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Lex Metalis [Import]

Ultimatum Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Retroactive Records
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B002F2XCCE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ULTIMATUM is a metal band from New Mexico whose sound is a mixture of traditional heavy, power/speed/thrash metal and more modern grooves; brutal guitars, blazing leads, pounding drums, thundering bass and shrill, shrieking vocals. Ultimatum does not claim to follow any trends nor do they wish to do so. Ultimatum is great at writing good, heavy, memorable metal songs and has been doing this since their 1992 beginnings! Lex Metalis (Latin for "Metal Is Law") is the band's fifth full-length release and follow up to the destructive metal monstrosity Into The Pit (2007 Retroactive). With Lex Metalis, the band pays tribute to their metal heroes, putting their neck snapping, heart-of-metal stamp on some of the most cherished metal anthems! As always, the band stays true to their metal convictions, playing each song with power, might and authentic conviction. Vocalist (and author of NoLifeTilMetal . com) Scott Waters, shows considerable influence from the likes of David Wayne, Roger Martinez and Blitz Ellsworth (and Cronos and King Fowley on the high, gritty - and sometimes slurred parts). The band's DNA is pure thrash metal and every song has their thrash and speed metal imprint - even the 80's melodic metal tracks! In addition, the eight page booklet contains detailed liner notes explaining why the band chose these songs for this classic release that is destined to appeal to old and new fans! 8 panel full color insert! 01. Ton Of Bricks (Metal Church) 02. Locked In Chains (The Moshketeers) 03. Steeler (Judas Priest) 04. Iron Fist (Motorhead) 05. Denim & Leather (Saxon) 06. Creeping Death (Metallica) 07. Wrathchild (Iron Maiden) 08. Can't Get Out (Vengeance Rising) 09. Gut Wrench (Mortification) 10. Sin After Sin (Twisted Sister) 11. Moto Psycho (Megadeth) 12. Metal Health (Quiet Riot) 13. Powersurge (Overkill)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thrash album August 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Normally, I am not crazy for covers album because, well you have to admit most covers album that got released within last several years pretty much sucked. However, this album, Lex Metalix, by Ultimatum, is absolutely excellent! They recorded 13 songs, covering variety of influences from different eras. Mostly are from 80s which doesn't really surprise me since many bands from that era are big influences on Ultimatum's sound.

One thing I really appreciate about this album is the band doesn't play those songs exactly the same note by note. They actually added their own ideas yet still retain the classic sound those songs are so famous for. They selected excellent songs that are not covered that often like "Steeler" by Judas Priest, and "Gut Wrench" by Mortification. Its actually nice to have a mixture of secular songs and Christian songs. It shows that a Christian doesn't have to listen to Christian only music. Heck, I'm not fan of using "Christian" to label those bands. Those bands are metal bands and they just happens to be Christian... /end ranting.

Best Song: "Sin After Sin" by Twisted Sister and "Steeler" by Judas Priest. Both are excellent songs and I've been a huge fans of both bands so it was great to see Ultimatum covered songs by both of them.

Worst Song: "Denim and Leather" by Saxon. Personally, I never really got into this band so I don't really have nostalgic feelings when I heard this song. However, Ultimatum still made it a great song.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This album rocks! December 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Lex Metalis continues Ultimatums metal onslaught, and a tradition that started on previous albums. Cover songs. Don't get me wrong, Ultimatum is original and writes their material with decidedly Christian lyrics, but over the years they have been doing a cover song on their albums. Now they deliver a tribute album full of such songs.

Personally, I hate tribute albums. Most of `em suck. However, Ultimatum has pulled it off. This is one of my favorite metal tribute albums. It is almost as good as disk 2 of Metallica's Garage, Inc. This is way, way, WAY better than disk 1 of afore mentioned album.

Originally I was just going to glaze over the songs, but after trying that route I felt like I really needed to go track by track. This is a heavy metal tribute record after all.

I have to say, I am not familiar with Metal Church. I know, shame on me. I have heard the name, even seen the CDs in the music stores, but never picked one up. Ultimatum pull off a great opener with a "Ton of Bricks," setting the tone for the rest of the album. That is how this album hits you. This thrasher starts off the cascade of falling heavy metal from above with crushing guitars and drums pummeling you with the sonic energy that is heavy metal.

"Locked in Chains," continues with a slightly more punk feel to the energy that is the publicized, yet never realized, Moshketeers. I know I've read about `em. At least as far as other bands mentioning them as an influence, but I've never seen a CD anywhere. The liner notes reveal that they never had a proper record deal. It is cool when an artist covers good songs by an obscure band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers album that rawks! April 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Ultimatum have delivered an awesome tribute to their favorite bands. I love covers albums when the band combine paying proper tribute, and make the songs their own. Mission accomplished!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Still a garage band? January 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The concept behind this album is interesting - a metal band letting their listeners help decide which songs they would cover. It resulted in a unique and intriuging list of metal influences. (Unless it is a cheap gimmick to get airplay or something,) the point of doing a cover song is to somehow outdo the original in some way. The problem here is that almost everything falls short of the originals. The shaky vocals and loose musicianship would be fine for a live recording or a band just starting out, but these guys already have a whole backlist of full-length albums. There is a reason most of those releases were independent. The production value is decent and I can enjoy hearing some of the old tunes with a meatier guitar tone, but for the most part the vocals just ruin it. When Scott goes after the Vengeance Rising sound it's fine, but that mid-tone screech thing really gets on the nerves, similar to the older Ultimatum releases. I think he's proud of being "unique", but there is a good reason why nobody else goes for a sound like that. For a cover song, obviously you can just sing the same tune that the original singer used and I'm also OK with replacing it with "extreme" vocals, but going somewhere inbetween just doesn't work here. If you're going to "sing", you'd better hit the notes. It's a rare singer who can nail the melody while tearing up the throat (Phil Anselmo and Luke Easter both come to mind) and if you don't have those kind of chops, it misses on both fronts.
This album was clearly a lot of fun to make and a real treat for Ultimatum fans. There are a lot of original guitar solos here that are pretty good, as well.
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