Pulse Ultra
Headspace


4.0
excellent

Review

by unflea USER (2 Reviews)
January 25th, 2005 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


I acquired this album entirely by accident, having picked it up at the local record store for less than a dollar. It turned out to be pretty fortunate, as I'd never heard of Pulse Ultra, and the album is surprisingly good. It seems to have been universally ignored or panned by any mainstream critics, but for what it is (a solid, progressive nu-metal album, similar to Mudvayne) it is nearly exceptional.

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Band:
Zo Vizza (vocals)
Jeff Feldman (bass)
Dominic Cifarelli (guitar)
Maxx Zinno (percussion)

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Acceptance (Phase 1) 2:55
A few effected chords open up a rather decent song. It's got some tight double-kick drumming, pleasant vocals, and nice staccato riffing, but it's just not that exceptional.

Finding My Place (Phase 2) 3:47
A mid-paced song, starts off with a stuttering guitar riff before the standard clean verse... the bass and guitar play different bits, as they do for most of the album. Neat little jazz-ish chord progression, a pleasant song, if not an exceptional one. Perhaps could have been about half its length, but it's not torturous.

Put It Off 3:40
Nice vocal variation in this song... the vocalist fits whispering, excellent melodic singing, and a chant in quite well. The lyrics and theme are interesting, as well. I believe the song is about a man ignoring a schizophrenic/paranoiac complex and how it affects his thoughts and self-image. Excellent bridge/interlude, as well.

Big Brother 3:21
A drum intro precedes a bit of guitar riffing before the song launches into a drum-and-bass powered verse. Good verse, good chorus, excellent instrumental bridge. Very nice drumming and basslines.

Never The Culprit 4:06
Brilliant intro, excellent everything. Lyrics seem to gleefully highlight the human tendency to blame others and victimize ourselves, while the bass, drums and guitar provide an enchanting, melodic backdrop. Lovely chorus: "We're never the culprit... we're always the victims." Definitely a highlight of the album.

Slip In Sin 5:02
A very, very Tool-ish intro... volume-faded, effected guitar that is intensly remniscent of Adam Jones, and a Chancellor-ish bassline to accompany it. It's an excellent song, perhaps more of a tributary measure towards Tool than a ripoff. It's heavy, melodic, overall excellent.

Prelude 1:10
Exactly what one would expect from a track entitled 'Prelude.' Well, maybe not exactly -- you don't expect a well-executed piano solo amidst a nu-metal album, do you? It's quite a nice piano bit, regardless, and it seems vaguely appropriate.

Void 4:01
This song is quite enjoyable to me, with the typical songwriting (bass/guitar countermelodies, quality drumming) and thoughtful, if simple lyrics. Nothing exceptional, just solid.

Build Your Cages 3:54
Another little acoustic/clean intro, then a rather groovy little riff. I really like the vocal delivery and lyrics on this track, they're quite above the stereotypical nu-metal ***e. There's also a lovely breakdown midway through, with a nice (if short) display of prowess on the drummer's part.

Tired 3:24
Nice chord progression in the intro -- deviates from the standard power chords, and carries a vaguely gleeful, hopeful sound, despite the melancholy tone of the song. Excellent bass work, quality drumming as usual -- and a kickass interlude. The lyrics are quite nice, as well.

Interlude 1:23
A lovely interlude, somehow reminds me of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Pretty Little Ditty. The bass leads the song with a sweet tapping figure, the drums simply keep an infectious, enjoyable rhythm (throwing in some triplets) while the guitar accents the melody quite nicely. I like it lots.

Look Closer 3:52
Typical Pulse Ultra awesomeness as far as songwriting goes... you guys should know the drill by now. The excellent lyrical bent of this album should be emphasized, though... while Za doesn't employ particularly obtuse phrasing or terms that will have you scrambling for a dictionary, he does keep a thoroughly positive attitude throughout the songs. Not nauseatingly happy, but not angst-dripping self-pitying nihilism, either. This song would be an excellent example of the lyrical quality.

