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Lair Of The Minotaur

Formed: 2003
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Lair Of The Minotaur News

Below is our complete Lair Of The Minotaur news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lair Of The Minotaur Streaming New EP

Released for Record Store Day this past weekend, the new 7” from Lair of the Minotaur is now available direct from the band in extremely limited quantities -- act now or be forced to live with owning only a digital copy for eternity.

Those who purchase the Godslayer 7” direct from Lair of the Minotaur will instantly receive a free download of the tracks. You can stream the songs below, and ordering info is available at Bandcamp here.

Celebrating ten years of carnage, and being specifically being released as part of Record Store Day, the two-song "Godslayer" 7” is the first new material from LOTM since the 2010-released fourth full-length "Evil Power." The "Godslayer" track listing is:

1. Godslayer 04:14
2. The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas 04:03 More...

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Lair Of The Minotaur Reveals "Godslayer" Details

Celebrating ten years of clear-cut maliciousness through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, Chicago trio Lair of the Minotaur will storm back with a new EP this Spring.

While the members of Lair of the Minotaur have been skulking around in the back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band has been far from dormant. To commemorate a full decade of demolishing eardrums on record and on stage this year, the band will hammer its fanbase with a brand new EP for this year’s Record Store Day.

Entitled "Godslayer," the new 7” release bears two new tracks, with the surge of "Godslayer" opening up, and the monolithic "The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas" on the B-side, both tracks mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). More...

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Earthen Grave Recruits New Drummer

Chicago’s Earthen Grave welcomes Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur), as the band’s new drummer, who is replacing previous member Scott Davidson.

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Chris "Woz" Wozniak has performed on drums in a variety of rock, folk, and metal bands for over 20 years. He has played with local acts Trifog and Blood of Martyrs, and is currently the drummer for national acts I Klatus and Lair of the Minotaur. In reference to LOTM’s 2008 release "War Metal Battle Master," Decibel Magazine described Woz as being "skilled at treating his drum kit like trash cans that must be killed." It’s this very intensity which made him the perfect fit for Chicago’s epic doom collective.

Bassist Ron Holzner will be guest DJing on Diane Farris' Peer Pressure segment of her radio program on WFMU today (Thursday, November 29th). Listeners will be able to ask Holzner questions via the live interactive playlist. Holzner's appearance is scheduled for 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST. WFMU can be heard on 91.1FM in NYC and East/Central NJ, 90.1FM in the Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills and Western NJ, and worldwide streaming on wfmu.org. An archive of this program will be permanently available by later Thursday evening.

Earthen Grave will also perform at the Double Door in Chicago this Friday, November 30th, and in June comes Days of The Doomed 3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with additional live actions to be confirmed in 2013. Stay tuned.

11/30/2012 The Double Door – Chicago, IL w/ Red Rebel County, Skank, The Root Cause, Bill Ura Dik

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler's Ball

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...

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Hirax Co-Headlining Goregrowler's Ball 5

Goregrowler Entertainment announced the addition of old school thrashers Hirax to the fifth-annual Goregrowler's Ball on November 19th, 2011 in San Antonio,Texas. Hirax will co-headline the Saturday show with Swedish death metal morticians, Aborted. This appearance marks the band's first visit to San Antonio.

Forming in 1984 among California's emerging thrash scene, Hirax became one of the more respected and steadfast punk-crossover-thrash bands.

Other artists on the three-day bill include Suffocation, Exhumed, Woods of Ypres, Hod, Lair of the Minotaur and Internal Bleeding.

Additional details on the Goregrowler's Ball are available by heading over to the festival's official website at this location.

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The Binary Code Announces Spring Tour Dates

New Jersey progressive death metallers The Binary Code have announced a string of tour dates this Spring. The tour is in support of their recent digital-only full length debut album, "Suspension of Disbelief." The Binary Code will embark on a series of dates starting on May 1st. The Northeast tour dates will see them playing alongside Lair of the Minotaur, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction and The Gloominous Doom.

The band just finished recording and mixing a new 3-song EP that will see a release later this Spring or Summer.

Spring tour dates:

April 21st - Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston w/ Lair of the Minotaur, Elks
May 1st - Hamburg, PA @ Behler-Hein Legion Hall w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction, The Gloominous Doom (The Gloominous Doom CD release show)
May 5th - Branford, CT @ Bix's Cafe w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 6th - Suffield, CT @ Shamrock Cafe w/ The Gloominous Doom, Hivesmasher
May 7th - Woodmere, NY @ The Backstage w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 8th - New London, CT @ El N Gee Club w/ The Gloominous Doom *early show starts at 5pm, all ages*
May 9th - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Lounge w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 10th - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge w/ The Gloominous Doom

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Lair Of The Minotaur Posts New Music Video Online

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR has posted their new music video for the title track to their latest full length album "Evil Power" at this location. The video was directed by Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions. Set for release April 13th on the band's own The Grind-House Records, "Evil Power" was recorded by Sanford Parker in the band's Chicago stomping grounds.

