Kicking Harold's debut album is a thoroughly competent, but rarely exciting, set of alternative metal. Occasionally, the band whips up a pummeling riff or hook, as they did with the fisrt single "Kill You," but too often they simply rely on their sound, which isn't particularly distinguished. Although Ugly & Festering has a couple of moments, it is by and large uninvolving, even for fans of the genre.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine