Minotauro – Master of The Sea

Minotauro
Master of the Sea
Released 13th September 2013
Symphonic Power Metal
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘Master of the Sea’ is the debut album from the Italian symphonic power metal band Minotauro. The band cite classical, especially baroque music as a major influence on their sound and they work exclusively with Croatian Orchestra IstiraPhonic. This album also features some special guests including Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen) and Tom Naumann (Primal Fear, Sinner).

After a slow, orchestral intro akin to that of some adventure movie complete with the sounds of howling winds, we finally get to hear some metal. The first track The Idol combines Iron Maiden-esque story-telling vocals with a mixture of Blind Guardian -style power metal and the symphonic elements from Rhapsody of Fire. The guitar work ranges from progressive, as present in The Taste of Freedom, to guitar solo-infused and dangerously catchy depending on the track. Hero is a good example of the latter style as the guitars complement the vocals with some solos adding an extra boost of energy to the song.

There’s also a few tracks where the keyboards take the stage such as the aforementioned melodic and catchy Hero and the slow and downbeat ballad Another Day. This Is What We Need is much faster and heavier than its predecessors thanks to the pounding drums and the powerful guitar riffs ripping their way through the track’s symphonic undertones.

Overall this album would make a worthy addition to fans of symphonic power metal bands like Rhapsody of Fire and Blind Guardian. As for me, when it comes to power metal I think I’ll stick with Sabaton for now…

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

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