Ultraspank - _Ultraspank_
(Epic / Immortal, 1998)
by: Jody Webb (8 out of 10)
This disc is my vote for debut of 1998, and though we have three months to go, I don't expect to be swayed. This stuff can get my head nodding even five months after its release. Ultraspank mixes guitars and a drumkit with some synthesized sounds and programmed drums. They focus on making tracks you can dance to, and we're talking either moshing or breakdancing, though it's not so hip hop or groove oriented as the new Korn disc or Limp Bizkit, nor is it so brutal as Napalm Death or Slayer. The vocalist can croon a haunting note, which he does to good effect in some places, and this can sound similar to Tool's Maynard James Keenan. Yet there is no shortage of the barking that heavy music fans have come to expect. For some head bobbing fun, try "5" or "Butter"; to fire up the pit, try "Slip" or "Fired"; and for simple listening pleasure, try "Suck".

(article published 1/10/1998)

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