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Review: Minotaurus - Victims of the Underworld
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Victims of the Underworld

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2019
Duration: 45:51
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 12, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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The last Minotaurus album I reviewed (The Call, back in 2013) reminded me a lot of Timeless Miracle's Into the Enchanted Chamber and it's the same story with their sixth album, Victims of the Underworld. Singer Oliver Klump still sounds a lot like Timeless Miracle's Mikael Holst but he, along with Clarissa Hobeck, sound more engaged with the vocal lines this time around and put more effort into the choruses on cuts like "Thor I'm Asking You" and "Never Surrender". The music is power metal that mixes some German crunchiness with symphonic Italian flourishes and is performed with a solid combination of precision and feeling. Where Victims of the Underworld struggles is with the lyrics. I've never been much of a lyrics fan and as long as they fit the music, I don't get hung up on them but Minotaurus' really need some work. A lot of them are pretty basic, which is fine, but they occasionally border on the rudimentary, culminating in the clunky "Barker's Revenge". Most of the songs are at least listenable but I find it hard not to skip this one.

When you add up all the above, Victims of the Underworld is a definite improvement over The Call and a decent power metal album. It isn't top tier, but it is still enjoyable.

Note: Reviewed is the CD version which includes the CD-only bonus track "Demon of the Forest"

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