woensdag 7 december 2016

Carnaval – Big Fish


Carnaval – Big Fish
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner
Rated: *****

So, in about two weeks time the wonderful Carnaval cats will release the follow-up album to the majestic Tennis, Football, Basketball album from 2012. An album we still spin religiously, as we do with the one that came before called 2. Their languid vocals and majestic grooves are right there on the top shelve on both of those albums. So before the day arrives that we can enjoy Miss Universe, as the new record is called, we can still listen to that four track EP that came out a few months ago. Or the Rocket single available on the KAPA Records page, which means said record company will release the new album? But let’s go back to Big Fish for a moment, cause those four tracks are once again pure freaking gold. Starting with Born In The River, a fairly trucking and high speed driving stoner track and ending with Burning Sun which is much slower and grandiose in all gestures. With superb stomping drums and excellent guitar work closing the curtains. The two tracks in between move expertly between the two with some anger, defeat and frustration mixed in there as well as a bit of stoned out trippy rock with funk influences. The one thing I have never heard any other band do with such style and such a very own John Hancock. Carnaval, a band that is so much their very own creature and so much themselves it’s simply amazing. Can’t wait to rock out with Miss Universe!

(Written by JK)





dinsdag 6 december 2016

Polarbeers – New Revolution


Polarbeers – New Revolution
Self released – 2016
Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Stoner
Rated: ****

The Italian outfit Polarbeers has been going through the motion of line-up changes ever since the band started out somewhere around 2007, as we have mentioned before. Well, after getting involved with the Rockin’ 1000 gang that did the Foo Fighters thing, you know, getting the Dave Grohl band to play at Cesena, Italy by performing Learning To Fly with an amazing amount of artists. The Polarbeers found new inspiration and new members. And as a quartet started recording the new album called New Revolution. Their ear pleasing mixture of grunge, rock, alternative and stoner still stands tall but is much more layered and even more diverse than before. It has perhaps become less punky than their earlier roots, but definitely as varied. They turn down the loudness quite a lot, but those more quieter moments are damn fine executed and gives the record something that binds it all together. Something that might serve like an excellent soundtrack for a long drive through the country. Which makes the New Revolution album one hell of an entertaining ride.

(Written by JK)




maandag 5 december 2016

Thee Arthur Lane – Hvy Drt Vol. II


Thee Arthur Layne – Hvy Drt Vol. II
Self released – 2016
Rock, Blues, Seventies, Psych
Rated: *****

Back in 2015 the four Thee Arthur Layne cats released their first seven inch. The Hvy Drt Vol.I release was absolutely the best seven inch to ever grace the needle over here. Two golden tracks filled to the brim with full on dune boogie rockers straight out of the psychedelic seventies. Its punky, its proto-metal and grooves the hell out of every bellbottom pants in the room. And the boys are back with a follow up. Aptly called Hvy Drt Vol.II the two tracks move even more into the blues avenue of everything they did before. When the news came that Graveyard called it quits back in September, we were all distraught. But listening to the two tracks on this single we can rest easy and know that that style of rock is in good hands. And yes, ofcourse their own professed love, inspiration and source for everything Edgar Broughton Band also shines through. Intense free rock, both wild, warm and soulful. Yet with this icy spark that sends shivers up your spine. Something big is happening here and Thee Arthur Layne will lead the way!

(Written by JK)



Stoner HiVe's Top 5 Artists listened to last week


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

Naevus (7)

Stoner HiVe's Top 10 Artists listened to last month


Stoner HiVe's
Top 10 Artists listened to last month:

Val Tvoar (33)
Duskwood (26)

ps. Almost forgot to post the monthly list... 

donderdag 1 december 2016

The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2016


The Stoner HiVe top 20 Countdown of 2016

This is the 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 ofcourse to the year end countdown. On DECEMBER 12th we once again start with The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of the best albums of 2016. 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 2016. (And at the very end of December 2015.) 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, topping off last year at 78. 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… 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


Cosmic Fall – First Fall


Cosmic Fall – First Fall
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Hard, Psych, Space
Rated: ****

