|Review: Metal Inquisitor - Ultima Ratio Regis|
|Ultima Ratio Regis|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 28, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Ultima Ratio Regis
Rated 3.85/5 (76.92%) (13 Votes)
With a band name that just screams "old school" from every rooftop, Germany's Metal Inquisitor have unleashed four full-length albums with Ultima Ratio Regis, from 2014, the most recent. This band has been at the 80s revival thing since 1998, a lot longer than some of the other, more well-known acts out there today. I've not heard their prior albums but it sounds like they've hit their stride this time around.
Ultima Ratio Regis is just chock full of twin-guitar riffs and solos from the Iron Maiden/Judas Priest schools. Song titles like "Burn Them All," "Death on Demand" and "Black Desert Demon" enhance the atmosphere with classic simplicity. There are no keyboards but still plenty of melody with solos that actually make the songs better and aren't just noodling because that's the part of the song where the lead is supposed to go. The vocals are strong and clear with a unique, almost nasal delivery and the vocal lines are reminiscent of early Queensryche. Guitarists Blumi and T.P. must have a copy of Kill 'Em All stashed away somewhere, something that will become obvious when you listen to "Self-Denial."
Metal Inquisitor don't seem to be going for the strictly traditional 80s Heavy Metal, à la Enforcer or Katana, but have more of a NWOBHM/early Thrash sound, more like Masters of Disguise. Either way, fans of classic Heavy Metal and/or the current revival should be seeking out Ultima Ratio Regis as it hits the spot from start to finish.
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