LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR do not merely slay – they kill…and then they bludgeon your corpse into a pulpy mess…and then dance in the jelly that is left.
Those already familiar with this band will be neither surprised nor disappointed with this offering. LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR have no desire for nuance, and don’t waste their time and energy of any such thing here. The focus is placed exclusively on ferocity, and while there is nothing new in this, the skill with which these guys deliver is exceptional. The riffs are violent, so much that the pickups transmit not only the sound of the string vibrating, but also the sound of the picks striking them on the downstroke, and creating a sensation that the guitar is doubling as a percussive instrument. When combined with the tone that the band squeeze out of their amps and the grimy production quality, this sound takes no prisoners.
Setting LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR apart from so many other bands is the intensity that is unique for this style of music. Despite sharing little with Thrash in terms of tempo, or with Groove in terms of rhythm, “Evil Power” seems to draw inspiration from both in terms of attitude. Though on the surface, much of the lyrical content is dedicated to themes surrounding Greek mythology and history, their allusions to contemporary topics are not so subtle. “Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers,” “Attack The Gods,” “Riders Of Skullhammer, We Ride The Night,” and “We Are Hades” are pretty straightforward with their socio-political anger.
Bands like LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR are the Conan The Barbarian of Metal. Violent and direct, they aspire to little more than to conquer their enemies and to listen to the lamenting of the women. "Evil Power" is an excellent choice for those fans who enjoy the sensation of getting physically fucked up while listening to their music.
(Online May 29, 2011)