Lair Of The Minotaur - War Metal Battle Master review
|Band:||Lair Of The Minotaur|
|Album:||War Metal Battle Master|
|Release date:||March 2008|
01. Horde Of Undead Vengeance
02. War Metal Battle Master
03. When The Ice Giants Slayed All
04. Slaughter The Bestial Legion
05. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
06. Assassins Of The Cursed Mist
08. Hades Unleashed
Lair Of The Minotaur are unabashedly METAL. Not just "metal", but all caps and bold METAL. Their name was even chosen partially with the intent of scaring (every metal fan's favorite villain/scapegoat) poseurs away. I can pretty much say with a good degree of certainty, it will keep the Spin-reading hipsters away.
As if the band's name wasn't obvious enough, LOTM crank it up to 11 when it comes to the song titles of their 2008 release, War Metal Battle Master… aside from the title track, you have ditties like "Black Viper Barbarian Clan" and "When The Ice Giants Slayed All." (those were the days, weren't they? Life seemed so much simpler after the Ice Giants laid waste to everything. But enough reminiscing.) With song titles like that, your band better bring it.
And LOTM certainly does.
From the opening track, "Horde Of Undead Vengeance", the band goes pretty much full throttle and pound out anthems to chaos, war, and slaughter. Not in some glorified frilly flower-power metal manner that romanticizes the exploits of larger-than-life heroes and wise kings. Hell no. LOTM replace wussy things like narrators with balls, big balls of steel and power. (Steel being the left testicle, Power being the right.) These Minotaurs play a dirty, sludgy hybrid of thrash metal that encapsulates the chaos, blood, sweat, mud, dust, war cries and shrieks of anguish of the field of battle. War is not pretty, and neither are these songs.
And solos? Fuck solos. To paraphrase Jesse "The Body/The Mind/Insane former Ex-Governor" Ventura in Predator, when you are out slaughtering the bestial legion, you ain't got time to solo.
Pounding drums, pounding riffs, pounding vocals, there is nothing subtle to their approach. This is both a strength and the album's most glaring flaw. Taken singularly, having pretty much any of these songs show up on your random play list is a sudden jolt of energy akin to taking a pot of strong coffee, pouring in a couple of those sketchy energy drinks, adding a few ground up NoDoz, then mainlining the thing.
Yet taken one after another, it's such a never-ending cacophony and pounding blur that it loses impact and is rendered a wall of noise. "Doomtrooper" shows up late on the track list to slow the tempo down to a doomish crawl, but by then it's a bit late. The listener has already been fatigued by the constant sonic pummeling. Perhaps if a couple more songs adopted the "Doomtrooper" approach and were spread through the album, the occasional slowdown would help the rest of the crushing tracks retain their punch.
All in all, even though it's a bit unrelenting, it's still a worthy album that does live up to the expectations you'd expect from something titled War Metal Battle Master.
||Written on 25.05.2010 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.|
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