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Lair Of The Minotaur Finishes New Music Video

On Thursday, April 1st the new Lair of the Minotaur video will be unleashed via a premiere on Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog." The video is for "Evil Power," the title track to the band's upcoming fourth full-length release, and it was directed by Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions. Set for release April 13th on the band's own The Grind-House Records, "Evil Power" was recorded by Sanford Parker in the band's Chicago stomping grounds.

The upcoming Lair of the Minotaur tour dates are as follows:

4/16/2010 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN w/ Coffinworm
4/17/2010 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH w/ Solopsist
4/18/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD w/ Revolta, Wolfnuke
4/19/2010 M Room - Philadelphia, PA w/ Ludicra, Tombs, Krallice
4/21/2010 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ The Binary Code, Elks
4/22/2010 Velvet Lounge - Washington DC w/ Ol Scratch, Admiral Browning
4/23/2010 Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY w/ Cattle Decapitation, Gaza
4/24/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/ Fools Crown

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Lair Of The Minotaur Reveals New Album Details

Chicago metal band LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR will release their new album, "Evil Power," on April 13, 2010 on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Steve Rathbone, Chris Wozniak (both from LOTM) and Josh Diebel (former head of Alleysweeper Records). The record will be distributed by Southern Lord Records, who have released the band's previous three albums on CD and vinyl, two EPs and DVD. Check out the Scott Jackson cover art, and hear the track "We Are Hades" at the band's MySpace page.

The tracklisting for "Evil Power" is as follows:

01. Attack the Gods
02. Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers
03. Riders of Skullhammer, We Ride the Night
04. Evil Power
05. Goatstorm
06. Hunt and Devour
07. Metal Titans
08. Blood From the Witch’s Vein
09. We Are Hades
10. Death March of the Conquerors
11. The Violent Iron Age of Man More...

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Harpoon Announces US Tour Date

Chicago grindcore band, HARPOON, has set out on a week long tour this week. Hitting towns between their Midwest hometown and the Northeast US, they will be supporting SUNN O))), EAGLE TWIN, THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and more along the way. The dates are as follows:

7/10/2009 House Cafe - Dekalb, IL w/ Sunn O))), Eagle Twin
7/12/2009 O'Brien's - Boston, MA w/ To The Wolves, In The Shit, Mast
7/13/2009 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Unearthly Trance, Casket Architects
7/14/2009 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ We Are All Savages, Hunter/Gatherer
7/15/2009 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Microwaves, The Human Quena Orchestra
7/16/2009 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH w/ Total Abuse
7/17/2009 Zanies - Indianapolis, IN / DudeFest After-Party Too w/ 7000 Dying Rats, Lair of the Minotaur, Christ Beheaded
8/01/2009 The Mutiny - Chicago, IL w/ Lord Mantis, Czar More...

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Brutal Truth Announces North American Tour Dates

New York City metal band, BRUTAL TRUTH, has announced a number of North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming full-length "Evolution Through Revolution." BRUTAL TRUTH has also posted a second preview track, "Sugar Daddy," taken from the album "Evolution Through Revolution," on their MySpace page, along with the album's title track, "Evolution Through Revolution." BRUTAL TRUTH's new album will see an April 14th North American release date (April 20th internationally). More...

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Lair of the Minotaur Summarizes Tour Plans

Lair of the Minotaur will be playing several shows in the coming months including a special Scion FREE show in LA and support dates in New York and Chicago for Mayhem and Marduk. They will also be making an appearance at the upcoming Maryland Death Fest. Here are the latest Lair of the Minotaur tour dates:

Tue April 7 - Knitting Factory,Hollywood, CA w/ Brutal Truth (free show!)
Fri, May 8 - Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN, Templars of Doom Fest w/ Gates of Slumber, Midnight + many more
Fri May 20 - Howler’s, Pittsburgh, PAw/ tba
Thu May, 21 - The Filmore, New York, NY w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Withered / 16+ / EARLY SHOW / 5PM
Fri May, 22 - PA’s Lounge,Boston, MA w/ Antigama & Complete Failure / 21+
Sat May, 23 - The M Room, Philadelphia, PA w/ Woe, Bastard Sapling / 21+
Sun May, 24 - Sonar,Baltimore, MD, Maryland Deathfest w/ Pestilence, Aura Noir, Sigh, Abscess, Wolves In The Throne Room, Trap Them + many more / ALL AGES
Thu June, 11 - House of Blues, Chicago, IL w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Withered / ALL AGES / EARLY SHOW / 4PM

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Bands Announced For 2009 Maryland Death Festival

Below is a list of bands for each day of MDF 2009, which will take place May 22 - 24. There are several different scenarios on the table as far as stage setup goes, so we won't be announcing exact set times until sometime in March. Set times will be planned so you don't have to pick and choose what band you want to see because two are playing at one time.

