HistoryThe Switzerland-based heavy metal band was founded in 1994 and operated under its old monicker for six years. Singer Gilberto was in and out of the band. A demo, named Soul Cries Out, appeared in 2001. Outbreak (2003) and Plead Not Guilty (2007) followed. The band issued an independent live CD and DVD in 2008. The band next issued a record through the Germany-based Firefield Records. The group added Japan to the list of countries it visited. A compilation called Guardian Of Time showed up in 2017.
GONOREAS – MINOTAUR – ART GATES
The band with the charming name has been around for over two decades. It is not surprising that the sound and arrangements are mature. The problem is that the songs and riffs are not interesting. They are not bad or sloppy, but they just do not inspire excitement. The workmanlike vocals and music deliver pure heavy metal without standing out.
A Middle Eastern intro leads to the first song for a total of ten tracks. Seeds Of A New Future is obviously inspired by Metallica’s Hit The Lights. Gonoreas is neither as bad as the consistently terrible Americans nor a thrash band like Kill ‘Em All-era Metallica, but the song stands out in that regard. Price Of Eternity is aggressive though. Behind The Wall is instead a slow song with acoustic strumming. The title track features the singer Leandro go for the higher notes and like the rest of the album is a solid outing that is never mind-blowing. Transcendence is an instrumental that begins like a classic Scorpions tune. The variety spans hard rock, heavy metal and thrashy bits and the vocals mix newer and older Bruce Dickinson and there you have it. Minotaur is a reliable and well-built album that fails in that intangible and exciting department of things. – Anna Tergel