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LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR
WAR METAL BATTLE MASTER
SOUTHERN LORD

Metal marauders Lair of the Minotaur make an auspicious return to the killing fields with their latest disc, a relentlessly crushing endeavor properly named WAR METAL BATTLE MASTER. A total battering of the senses wrought in disdain with a heaping supply of excessive force is what these Chicago-based purveyors of punishment deliver across the span of their eight track tour-de-force of intense metal. Imagine High on Fire teaming up with Bolt Thrower for a slice of what the title track conjures up, while "Hades Unleashed" does a damn good version of early Slayer with hardcore vocals leading the charge and "Doomtrooper" features a sincerely face-ripping mid-tempo death metal stomp before morphing into mammoth stoner metal groove waves. Ferocious and fiery, LOTM's onslaught of destructive riffs, wrecking ball rhythms, and percussive pummelings succinctly execute the sounds of war fueled by the mighty sonic bludgeonings handed down via the metal realm's premiere warmongering outfits.
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