Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: Lair of the Minotaur - Godslayer

It has been three long years since Chicago based thrash/doom/sludge metal barbarians Lair of the Minotaur have put forth any crushing riffage to collapse public ear drums. Formed in 2003, the group released their debut LP, Carnage, in 2004 and every two years afterward they issued another full-length up until 2010's highly renowned Evil Power. Now, the trio have returned to celebrate ten years of brutal savagery in the form of a two-track EP, which has been entitled Godslayer. Has the painstakingly long wait been worthwhile for this small taste of upcoming endeavors?


Genre: Thrash/Doom/Sludge Metal
Label: The Grind-House Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2013
  1. Godslayer
  2. The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas
Total Playtime: 08 minutes, 34 seconds







Rating: 10/10




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It has been three long years since Chicago based thrash/doom/sludge metal barbarians Lair of the Minotaur have put forth any crushing riffage to collapse public ear drums. Formed in 2003, the group released their debut LP, Carnage, in 2004 and every two years afterward they issued another full-length up until 2010's highly renowned Evil Power. Now, the trio have returned to celebrate ten years of brutal savagery in the form of a two-track EP, which has been entitled Godslayer. Has the painstakingly long wait been worthwhile for this small taste of upcoming endeavors?


Lair of the Minotaur are back in full force, complete with the fervid signature domineering riffs and brain bashing drumming which gained them such high recognition in the first place. Ultimately, the tone of the instruments are heavier than anything previously released by the band, coupled with the unstoppable berserk aggression present within the song structures. Godslayer has an undeniable doom metal feel to it that the listener just can't shake, even while the crunchy guitar slices through the skull and embeds itself directly into the brain with some of the most engaged and brutal progressions heard in metal today. This is probably due to the fact that the content slows down at various points within both of the tracks, and then continues to trample the audience flat with chunky, fuzzy power chords and quick one-two blast beat drumming. The vocals sound much more characteristic and less like that of L-G Petrov of Entombed. They include a brief animalistic guttural section in "The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas" as well as variously placed shrill highs. One unique inclusion to the content is at the end of the aforementioned track, where an unfathomably depraved synthesizer takes over about three minutes into the song; it sounds like something that could've been derived from the evil soundtrack of Mortal Kombat 3, as it has somewhat 16-bit sounds and tribal drumming that lines the background.

Lair of the Minotaur have done it again, and though Godslayer is just a two-track EP that barely clocks in at over eight minutes in length, it leaves a morbidly evil lasting impression that audiences won't soon forget. There are only 300 copies available in 7" format available of this baby, so you better get your ass over here  and watch the page to ensure you can snag your copy before they're all gone! Highly recommended for all, that is if you can handle the sheer unstoppable brutality that lays in wait.

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