on 31 August 2006
If you thought metal was dead then think again!!!
The Ultimate Destroyer is fantastic, it's an all out riff festival. The guitars are pushed right up to the forefront of the mix and they're almost too overpowering. They're heavy and extremely beefy. Metal hasn't seen anything like it before. Usually the focus is on the drums and vocals but not this time! It's brilliant to hear something like this. Riff after almighty riff comes crashing through the speakers, never relenting and leading to ultimate destruction of your ear drums.
It's the best example of how many amazing riffs you can fit on one album since Pig Destroyer's Terrifyer two years ago. But as Pig Destroyer are more of mood music for me, Lair of the Minotaur will get many more spins becasue it's slower, more vaired & less intense. If there were anything you should have to throw the devil horns up for it's this.
I can't get over how many great riffs there are in here. There's your thrashy riffs in the title track and `Hound of the Pit', there's your slower, more doomy riffs in `Behead the Gorgon' and `Cannibal Massacre' and you're bludgeoning pure metal pedigree riffs in `Juggernaut of Metal'. I could go on..........and on and on.
I'm sure the guitar tone helps the riff out an incredible amount; it's fantastic. It's the biggest guitar tone I've heard in a straight metal band. These types of guitar tone are usually reserved for doom and stoner rock bands, maybe that's why I'm so taken with Lair of the Minotaur.
The vocals aren't anything to scream about (yes, pun intended, sorry). They're gruff shouty/screamy vocals, not too guttural and not too high pitched. They fit perfectly with the destruction going on around them and you can't really hope for much more. The focus is definitely on the riffs, the vocals aren't that loud, aren't really intelligable and aren't catchy. It's all about those riffs my friend.
In conclusion then; if you like riffs and you like metal and you like an all out good bludgeoning then buy this, please do. If you don't like any of those things then you don't know what you're missing!
on 21 May 2006
There is no point writing a long review, suffice to say this is one of the heaviest albums ever made. The production is better than a lot of "extreme" death/black metal. You would be hard pressed to find a more monolithic slab of metal. The title track and "Behead the Gorgon" are utterly brilliant. Not new in any way, just better.
on 27 February 2014
Lair of the Minotaur’s meritorious debut, ‘Carnage’ elicited lurid, hyperbolic, prose from many metal scribes (myself included) all unified by the indelible impression that their manifesto of rampaging, Orc metal shares a similar bloodline that oozes back to the molten, barbarian bombast of vintage Celtic Frost & Venom. Whilst I have little interest in actually visiting Mega Therion, I can nonetheless indulge vicariously in its apocalyptic, barbarous horrors with each sub woofer slaying interlude of ‘The Ultimate Destroyer’. This scabrous, warrior metal is a devastating, proudly be-studded throwback to the fecund and primordial origins of heavy metal when its gleeful practitioners eschewed tricksy dynamics for bludgeoning intent, where nominal ability and extreme enthusiasm coalesced into a bracing, and venomous assault of the senses. For me the greatest pleasures in metal remain in its bellicose simplicity, armour-plated, head swingin’ riff alchemy, forged by metallians whose prime directive is in vanquishing all musical dilettantes with extreme guitar violence. Admittedly ‘The Ultimate Destroyer’ has all the subtlety of a razor wire cock ring, but it is this craven desire for rapacious grind that makes for a genuinely monstrous and unforgiving auditory experience, but take heed, metallian, shouldst thou be timorous of heart I entreat to thee a worthy maxim, forgo entrance to the Lair of the Minotaur as only the most pugnacious and resolute travellers shalt return. Heavier than thou indeed.