It’s taken Aschaffenburg-based MINOTAURUS five years to come around with their second album, titled “Myth Or Reality“. The band itself calls its style “Celtic Folk Metal“, yet the Celtic part does not really reveal itself to me, we also don’t find a single “exotic” instrument on this album, so how folky is the whole thing in the end?
If you listen to the opener “Princess Of Destruction“, you feel less reminded of Folk, but rather Power Metal, for the guys speed out quite a bit, with a bit rougher vocals, some choir, good melodies, that’s a good start, isn’t it? Unfortunately this wave of euphoria does not last long, because on “Legion Noir“ the arrow is pointing down, slower and more brooding, but altogether the whole thing seems more forced, especially the vocals cannot convince me at all (and that the pronunciation of the word “legion” is really bad does not really help either, heh).
But then suddenly we get a triple pack that fully hits home, consisting of “Battle Hymn“, “Warriorhearts“ and the instrumental “Dragonflight“. “Battle Hymn“ is exactly that, super catchy, to sing along, while “Warriorhearts“ altogether is a bit more epic and “Dragonflight“ gallops ahead with SLOUGH FEG like guitar runs, they can do it! And the faster “Fight By Your Side“ also is a good one.
Unfortunately these four songs are the only real highlights of the album, the rest sits in between average and below, which is a bit of a pity, as the band shows what it is capable of and this quality over a complete album would lead to a rave review. In the end there stays a stale aftertaste in the form of weaker songs, try it for yourself… (Online July 14, 2005)