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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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one of the best bands to come out in a long time. it was a short-lived affair, with progress being the best of their 2 albums. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Mark T. Prather
Great album!, a very tasteful balance between melody and screaming. I hate pointless screaming throughout the entire song, this is not the case with this album. Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by eightysicks86
unbelievably good! this is one of those albums where you wish there was a sixth star option.
if you're familiar with ultraspank's first album you probably own it in... Read more
Now I enjoy Ultraspank a lot. Let's just face the facts though; their new one is by far better than their first one. Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by Nolan Lewis
ultraspank,when they were in session,were fronted by pete murray,now the lead singer for lo pro, and a phenomenal singer and screamer. Read morePublished on December 31, 2004 by J. Moscatello
I bought this CD used, at a now defunct record store after listening to the 1st song. I figured WTH, it was only $5. Read morePublished on October 22, 2004 by Five-6-Kilo
Well, I loved ultraspank. It was awesome and mainly unuiqe. When progress came out I was listening to it and The guitar remained awesome but this album has little singing. Read morePublished on September 19, 2004 by Tia Night
When I first picked up this CD in the summer of 2000 I wasn't expecting anything too special. I had heard "Crumble" on a music station and I was impressed, so being someone always... Read morePublished on May 18, 2003 by Texacaliago