The German trio Cosmic Fall has just released their first four track aptly called First Fall. Did you notice me omitting to name it an EP or an album? Cause even though there are only four tracks the record lasts for no less than 45 minutes. That constitutes a full album in my book any day. And during those 45 minutes, we’re getting treated to high soaring space rockers that touch the earth with thunderous heaviness and then take off again to explore the vast intergalactic nothingness. Yes, indeed, space rock it is. But only to an underlying degree, for the rest of the currents that surf on top are more stoner, hard rock and psychedelic oriented. Yes, indeed, with this arc of seventies tension and almost southern touches the four tracks just keep taking the amazing corners that keeps your attention focused on what might happen next. Well, apparently, the album is also headed for a vinyl release early 2017. And rightfully so! So, listen to them now, on repeat, as we do, cause track 3 mantras’ it into our head. And yes, we must obey!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 29 november 2016

vrijdag 25 november 2016

Pocket Size – Vemood


Pocket Size – Vemood
MillHill productions – 2016
Rock, Instrumental, Jazz, Prog, Psych, Jam
Rated: ****

As main man Peter Pedersen and the rest of his Pocket Size guns for hire finished up the last record Exposed Undercurrents the man felt fatigued and drained. The artistic adventure had taken its toll and there was no way out. The undercurrents project twisted his mind in such a way that the only route left was to take up the stream of consciousness approach. Recorded live and with only a bare framework present at the start for each of the songs, the players had to dig deep into themselves and into the energy floating around to come up with the right parts to invest in. And man, did these guys connect. Okay let’s make this quick and get the one point of criticism about the new Vemood record out of the way, it is the fact that between songs the man directs words of wisdom at us. But mostly in his native tongue. Which we unfortunately can barely understand. It also takes some of the flow out of the otherwise excellent songs. Moving distinctly into the more classic jazz-rock landscape on most of the tracks there is not one brush stroke in the wrong color. And the dynamics of the nine players working to make every painting a masterpiece seem to have been in perfect synch at the moment of recording. What views, what vistas. They definitely leave a lingering image of inspiration in the mind…

(Written by JK)




Oxblood Forge – Oxblood Forge


Oxblood Forge – Oxblood Forge
Self released – 2016
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Metal
Rated: ****

The self-titled debut EP by American quintet Oxblood Forge counts five tracks. Five tracks that move distinctly into a direction of heavy metal and classic hardrock. Interspersed with some stoner trucking and even some sludge here and there. Five highly diverse tracks that are not to be taking lightly. For where that opener has you revisiting the good ol’ days, the final song is much heavier and growling. Not just because the singer can do both excellent clean and snarling vocals. Also, because the drums become lower and more like an earthquake on approach while the guitars together with the bass turn into the four horsemen on route with your demise. The three tracks in between meander in the middle of those extremes. To a more speedrock (Lashed To The Mast) or pubrock (Night Crawler) approach perhaps but always with fists in the air and beer spilled. And even though we are not fans of spilled beer, we do love that fists in the air thing and therefor absolutely love Oxblood Forge!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 22 november 2016

Cardinal – Noisehead


Cardinal – Noisehead
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Garage, Psych, Doom
Rated: ****

The new Noisehead EP by the Rumanian quartet Cardinal sports no less than seven tracks. Seven tracks that tick all the right boxes. Some would call that an album, but not these cats. Nope, they want their records to be of substance, or something meaty and with depth. Just like their music. And they’ve definitely payed attention to all the great garage rock bands before they started developing they own style. Incorporating some whirling psychedelics and some fuzzy stoner. They even turn the doom up a bit when we hit track number four Land Of The Fearful Sun. Prize song Alucarda follows, turning much more seventies and heavy. Reminiscing of the best occult rockers of late without turning into them or into something that reminds of cauldron watching. What a track. And they continue that level on the following Doombringers. Which leads us to conclude that the trek from garage orientated rock to more stoner to more doom and psychedelic heaviness is a righteous one. One done with substance, meat and depth and can only mean great things for the future releases of Cardinal!

(Written by JK)



Phase Order – Phase Order


Phase Order – Phase Order
Self released – 2016
Rock, Punk, Core, Noise, Stoner, Sludge, Metal
Rated: ***

The good Charlie Tooth wrote about their demo last year. Sweet words of wisdom and memories about long lost concerts. Well, Phase Order is back! With a self-titled continuation of their first demo. Three tracks that stomp on terra like crazy hungry noisy, punky stoned out giants. The first two tracks are labelled Idiot I and Idiot II and are short, gritty and grimy punk rockers that still definitely refer to the hardcore edge provided on their first demo. I wonder if those titles refer to Dostoyevsky? Rowdy and loud and definitely meant for abandoned warehouse. Last song Boiler lasts over fourteen minutes and takes on all kinds of different shapes. On it the trio seems to definitely explore evil metallic sounds and fuzzy filth, combining that with some stoner and some languid tones. It makes for one hell of an instrumental ride.

(Written by JK)



maandag 21 november 2016