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Mechanics of Perilous Times +3

by Ultimatum

Old school thrash reissue originally released in 2000, now comes to life in 2007 with three bonus tracks. For fans of Vengeance, Overkill, Megadeth.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Power Metal
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1. Temple of the Spirit
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2. Greed Regime Inc.
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3. Perilous Times
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4. Shroud of Science
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5. Crash Course
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6. Warlord's Sword
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7. The Burging
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8. Burn
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9. Mutalmitlu
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10. Violence and Bloodshed
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11. Temple of the Spirit ('99 Pre-production Demo)
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12. Heart of Metal ('03 Rough Demo)
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13. Greed Regime, Inc. (live 2005)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ABOUT THE ALBUM: Ultimatum is a New Mexico-based metal outfit that cranks out straight up, old-school thrash metal. Or, as it states on the album packaging, "Unrestrained, fist clenching, neck snapping, head banging Heavy Metal!" I can't think of a more fitting description, so we'll just leave it at that. This is an album full of double kick-drums, thrashy guitar riffs, cool, screaming solos and raspy vocals. Vocalist Scott Waters sounds like a mixture of Exodus' Steve Souza and Bobby "Blitz" from Overkill with his gritty, reptilian tone and the occasional death growl. Guitarists Robert Gutierrez and Steve Turjillo both sport heavy, distorted rhythm tones and good feel on the solos. Their riffs are a mix of classic heavy metal and Bay Area Thrash with plenty of head banging and mosh parts. Drummer Sean Griego and bassist Tom Michaels are the quintessential metal rhythm section, driving the tempos and gluing the whole works together nicely. "Crash Course" starts off with a driving, strict-time double kick-drum riff and cool melody into a good, thrashing verse. The cut-time groove on the instrumental break is a nice foundation for the slithery lead work found here. The syncopated bass and drum intro to "The Purging" is really tight, this leads into mid-tempo, crunchy metal verse riff. Waters reminds me a bit of David Wayne (Metal Church) here with his delivery and his raspy tone. The intense, syncopated riffing on the bridge is great! The music on the rest of the disc is similar in style and quality. Just a good metal band playing good metal. The lyrics are of a blatantly Christian viewpoint. If you're sick of trends, and long for good, solid thrash with big, head banging riffs, then go for Ultimatum. Review by Shawn Pelata of Digital Metal

KEY SELLING POINTS
**Bonus tracks added providing consumer incentive
**Digitally mastered
**For fans of Vengeance Rising, Tourniquet, Metallica, early Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus and fans of crushing, thrashing, speed metal!
**Fans of this genre are extremely loyal and dedicated to bands in the genre
**Features a track on the promotional compilation HEADBANGIN’ 101
**Full radio/advertising campaign
**Features track on the Heaven’s Metal Magazine subscribers compilation
**Original release has been out of print for 10 years.
**The band has a new album, Into the Pit, releasing June 2007
**Cover the song “Burn” by legendary thrash band Vengeance Rising
**Never before released in the USA (only independently by the band and in Germany on Massacre Records)

Tracks
1. Temple of the Spirit, 2. Greed Regime, Inc. 3. Perilous Times 4. Shroud of Science 5. The Purging 6. Crash Course
7. Warlord's Sword 8. Burn 9. MutalMitlu 10. Violence & Bloodshed
Temple of the Spirit (1999 pre-production demo) (3:19)
(Waters, Gutierrez, Griego)
Heart of Metal (2003 rough demo) (4:29)
(Waters, Gutierrez, Whitlock)

Greed Regime (live)

REW FROM WWW.PHANTOMTOLLBOOTH.ORG
Ultimatum is a Christian thrash metal band that has been around for sixteen years, based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have remastered this recording that was initially released in 2001, adding three bonus tracks. Sean Griego pounds out a relentless stream of sledgehammer rhythms on the drums while Tom Michaels fills the low end with his booming bass guitar. Guitarists Robert Guitierrez and Steve Trujillo have no problem laying down one series after another of crunching power chords. Vocalist Scott Waters sounds like a cackling, demonic gargoyle spewed forth from the bowels of the Earth, only he is indeed praising God in all his glory.
The booklet that accompanies the disc includes lyrics to each track, which many listeners will appreciate as Waters vocal style takes some getting use to before you can comprehend the message. The band also lists appropriate scripture texts to study for greater understanding of many of the songs.

