Here's another Chicago based band that I had no idea existed. LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR are the latest on the Southern label. Be prepared for this one folks. If I was forced to label this band and I am here, it would be Noise Metal. With their songs based on Greek mythology, these guys bang away and make your ears bleed.
"Carnage Fucking Carnage" opens up with Grind like beats and noise and then slow down to slow, but heavy beats loaded with harsh guitar riffs and abusive drumming. The vocals are grumpy and distorted as well. It's very raw and primitive. During the slow sections of the song, they manage to throw in some Doom for added measure. It's a hard track to get threw if you aren't into this thing, but I give them creative points doing something different. The boys speed things up quite a bit on "The Wolf", but also still manage to bring in the Doom factor.
It goes on to sounding like CARCASS, but definitely at a different speed. "Lion Killer" is sluggish as hell, but it has the capacity to captivate you for some bizarre reason. Things really change a bit as the Noise factor is dropped for just plain distortion blended with groovy Death Metal licks on "Warlord." The funny thing here is that it's kind of catchy and sort of rhythmic. It's not that bad. While the primitive sounds of yesteryear are not my thing and this won't make my CD of the year list, I will give them credit for making something that is slightly out of the ordinary and each track does command some sort of a listen because they do shake things up a bit when you least expect it. Now, if you don't mind, I am going to the medicine cabinet to get some aspirin for my headache. (Online November 14, 2004)