vrijdag 15 december 2017

Number 18


Number 18

We’ve passed the three majestic bands on Number 20 and Ruby The Hatchet on Number 19 and we’re on to Number 18. And up till Number 15 in a few days, all of them just differ one or a few points. The first small leap occurs when we hit Number 14. But back to the album at hand. For on Number 18 we find one hell of an Australian motherfucker of a band! The quartet delivered such a titanous psychedelic doom and stoner metal album, it electrified everyone out there! Glacial motion on some moments and thundering down the highway like the marauding cavalry on rampage the next. There is no stopping these cats; they seem to be able to do it all. They sound like outlaws, like the last real gunfighters, like one-percenters on a mission to conquer the universe. Or at least a distant planet! And from here on in, you will either have to be with them or get the hell out of the way! Cause this is one bad ass slug that’s not stopping for anything or anyone!


Motherslug – The Electric Dunes Of Titan


donderdag 14 december 2017

Number 19


Number 19

There was some mighty shuffling in these lower regions of the Top 20 Countdown. That’s just because there are so many great and amazing albums released every year. This one was riding high when the first lists came in and then suddenly stopped receiving votes and fell of the list. Weird and insane! But, on the last night enough cats voted it in again. Rightfully so! The Top 20 Countdown would have missed this one big time! And guess what, this five-piece made the list before as well. Back in 2015 they reached the 17th position. With their new album they’ve been on the Doom Charts for four months straight! In fact, they’re still on it! Slowly making an exit. Let’s see if they return there as well? It’s a luscious record filled with majestic riffs and brilliant vocals; and it is impossible to do a hatchet job on it. Heavy psychedelics mixed with seventies inspired doom, interspersed with classic rock, prog affinity and with every track sounding like it wants to head to outer space! It is not possible to do a hatchet job on this record, in fact the only thing possible is to sing almighty high praise of this record. There is no other like it! It flows like golden mercury and this quintet has tapped into the main vein of everything awesome in the universe! 


Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child


woensdag 13 december 2017

Number 20


Number 20


Well, we start the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2017 off with a multi-layered bang! No less than three albums made the Number 20 spot! It could not be helped. You all voted massively for every one of the albums on the list and these three got the same amount of points. Two of which made the Top 20 Countdown before. In 2011 and 2012. “Holding high the torch that was lit by Hendrix, Clapton and West, Parker Griggs burns brightly with the white-hot heat that an amp turned up full can produce. Wah-wah, chugging, riffs, solos, distortion all make this heavy psych offering a masterpiece of freak out and head nodding. This is the good stuff.” Madman Tony Maim said that about one of these albums in a mention earlier this year. And yours truly claimed the following about the other one: “They make their ambitions known and look to a future, which is undoubtedly filled with fast paced stoner concrete as well as slow heartfelt little miracles. And it’s during those moments when the true beauty of this band shows itself best. A female vocalist that not just howls like the best, powerful, raw and voluminous. But also clean as a whistle and deeply evocative.  And whether they opt to go mysterious and psychedelic or fill your head with vertiginous riffs and wild colors, the guitar player shows itself master of every facet and shows himself to be one of the great ones.” And that same dingbat had the honor to write a blurb for the third album on the March Doom Charts! “Can you believe their first album was released in 2015? Ye gods, it feels like yesterday. Man, how I love that debut record. So, expectations were high. Pretty damn high. Well, each and every one of those expectations are met. This is blues with a capital B and a whole helluva lot of heaviness. Powerful, soulful and intense. These five cats from Oslo have outdone themselves, go check it out and be amazed by their almighty blues!” So, I guess there’s some almighty devilish royal thunder blues on Moscow radio tonight!


Royal Thunder – Wick

Radio Moscow – New Beginnings

The Devil And The Almighty Blues – II




And so it begins… The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2017 !


The Stoner HiVe top 20 countdown of 2017

And so it begins…

We have long since passed the 20:00 CET deadline on December the 12th of this musically stupendous year of 2017. But since the lists kept rolling in; we decided to keep entering them before we stopped on this very early morning, a few hours ago. Cause we have to call it day at some point. Otherwise we cannot do the one album a day countdown. Or well, one album a day? Let’s just state the obvious; there will be a few positions with numerous albums on it. Yeah!  But back to the deadline. It passed and we received a grand total of 91 lists! It is a new record for the HiVe! So, my thanks goes out to all those amazing bands and artists who provided us with so much new incredible music that we all love so dearly. Albums that made all of you cast your votes! Facts and figures will follow after the countdown has been done. And ofcourse my thanks goes out to all of you lovely freaks out there, the ones who sent in their favorite albums, detailing a top 20, top 10 or a top 5. Cause without you gals and guys this would not be possible! And yes, this year there were, once again, a few of those crazy cats that went as far at putting way to many albums in order. Crazy… But that’s how it goes… The votes have been cast, the lists are in… Let’s start the countdown!