"Perilous Times" sends out a warning that is no less relevant today as Waters screams out ". Hatred grows bold, persecution begins. Wars and rumors, rage and death is all around. Natural disaster and destruction abounds" with the band developing a musical maelstrom in support. The pace of "Greed Regime, Inc." undergoes several changes that keep the seven and a half minute interesting throughout, while expounding on placing more value on riches than on faith, asking ". Can we reduce Almighty God to an indulgent Santa Claus?".

Other highlights include a raging cover of Vengeance Rising's "Burn" with it's ". burn, Satan, burn ..." refrain and the instrumental "Muta Mitlu" that gives each musician a chance to burn. "The Purging" is a confessional hymn that strips away the sins of this life to humble oneself before God, the Father Almighty.
The bonus tracks include a rough demo of "Temple of the Spirit" which opens the disc, a demo of "Heart of Metal" featuring new bass player Rob Whitlock and a live version of "Greed Regime, Inc." from a 2005 California show. This cut proves that the band is a formidable live act and not a creation of studio wizardry.
Ultimatum only knows one way to play it -- fast, loud, heavy and with plenty of passion for their faith in God. Their songs hold up over repeated listens, with enough variety in pacing to breakup the aural assault long enough for listeners to catch their breath. Some might question if Ultimatum is ". making a joyful noise." If you believe that faith and worship can take many forms -- especially intensely spirited and loud -- this disc will quickly be a favorite.

Mark Thompson (a 55 year old who typically finds thrash metal a boring listen)

TEETH OF THE DIVINE REVIEW
Ultimatum is a New Mexico-based metal outfit that cranks out straight up, old-school thrash metal. Or, as it states on the album packaging, “Unrestrained, fist clenching, neck snapping, head banging Heavy Metal!” I can’t think of a more fitting description, so we’ll just leave it at that.

This is an album full of double kick-drums, thrashy guitar riffs, cool, screaming solos and raspy vocals. Vocalist Scott Waters sounds like a mixture of Exodus’ Steve Souza and Bobby “Blitz” from Overkill with his gritty, reptilian tone and the occasional death growl. Guitarists Robert Gutierrez and Steve Turjillo both sport heavy, distorted rhythm tones and good feel on the solos. Their riffs are a mix of classic heavy metal and Bay Area Thrash with plenty of head banging and mosh parts. Drummer Sean Griego and bassist Tom Michaels are the quintessential metal rhythm section, driving the tempos and gluing the whole works together nicely.

“Crash Course” starts off with a driving, strict-time double kick-drum riff and cool melody into a good, thrashing verse. The cut-time groove on the instrumental break is a nice foundation for the slithery lead work found here. The syncopated bass and drum intro to “The Purging” is really tight, this leads into mid-tempo, crunchy metal verse riff. Waters reminds me a bit of David Wayne here with his delivery and his raspy tone. The intense, syncopated riffing on the bridge is great! The music on the rest of the disc is similar in style and quality. Just a good metal band playing good metal. The lyrics are of a blatantly christian viewpoint, and at times can be a little cheesy (like mentioning MTV in the socially conscious title track, and lines like “…who says you can’t mix aggression with a message of faith…” on “Violence & Bloodshed”), but are no more a detriment to the band’s sound than it is to all the equally cheesy satanic bands out there.

All in all, The Mechanics Of Perilous Times is a solid effort. If you’re sick of trends, and long for good, solid thrash with big, head banging riffs, then go for Ultimatum. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.


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Fat Freddy

Thrrrrrrrash!!!
The CD insert sez it all: "Unrestrained, fist clenching, neck snapping, head banging Heavy Metal!" (note the capital "H" and "M.") Ultimatum have been doing their part to keep old-school thrash alive since the early 90s and this remastered version of their 2000 release is a real treat for fans of bands like Overkill and Testament. Vocalist Scott Waters snarls and rages like Steve "Zetro" Sousa of Exodus with a hot foot while the band's wall of barbed wire riffs will have you banging along in no time. Just hit "play" to enter Thrash Heaven. Good show, fellas.