album called, errr… Tight & Sexy...


 

 


Hypergiant – Perseus Arm 

We’ve been grooving like an absolute maniac to the Father Sky album by Hypergiant. These Sydney doom masters are absolutely magicians when it comes to concocting mixtures of sludge, space, stoner into something special. The lead single Persues Arm is a testament to that fact. Just check out the accompanying video. And yes, you shall wish you were there at the time of recording! Massive! 







Lost Poets – Vulture 

The Swedish duo Lost Poets has certainly capture my mind and inspiration with their new single and the video that belongs to it: Vulture. From Seattle to the South-Californian Desert; from the arctic wastelands of Scandinavia to the inner-city blue hour, Lost Poets gives you rock music which varies from dark grunge to fuzzy desert-rock. They will give you a deja-vu you have never experienced before! 





Small Hours Society – Popolo 

And from Greece comes another one of those bands that has the ability to summon that blue hour. Those moments before the sun rises and everything can still happen. Small Hours Society might not be as heavy on the riffs as most of the stuff here; but it is heavy on everything else. There’s some Scandinavian territory in Serres, Greece it seems. I need to catch these cats live! 




Stonerror – The Ride

They riff, they groove, they call it psychedelic stonerpunk and we shall join them in calling it that! We love Stonerror and simply adore the single and the video for The Ride. Which is featured on their self-titled which was released in February of this year. I loved Krakow back when I was wreaking havoc in Poland. And every time I listen to Stonerror I want to go back and see them live in one of them dusty watering holes. You know what, I will put this one on repeat today… Friday ends with Stonerror!



donderdag 9 november 2017

The Bronx – V


The Bronx – V
ATO Records / Cooking Vinyl – 2017
Hard Rock, Punk Rock, Punk’n’Roll
Rated: *****

After a 4 year wait, The Bronx return with their 5th album, aptly titled V and from the first track, lay out their intent with a barrage of 3 chord anthems full of power and fury. This is music to be played loud and preferably with room to lurch around like a maniac. With an intense grimy and dirty sounding production, the songs hurtle along with a swagger and purpose. Angry guys to be sure; but the melody and singalong choruses make sure that it is an enjoyable experience. The Bronx are doing what The Bronx do and that makes me one hell of a happy human!

(Written by Tony Maim)



Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper


Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
Profound Lore Records – 2017
Rock, Doom, Metal, Funeral, Post, Sludge
Rated: ***

Every one-track album lasting over an hour, (or in this case 83 minutes) will be mirrored to Sleep’s Dopesmoker. There is no way around it. But Seattle’s drone doom duo Bell Witch’s  record Mirror Reaper has very little similarities to Dopesmoker. Without making any more comparisons to that legendary album Mirror Reaper is an album full of contradictions. Warm and glowing on many levels but always cold to the touch. Sickening and grief evoking with a slow funeral march, yet also with a glimmer of hope and light. Massive but also modest. The best thing about Mirror Reaper is the way the drums hypnotize and its ethereal, almost esoteric feeling. On both intense and ghostly parts. Cause like two sides of a coin and all the contradictions present, there is a distinct break in this droning funeral doom masterpiece. Which on vinyl will surely be represented by side A and side B. And like the album itself, it is a break from the world, a break from reality, and from past and present. Yes, it sits exactly right on that Number 5 spot of this months Doom Chart. Mirror Reaper is quite an album. You will live in it!

(Written by JK)



With The Dead – Love From With The Dead


With The Dead – Love From With The Dead
Rise Above – 2017
Rock, Doom, Metal
Rated: ****

November 2015 saw the release of the debut self-titled effort by With The Dead. The Lee Dorrian-fronted group came out swinging and everyone seemed to cheer them on. The band now continues without Mark Greening from Electric Wizard, still features guitarist Tim Bagshaw of Ramesses. But also, bassist Leo Smee (formerly a bandmate of Dorrian‘s in Cathedral) and ex-Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas and return with follow-up Love From With The Dead. Eight tracks, heavier, darker and more evil than before. The first release was evil and dark, with this definite love for occult sounding doom. Well, Love From With The Dead adds to this a level of devastation and soul crushing gloom. Sludgy in nature, the drag and push you towards the edge of a massive quagmire. “This last couple of years have been quite soul-destroying. There's been a lot of personal shit going on, and during this entire process so much fucking bad shit has happened in my personal life and other people's personal lives. Everything you hear on this LP; the angst is very real. I've never felt so disillusioned with life and the world around me.” Dorrian states in an interview. This is definitely audible on the record. There does not seem to any glimmer of hope anywhere. Slow, heavy, raw and grating, a righteous avalanche of destructive doom!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 7 november 2017

Warfaring Strangers – Acid Nightmares


Warfaring Strangers – Acid Nightmares
Numero Group Records – 2017
Proto Metal, Acid Rock, Psychedelic Fuzz
Rated: *****

A double album of forgotten riff monsters that the Bandcamp description sums up nicely. “As the hippie movement hurdled towards its emanate demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of dope fiends, pill poppers, and the baddest of trips.” Just like the “Nuggets” series which introduced the world to forgotten tracks that featured fuzz, riffs and finding yourself, this moves forward in time to when the Woodstock dream was dying, love beads were replaced with leather jackets and bands started using riffs as weapons, fuzz boxes were cranked up and bad drugs being dealt on the streets. This, Acid Nightmares collection is topping my albums of the year list. Recommended.

