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MINOTAUR
MINOTAUR
God May Show You Mercy...We Will Not!
(I Hate Records)
38:36min

Twenty-one years after the "Power Of Darkness" album, a cult classic, MINOTAUR have returned, as full of spirit as any aged band worth their salt can hope to be. They remember who they were, and where they come from: the beastly Black Thrash trenches that came astonishingly close to Death Metal. Perhaps they are a Death Metal band. For my purposes here, the argument is only a side attraction for this is a review based around musical merits. There are many here, and the songwriting outperforms any modern attempt at the craft. However, there's just no beating being 17-20 years old. The spirit is young, the body fresh, and the instruments nubile and firm. The new album is a marshmallow compared to "Power Of Darkness", but "God May Show You Mercy...We Will Not" is truly great for such an old band. At times they hearken back to mid-career KREATOR and LIVING DEATH, thanks in part to the riffing and the singer's somewhat dry Thrash rasp. In a way, this album is a step backwards. The songwriting plants it somewhere in 1984, whereas the production values confirm it as a modern release; an interesting move for a band like MINOTAUR. Comparatively, this is incredibly tame when stacked against "Power Of Darkness", but as I said with PESTILENCE, you can't expect any band to soar ahead, especially an old one. www.minotaur-thrashers.de, www.ihate.se

Nathan Shapiro

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