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Progress

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Ultraspank ~ Progress

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Despite boasting an appellation better suited to a top-shelf flagellation magazine than an ear-scorching rock crew, the Los Angeles quintet Ultraspank pummel away with uncompromising metal belligerence. Their sophomore effort after changing their name from Indica in 1996 is a quantum leap forward from their eponymous 1998 debut. Leather-lunged vocalist Pete Murray careens from harmonic restraint to full-tilt throat abuse on the devastating "Crack." Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore joins the throng on "Stuck," which also benefits from the contributions of former Ozzy Osbourne knob-twiddler Peter Collins. Ultimately, Ultraspank relies on all-conquering force to steamroller listeners into abject submission. --Ian Fortnam

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Push
  2. Crumble
  3. Stuck
  4. Feed
  5. Smile
  6. Click
  7. Jackass
  8. Crack
  9. Invite Yourself In
  10. Thanks
  11. Left
  12. Where


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004TH85
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ultraspank is by far one of the more talented bands out there today. And here on their sophomore effort they do what all good bands should do, they mature and evolve into something better while not corrupting their own music.
The music itself features more of that distinct Ultraspank sound which has a kind of metallic edge to it. The drums are fierce and incredibly tight, heavily accented by the bass and programming. The programming, when not accompanying the drums, are utilized in many different fashions, more prevalent on some songs than others, either as a backdrop or as an intro to a song, or just as interludes that adds depth. The guitar seems to be the only weak spot, practically drowned out by the rest of the music though at spots it has it moments displaying the talent and originality that is there. All together just a melting pot of that techno/industrial sound, not really high energy but more of an alternative flow on the heavy side. Extremely good.
The vocals are just plain incredible. Pete Murray has an extremely beautiful voice that he utilizes to the fullest on several songs and can seamlessly switch to his other side, showcasing his dark, edgy, metallic voice which just complements the music so well. The backing vocals are simply that, coming on at the appropriate times and adding depth to the songs. Lyrically, kind of simple, yet not childish at all and on this cd Pete has a more distinct singing style that he indulges in. Not as much experimentation with the vocals as there could have been but still one of the strong points of the band.
The best songs on the cd are "Push", "Smile", "Left", and "Where" which are tempo-laden songs with beautiful melodic choruses that truly display this bands growth.
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By Andy on September 16, 2000
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Few bands come such a long way in such a short amount of time as Ultraspank have on their sophomore effort, "Progress." Though their debut went by mostly unnoticed, "Progress" is bound to turn a few more heads this time around. No, it's not just the bizarre album cover, but the music that will get the most attention. Focused on better melodies, better productions and just flat-out better EVERYTHING, Ultraspank somehow top an already impressive debut. Key moments include the ultra-intense intro track, "Push," which comes out sounding like an industrial influenced Staind, while "Crumbled" finds frontman Peter Murray howling in an almost Tom Araya-like fashion. There aren't too many hard rock or heavy metal bands that can pull off so many dynamics so effortlessly. Ultraspank's "Progress" means progression for the group as well as the heavy music scene as a whole. Keep your ear out for this one.
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When I search for new music, one of the sure-fire attributes that draws me into a band is a dichotomy or juxtaposition of styles. I like bands that have more than one speed. I like singers who can belt out a blood-curdling scream and sing just as well. I especially like bands that write songs where the structure reflects the human condition. In short, I like music that contains (and therefore evokes) more than one emotion.

I like Ultraspank.

With this their sophomore effort Ultraspank achieved what I consider to be a perfect mix of solid hard rock and electronic/industrial. There are a couple of songs on this album that could work just as well in a trendy dance club as they would (and did) at a metal show.

The key here is Pete Murray's vocal ability. To be quite frank, the guy is unparalleled (check out Lo-Pro to see more of his softer singing side). He can scream low, he can scream high, he can sing, he can harmonize, and he can write a hell of a hook. On top of it all, he has a very unique delivery and an extremely smooth voice. A lot of the time it sounds like he's simply talking over the music. Don't be fooled; what he's doing is very difficult and takes tremendous vocal control. "Click" is an excellent example.

The rest of the band certainly aren't anything to take for granted. Simple but effective drumming, knife-sharp and dynamic guitar work, and solid grooves laid down by the bass all make this release what it is: an excellent musical journey through territory that hadn't really been approached.

The mood of the album is another striking aspect of this release.
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There are very few bands that I have ever heard that have improved this much on their second cd. Ultraspank had one hell of a sound before, definetly one of the most original sounds I had ever heard, but this just makes their debut look like nothing. They have taken all of the elements that made the first cd so great and multiplied it by 10, bringing their sound to a whole new level. I don't even know how to describe Ultraspank's music, because it brings so many different elements into it. It's definetly rooted in metal, but they bring an industrial type sound into it, some hip-hop, alternative, all different things, but where most bands go from the rap part, to the metal part, to the alternative part, and don't just settle into one sound, Ultraspank melds it all into one distinct sound. Pete Murray has improved greatly from the first cd to this one. His voice has reached new heights, the melodic parts sounding just amazing and the heavy screaming parts being just as good as any of the top voices in metal. The rest of the band has made an equal transition, and the addition of Fed, the new drummer, has made things even better than they already were. I highly recommend this to anyone, not just fans of heavy music, or industrial, or anything, because everyone needs to hear Ultraspank, a band we should be thanking our lucky stars we have.
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