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CD REVIEW MINOTAURO MASTER OF THE SEA

MINOTAURO

MASTER OF THE SEA

2013

 

 

A NEW SLANT ON CLASSICLY INFUSED METAl

 

 

Minotauro is an Italian classically influenced Progressive Power Metal band that takes both Classical and Baroque influences and incorporates them into their songs. Unlike most bands of the genre though, their symphonic leanings sound integral to the pictures they paint. Interestingly whilst you can hear traces as varied as Virgin Steel and Queensryche in the mix there’s a wonderful simplicity to many of the compositions, rather than getting lost or swamped in orchestration.

 


‘The Idol’ which opens really is a song bookended by symphonic touches, whereas the title track that follows ups the pace and adds lashes of synth into the mix. Pushing forward like an ancient Maiden standard it’s this kind of driving anthem that suits Minotauro most of all.  

 


Baroque comes to the fore with ‘Hero’ and you’d be surprised how easily the Metal fuses the jaunty intro. Somehow though the band manages to fuse the elements and while you could argue at times the styles are rather ‘bolted together’ on songs like this they interact beautifully.

 


If you like this genre, want to hear some great vocals and guitar and a band that seem to really gel, yet hanker after a bit of variety it’s well worth checking out Minotauro. They may not break any boundaries but there’s enough diversity here to suggest that the band  has the imagination to go far.
Check out tracks like ‘Hero’; the interesting ‘Never Lose Your Faith’ or the keyboard laden Prog of ‘Taste of Freedom’. Best of all though is closer ‘Devil’s sign’ which employs a great melody and great layer vocals – let’s hope that’s the real sign of things to come.

 


For some this uncluttered approach to Symphonic music may not tick all the ‘overkill’ boxes, but others put off by the sometimes overwhelming complexity of the genre might just find this a refreshing change.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW MINOTAURO MASTER OF THE SEA 2013