METAL INQUISITOR - ULTIMA RATIO REGIS (Massacre Records)
Metal Inquisitor originates from the Rheinland area and after having delivered three excellent albums, I was very excited about the announcement that a fourth album of this German band was coming out. “Ultima Ratio Regis” was released by Massacre Records in February this year. The previous albums, which I all loved due to the true heavy metal sound, great songs and very British sounding style, made my expectations for their newest output high. After having listened to all of the songs I can only be very satisfied !
“Ultima Ratio Regis”, which means “The king’s final argument” is a Latin phrase that originates from the Thirty years’ war. All songs are themed in some kind of Medieval style.
We hear tales of war, religion, death and even receive a little glimp from Dante’s “La Divina Commedia”. When this record takes its first spin, you will remark the old traditional 80’s metal sound. Very energetic riffs, tight drumming and great singing outbursts of El Rojo. The sound and songs remind me of the good old Saxon or Accept. You won’t find anything original, just pure vintage heavy metal. Grab a beer, bang your head, and enjoy this band. You won’t regret at all.
Metal Inquisitor’s new album being not as good as its predecessor, is still packed with great songs, a flawless full sounding production and overall great heavy metal. If you like traditional heavy metal, then this is your cup of tea. You can order the record and other merchandise through the bands official website: http://www.metalinquisitor.de/
Hopefully we can soon enjoy Metal Inquisitor in Belgium. As far as I know, they’ve never played here and too many people still don’t know this band. If you’ve never heard about them, then the time has come to check ‘em out.
My Points: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish