woensdag 27 mei 2015

Mojo Waves – All the Right Parts Fit the Wrong Way


Mojo Waves – All the Right Parts Fit the Wrong Way
Macaroni Penguin Music – 2015
Rock, Hard, Garage, Punk, Psych, Stoner
Rated: ****

A few months ago the Finnish trio Mojo Waves released the first single 7x7 for their new album All The Right Parts Fit The Wrong Way. It promised a lot, just like the album title. And holy mother of God, do they deliver! We’ve been following these crazy cats since their first release Introducing Mojo Waves back in 2012. We saw them rise to great heights on the follow-up Enjoy, Don’t Destroy and become extremely deliriously majestic on Lo and Behold! And on the new album their manic music turns into a complete hysterical and frenzied state. They’re still highly in debt to the classic rock of the golden era’s but with a unique view of their own. Vastly energetic and chuck full of adrenaline the boys delve deeper into the speedy and punky parts of their already stampeding music this time around for most of the time. Which fit perfectly with the, as always, high pitched and ecstatic shrieks of singer Arttu. But who is that growling on Heartquake? Who is that dark color that offsets Arttu perfectly on that third track? And then there’s the In Little Pieces track which slows down and shows once again that the Mojo Waves can handle everything and will always remain unpredictable. But we will be ready, to ride with them on all of their big waves… And let’s hope this one never rolls back…

(Written by JK)




Out of Space – Invaders


Out of Space – Invaders
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Space, Psych, Grunge
Rated: ****

We surely need to visit Lyon and many other cities in France very soon. Cause the good rock has been spawning there for a while now. Where that sudden burst of inspiration comes from who knows? Maybe from Out of Space? Invaders, it is the title to the first release by the new French trio Out of Space. Five songs that start off as a heavy trucking, fast blast straight out of the desert. Grade A stoner tune Bloody Road hits you straight between the eyes and it will surely be something you shall not expect when a band is named Out of Space and the release is called Invaders. But don’t worry, there definitely is some space rocking and psychedelic meandering on this album as well. You will have to rock out to three more tracks that maneuver between hard rocking stoner and punky grunge before the true battleship arrives. Final track Desert In Bloom lasts almost sixteen minutes and seduces you with languid riffs, color and voices before it starts whipping you into a frenzy. Like a slow but evidently fast forward movie of a desert that goes to full bloom and then dies again… Grandiose!

(Written by JK)



Acid Western – Rampage


Acid Western – Rampage
Domino Media Agency – 2015
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Desert
Rated: ***

The three-piece Acid Western hails from Paris, France and has released a second EP called Rampage. So we are not referring to the four-piece Australian version with the same name. No these freaks follow-up on the already luscious sounding EP Of Flesh And Bones from 2011. Rampage is a truly rambunctious version of stone ‘n roll or rock ‘n stoner that has you reliving those fast paced party stomping moments that Queens Of The Stone Age used to deliver. It hits harder and has more drive than that first EP which perhaps took more after the ‘weirder’ QOTSA sounds and had vocals that moved more towards Cobain. This one is pure Six Shooter type ruckus or grooves like de Dutch band De Staat version of QOTSA. But still with enough extra fuzziness and groove to turn even the biggest skeptic into a believer. Yes, there is life after QOTSA and that life is situated in that part of the world where they speak French and know all about decent cheese and wine. And I’m sure Mr. Homme could appreciate it all… “We couldn’t get any closer…”

(Written by JK)




dinsdag 26 mei 2015

An Evening With Knives – Blind Man’s Guess (Live)


An Evening With Knives – Blind Man’s Guess (Live)

Their self-titled EP released last year still has heavy rotation over here. But on May 12 An Evening With Knives played a live studio show for a selected crowd of friends and fans. And everyone who was there or watched the live stream on the internet knew right then that they were witnessing something damn freaking great. And all of those lucky souls are hoping that they will releases that live recorded goodness within the foreseeable future. And guess what. A first track named Blind Man’s Guess has now been released via YouTube. Check it out and bring your weapons!  But don't poke Peer in his eye, cause he recently had surgery! Next live date, Friday 29th in Little Devil, Tilburg, Netherlands. Together witth Mannheim and Steak No.8! Gonna be a good and dangerous night!





