Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Apr 16, 2021
    86
    What’s most impressive about ULTRAPOP is not necessarily the killer riffs, the pummeling rhythms or the plentiful melodies, though all of those are consistently thrilling. What’s most impressive is the way this band brings together different, disparate styles in a way that sounds seamless and natural and new, even if others have done it before.
  2. Apr 16, 2021
    82
    It doesn’t hurt that their newfound transparency makes the music feel refreshingly human and relatable. Gains-obsessed beefcakes prodding the tropes and social expectations of heavy music by making an extremely heavy album is the Armed doing what the Armed do best—leading with their performative instincts.
  3. 80
    This definitely isn't for everyone, and the production and mixing is particularly un-inviting this time around. ... But the sheer tunefulness in the songs beneath it all is actually incredibly heartwarming, and something that deserves as much attention from the adventurous indie listener as it currently gets from the rock and metal gatekeeping elite.
  4. Apr 16, 2021
    80
    That’s not say it’s unlistenable, far from it. In fact, it’s addictive to see where the record goes next. While most hardcore bands are adamant about getting heavier, The Armed are going poppier and, ultimately, weirder, often in the space of one verse. ... Sure, it’s not something you’re going to dip in and out of on a whim, but when you’re in, you won’t want to leave.
  5. Apr 16, 2021
    71
    This music is fast and hard, but there are fewer risks than it might at first seem. Those hoping for the band to push themselves in a new direction are going to be slightly disappointed, while those who have vibed with this collective since day one will likely appreciate ULTRAPOP for what it is – another album by The Armed.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 16, 2021
    10
    This is pop music, and it's sensational. There is no way to not enjoy this.
  2. Apr 17, 2021
    10
    Without a doubt the best release of 2021 so far, what an experience. A true new experience and eye-opener for listeners and lovers of heavyWithout a doubt the best release of 2021 so far, what an experience. A true new experience and eye-opener for listeners and lovers of heavy music. The 3rd full-lenght album is a true evolution of their sound and boy ohhh boy, they nailed it on this one... Not to miss. Kurt Ballou is again the executive producer behind this thing of course. Absolute masterpiece and already an essential lp for modern heavy music. It's pop, it's hardcore, it's mathy, catchy, noisy, evil, happy... It's the Armed,.. in all it's glory. Refract and only love. Full Review »
  3. Apr 17, 2021
    10
    absolutely essential listening for any fan of "heavy" music. this behemoth encrusts its pop-punk and math-metal progenitors in an intoxicatingabsolutely essential listening for any fan of "heavy" music. this behemoth encrusts its pop-punk and math-metal progenitors in an intoxicating neon pink, bubblegum glow. utterly original. the most surprising accomplishment I've encountered in years. Full Review »