"Headspace" (Atlantic; 2002)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

A chance meeting with Taproot helped Montreal's Pulse Ultra score a record deal. With the Deftones and Limp Bizkit as influences, this band set out to create a sound that stomps all over the place. The vocals are strong with great backup. The guitars peel in some parts, steam just under the surface and then explode.

The singer, Zo, can sound like Gavin Rossdale and the band can sound like Tool and Incubus. There are some familiar sounds here but it's Pulse Ultra that are trying to put Montreal on the map for heavier music even though Montreal is more of a rave kind of city.

"Headspace" has enough stones to bring out the guitar, vocals and pounding drums but after, listening too much, it starts to fade away into the background. It sounds manufactured but still manages to sound tough.

The best head bangers here are "Put It Off," "Big Brother," "Never The Culprit," and "Build Your Cages."

Pulsa Ultra: Zo Vizza - vocals; Dominic Cifarelli - guitar; Jeff Feldman - bass; Maxx Zinno - drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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