Wednesday, 18 April 2012

BRUJERIA - Matando Güeros (1993)

01  Pura de Venta
02  Leyes Narcos
03  Sacrificio
04  Santa Lucia
05  Matando Gueros
06  Seis Seis Seis
07  Cruza La Frontera
08  Grenudos Locos
09  Chingo de Mecos
10  Narcos – Satanicos
11  Desperado
12  Culeros
13  Misas Negras (Sacrifisio III)
14  Chinga Tu Madre
15  Verga Del Brujo/Estan Chingados
16  Molestando Ninos Muertos
17  Machetazos (Sacrifisio II)
18  Castigo Del Brujo
19  Cristo De La Roca

'Matando Güeros' is the debut album from the band Brujeria, released on July 6th 1993 via Roadrunner Records. The band formed in Tijuana, Mexico in 1989. Their name comes from the Spanish word for "witchcraft". Their songs, which are sung entirely in Spanish, are focused on Satanism, anti-Christianity, sex, immigration, narcotics smuggling and politics.

Musically, this album is pretty average, albeit well played and with an acceptable production. It's typical grindcore musicianship. Juan Brujo's vocals are just a Latin version of Lee Dorrian or Jeff Walker, with some elements thrown in of his own. Nothing new or spectacular, but this album has some good moments; "Leyes Narcos", "Sacrificio", "Seis Seis Seis", the thrasher instrumental piece "Chinga Tu Madre" and of course the classic title track are pure grindcore pieces that may easily convince the avid circle pit veteran to part with some cash for this album (or more likely download it). Don't expect a progressive avant-garde album while listening to 'Matando Güeros', as you won't find one. This was quite adring and dangerous record back in '93, but Brujeria acomplished the fundamental goal for bands who don't want to introduce anything new: conviction. Brujeria believe 100% in what they do, and that is reflected in their disciplined extreme metal, which appears to be a joke at first, but is extremely serious and somewhat disconcerting judging by the deadpan nature of successive releases.

Some stores in the U.S. and other countries refuse to sell this album, due to its front cover, which depicts a person out of shot holding up a decapitated head. Roadrunner released a censored version with the cover showing just the name of the band and album title on a black background. Subsequently, the image of the head would become an emblem of the band, transforming themselves into their mascot known as Coco Loco. Thanks to the record and rumours generated, Brujeria became more popular.

If you're looking for serious death metal, avoid this. If you're a fan of low fidelity, novelty death grind, give this a listen. You could do a lot worse...

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