Ultimatum 2008 (L to R): Scott Waters, Justin Frear, Alan Tuma, Rob Whitlock, Robert Gutierrez
Robert Gutierrez: guitars
Scott Waters: vocals
Rob Whitlock: bass
Justin Frear: guitars
Alan Tuma: drums
ULTIMATUM (ul-ti-ma-tum) n. 1. a final proposition. 2. one whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a definite action. 3. Choose this day who you will serve. 4. A metal band 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. "Our interests have never been to be the fastest, or the heaviest, or even the most bizarre. We really dont care to be trendy. Rather we want to write good, heavy, memorable metal songs with lyrics that will challenge the listener." -vocalist, Scott Waters.
Ultimatum have been a recognized name in heavy metal circles for well over a decade now. Formed in 1992 by guitarist Robert Gutierrez, the band has released several albums and has played clubs and festivals across the U.S. since that time. The band’s style is a blend of traditional heavy metal, speed and thrash metal.
Ultimatum recorded their first demo titled “Fatal Delay” in 1993. This four song demo tape sold remarkably well without any label backing or distribution. In 1994 the band recorded a second demo titled “Symphonic Extremities”. This five song demo was only released to a handful of magazines and record companies. It gained enough attention to get them a contract with a small independent company, Juke Box Media. On top of the original five demo tracks, six more songs were recorded and in 1995 the “Symphonic Extremities” CD was released. ”World of Sin” was released as a single, received airplay worldwide and was in the top 10 on the Pure Rock Report’s LOUD Chart for several weeks.
In 1997 “Puppet of Destruction” was recorded and released on Australia’s Rowe Productions with distribution in the U.S. by Diamante Music Group. With little advertising and radio push, the CD sold several thousand copies in the first two months of it’s release. “Never”, the only single to be released by Rowe, reached #7 on the Pure Rock Report charts. The album became one of Rowe’s better selling discs. The album grabbed the attention of a few international labels that began to carry the CD in their mail order catalogues.
In 1999 Ultimatum recorded songs for two Dwell Records compilations A remixed version of “Never” appeared on “2000-A Second Coming” and Ultimatum recorded a cover of “Sins of Omission” for Dwell's “Jump in the Pit- Testament Tribute” CD. The new millennium saw Ultimatum record their third full length disc titled “The Mechanics of Perilous Times”. Originally scheduled to be on Rowe Productions, Ultimatum opted to release the disc themselves in the U.S. in late 2000, while Gutter Records, a division of Massacre Records, released the disc in Europe in March 2001. During this time Ultimatum continued to play shows across the U.S. to promote the disc. The band continued to perform shows for years and recorded several demos.
After a few member changes, Ultimatum began recording demos again. They recorded a four song demo in 2006 to shop to labels. Since it had been so long since the band had released a new CD and their was a demand for something new, these demos were officially released on CD by Roxx Productions as a limited edition EP in 2006. That same year Ultimatum signed with Retroactive Records to have their back catalog remastered and re-released, as well as record a new album. The new CD, titled “Into the Pit” features incredible graphics and some of the band’s most aggressive songs yet and was released on October 30, 2007.
Ultimatum is: Scott Waters (vocals), Robert Gutierrez (guitars), Rob Whitlock (bass) and Alan Tuma (drums).
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