Ultimatium take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Ultimatium to tell us about themselves.

In today’s A-Z challenge, we asked Ultimatium to fill us in on everything about the band!

A song that made you want to make music?

Kiss of Judas, by Stratovarius

Best rider you’ve had?

I don’t think we’ve ever had a proper rider, we’ve done so few shows.

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

First public live show, that was for ~1000 people celebrating Olympic silver medal, won my Marko Kemppainen.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

(Don’t) Fear the silence, from ‘Virtuality

Easiest song you wrote?

Run Like the Wind, also from ‘Virtuality

Favourite song in your set?

Dysfunctional’ from ‘New Dawn

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Nils K. Rue, from Pagan’s Mind

Hardest thing about being in a band?


Interesting fact about one of your members?

Matti P watches ‘Emmerdale’

Jokes you have in the band?

They all translate poorly on other languages, but favorite one on last album was ‘Eipäs Teititellä’, which refers to Geoff Tate’s last name and how it sounds when pronounced on plural

Key to writing a song?

If yu get stuck, don’t force the song to finish, take a break

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Bit over 200km

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Arjen Anthrony Lucassen

New band you’d recommend?

Chameleon, our vocalist Tomi sings on their debut album

Opening for this band would be ideal?


Place you’d most like to tour?

We no longer do gigs, but I guess Tuska Open Air would be nice, if we’d ever go back on stage

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Always look on the bright side of life’

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Virtuality’, since it’s theme album about virtual reality game in near future setting

See us live at?

In your dreams 😀 We do have one live footage on YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ultimatiummetal

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Yes, but since we can’t go back, we just have to do the best we can right here, right now

Unusual merchandise?

20 years of Ultimatium’-tshirt that no one bought

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Probably ‘Follow me’, from ‘New Dawn

What do your fans mean to you?


X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?


You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Our guitarist, Harri Niskanen’s. He always starts his preparations to anything when everyone else are already going

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

Hmm, something fast and small and with slow attention span…Maybe squirrel?

Elizabeth Birt

May 28, 2024

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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