Saturday, April 18, 2015


THE BLACK RAINBOWS: Hawkdope

 The Black Rainbows know fuzz!  One of the highest quality rock bands out there, Rome’s own Black Rainbows have given us a classic, Hawkdope.  They have the type of sound that was meant to be listened to from the driver’s seat of a 1970’s Olds 442.  I liken Black Rainbows a bit to Fu Manchu, in that they consistently put out great rock albums that seem laid-back and straightforward at first listen but impress you more and more with each replay.  The first album I ever bought from these guys was “Carmina Diabola”, and I have been hooked ever since.  While I suspect the title “Hawkdope” was meant to imply that the new album’s tunes contain Hawkwind style spaced-out jams, I suspect I will play Hawkdope more times than I will play any Hawkwind albums I own. I consider Gabriele Fiore a rock guitar god.  Here is “The Prophet” from the new album.  

Here is where you can buy Hawkdope: https://blackrainbows.bandcamp.com/. 

The Black Rainbows are:

Dario Iocca  bass

Alberto Croce  drums

Gabriele Fiori  guitar, vocals


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Art in Music

Most folks will know me from my love of heavy metal but I'm also just as much into art. I've been artist for as long as I could walk and talk. Today we're implementing an artist gallery section. I'll be including some of my own art as well as some really incredibly talented artist friends work in the coming weeks. I think it'll be nice switch up from just posting random videos and reviewing cds. If you're an artist or know someone that should be featured, drop me a line.

Here's a recent piece I created for a coworker who's planning on having it signed by the man himself Michael Schenker.
-grownman



Monday, April 13, 2015

LOTD! Hellyeah


Here's the premiere of the latest Hellyeah video. I know, I know, people like to bash the band but I really did enjoy quite a few songs off their latest release. Check out the video.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


MISSISSIPPI BONES: Songs For The Rejects, Slackers and Rabble-Rousers

2015 is proving to be a great year for ass-kicking albums, and here’s a great example.  This Ohio band put out their first (self-titled) album in 2010.  I got turned on to it by Robyn  (aka "Stonerobixxx) and have been a fan ever since.  Mississippi Bones plays a Southern-style, high-energy, up-tempo hard rock.  Every tune on each of their first two albums is great, and this third album does not disappoint.  If you like guitar-oriented hard rock that continuously transitions from one great riff to another, Mississippi Bones is a band you need to check out.  These guys are no amateurs; listen for yourself:  Here’s “Nobody’s Witnesses”, one of my favorites from the new album.



Finally, here is one of my favorites from the first album:  The lead-off track is called “Sasquatch Paparazzi”



Mississippi Bones is:
Dusty Donley – Guitars
Jared Collins – Vocals
Derik “The Moustache” Dunson – Guitars
Jason Rector – Bass
Jason Miller – Drums
Heather “Baby Swiss Pissy Sheets” Collins – Backing Vocals


Got another instant classic to review next weekend.  Until then!              -ULTRA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Go Fund Me established for Wife of Mushroomhead's Lead singer.

Please take the time to check out the Go Fund Me page established for Stacy Hatrix. She is the wife of Mushroomhead lead singer Jeffrey Nothing aka Jeffrey Hatrix. She was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. This news hits close to home as my own cousin passed away just a few years ago after receiving this diagnosis. Please check out and share the site. Anything that can be donated would be appreciated.
Stacy Hatrix Gofund Me

Thursday, April 9, 2015

LOTD! Armored Saint!!!!!

Album artwork for new Armored Saint Album "Win Hands Down"
 HAIL the Saint!!!!! Yes, finally new material from the upcoming Armored Saint album "Win Hands Down". I've been definitely jonesin' for some new John Bush vocals and this is a nice taste of what's to come.