(Written by Tony Maim)



maandag 6 november 2017

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


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week


Returning just in time for this month’s Doom Chart I’ve had little time to listen to much. So, this I just a quick list of the first albums that graced my ears this past week. Out of Heavy Psych Sounds is the new Fvzz Popvli called Fvzz Dei. Proto-punk mixed with all the heavy psychedelics we all love so dearly, completely fuzzed out to the max. Y’all need to listen!  The new Nulla album by Bagual is another one that will surely strike a chord with all of you out there. The Chilean quartet gives its all through sludgy desert; making it all sound wild and wonderful. Coraxo might not be for everyone; avant-garde death metal out on Snow Wave Records. Eleven tracks that weave progressive and melodic takes of the ever pummeling and brain melting genre together with sci-fi and storytelling. It’s a lot; but if you have the energy and the lust; it will surely turn you on! Legalize It by the Welsh trio Dope Smoker has been out for a while now. But we definitely still dig the hell out of it! How about you? And out on The Sign Records is At The Sunshine Factory by Sweden’s Märvel. Fast paced, hard driven seventies inspired Swedish goodness. Powerful poppy and full of glee! Yes, this comes straight from the Sunshine Factory! A good way to start a new week!

zaterdag 4 november 2017

The Doom Chart for October 2017


Doom Chart

    “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
    ~ L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

Autumn has begun, steadily building its strength for the annual reckoning of Summer.  October brings transition, in the color of trees, the chilled weather, a thickening wardrobe.  Samhain has come to shout at the Earth its chilling reminder that now is a good time to let the dead things go and rest.  Despite the tradition of fright, it’s more an ancient hinge for the year.  The season of ghosts is upon us to reap the harvest, to honor the life and the death of all things.

October quiets our focus toward celebrating life and those in it with you.  Of course, music is my favorite method by which to do anything.  Music easily engages the means to convey an idea, channel emotion, and celebrate.  We share music we love with our families and friends, trying to show them that revelry we find in the music.  Every single day, musicians are freely handing their hearts over to outright strangers, inviting them to hold it, hear it, and care for it… or crush it and burn it to ashen dust.  We strangers here are helping them share it, hoping you might like it, love it, or – at a minimum – listen to it.

Compiling newer music we have listened to and loved, we give you a tallied assortment of 25 heavy music options for you to discover here each month on the Doom Charts.  A darkened, dramatically changed harvest this October’s end, as there is much movement on the charts with a whopping SEVENTEEN new albums making their debut appearance!  All these incredible releases to listen to and share with music-hoarding lunatics such as yourselves.  Take some time to clean your music storage cupboard and make room for this Autumn feast.

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…


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

donderdag 2 november 2017

Ground – I


Ground – I
Self released – 2017
Sludge, Stoner Metal, Fuzz Doom
Rated: *****

Spanish duo – Ground – have a massive sounding debut album on their hands. A good test for any heavy album is how much it makes the side panel on my car vibrate. This made my car feel like it was shaking apart and slowly starting to self-destruct! For two guys who like making a noise, the influences are obvious – High On Fire, Sleep, Black Cobra, etc. But mixed with some punk and faster tracks. The wheel is not being invented here but sometimes there is a comfort in knowing exactly what you are going to hear when the needle hits the groove. And you know what . . . some days that is all I want or need. This is LOUD with attitude – no pissing around with light and shade or any need to strip things down, just a violent, sonic assault on your ears with an almost satanic glee. Special mention must be made to the crazed drums being battered. When the Zombie Apocalypse finally arrives . . . and it will, people, it will . . . This will be the soundtrack playing! And because they are good guys, this is a Name Your Price on Bandcamp. Stop reading this, get downloading now!

(Written by Tony Maim)



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dinsdag 3 oktober 2017

War Cloud – War Cloud


War Cloud – War Cloud
Ripple Music – 2017
Rock, Classic, Hard, Metal, Seventies, Speed, Doom, Stoner
Rated: ****

If you ever feel like you were born in the wrong age. If the music of that golden era of rock tickles your fancy way more than everything brought out today. If you still bang your head to early eighties hardrock and metal. Well, War Cloud is here for you. On their debut full-sized self-titled release, the quartet sounds so classic you almost immediately recognize some of their dual guitar as Thin Lizzy love and the vocal mannerism as Hetfield hankering. But they definitely do not cop out in copying the bands or sounding like a rip-off; this is musical affection and an idolization of all that goodness of yesteryear. And they manage to do all that classic stuff, and infuse some speedrock, doom and stoner. But above all War Cloud expertly navigates through the dirty waters of heavy rock and early metal. Never colliding with either one and staying their very own course the entire length of the way. And it makes you want to join their merry band of pirates. Cause every one of those eight tracks on the record is killer! Killer to a default!

(Written by JK)