Friday, May 17, 2024

Third Massachusetts Band To Kill It This Year





BLACK PYRAMID: 
THE PATHS OF TIME ARE VAST
Sundrifter, Leather Lung, and now Black Pyramid make three Massachusetts bands to put out albums that rank among the year's best.  

This tune sets the backdrop for the remainder of the album 
Did you, like me, get your hopes up when you heard there's new Black Pyramid album, but worry that after all this time the music might not be as good?  

If so, I can tell you that as soon as you play the opening track, you'll be starting to realize that you just bought the best Black Pyramid album there is.
Black Pyramid are:

Andy Beresky – guitar, vocals, keyboards, effects
Eric Beaudry – bass, effects, vocals
Andy Kivela – drums, percussion, keyboards, effects, vocals


Saturday, May 11, 2024

DOOM BLANKET BINGO


This came out last year, but I'm just stumbling upon it.

BOG MONKEY: HOLLOW

Bog Monkey are from Atlanta.  They are different and VERY heavy.  I'd like to add that the drum player is a boss.  (Don't you think this tune has a bit of a beach blanket bingo vibe, but in a doomy style?)
"Facemint" is my early favorite, and did I mention that the drum player is bad-ass?


As far as I can tell, Bog Monkey are:

Zach(right): Guitar & Vocals
Joji(left): Bass
Doug(center): Drums

By the way, the album art is dope; it would make for a really cool black-light poster.



Saturday, May 4, 2024

2024 Top Third Highlights

 STONER ROCK: JAN 2024 - APRIL 2024

A shamelessly long playlist full of cool music that's come out in the top third of 2024. The last three tunes would make a great playlist by themselves I think.

These bands are from:

Belgium
England
Italy
Japan
Switzerland
United States




Saturday, April 27, 2024

MELVINS

TARANTULA HEART 


Nothing else needs to be said except "Opening Track":

This one has an early Fishbone vibe; anyone else agree?


Instant Melvins classic album.  


Go forth and rock!







Friday, March 29, 2024

NEW MANCHU

Coming in June..


FU MANCHU: THE RETURN OF TOMORROW



The legendary Fu Manchu are:

Scott Hill: Guitar, Vocals
Bob Balch: Guitar
Brad Davis: Bass, Vocals
Scott Reeder: Drums, Vocals


You can pre-order the Double LP vinyl or the CD here.

Also, as you may know I've been posting the stoner rock playlists I used to have on Playmoss onto my YouTube page.  You can check out Stoner Rock 15, recently recreated and uploaded here.

Over and out
-ULTRA




Friday, March 22, 2024

Ever-Changing Horizon

 COMING SOON


UFOMAMMUT: HIDDEN



If Italy starts a Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, Ufomammut should be day 1 inductees.  If you like slow, heavy, skull-crushing doom, this is your band.  Actually "doom" isn't really the right word, but it at least gets you sniffing in the right direction.

Quoted from ufomammut.com,:

VERY IMPORTANT:
UFOMAMMUT= UFO: U(nidentified) F(lying) O(bject) – MAMMUT: italian for mammoth
“UFOMAMMUT” should be pronounced in the italian way, sounding like “oofomammoot”…

Ufomammut are:



Poia – Guitars and Fxs
Urlo – Bass, Vocals, Fxs and Synths
Levre – Drums & Fxs
Ciccio – Soundlord

"Hidden" will be released on May 17







MELVINS: TARANTULA HEART

On the theme of Rock Hall of Fames, if we started a Rock Hall of Fame where you actually have to play rock music to get in, Melvins have to be in it.  Name the style of rock, and Melvins can do it as well as anyone else.  

You should already know, but Melvins are:



Buzz Osborne – guitar
Dale Crover – drums

"Tarantula Heart" will be released on April 19th.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

BIZARRE COLLECTION

 



Here is an absolutely psychotic mix of new music I'd like to recommend.


First:


BLASTING ROD: OF WILD HAZEL


Japan's Blasting Rod is a truly unique and creative group of musicians who write and play whatever strikes their fancy.  Every tune takes you down a different musical avenue, often making you ask "Where am I?  What just happened?" when you get to the end of it.

So far, this is my favorite track from this album:

Another favorite is "Oh, Emma, Burn It Down".  It starts with the feeling you're listening to a cool rock band in a bar somewhere in the Western US and finishes with you being chased by a monster yelling in Japanese.  I love the trippy atmosphere of "Where Today Begins And Yesterday Ends/Star King" and dig the punk feel of "Sin City Blues".
If you're in the mood for something cool and different, check out this gem here or here

Blasting Rod are:


S. Shah: Guitar/Voice/Percussion/Synthesizer
Yoshihiro Yasui: Bass Guitar/Guitar/Percussion
Chihiro: Drums/Percussion



Second:


SCRAPE: SHAKE THE NATION

When I bought Gnome's King album, I got on the mailing list for Polderrecords, and have learned that there are tons of great rock bands in Belgium.  One of them is Scrape.

Scrape manages to simultaneously pay tribute to punk and nineties metal.  

I like all five tracks a lot, but this is my current favorite:

"Shake The Nation" is an EP worthy of your attention, and you can check it out here.

Scrape is:


Wouter Vandaele - Vocals & Guitars
Sebastiaan Hoet - Guitars
Jens Vanhee - Bass
Stijn Decoene - Drums





Third:


FROGLORD: LIVE BY THE FUZZ OR DIE BY THE SLIME

England's Froglord produced one of my top five favorite albums of 2023, and are already back with a top-rate EP.  I obviously love this band.

Froglord are:

Too mysterious to have their names findable online, but here's a pic:

Check out the other two tunes here.



Fourth:


MR. BISON: ECHOES FROM THE UNIVERSE

Italy's Mr. Bison have really turned a corner and stepped up their songwriting game.  On this album I hear traits of the bands Motorpsycho, Elder and King Buffalo.

I posted the pre-released track "The Child Of The Night Sky" back in November, but the complete album is finally out and I wanted to share this gem of a tune:

Mr. Bison are:

Matteo Barsacchi: Guitar/Synth/Bass
Matteo Sciocchetto: Guitar/Vocals/Bass
Lorenzo Salvadori: Drums
Davide Salvadori: Acoustic Guitar/Synth/Hammond/Mellotron/Bass

Check out this epic album here.



Fifth:


MONKEY3: WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

Back in 2016 I referred to Switzerland's Monkey3 as the Pink Floyd of stoner rock, and now they've chosen a Pink Floyd-related title for their newest album.  If you are unfamiliar with this veteran band, I think you'll understand the Pink Floyd analogy when you hear this:
Monkey3 are:

Walter: Drums
Jalil: Bass
Boris: Guitar
dB: Keyboards/Sounds/Acoustic Guitar

Check out the four other instant classic tracks here.

I hope I've given you enough to explore to make up for the long delay since my last post.
I'm out for now; Stay heavy!
-ULTRA