dinsdag 15 augustus 2017

Red Mountains – Slow Wander


Red Mountains – Slow Wander
All Good Clean Records – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

The honorable Charlie Tooth wrote about their debut album Down With The Sun back in 2015. And now, two years later, when September rolls around, the Norwegian Red Mountains are back with a new release called Slow Wander. And it is a majestic slow, yet urgent, trek across the highlands. Across a mountainous terrain that moves the soul and inspires the spirit at every turn. Produced by Spidergawd’s Per Borton, who also delivers guest vocals on the Acid Wedding track, the album definitely shines in all its psychedelic goodness and moves into a slightly darker realm without ever becoming oppressive. It actually sounds extremely wide in its vistas and with so much room for all the instruments and voice to excel. And that is really what they do best, that wonderful translation sensation an open expanse into heavy psychedelic rock and making it weave through your head and heart. Man, I want to go back to Norway again and cruise the Atlantic Road with this album at exactly the right volume…

(Written by JK)



maandag 14 augustus 2017

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


Stoner HiVe’s 
Top 5 Artists listened to last week


We haven’t had much time the past month. It showed in updates and it showed in the amount of new albums listened to. Well, we have a bit more time now. For a week or two. So, we did a lot of listening again. Ofcourse everything the Doom Chart mentioned was high on the list. But we could not shy away from the new Queens Of The Stone Age. They have to this album not released a bad one. Although Era Vulgaris wasn’t really my cup of tea. And it seems this one will neither. Unfortunately. Not that it’s a bad album. It just doesn’t seem to move me. And that is what it is aimed at, physically, actually moving, I read. In preparation for an interview with Mr. Gilbert we listened to Mr.Big a lot. But what really moved us was the new Mother Engine! These German cats know how to rev up the machine! Another one that inspired is Greenbeard. Lödarödböl is a truly stunning piece of work; artwork included! Last but certainly not least, Red Mountains from Norway, have returned with a beautiful record. It shall be released at beginning of September and will surely captivate all you lovely freaks out there! See the mention tomorrow for a few more words about Red Mountains new album Slow Wander. But for now, turn up the volume and let the cool tunes set the right mood!

zaterdag 12 augustus 2017

Cortez – The Depths Below


Cortez – The Depths Below
Salt Of the Earth Records – 2017
Rock, Fuzz, Grunge, Stoner, Metal
Rated: *****

The Cortez blurb, as it appeared on the latest edition of the Doom Chart...  Let’s take a trip with the Boston quintet Cortez. Let’s have them drag us down with them to The Depths Below. I reckon we can safely state that most of you freaks out there already dug their earlier releases. Well, get ready to profess your undying love for these guys. Turning a much more metallic corner on some tracks, the fuzz, the grunge and the stoner that Cortez brings is simply amazing. And then there are those more pop sensible almost catchy moments. Yes, there is something about this records that screams ‘instant classic’. Vocalist Matt Harrington truly shines on every track and together with the killer choruses, massive riffs, dueling guitars and majestic drum work there is absolutely nothing wrong with Cortez… Shit, where is the closest grimy tattoo parlor, so I can get Cortez tattooed across my heart!




vrijdag 11 augustus 2017

Half Gramme of Soma – Groove is Black


Half Gramme of Soma – Groove is Black
Fuzz Ink Records – 2017
Rock, Desert, Stoner
Rated: *****

Yes, the good Doktor420 and myself are in league with the rest of the Doom Chart cats. And this how the good Doktor420 blurbed about Half Gramme Of Soma on the latest edition of the Doom Charts! ‘If you like Desert Stonerrock in the vein of Kyuss, you might love Half Gramme Of Soma from Athens. After a lot of changes in their line-up, between their debut album in 2013, an EP in 2014 and again after that. And now, they're back with a new singer (from Vibratore Bizarro). Their second full album, released back at the end of May, contains 8 groovy, at times even bluesy, but always hard rockin' tracks, which lead you trough space and time on a gigantic eggplant. The brilliant cover art clearly shows, that the band doesn't take themselves too serious.’ And we could not agree more! Good check out Half Gramme of Soma and get your groove black!

(Written by Doktor420)



The Doom Chart for July 2017


Doom Chart

    “How many more nights and weird mornings can this terrible shit go on? How long can the body and the brain tolerate this doom-struck craziness? This grinding of teeth, this pouring of sweat, this pounding of blood in the temples… small blue veins gone amok in front of the ears, sixty and seventy hours with no sleep. Turn up the radio. Turn up the tape machine. Look into the sunset up ahead. Roll the windows down for a better taste of the cool desert wind. Ah yes. This is what it’s all about. Total control now. Tooling along the main drag on a Saturday night in Las Vegas, two good old boys in a fireapple-red convertible … stoned, ripped, twisted … Good People…”
  
 ~ Hunter S. Thompson, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas


The festivals are raging everywhere. High Summer Fest is exploding as we speak in Portland and Pyscho Las Vegas is coming up fast, for some reason, not being able to go, made me re-read that classic story by Thompson. He has been my spirit guide for ages. Which is dangerous and will ultimately lead you down a rabbithole that might get you killed or at least maimed. I have survived many brushes with death and I’m pretty sure my luck is running out. But can we tone it down? Can we suddenly change enough to turn ‘normal’? Fuck normal, The Good Doctor would say, let’s all Howard Roark the shit out of life. Do it on your own terms. And stay heavy on all fronts…

The many many bands that churn out those amazing albums that enter the Doom Charts monthly are surely doing it on their own terms. It is what sets them apart and what will make the fans take notice. No less than ELEVEN new albums entered the charts this month. And High Priestess for instance barely missed this edition. A heavy and high July edition of the Doom Charts. All those amazing albums will surely set your soul on fire and will burn your heart, and will make you act crazy in a righteous way! Good people, cause that what we heavy rock fans are! Good people!

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…

The Doom Chart For June 2017

This month tallied by Bucky and edited by yours truly... 

maandag 24 juli 2017

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


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

Grande Royal
Addicthead
The Brunswick
Honeymoon Disease
El Camino

Just a quick update of the most listened to artists last week. Grande Royal is high energy rock ’n roll from Sweden; and we all know, if it’s from Sweden, it is good! Some psychedelic spacey goodness from Switserland in the form of Addicthead. And The Brunswick we ofcourse already tipped last Friday in the Quick Fire Friday of that day. More Sweden in the form of Honeymoon Disease, a female fronted hardrock oriented band with a definite love for everything late sixties, early seventies. O’ and should we state the obvious, of course (this) El Camino also hails from that chosen country. Sweden, the place to be for all us heavy rock lovers. Their new album Cursed Congregation is doom metal to a very sinister degree. Another good week filled with awesome music! Check’m out! Check’m all out!

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)