"Ultraspank" (Epic; 1998)ultraspank.jpg (9130 bytes)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

According to their press release, Ultraspank "began making less metal and more groove-oriented" rock in late 1995. That's too bad. Because their self-titled debut on Epic Records would've played better as a pure metal record. Instead, it's yet another in the seemingly never-ending parade of groove-oriented metal bands that sound almost exactly the same.

It's not that Ultraspank is without their uniqueness. Vocalist Murray often slips from a growling roar into a smooth voice and the songs are slightly more accessible than most groove bands'. And some of the songs do stick in your head, especially "5" and "Butter." But there's just not enough freshness here to make Ultraspank stand out in a field that's overcrowded already.

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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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