With only two songs on this E.P., Lair of the Minotaur are completely bent on proving that they are one of the heaviest bands playing right now. Low tuned guitars, distorted bass and enough double bass to fill an Anthrax album, this mix of doom/thrash metal really sounds good.
The first song off “Godslayer” is entitled “Godslayer”, it opens up with a melodic guitar riff followed by the heavy thumping of the distorted bass and slow, rhythmic, pounding drums. Enter the vocals- a harsh and painful sounding guttural howl that almost sounds like he really might be hunting Gods. Although set to a slower but steady pace, things do pick up a bit during this intro song. The vocals, although they fit the bands sound well, seem a tad bit out of place here. During the chorus, the screaming of GODSLAYER sound like a perfect fit, but during the main part of the song, it just feels out of place, all the while sounding good and extremely heavy, if that even makes sense, because it does to me.
Song number two comes right out and grabs you by the throat. “The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas” is faster, a bit more chaotic then the first track, but definitely as heavy. Here the band mix's up the fast with a breakdown here and there, but what I personally liked about the song, was there is another type of vocal in the middle of the track- A brutal, guttural voice that should be the main vocals. At about the 3 minute plus mark, there is an ultra “spooky” breakdown that eventually ends the song, and pretty much leaving you wanting more at this point, but remember, its only two songs!
Overall, for a two song EP, this is pretty good and worth checking out. It has everything you would want to hear in a metal album, well, I guess that depends on the metal that you like, considering there are so many sub-genres of metal and punk now-a-days, its impossible to tell who is what anymore. But that's besides the point, Lair of the Minotaur is heavy, kinda fast and sounds good on my daughters One Direction headphones! So, with that being said, if you like the heavier side of things, check these guys out. According to my X-box music thing on my computer, Lair of the Minotaur have a few (3) other albums out. I can't vouch for the others, but if they sound like “Godslayer”, then I'll probably check those out also. Thanks for reading!