Hailing from Germany, MINOTAUR belonged to one of the first thrash metal bands in the early '80's, but compared with bands like Kreator, Assassin or Living Death they never made a big breakthrough. It's a mystery for me, because their debut album 'Power of Darkness' is a real classic, featuring well-conceived compositions and more than a couple of ripping riffs. That is more than 20 years ago and MINOTAUR is back with a brand-new album in 2009 released by I Hate Records, one of best metal label in current times. 'God May Show...' is rapid fire old school goodness in the vein of '80 thrash metal. The high-pitched vocal assault of guitarist Andreas Richwien is still MINOTAUR's trademark, while the band is still capable of creating a furious, aggressive thrash metal whirlwind without compromise. There's a keen sense for variety with integrated mid-tempo sections and forceful grooves. The interplay is really great between the musicians and finally a vigorous production emphasizes all the strengths of MINOTAUR. Here's also a version of W.A.S.P.'s anthem 'Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)' which is a nice closing for a very entertaining album. Listening to 'God May Show...' is good fun and it's noteworthy that almost forgotten veterans return with such a strong album.

(KK)

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