See, and what did you learn? Don't run with knives!

Town Portal – The Occident


Town Portal – The Occident
Small Pond Recordings/Subsuburban – 2015
Rock, Math, Instrumental, Prog
Rated: ***

Vacuum Horror and Chronopoly from 2011 and 2012 had us spinning around like whirling dervishes. And the new record The Occident by the Danish trio Town Portal does exactly the same but with a bit more room for contemplation and staring in awe at the beautiful landscape they paint. At times those vistas turn into a labyrinth where you can keep running around in without ever finding the exit; those are the darker and disorienting moments. But then suddenly the air seems to shift, the famous mixtures of silver blue and golden orange light starts to shine and one feels at peace and that harmony descents upon them. Only to be picked up again by ingenious time signatures and jazzy breaks and dropped down back inside the heart of the labyrinth. And there is nothing accidental about this adventure and nothing disturbing, it’s actually a highly enjoyable way get lost or to lose yourself for a perfect amount of time.

(Written by JK)



Doom Charts for May 2015


Doom Charts

“You are about to experience one of the strangest meetings ever convened — a joining of […] the most unusual people on Earth! Sit quietly in the shadows of this clandestine conference and observe it well! For from it shall soon be born … The DOOM PATROL” – Arnold Drake

Did you manage to check out the May edition of the Doom Charts? The return of a righteous list and one that is delivered by an amazing amount of people who have a damn good finger on the pulse of that stoner and doom undercurrent. (Except that JK dipshit ofcourse!) Did you manage to give all of the albums on the list a go? Did you get stuck on one or more because they were so damn fine? Well, be sure to visit the list if you haven’t and if you have once again. Cause soon, the fourth, the June edition of the Doom Charts will go up… In about a week time…

Who will make the list this time around? And how much will change? Doktor420: "I wonder if we have an unknown favorite. One of those bands like the amazing Shepherd that suddenly bursts upon the scene out of nowhere…"

Soon we will know… Soon…


So, head on over to the Doom Charts and read up on all those amazing albums!

dinsdag 19 mei 2015

Electric Wizard live at The Roundhouse, London


Electric Wizard live at The Roundhouse, London 
 15th May 2015

In the beginning there was the word and the word was God. He kinda looked around and decided to do some stuff. On the first day he said “Let there be light” and there was light and that was cool. On some other days he did a lot stuff that made the world but on the seventh day he took a rest, got kinda bored and so invented Doom. And lo, he spake unto me and said: "Maim, go ye to that London and observe the mighty force of nature called Electric Wizard.” …. And so I did go to that London and looked for where the legions of the damned gathered, smoking the merry-jew-wanna and soaking strong alcohol and many of the people there did sport beards of plenty with jackets festooned with myriad patches of Satan and I knew I had arrived. Inside the venue I did observe much crowds of sloth and untidiness combined with unkemptness and reckless abandonment of social politeness and lo, I liked what mine eyes beheld. And then, like the prophets foretold, Electric Wizard came on stage and their souls were claimed by the devils imps for the satanic noise could not of come from any of God’s fair creatures. My stomach felt funny as the sheer volume made my bowels move in time to the bass and the drums sounded like the crack of  hell opening up and the guitars roared their defiance to the heavens and the vocals described all manner of atrocities that man has committed and the solos pierced my inner temple of calmness and I wanted to legalise drugs and murder. And it came to pass that I departed the depths of depravity a changed person. I have turned my back on the light and now follow a path of darkness and despair. All hail the Wizard.