Individual day tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 19th.

You can expect doors to open around 3:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These are only estimates, but not off by more than 30 minutes or so. More...

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Maryland Deathfest Announces 2 Replacement Bands

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.

Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.

Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms More Bands

More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:

Bolt Thrower
Enslaved
Marduk
Absu
Victims
Swallow the Sun
Birdflesh
The Red Chord
Rotten Sound
Keep of Kalessin
Devourment
Trap Them
Catheter
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Complete Failure
Hero Destroyed

Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:

"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."

A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009

Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.

Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Boris and Torche Melt Vancouver

On July 30, Boris hit a mid-sized Vancouver bar called Richards On Richards. You should know for next time: before you head to a Boris show, you'd better square up with the universe. There's no nine-foot skinhead to boot your face in the moshpit, there's nobody in the bathroom doing coke off a bowie knife -- but you could still get hurt. It's those ultra-low frequencies, back and forth between your nervous system and bowels, until your spine explodes and paints the back wall pink. So square up first. I'm talking prayer bowls and mantras, I'm talking incense -- but shove the smouldering incense cones right into your eardrums, for Satan's sake. Sandalwood or patchouli earplugs. This is metal here, true metal, no matter how much attention the drummer pays to his huge silver gong. More...

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Kylesa Enters The Studio

Georgian metallers, KYLESA, have issued the following update:

"It's been a while since our last update so here you go: We've been writing a new record over the past few months and we're about to head to the Jam Room studio on Monday [July 21] to begin tracking. We're excited to record a new album since it's been two years since we recorded 'Time Will Fuse its Worth.'" More...

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Lair of the Minotaur Video Premieres On HBB

Touring in support of their crushing third full-length album "War Metal Battle Master," Lair of the Minotaur’s will be heading out on the road yet again, this time with Torche and Boris.
a string of shows with acts including Sourvein, Black Cobra and Weedeater, building up to a mini-East Coast tour with legendary hardcore hellions M.O.D.

Lair of the Minotaur is featured on the cover of the August issue of Metal Maniacs, which will street the same day Lair join the Boris tour on July 22nd.

The video for "War Metal Battle Master" has reaped massive response online for the band and is now attacking the world via MTV2s Headbangers Ball this week. Directed by Gary Smithson (High on Fire, Goatwhore, Exodus, Tomahawk) the video is one of the goriest, violent and most METAL videos ever. On the making of the video, LOTM frontman Steve Rathbone comments: "Gary approached us at the Murderfest in LA in March '07, wanting to direct a video for us. I told him I didn’t want to make a normal video - I hate most videos. But I already had an idea for the track War Metal Battle Master." More...

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Boris's "Statement" Video To See HBB Debut

Boris is currently on tour in the Americas, supporting their most breakout record, "Smile." This Saturday, June 28th, Boris' video for the track "Statement," the single for the Smile album, will premier on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, as hosted by Lamb of God. The show runs from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM on MTV2.

Recently, Guitar World's Metalkult.com posted live footage of the one-off NYC performance that includes four live tracks that show some of what can be expected from this tour.

Here are the latest Boris tour dates: More...

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Lair of the Minotaur Added To Dates w/ Boris

BORIS recently announced it's latest North American tour beginning in June with opening support from Torche. Lair Of the Minotaur has just been added to the July 22 to August 3 dates.

Here are the latest tour dates:

06/24/2008 Casbah - San Diego, CA
06/25/2008 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
06/28/2008 The Mohawk - Austin, TX
06/29/2008 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
07/01/2008 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
07/02/2008 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
07/03/2008 The Social - Orlando, FL
07/05/2008 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
07/06/2008 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
07/08/2008 Black Cat - Washington, DC
07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
07/10/2008 Webster Hall - New York, NY
07/11/2008 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC
07/13/2008 Barrymore - Ottawa, ON
07/14/2008 Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
07/15/2008 Tralf - Buffalo, NY
07/16/2008 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
07/17/2008 Diesel - Pittsburgh, PA
07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
07/19/2008 Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park - Chicago, IL
07/22/2008 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/23/2008 Granada Theatre - Lawrence, KS w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/25/2008 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/26/2008 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/29/2008 Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada w/Lair of the Minotaur!
07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre w/Lair of the Minotaur!
08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall w/Lair of the Minotaur!
08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex w/Lair of the Minotau

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