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Review: Minotaur - Power of Darkness
Power of Darkness

Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2010
Originally released in: 1988
Duration: 35:05
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: March 31, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Power of Darkness

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Before I begin dissecting this remaster of Minotaur's album Power of Darkness, I must point out that it is not the same as the original. The main difference is in the track listing. The last three tracks from the original were left off and replaced with four new recordings, one of which is a pointless, mediocre cover of Def Leppard's old hit, "Wasted." I have no idea why the original tracks were left off as they were rather good.

As for the album itself, many consider it somewhat of a classic, though I do not share that opinion. Rawness can be a beautiful thing and the 80s were full of sweet examples, full of energy and evil. When I heard Minotaur's new album, God May Show You Mercy...We Will Not, I was amazed that they have stayed true to their formula all these years. My first listen to 1988's Power of Darkness was a disappointment as I was confident that Minotaur was better back in the day, like many bands that started in the 80s.

I will leave the production of Power of Darkness aside as it's not much of a challenge to make an album that sounds raw. Although the songs are similar to old Kreator, much of Power of Darkness lacks diversity. In the few places Minotaur tried to make things a bit more complex they ended up with unenjoyable chaos. The guitar solos are forgettable but there are some interesting riffs here and there. Tracks that do inspire headbanging include "Fierce Fight," "The Power of Darkness" and "Apocalyptic Trials."

Of the new recordings Minotaur added to this version of Power of Darkness, the only one that did anything for me was "Metal Mayhem." It is a simple, straightforward trip to the pits of hell. The rest of the songs are solid, but don't move the album forward in any way. I can't say this re-issue was necessary but it is a relic of the past.

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