(Written by Tony)






Pictures: Tony Maim & Dave Pettit

woensdag 13 mei 2015

The Cover That Could – IV



The Cover That Could – IV

Black Diamond Brigade – Black Diamond

Black Diamond Brigade is a super group in the finest sense of the word. Or should we say was, cause unfortunately the band has only performed live once and have only recorded one song and one video. For it was a super group formed in honor of a Kiss Tribute album. The members were taken from Norwegian metal and punk bands. But also Billy Gould from Faith No More was present. The rest of those Norwegian freaks were vocalist Torgny Amdam from Amulet, Sigurd Wongraven from Satyricon on bass, keys and backup singer. On drums we hear Tarjei Strom from the Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band. But I guess we post this The Cover That Could post in honor of Knut Schreiner of the loved by everyone and praised by even more bands named Euroboys and ofcourse Turbonegro! On the maxi single that was released alongside that tribute album we find two almost identical version of Black Diamond and the video. With so many demigods, Kiss could just as well pack up and go sit in a dark corner somewhere. So all we need to do now is kneel and pray for the return of the Black Diamond Brigade!



Hyperwülff – Volume One: Erion Speaks


Hyperwülff – Volume One: Erion Speaks
Taxi Driver Records – 2015
Rock, Metal, Core, Sludge
Rated: ***

They hail from Bologna, Italy but sound like they were spawned right out of the seventh layer of Hell. It is Hyperwülff and with their first album Volume One: Erion Speaks they truly seem to want to bring forth the coming of true evil. Unholy ruckus and other worldly growls. But as soon as you adjust to their crushing and punishing delivery of riffs, rhythms and howls you suddenly discover the beauty that hides among their blackened and charred musical landscape. Cause there are those moments when the oppressive fog dissipates slightly and a little pseudo celestial light shines on the almost ethereal rhythms and near psychedelic pacing. On those moments you align yourself with Hyperwülff and get ready to be sucked along for the ride to meet that age old Golem or some pre-Adamic spirit. But you will not know if they wish to do you harm until it will be too late. Erion speaks, and his breath is a fiery hot steam that will blister you ears and boil your blood. But that might be the perfect ending or an even better beginning…

(Written by JK)



Quiet Lions – No Illusions


Quiet Lions – No Illusions
Self released – 2015
Pop, Rock
Rated: **

A reasonably decent, but also pretty dull and yawn evoking record - no more, no less.

(Written by C)


dinsdag 12 mei 2015

Drenge – Undertow


Drenge – Undertow
Mad Mark/Infectious – 2015
Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Garage, Stoner
Rated: ****

On their self-titled debut record Drenge was comprised out of the two Loveless brothers but for the sophomore release Undertow they implored the help of bass player Rob Graham. Which immediately steers the sound away from the garage they were labelled as towards a much fuller, warmer and groovier avenue. But that is not all that has changed, for the bleak nature we knew from them has now turned into something warmer, darker and even menacing. They retained their raw edge but started digging around the postpunk, grunge and old seventies era punk and comprised it all into tight and compact rock songs that make you move or move you whether you want to or not. And then there are those songs where they found room to use that freight train cadence that you always hope will never end. It’s rather spooky and almost scary how this music drags you along and has you imagining bopping along an endless watery surface with all kinds of instruments floating around. Could this also be the influence of Ross Orton who co-produced the Arctic Monkeys AM record? Cause there is definitely some AM action going on as well as some influences that definitely reek of Queens of The Stone Age and Kyuss. Perhaps these boys need to visit the Rancho and the Desert as well…

(Written by JK)



Nightslug – Loathe


Nightslug – Loathe
Lost Pilgrims – 2015
Sludge, Punk, Core, Noise, Death
Rated: ****

It flattens the playing field and somehow the entire vista. Almost completely amazing.

(Written by C)



zondag 10 mei 2015

Arenna – Given to Emptiness


Arenna – Given to Emptiness
Self released – 2015
Rock, Stoner, Desert, Doom, Psych
Rated: ****.5

The Spanish five-piece Arenna released their second official full length album with the luscious name Given To Emptiness. Again Arenna captivate you entirely with heavy psychedelic jams, pure desert stonerrock, doom and sometimes even with a folk or pop vibe. Six epic songs to take you on a journey through time and space and an with an acoustic guitar outro to bring you back to earth.
I have known their music since their first live show on Helldorado fest back in June 2005. The 2007 demo with six songs around six minutes each showed us what kind of band is growing here. The 2011 Beats of Olarizu album was a truly brilliant debut. They deserved those five stars on Stoner HiVe and still do. And finally, their new release Given To Emptiness will make it among the big names this year. I am certain of that.

(Written by Doktor420)