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Ultraspank

Ultraspank

1998

Groove-laden industrial-metal with emphasis on the groove…half good, half dull…not particularly compelling for the most part, but they got better on their 2nd/final album.

7.5

Progress

Ultraspank

2000

There was a time (when I was 17 or 18) that this was easily one of my Top 10 favorite albums of all-time...now it's probably not even in the  Top 200.  It's essentially a Nu-Metal album, but I really identified with the concept of the album and the overall sound.  I wanted alternative-metal to progress (no pun intended), and this is what progress in alternative-metal sounded like to me at the time.  In hindsight, it just sounds like a pretty good Nu-Metal album, which isn't saying much.  It's got some good melodies amidst the industrial influenced metallic groove.  I particularly enjoyed the groove this album has to offer, and it actually has some pretty memorable, affecting songs here and there they actually convey a sense of depth to them.  There's also a few good grinders/thrashers as well, so the album is pretty much equally divided up between ragers and more melodic numbers.  Nu-Metal is a tainted genre, and 90% of it was either mediocre or pretty pathetic, but this album belongs in the 10% that was actually pretty good.  I'd even go so far as to say this is probably one of the best Nu-Metal albums of all-time...for what that's worth.

8.2

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