No disrespect to Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and Tankard but German thrash has so much more to offer than just Pleasure To Kill, Eternal Devastation, Agent Orange and Chemical Invasion! With a rich history of underground classics and a devastating array of tech/prog thrash masterpieces toiling away in the background, it’s high time the under-appreciated albums in German thrash history had their day……and Minotaur‘s Power Of Darkness is one of those albums!!
Shrouding metal fans in nothing but complete darkness, Minotaur were a blackened thrash band capable of nothing but the most hideously raw thrash imaginable.
Minotaur should have gone down in history as one of the proto-death bands; as important to the rise of death metal as Possessed, Slayer, Death Strike, Repulsion and Hellhammer. The fact that Minotaur are often not uttered in the same breath is a crime as Power Of Darkness was also at the forefront of changing trends. Hell, they released a single titled Death Metal in 1990…..of course, by then it was too little, too late for Minotaur to truly be noticed!
Featuring a Mille Petrozza-like vocalist in the form of Anti Richwein, his untamed black metal-esque shriek was just a part of Minotaur’s early embrace of unhinged chaos, with the fast and frantic likes of the appropriately monikered “Apocalptic Trials” and “Necromancer” backed by dynamically varied, brutal blasts of untamed musicianship.
Power Of Darkness is an essential proto-death / Teutonic thrash classic and fully deserves to be unleashed from the vaults!
Minotaur are still fighting the good fight and released the Beast Of Nations EP in 2016. Go check ’em out!
Other albums in Worship Metal’s Unleashed From The Vaults Series:
Steve Von Till – As the Crow Flies /Hittman – Hittman / God Forbid – IV: The Constitution / Pulkas – Greed / Handsome – Handsome / Hellbastard – Natural Order / Slander – Careless Talk Costs Lives / Iceland – Iceland / TON – Plague / Angel Of Mercy – The Avatar / Dark Heresy – Abstract Principles Taken To Their Logical Extremes