We’re All Nerds Episode Two: Ultramantis Black

“Great and devious!”

Welcome to the second installment of WE’RE ALL NERDS! Hey, anybody can ask bands about cool band stuff, but leave it to us to make them geek out about real grimy nerd shit, how their unique eccentricities got them where they are and the way it’s shaped their current artistic worldview.

As a Chikara mainstay and Relapse Records signee, you don’t get much more Philadelphia when it comes to super cool motherfuckers than Ultramantis Black, making him hands down my current favorite local celebrity (eat glass, Will Smith!). Now this is a story all about how Mantis’ life got flip turned upside down by cereal (Crünchy Stars, the most metal of all cereal) , 70’s TV and 80’s hardcore.

In all seriousness though, I’ve been a huge fan of UMB both in the ring and on wax for years and it was an honor to meet him, have him absolutely kill it headlining our first show, and be such a good sport for this interview. Salutations, oh great and devious one!



Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.
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