There is nothing great about killing whales, but you’ll be pleased to know that Minus agree as well. It’s been a long time since those wacky Icelandics have made any noise on these shores. Four years to be exact. Those expecting a masterpiece in those years will be disappointed to hear The Great Northern Whalekill. It is strange to say that an album as fast, raw and aggressive as this could be safe but that’s just what this. There is a lack of imagination in this record, settling for standard garage thrash ‘n’ roll. Only on ‘Throwaway Angel’ and ‘Futurist’ do we hear the Minus that excited us when we first heard them, the former offering oft-kilter rhythms and sounding as chaotic as their reputation while the latter is what it says, at the same time managing to have all the qualities of a great pop song.
Perhaps the general lack of creativity and originality that Minus have proved they are capable of is a calculated move to reach a wider market. The likes of ‘Rip It Up’ and ‘Rhythm Cure’ even with the shredding guitar is the kind of metal that could see them selling out arenas. In doing so, like the majority of this album, they have proved to be an average and often dull band.