Glass Door 3:38
Faster-paced than the rest of the songs, features some odd vocal effects that are just slightly annoying, but the kickass interlude, excellent musicianship, and odd rhythm (possibly suggestive of a deviant time signature) make it interesting nonetheless.

Despot 4:49
Another personal favorite, begins simply with some arpeggiated chords and vocals, then seamlessly progresses into a spiralling verse, onward into a thoughtful, heavy chorus -- an excellent way to close off the album.

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Highlights:
Interlude
Build Your Cages
Never The Culprit
Despot

High points:
Double-kick drumming!
Excellent basslines that almost always deviate from the guitar.
Thoughtful lyrics that avoid stereotypical nu-metal whinging, delivered by a very solid vocalist.
A few rather progressive moments, with odd time signatures and instrumental interludes quite frequently.

Low points:
A few songs are a bit too long, or simply not exceptional.

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If anyone's interested in the music, I'm sharing the album under the slsk username "uglymonkey".


user ratings (57)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
cbmartinez
January 25th 2005


2525 Comments


I really love "Acceptance (Phase I)." I never got around to buying the album though.

BuddyBigsby
January 25th 2005


531 Comments


These guys actually aren't bad.

Undead
February 12th 2007


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band was real talented. Unfortunately they broke up. It was mutual- no one bought their album.

Some bands make it big and some don't, even if they deserve it.

Getdafuggout
March 23rd 2007


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They definitely did deserve it, I first got this album about three years ago, when I was fairly new to the heavier side of music, and I've respected them ever since. Sad to hear they broke up, hopefully they're in other projects now and don't just fall off the Earth entirely.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 22nd 2007


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too bad this band sounds nothing like mudvayne.

72haha72
November 20th 2007


437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy sh!t, it's been a LOOOONG while since I don't listen to this album, and honestly it's excellent, I would recommend it to anyone who once heard nu metal, you can easily notice how it is superior techincally and sonically to most nu metal albums you've heard, I can't believe how underrated this album is, you all should dig it!

soul27
December 28th 2007


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw this review on another site a long time ago...dunno who stole it from who but meh. Good album though!

VicariousIntent
February 7th 2008


1594 Comments


I've heard a few previews. I want it. I really want it. I must find it :P

Wizard
February 7th 2008


19505 Comments


This was an ok nu-metal album. Had a few good riffs here and there from what I remember.

Some bands make it big and some don't, even if they deserve it.

The ones that deserve it always end up with low record sales unfortunately.


Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

demo321
May 15th 2008


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is amazingly super surprisingly good (great use of vocab i know). i can't believe i found this out of all the places i've searched for good music. ive been looking for this type of sound for a loooonnngg time.

Peridon
May 15th 2008


17 Comments


I love this album, but was almost entirely turned off by the band at first. I first heard "Big Brother" when the band was called Headspace, and hated it. Years later, my friend let me borrow Pulse Ultra's CD and it became one of my favorites. The singer, Zo, is or was in a band called Receptor, if anyone is interested.

SylentEcho
July 10th 2008


1573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoyed this album. They have talent.

ShadowRemains
May 20th 2010


21042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

Apollo
July 22nd 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am going to write this a proper review for my 5th.

awhiteguy
October 15th 2010


1476 Comments


Yeah, still hasn't happened.

Apollo
October 15th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol I'll try for my 11th



awhiteguy
October 15th 2010


1476 Comments


Lol, album is ridiculously good. It's probably the only "nu-metal" album that is still on constant rotation.

random
January 29th 2011


2267 Comments


I remember Build Your Cages.

nickg42084
September 14th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know why these guys are considered NuMetal I would consider them alt rock/ or progressive. Either way these guys are excellent and Slip in Sin is a great song.

osmark86
February 22nd 2013


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jammed this a ton back in the day. always felt it deserved way more attention than it ever received.

Digging: Falls of Rauros - Believe in No Coming Shore



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