vrijdag 18 augustus 2017

Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday


Stoner HiVe’s Quick Fire Friday

Across the pond the crazies are whooping it up at Psycho Las Vegas, but we shall do our own thing at the neat little Nirwana Tuinfeest. Not as big, but certainly as crazy! So, since we have to get over there as soon as possible we quickly fire off 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!


Urchin – Cavalcade Past a Forbearing Ruin

One of the bands that started the ruckus in Las Vegas last night was Urchin. The two-piece blackened sludgy doom metal released a new album earlier this month called Cavalcade Past a Forbearing Ruin. I believe they played poolside and I’m pretty sure the water would have turned to black mud as the waves of Urchin paranoia struck out across the Las Vegas battlefield…




The Mad Doctors – Yuengling Malmsteen

Do you remember us raving our asses off about The Mad Doctors and their No Waves, Just Sharks release? It was our soundtrack to every backyard BBQ and beach outing of the past months. Well, the fella’s are now releasing a split seven inch with Heavy Traffic. Which can be ordered here and listened to here. Or the other way around. Whichever way you do it, just do it. Majestic psychedelic surfing and fuzzy punk rocking guaranteed!






Marvelous Liars – Marvelous Liars

Power rock, stoner pop and everything in between. The new self-titled album by Marvelous Liars has it all. Borrowing some of the desert heat to spice up their highly catchy rock ‘n roll the three-piece is fishing in the great pond with more hooks and bait then the most expert of fishermen. And guess what, they have you biting and snapping for their rock strut like a ravenous piranha. Fans of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Strokes, Beatles and Foo Fighters will definitely find something tasty here!





Rubble Road – The Clowns Have Spoken

Listen to The Clowns Have Spoken and you will suddenly have the urge to hit the bourbon bottle hard and the road even harder; off chasing weird and twisted nights with the three-piece (or quartet?) Rubble Road on your backseat shouting about Truck Stop Hookers and Galactic Fugitives. And all this while they’re also brewing their own beer. And you know what we always say, good people drink good beer. Get on the Rubble Road, drink heavy and ride hard!




Ben Hughes – Rejecting The Machine

Ending on a Lo-Fi-High note! Rejecting The Machine is the first single promoting his one man project that will soon release a complete effort entitled Cycles of the Psyche. It’s Ben Hughes and the multi instrumentalist runs the gamut of all sorts of Lo-Fi psychedelic goodness. It seems to be a follow-up to a the more earthy approach of his Reflection EP released earlier this year. All in all, the music all have this secretive sound and makes you want to learn more about its magic. Stay tuned!





O'no... Hold on... Wait... Wait... Here's the new Triggerfinger single: Colossus!

donderdag 17 augustus 2017

Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space


Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space
Self released / Go Down Records – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Grunge, Psych, Space
Rated: ****

The Italian born Meteor Chasma shoots its riffs into space with a truckload of fuzz and an intense intergalactic groove. The opening track Spaceship 2346 of their debut full-sized album A Monkey Into Space is a proper lift off indeed. The mighty psychedelic waves are only rivalled by its extraterrestrial great stoner trucking and monstrous sound. And this massive head job continues on the next eight tracks, albeit a bit more grimy or a bit more spacious. Which might lead you to conclude that Meteor Chasma might have opened with their absolute smash ‘n grab track and that the rest of the album does not reach the same kind of level. Well, you’re wrong there. It’s just that the different avenues the band takes on the rest of the tracks culminate to perfection on that opener. Listen to third track Neil Gagarin for instance, a slower, almost doomy approach to their spacerock. On it they display a massive amount of restraint, how easy it would be to let it explode at a certain moment. And then to not do it. Yihaw! That’s what we dig. Keep you on your toes! In short, check out Meteor Chasma, Gorilla style headbanging guaranteed!

(Written by JK)



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)



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!