The Armed   Ultrapop
3.7
great
Release Date: 2021
Tracklist

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3.5 greatMathias CONTRIBUTOR | April 16th 21

I had never heard of this band four hours ago, but have now read like 20 articles about them and I think they're my new favorite band. I should probably listen to their music at some point too.

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4.0 excellentEmo | April 17th 21

"Untitled had some incredible moments. At this point, I could see the band revealing that rtheir rpast two albumsrwere just a joke mocking the way people can fall for any rexperimental bullshit rthey concoct as long as they justrhave the agency to follow through rwith it. Its unlikely, but rthats my hope, because it sounds like confused horsernoises. rpast two albums"

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4.0 excellentXenophanes EMERITUS | April 16th 21

“Untitled had some incredible moments. At this point, I could see the band revealing that rtheir past two albums
were just a joke mocking the way people can fall for any rexperimental bullshit they concoct as long as they just
have the agency to follow through rwith it. Its unlikely, but thats my hope, because it sounds like confused horse
noises. rpast two albums”


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4.5 superbNewBallistics | April 14th 21

They (I'm still not 100% who is in this band) are back! If you had issues with the flat mix of their second album, I think you'll like this one a bit more. The same frantic post-hardcore instrumentation with layers and layers of dense distortion and electronic oscillation return. Some areas like production upgrades to vocal arrangement and more "cleanly" sung passages make this album a bit of a departure in terms of the core sound on tracks like 'Average Death'. This didn't bother me though. It's not the same jump from Untitled to Only Love, but I feel comfortable calling this more of a OLv2.0.

Favorite song on here so far is Faith In Medication. There's a sick breakdown/noise melody with some brass instruments towards the end of the song that really make my tum-tum happy. REFRACT


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1.5 very poorMegaResurrectedJake4 | April 16th 21

Untitled had some incredible moments. At this point, I could see the band revealing that
their past two albums were just a joke mocking the way people can fall for any
experimental bullshit they concoct as long as they just have the agency to follow through
with it. Its unlikely, but thats my hope, because it sounds like confused horse noises.
past two albums


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4.5 superbEdgarAllenBro | April 16th 21

when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Get huge, feel love, eschew form, no one will
believe you if you don't believe yourself. Self help? fuck that. just joy. GO, RUN FAST NOW


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4.0 excellentGillie | April 18th 21

Untitled had some incredible moments. At this point, I could see the band revealing thatrtheir past two albums were just a joke mocking the way people can fall for anyrexperimental bullshit they concoct as long as they just have the agency to follow throughrwith it. Its unlikely, but thats my hope, because it sounds like confused horse noises. past two albums

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2.0 poorTheManMachine | May 4th 21

why does this sound so shitty

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5.0 classicChessknot | April 22nd 21

He beckoned to the still machination. Weighted Silence, terrifier of calm, present in your pose. Beg be accepting, as we here fold earth to sky. Bring and allow tremor to kind. REFRACT.

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3.5 greatFuneralFlowers | April 20th 21

They're up to some interesting stuff. It's a perfect driving to work album if you feel me.

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5.0 classicFurtherDown | April 16th 21

I recently bumped Only Love to 5 so I have no choice here. The hype is real. It should be illegal to release albums as good as this.

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4.5 superbJamdbz | April 16th 21

R E F R A C T

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4.5 superbBiscuitKnees | April 16th 21

Sounds like a continuation of Only Love but with improved production and a tighter focus. It's chaotic and heavy, and yet somehow still catchy. Starting this off with a 4.5 and see how it sticks!

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5.0 classicSlex | April 16th 21

Willing to bet the pitiable amount of money I have in this world that this is going to be looked back on as a landmark album in all spheres of heavy music

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4.0 excellentNoSons | April 16th 21

This is such a deep, unnerving release that somehow sounds like a life changing meteor shower.

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4.0 excellentShoutbox me for a free sexy sloth picture | April 16th 21

Noisy, messy, catchy, instrumentally brilliant, and fucking crazy. Love it!

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4.5 superbcloakanddagger | April 15th 21

So is every album cover another reveal of who's in the band or?

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4.0 excellentThe Aspie Fantastie | May 4th 21

This is some of the most difficult to stomach and abrasive production of the year. Not really due to its heaviness, but the fact that it is just a mess. I guess it works, because I enjoyed it in the end, but jesus if they will only be accelerating their fuzz levels in the future, we'll see the day they turn into just straight harsh noise wall act.

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3.5 greatajcollins15 | April 21st 21

Where to even begin with this record. I have had to listen to this over and over again just to get a grasp on what I feel about it and I have concluded that it is a great listen from front to back, however, the production leaves me scratching my head. For example, the intro track ?Ultrapop? is a grand and explosive way to introduce the record, however, it sticks out like a sore thumb to the rest of the record because it is the only real noise pop/synthpop song on the record. From there ?All Futures? is a post-hardcore and art punk rager with a nice balance between noise and cohesiveness. While on ?Real Folk Blues? all the instruments are so compressed there is no breathing room for anything and half the times the vocals are so overtaken by the walling guitar it can be annoying. Still the post-hardcore and math rock bangers of ?An Iteration?, ?Average Death?, and ?Faith in Medication? really bring life to this record.

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3.5 greatErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | April 20th 21

Ok I had never hard of them, but this glubiboulga of noise, hardcore and pop works to give you tinnitus as well as chills, even if their melodies are buried under 10 tons of nasty distortion. I did find the production to be a tad to muffled to my taste tho (salut Kurt). 3.7

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3.5 greatLeisureMuffin | April 16th 21

I love Kurt Ballou, but why are all The Armed mixes so unintelligible? I understand the whole "wall of sound" thing, but this album is painful to listen to. It's a shame, because it sounds like there's interesting music under there

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4.0 excellentdawija1017 | April 16th 21

For everyone wondering who the band members are, they have revealed themselves with this album. They're in the music videos and you can see all 8 of them on their Facebook

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