I think that I should give it a 4.5 out of 5 in all honosty, but since you can only give a 4 or 5 i’d have to lean more towards the 5. It’s an awesome cd with influences from Powerman 5000 in most songs, also Alice In Chains, and Revolution Man even sounds like a Metallica hit. It’s all got a very real sound, hard and loud, but you can still distinguish every beat in every instrument and the vocals are a lot more solid. The lyrics are drug-induced and violent, what else is expected from a heavy metal album? Songs like The Friend Song and Trip With Jesus have a fast pounding beat to them. Everything on this album is amazing. Pick it up quick.
Union Underground’s debut album is a bit of a mixed bag. Though they come from the industrial end of heavy metal, they’re at their best when they incorporate the back-to-basics Southern grind of Monster Magnet and White Zombie on excellent tracks such as ”Turn Me on ’Mr. Deadman’” and ”South Texas Deathride.” The amped-up spirit of grunge-rockers Alice in Chains loom large over ”Killing the Fly” and ”Revolution Man.” Unfortunately, ”Until You Crack” is fairly predictable, while ”Trip” boasts ridiculous lyrics (”I’m a junkie / God is gay”). –Robert Burrow
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To start it off, yes at times they sound like PM5k(not a good thing) and at times they do sound like Godsmack(not a bad thing), but to be honest Union Underground has sort of a sound of its own. My favorite track on this cd has to be South Texas Deathride with Revolution Man coming next. Not saying that the rest of the cd doesn’t hold up, but those 2 tracks there are enough reason alone to buy this cd. Definitely worth the money and I’d recommend this to any fan of metal or hard rock. Welcome to stardom Union Underground…
I must admit that I was a little hesitant to pick this up after hearing “Turn me on, Mr. Deadman,” which is a great song, but sounds, note-for-note, almost exactly like PM5K. But hey, with such a discounted price tag, I figured what the hell, I’ll give it a shot.I fully expected to be disappointed, but I was absolutely floored by the rest of the album!! Very few of the other songs sound anything like PM5K. There is definitely a heavier Alice In Chains vibe throughout, especially on the choruses and some of the obvious influences range from Pantera to Disturbed (my other pick for best debut album of 2000).THE album highlight for me is “South Texas Death Ride.” (ya motherf*&k!!) – a great song to crank up while sitting at a stoplight next to a family of four returning from church… “Natural High,” “Killing the Fly,” “Trip with Jesus,” and especially “Bitter” all have huge mainstream rock radio potential with killer power chords and some of the catchiest vocals I’ve heard in recent years.Granted, the overall sound is a lot like a conglomeration of numerous already popular alternative metal bands (a record company’s wet dream and probably the only reason they got signed to a major US label), but these guys do it far better than many of the bands that have influenced their sound and the substandard “filler material” you generally find is virtually non-existent here. I would easily put this on my list of the top 5 releases of 2000! If you like to rock and rock hard, these guys are one of the more worthy listens you’ll find in the US market!…
Being from San Antonio, The Union Underground is a local band to me. It is awesome to know that someone with actual talent and heaviness is at last from “San Antone.” If you are fans of bands like Alice in Chains and Powerman 5000, you would be wise to check this album out. Their sound is Alice in Chains with more effects and Powerman 5000 with tighter vocals. Do not base the album on the lead single, “Turn me on, Mr. Deadman,” as the rest of the CD is heavier. Songs that I recommend are “South Texas Deathride,” “Until you Crack,” and “Revolution Man.” Overall, Union Underground is a much needed shot in the arm to metal that is totally devoid of any rap influences.
The Union Underground proves to be a pretty good band. I first heard the cd when a friend lent it to me. Much to my surprise i found the music quite enjoyable. Mind you, don’t go into this cd thinking you are going to hear the most original sounds as their music is reminiscent of Alice in Chains, Manson, Metallica, Pantera, and even Bush, but overall this is a decent effort. I found i could not resist headbanging to Natural High and South Texas Deathride. Drivel is a decent track with a good rythym. Turn Me On “Mr. Deadman” reminded me of Manson a tad, but is original enough to pick up on itself. You begin to discover that these guys have a big chance at the bigtime when you hear Killing the Fly and Revolution Man, which are the album’s high point (although Trip With Jesus plays with the prospect for a while). Heavy enough for metal maniacs, melodic enough for those looking for something not so hard, and definitely a fine effort for a first release. If Union Underground gets there sound down like they do in Revolution Man then they’ll start cranking out near perfect albums. Looking for a new band that you can follow as they mature? this is probably a great start. You got a few bucks to spare? Buy this, its not heavy on the wallet and you’ll find yourself giving it a few listens and growing to the sound.