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4.11 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews | 37% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 5-12-12
2. Ultra
3. Reflections
4. Breeze of Insanity
5. Propaganda X
6. My Fate
7. Reach For Reign
8. The Unwanted
9. Terminus Interlude
10. Fallen
11. Terror Fantasy
12. Broken World
13. UR Resistance
14. Judgement Day
15. Eternity

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Tangermann / vocals
- Jan Marco Becker / keyboards
- Michael Muller / guitar, keyboards
- Bernd Basmer / guitar
- Martin Reichhart / bass
- Thomas Mayer / drums

Releases information

NTS / Wagram

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SUPERIOR Ultima Ratio ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

SUPERIOR Ultima Ratio reviews

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Review by greenback
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4 stars Superior is very influenced by Dream Theater, and this still applies here. Like on the Behind album, the rhythmic guitar riffs are still powerful, thundering, razor and aggressive, but the guitar sound is slightly less clean. Also, the overall sound is less bombastic than on Behind. There are still excellent lush acoustic guitar parts. The piano is found on many tracks, and it seems more elaborated and adventurous than on Behind. The comparison with the Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime" album is correct; however, Ultima Ratio is much more powerful and more atmospheric. It seems there are more electric guitar solos than on Behind, but they are not the main attraction, although the ones on "Fallen" are very good. The lead vocals are OUTSTANDING, probably even better than James Labrie. There is often an alternance of mellow and heavy parts. Nothing is spectacular regarding the global technical performance: Dream theater did much better regarding that. Globally, I prefer Behind to Ultima Ratio, because the guitar sound is superior and the atmosphere is more bewitching and bombastic. On the other hand, Ultima Ration is better than "Operation: Mindcrime". Is the very end of the album a wink to Roger Waters' "Amused to death"?

Latest members reviews

5 stars From the beginning I must say thet this album is the German answer to a historical album called OPERATION MINDCRIME of an unknown band called QUEENSRYCHE!!!!Yes,and this is a compliment,because SUPERIOR made an album that can be considered a true masterpiece from all the points of view!Unfo ... (read more)

Report this review (#256904) | Posted by Ovidiu | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A really good concept piece of the german prog-metal band superior. I think a good addition to any collection but not a masterpiece. I thought it first but my mind changed. As I already mentioned this is a concept piece, so what is the story behind. The story is well structured but it's not ... (read more)

Report this review (#53972) | Posted by W.Chuck | Sunday, October 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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