JULY 24th 2013
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR: GODSLAYER EP

Review by Metal Mom

Genre - Metal
Hometown - Chicago, IL
Record Label - The Grind-House Records

Members -
Steve Rathbone - guitar / vocals
Chris Wozniak - drums
Nate Olp - bass

Achieving ten years of clear-cut evil through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, this Chicago trio stormed back with a new EP this Spring titled “Godslayer”.
 
While the members of LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR have been lurking around in back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band is far from sleeping. To celebrate a decade of annihilating eardrums on CD and on stage this year, the band will beat their fanbase with a new EP for this year’s Record Store Day. Titled “Godslayer” the new 7” release has two new tracks, with the wave of "Godslayer" opening up, and the massive "The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas" on the B-side.

Both tracks are mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). A limited edition of 300 copies will be pressed as a 7”, in addition to the digital download through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and the like. Their latest album Evil Power was released on their own The Grind-House Records with distribution from previous label home, Southern Lord, for Record Store Day April 20th.
 
Godslayer cover art was designed by visual artist Tom Denney -- artist for LOTM’s Carnage EP, Ultimate Destroyer LP and s/t demo covers, and known for works for Kylesa, Sourvein, Soilent Green, Saint Vitus, Yakuza, Black Cobra, Rwake, Samothrace, Weedeater among others.

Track Listing -
1. Godslayer
2. The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas

This was a very short EP to review, having only 2 songs to check out. The music is phenomenal and has a “F you” attitude to the current trends and sub-genres of metal. This of course is my favourite type of music to listen to, one that isn’t going to give me the same thing over and over again. At first I wasn’t too fussy with the vocals, but as a reviewer you just don’t give it one listen….so I gave it a few, and the more I listened , the more it suited the musical aspect of it. There is some intense riffing (always appreciated if done well), and it was, and the vocals varied, giving it a metal sense of fresh air, but don’t get fooled, don’t think oh heck only 2 songs why bother, just grab it, listen and then all of a sudden you realize that you have been brutally slammed in the gut. (In a metal way) so it’s a positive thing. There is no mistaking the talent behind these 3 guys. If you haven’t heard of them before, then this is a perfect choice for you , a sample of their musical style.