Minotaur God May Show You Mercy... We Will Not

Yet another thrash metal band that fell to the wayside, Germany's Minotaur were kicking out the gallops, throat-tearing screams and slick chugs way back in 1983. However, despite having an obvious influence on cohorts such as Kreator and Sodom, they just never seemed to reach the same level. While they're most likely hoping that newest effort God May Show You Mercy... We Will Not alters that "oversight," the truth is that even after a 20-year lapse nothing has changed for Minotaur. The songs are full of great intentions, from the scorching attack and mixture of Show No Mercy-era Slayer with Venom's bleakness to the Accused-ish vocal spray, but after two decades one would imagine that Minotaur would have progressed beyond the "throwback" mentality, and also as musicians. Most of the tracks are loose to the point of sloppiness and regurgitate that which might have been innovative decades ago but is played-out nowadays. Sadly, despite a valiant effort, Minotaur wind up with mediocre returns and little advancement, just nostalgia. (I Hate)