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Ultimatum - The Mechanics Of Perilous Times (6/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Gutter Records
Playing time: 48:45
Band homepage: Ultimatum

Tracklist:

  1. Temple Of The Spirit
  2. Greed Regime Inc.
  3. Perilous Times
  4. Shroud Of Science
  5. Crash Course
  6. Warlord's Sword
  7. The Purging
  8. Burn
  9. Muta Mitlu
  10. Violence & Bloodshed
Ultimatum - The Mechanics Of Perilous Times
This band has to be put into the category of Bay Area-Thrash Metal. You could compare them with bands like EXODUS or DEFIANCE, maybe also VIOLENCE, yet those played in a wholly different division, because the vocals of Scott Waters don't even come near to a Steve Souza or Sean Killian. His voice is rather, hm, strange? The riffs are OK, but the limp production won't let you get into a rage, a pity, because with a granite-hard sound you could overlook the rather weak vocals easily!

That they have a cover-version of the culty VENGEANCE RISING ("Burn") on board doesn't rescue them anymore. Their earlier effort "Puppets Of Destruction" has somehow been better. Due to a few really good riffs and the right dedication they'll get more than just the half of the points. Still too little to get the thrashers to buy the album. Those should rather take the new BLOOD RED ANGEL!

Ralf Henn



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