So… without further ado… We give you Number TWENTY.

dinsdag 12 december 2017

The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017


The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017

Almost there… The FINAL hours to send in yours lists for the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2017! Tonight, we start the countdown with Number 20! The list is shaping up nicely and it’s all thanks to all of you out there who already sent their lists. We are so close to beating our record. So, here’s me prodding the rest of you lovely freaks into action! Send your lists! To our email HERE! or type them into a private message on our Facebook page! Go on. You know you want to! You know you want it! Yeah baby…


maandag 11 december 2017

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


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



Nothing more but a quick list of our most listened to records last week. The ones we kept spinning, while all you wonderful people sent their lists of favorite records of 2017 to us. We had a lot of work entering them all in for the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2017 which will start in 2 days! So, two days left boys & girls, get your lists in now! Send them HERE ! But what did we spin you ask? A lot of Uffe Lorenzen’s new solo record Galmandsværk out on Bad Afro Records and whole a lot of Red Scalp’s record Lost Ghosts. The Destroyer album by Magda-Vega suddenly popped up on my radar. It’s weird, it’s dangerous and that’s just how we like it! Another one that entered out vision was Mountains of Madness and their Kick In The Guts release. Heavy, fuzzy stoner groove with a punch! And of course, the master composers of Clouds Taste Satanic. We cannot stop spinning the new The Glitter Of Infinite Hell album. Their best rock symphony yet! 

Don't forget... TWO days left to send us your list of favorite albums!

zondag 10 december 2017

The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017



The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017


Three days left to send in your lists for the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2017! Which will start on December 12! For yes, just like every year since the HiVe started, back in 2009, we shall of course do the year end countdown. But just like every year we need your help. We need to know what albums made your head spin, blood boil and your bones jump with pure euphoria! So please, my lovely fellow freaks, send your lists to our email or message them to the Stoner HiVe Facebook page...

The rules: vote for any amount of albums or EP’s released in 2017. (And at the very end of December 2016.) If you dug only one; name that one. If you dug 78; name all of them! It doesn’t matter how much, one, five, 10, 13, 20 or 41. We just want to know which albums made you go crazy! So far we’re approaching the maximum amount of lists we have ever received… So please, send yours now, so we can best our grand total! The deadline to send in your list closes on December the 12th… So there’s still enough time to get crackin… Three whole days in fact! Go on… If not for yourself or me; do it for all the rest of the lovely freaks out there… Scurrying in the HiVe

Send your lists HERE

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Do you remember all the Number One’s of pas editions? 

Greenleaf last year, Elder before that... But before that?

Clouds Taste Satanic – The Glitter of Infinite Hell


Clouds Taste Satanic – The Glitter of Infinite Hell
Kinda Like Music – 2017
Rock, Doom, Psych, Instrumental
Rated: *****

Two months in a row, October & November, they came in second to the number one of the Doom Charts. Our very own Billy Goate from the awesome Doomed & Stoned had the honors to write a blurb about the new Clouds Taste Satanic. And he claimed that ‘Masterpiece is not too strong a word’ to describe The Glitter Of Infinite Hell. And we could not agree more. We’ve been following this foursome from Brooklyn since we first spun To Sleep Beyond The Earth back in 2014. And they have been releasing a steady output of instrumental greatness since then. A joyous occasion every time one of their evil sounding work of arts came out. Your Doom Has Come in 2015 and Dawn Of The Satanic Age last year. But those two records, we must confess, did not top their first one. In our opinion. Well, this one does not just top that first one or the latter two, they top every other record in the instrumental doom genre. Holy hell! It starts with the vinyl cover. Letting your eyes wander across the Jheronimus Bosch inspired painting Christ’s Descent Into Hell which can be viewed in the Met in New York. One wishes that the four were in Den Bosch, Netherlands last year during the majestic Bosch exposition. Hell, they should have played a show every night the museum was opened. Four musical art pieces are served on a double album set on bronze & bone color-in-color vinyl with gold & oxblood splatter. Four tales of Greed, Treachery, Violence and Wrath. And all four of them are truly amazing. This is doom on the very edge of the needle! But this isn’t just doom. It marries a truckload of genres in a rock symphony without ever becoming a classical opus. It is however a magnus opus. A grand piece of music that keeps on becoming better and better. And this is not just for the doom lovers out there. This is for every rock fiend! And I do mean every single one of them! Join the Clouds with their trip down below. Cause the soundtrack for everyone’s descent into hell just got a whole lot more addictive and amazing!

(Written by JK)




Dig Deeper – In Central European Time


Dig Deeper – In Central European Time
Alien Agency – 2017
Rock, Psych, Roots, Folk, Blues, Country, Americana, Kraut, Space
Rated: ****

Scandinaviana. Indeed. The Norwegian four-piece Dig Deeper serve us a tasty platter of Americana and American roots rock with a Scandinavian earmark. A European perspective is ofcourse very present on In Centreal European Time. Which is also the starting point for all the psychedelic, kraut and space rock influences one can decipher throughout the record. But don’t get me wrong. This is roots and easy on the ears rock shimmering with gigantic vistas. The quartet plays with such warmth and intensity the songs immediately nestle in your soul. Six playful yet very raw tracks that are layered to such a degree you keep discovering new things about them. Just like all their influences, some of them obvious, others slightly hidden. But if you imagine a Neil Young jamming with Pink Floyd right about now, it would be a very justified image. A real gem of a record meant for endless car rides, sweet summer evenings or cold wintery night by the fire place. A record for all times in fact. A record for the ages…

(Written by JK)



donderdag 7 december 2017

Driven by Impact – Driven By Impact


Driven by Impact – Driven By Impact
Self released – 2017
Metal, Core, Black, Death, Thrash
Rated: ***

We must confess, we have been a bit rusty when it comes to listening to the high intense metal genres that mix their sound with black metal, death metal, metal core and thrash metal. But when the self-titled debut by German five-piece Driven By Impact found our way we could not stop spinning it. The twenty-five seconds intro piece called prologue is already steeped with promise. After which all hell breaks loose on Building Fear. Powerful drumming that doesn’t continually go for speed but also has moments of fast groove in it. Absolute shredding guitarwork and a growling voice that indeed helps in building up a healthy anxiety. But it is without a doubt, the groove and the melodic influences that set Driven By Impact apart; its keeps the intense pounding and earth shattering metal in check. It will make the furious breakneck rush, the pulsating guitars and the galloping drums come together in sheer beauty. Yes, there is beauty in death and Driven By Impact proves it!

(Written by JK)




woensdag 6 december 2017

The Atomic Bitchwax – Force field


The Atomic Bitchwax – Force field
Tee Pee Records – 2018
Rock, Hard, Metal, Stoner
Rated: *****

They're calling out to you, but are they cool enough for you? I would have to say absolutely. The Atomic Bitchwax's new album Force Field is an awakening of grand proportions, period. . . . If you liked their previous album Gravitron, then force field is for you! It's like Gravitron squared. The songs are well crafted, the playing is awesome and the production is on point. But just a tad more on this album than any former. If I had to pick my favorite song on the whole album it would be Shell Of A Man. It's what I like to call a ‘driving song’. It makes you want to get in an indie car and go full boar 200 mph. And the song Alaskan Thunder F!#* is balls to the wall progressive style metal riffing on fire. I'm not sure if they're adding extra octane to the water in Jersey these days but something is definitely a foot. And I'm not sure who is the majority writer of their songs, but they get better with every record. Probably Pantella. The Drummer is usually the most talented guy in the band, but no one knows it (wink) BoB... But you have to give a nod to all three band mates. Finn and Kosnik both rip! And vocally this is the best album to date. If you love hard rock get Force Field on December 8th!

(Written by Charlie Tooth)



dinsdag 5 december 2017

Uffe Lorenzen – Galmandsværk


Uffe Lorenzen – Galmandsværk
Bad Afro Records – 2017
Rock, Folk, Psych, World
Rated: ****

What an amazing time that must have been. Those ten weeks on that small volcanic island Gomera near the coast of Morocco, where Uffe Lorenzen did nothing but write new songs and meander about life, love and everything in between. The result is his first solo album under his own name, Galmandsværk. We’ve been going wild on all of his musical efforts for years now. On Trial, Spids Nogenhat, Dragontears and first and foremost Baby Woodrose. With whom he released the amazing Freedom album last year. Which we still spin regularly! But during those ten weeks he explored his inner self, and might have gone right there, towards the end of its tether. The result is an amazing psychedelic folk album with all sorts of worldly influences and an amazing array of different instruments. We can hear the sitar, bansuri, hurdy gurdy, violin and a few more. All of his explorations are done in Danish and tell a highly personal tale. (Which unfortunately might be lost on many of us who aren’t fluent in Danish.) Ten stories that delve into his thoughts about every aspect of life; but which; even without speaking Danish, will make you drift off into the sunset or focus your thoughts on a single task before you. The ten songs all seem to have a different ability, but it is always one that sounds universal, timeless and absolutely beautiful!

(Written by JK)



maandag 4 december 2017

The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017


The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2017

Well, this is an already pretty late first reminder to get the attention of all of you lovely freaks out there. For yes, just like every year since the HiVe started, we shall of course do the year end countdown. On DECEMBER 12th we once again start with The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of the best albums of 2017. But just like every year we need your help. We need to know what albums made your head spin, blood boil and your bones jump with pure euphoria! So please, my lovely fellow freaks, send your lists to our email or message them to the Stoner HiVe Facebook page. The rules: vote for any amount of albums or EP’s released in 2017. (And at the very end of December 2016.) If you dug only one; name that one. If you dug 78; name all of them! It doesn’t matter how much, one, five, 10, 13, 20 or 41. We just want to know which albums made you go crazy!

Every year we hope that more of you find the time and energy to send in your list. The Ultimate Stoner HiVe top 20 list has been a steady grower going from 18 lists to 37 to 48 and on to 56 and 61; and then 86 lists, back to 78. And 76 of them were counted last year. A few were received after the deadline. So, should we set our goal high and hope to reach the big 100 this year? Or just hope to make that great amount of last year again? Either way it would be grand; just so that this Countdown becomes more and more valid with each passing year…

The deadline to send in your list closes on December the 12th… So there’s still enough time to get crackin… A big week in fact! Go on… If not for yourself or me; do it for all the rest of the lovely freaks out there… Scurrying in the HiVe

Send your lists HERE