ULTIMATUM - LEX METALIS (Retroactive Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Normally, New Mexico based Ultimatum likes to play their way of Metal in an outstanding thrashing manner. “Lex Metalis” which is the Latin expression for ‘Metal Is The Law’ is the band’s fifth output and this time – Ultimatum brings on nothing but Metal covers, let me say true Classic ones played in a thrashy way!
These guys proved in the future what Thrash Metal is all about – even this band has a Christian background, they know how to thrash for sure. For example, you should check out their previously released effort entitled “Into The Pit”.. what an excellent Thrash Metal album!! Not familiar with Ultimatum, well they have a singer that is akin to the sound of other frontmen like Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (ex-Legacy, Exodus,…) or Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth from Overkill. Excellent vocals, actually owners of a very unique way of singing. Along with virulent, aggressive and razor sharp way of vocal tactics, these guys are very memorable and unique in the Metal regions!
“Lex Metalis” contains 13 cover songs of their 80s idols and as sinegr Scott Waters mentioned within the booklet – it was not that easy picking songs to fulfil the tracklist which I understand completely. As 80 Hard Rock / Metal manic myself, I can tell there were so many great bands / songs to enjoy that collection a small list of favourites is damn difficult to do.
But okay, it seems like they made it – the final tracklist look awesome and very joyful to me. Pure 80s Metal nostalgia with songs from Metal Church (Ton Of Bricks), Saxon (Denim and Leather), Metallica (Creeping Death), Iron Maiden (Wrathchild), Twisted Sister (Sin After Sin), Judas Priest (Steeler), Overkill (Powersurge), Motorhead (Iron Fist) and others. The manner Ultimatum plays this cover songs is very good. They not cloning the songs from A to Z, on the contrary they’re able to give somekind of a new ‘thrash’ character to each one of the tracks… which feels real good. Tight sounds, technically is Ultimatum strong as a rock.
There is only one song featuring on “Lex Metalis” I’ve never heard of before in my entire 45 years of existence. The song is called ‘Locked In Chains’ originally played by the band Moshketeers. Perhaps a shame on me but in any case, the way Ultimatum plays the track is a pleasure to my ears. Be sure that I will start looking out for Ultimatum's older stuff as well, they just stole my complete attention. Every opportunity to expand my US Metal CD collection is more than welcome - an ultimate chance that I’d like to grab with both hands!
So, Retroactive Records did a great job releasing Ultimatum’s new effort “Lex Metalis’. As always this label delivers the goods – also the images covering the frontside of the 8 panel booklet looks very METAL! Total overview: memorable Metal songs offered by a fantastic band named Ultimatum – old school Power / Speed / Thrash Metal maniacs should order this output immediately after reading my review… purchase at free will via: www.ultimatum.net or by checking out the band's label via Myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/retroactivewreckage
My Points: 90 / 100