How you answer this question will determined your response to the latest album from Germans Minotaur. If you answered 'nay', move along because there is nothing for you to hear here. If you answered in the positive, you will probably enjoy this.
Now, Minotaur are no simple Album) of that other band, because they've been around for almost as long themselves. And where Kreator has moved on through various phases of sound, Minotaur has remained largely the same: blunt, brutal thrash metal which would sooner beat you up and throw you into a pile of trash cans in a back alley than attempt to impress you with sheer musicality. You won't find much different here than on, say, their Power of Darkness LP from Though the writing is primitive, tracks like "Rather Die", "Princess of Hell" and "Soulless" are sure to sate the veins of the diehard legions who venerate Pleasure to Kill, Sentence of Death and Obsessed by Cruelty.
The mix of the record is appropriately lo-fi, a nice throwback to the sounds of those early 80s efforts. Andi's vocals create a Mille-like rasp and the guitars have the meaty old tone to them.
The leads are wild and used more to effect than to impress. Occasionally you've got to dig through a few mediocre riffs to get to the better parts of each track, and I found a few of the tracks like "Armegiddo" and "Damager" weaker than the rest.
The album certainly succeeds in the nostalgic department, in conjuring a sound and time treasured by many thrashers. However, it is not something I will likely break out again, instead I'd rather just listen to Power of Darkness or Kreator.
Minotaur formed in pretty much Rather Die - Minotaur - God May Show You Mercy. We Will Not (CD the first wave of Thrash bands that was breaking big all over the world in the early part of the 80s. Somehow though, the band never did manage to break out and they remained relatively unknown. Minotaur are pretty much your typical left over from the 80s thrash scene. Vulcano were occupying this space last month with a re-issue of one of their more recent albums and this month its Minotaur continuing the case for the great thrash revival.
Unfortunately, pretty much like that Vulcano album God May Show You Mercy… is an exercise is competent but wholly unremarkable thrash. Instead, this entire album is wrapped in an atmosphere of competence. This album has all been done before and honestly done much better in the 80s.
Minotaur is one of those long-forgotten underground thrash bands from Album) 80s, that enjoyed a small regional success, but was quickly lost among the thousands of other similar bands of the period.
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