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.
Labels: 80's, american metal, covers album, metal, review, thrash metal, ultimatum