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  • Audio CD (3 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000ERU5HM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shatter Your Skull Like Glass 16 Nov. 2006
By Joel Israel - Published on
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Oh Yeah!!!This is what happens when you play too much Dungeons and Dragons and mom buys you a guitar to encourage you to "make some new friends". This is what happens when Mastodon meets Slayer and gets regurgitated on a harcover copy of Finch's Mythology. This is what happens when an amp is pushed so far that the knobs melt into smoking blobs of stinking black tar, and it's oscillating waves of distortion create a huge shockwave blowing down houses in a 1/2-mile radius, bursting the eardrums and liquefying the internal organs of all hapless onlookers. The heaviest, most abrasive, and most FUN metal album I've heard in years. + 4 flaming broadsword not included.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Ultimate Destroyer," indeed 18 April 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on
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It doesn't take the listener long when listening to Lair Of The Minotaur's second full-length album to realize that this is another installment in the post-High On Fire sludge/doom metal wave that has become quite the craze in the twenty-first century. But the one difference that distinguishes LOTM from the hoard of imitators is the fact that they are much heavier than, say, High On Fire and/or The Sword, and boast much bigger and more dominating guitar chops. In fact, these three Chicago, Illinois naties are more-or-less an amalgam of all things extreme and brutal. Thus, 2006'S aptly-entitled "The Ultimate Destroyer" is first and foremost a sludge/doom metal record, but it fuses in strong thrash and speed metal influences, as well as death and black metal. Furthermore, you will also hear traces of melodeath, groove metal, hardcore, and even grindcore.

As hinted at above, it is, without question, the guitars that dominate the maelstrom, here. But the other instruments are nothing to sneeze at, either. The bass forms a wall of gluey, dissonant sludge behind the guitars and visceral vocals; and the drums may stay at a largely mid-tempo pace (steadily beating the listener) over the course of this release, but the occasional blast beat can be heard in the mix every now and then. On the whole, "The Ultimate Destroyer" falls at some point between the aforementioned High On Fire (and, subsequently, Black Sabbath and Motohead), Slayer, Sepultura, At The Gates, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Venom, Gojira/Mastodon, and Morbid Angel.

"Juggernaut Of Metal" is a slow-burning brooder highlighted by a great crescendo. It builds gradually and steadily until it not-so-suddenly climaxes with a fiery chug and churn riff. This song also has occasional, brutal, black metal-derived shrieks and near Dragonforce-esque lyricism, thus helping to cement its status as one strong and commanding set opener. "Behead The Gorgon" begins by churning out really hefty licks while the bass grumbles along in the back of the mix, and the drummer uncorks deft, pounding fills. And around ninety-seconds into things, the song changes abruptly, dramatically picking up a bunch of speed and heaviness. So, on the whole, "Behead The Gorgon" has a purely doomy intro, but the rest of it is very blistering and thrashy. And the title cut more-or-less picks up with all of the momentum that the latter-half of its predecessor had in that it piles riffage on top of massive, memorable riffage, to create a true steamroller of a song. "Horror," then, more-or-less plays like a piece of straight thrash, with its crunching guitars that might be blazing fast, but they never lose sight of their central groove. And a strong, humming bass bottom is also heard, here.

The album's centerpiece, "Grisly Hound Of The Pit," is a monster of a song driven by ferocious chainsaw riffing and a tempo that just plain blazes out of your speakers. All told, it is a really bludgeoning, uncompromising, and blood-thirsty number, and one that makes the listener not even have a chance at standing upright when hearing it. "Cannibal Massacre" is a strong follow-up, though, as frontman Steven Rathbone's near hardcore-ish bark spins tales of fictitious creatures that like eating human flesh. The tune also has more great, drop-tuned guitar picking, as well as a noteworthy, adherent bass groove, and pounding, slamming skins. Indeed, the music shreds your speakers to little bits, but the use of weird, Cannibal Corpse-ish vocals (in addition to CC-worthy lyrics and song title) cannot go unmentioned, either. "Lord Of Butchery" is a one minute-long bludgeon, a complete aural holocaust on the listener's eardrums that careens wildly out of control with thunderous rhythms. The succeeding "Engorged With Unborn Gore" works differently, though, building from a brisk yet still relatively/comparatively mid-tempo chug to furious territory with blistering buzzsaw guitar leads. Lastly, "The Hydra Coils Upon The Wicked Mountain" rains it in a little bit, easing off the gas a tad, but never relenting any of its heaviness. Indeed, its thick, darkly pounding, feedback-soaked pure doom riffs rock mighty hard. But the track's viciously violent lyrics are of note, too.

"The Ultimate Destroyer" is absolutely a ruthlessly brutal, blistering, and uncompromising affair that should satisfy just about all metalheads the world over. Therefore, if you are one, then Lair Of The Minotaur ought to be considered a must hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Of The Wolf!!! 10 May 2006
By Six - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These guys rule! If your into MASTODON, HIGH ON FIRE, SLAYER, CELTIC FROST or any heavy bands that go all out and are just heavy as shiz you need to hear LOTM cuz they are just as heavy and good as any of em'... these guys are straight up just a Heavy Metal band, and I do mean HEEEEEEVVVVVVYYYYYY!! No gimmicks, no BS, just a bad ass band... support the underground! Cult of The Wolf Baby!!
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