"The Ultimate Destroyer" (Southern Lord; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Rejoice, heavy metal fans, as the second installment of Chicago's finest mythological metal trio has arrived for all to bow down to. 

Lair of the Minotaur returns with a seething vengeance, unfurling an obliterating nine-track offering whose sheer metallic fury is second to none. From the vicious grooves that supercharge tracks like "Horror" to the manic pace of "Lord of Butchery", to slow churned death gallop of "Engorged with Unborn Gore" to the meticulously diabolic "Cannibal Massacre" (with vocals from Cattle Decapitation's Trevor Ryan), every track here is brazen with a headbangingly heinous array of thrash, black, death, groove, and classic metal, making "The Ultimate Destroyer" the perfect album to unleash your inner demons. 

The liner notes denote that this album is dedicated to metal, and no truer words could have been spoken.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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