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Minotaur - "God May Show You Mercy ... We Will Not" (CD)

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"God May Show You Mercy ... We Will Not" track listing:

1. Armegiddo
2. Rather Die
3. Full Speed Ahead
4. Princess Of Hell
5. Cannonball Fire
6. Soulless
7. Damager
8. It's War
9. Into Oblivion
10. Tales Of Terror
11. Animal (F**k Like A Beast)

Reviewed by on May 9, 2009

"On every track, fast or slow, the vocals are a strangled scream that sounds like Richwien is trying to hit a note that's way too far out of his range. That must be why the vocals are buried so low in the mix most of the time."

"God May Show You Mercy ... We Will Not" is ... a waste of a great title on a mostly sub-par album. German thrashers Minotaur apparently aimed to create some warp-speed thrash in the mode of Slayer, Dark Angel and Possessed. You can definitely hear that influence in the songs, which zoom along at a nice little clip. Unfortunately, the horrible vocals by Andreas Richwien, who also plays guitar, play a big part in making the album difficult to listen to, at its best.

Things get off to a rousing start with "Armegiddo," which opens with the quote that gave the album its title, before Alfred Diehl's quickly galloping bass line sets the tone and speed, joined by Richwien's guitar. For a moment, we're in thrash heaven — and then the vocals drag it down to hell — and not in a cool "metal" way.

I'm not sure if Richwien was aiming for a Rob Halford scream or a growl, or a combination thereof. On every track, fast or slow, the vocals are a strangled scream that sounds like Richwien is trying to hit a note that's way too far out of his range. That must be why the vocals are buried so low in the mix most of the time.

Instrumentally, the band is dead on, with some real effort made in the intros. Sure, "Rather Die" has some moments that feel like scale exercises, but that's par for the course in old-school thrash.

If I had to pick a favorite among the songs, it'd probably be "Soulless," which features some great drum fills from Jorg Bock, and Richwien's least annoying vocals. The album's worst song is the W.A.S.P. cover, "Animal (F**K Like A Beast)," in which Richwien's voice is completely out of place.

On "God May Show You Mercy ... We Will Not," Minotaur takes listeners through a maze of decent playing and horrible vocals, for a confusing and unfulfilling metal experience.

Highs: "Soulless," which features great drumming and Richwien's least annoying vocals.

Lows: Horrible vocals that mar every single track.

Bottom line: Only the biggest fans of German thrash need apply.

Rated 2 out of 5 skulls
2 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)