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Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan

Posted in CD, Grindcore, Metal with tags , , , on 17th September 2016 by izaforestspirit

Brujeria
Pocho Aztlan
Released 16th September 2016
Grindcore/Death Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast


The Mexican-American death-grind band Brujeria are back with a new album ‘Pocho Aztlan’, their first full length release in sixteen years. ‘Pocho Aztlan’ follows ‘Brujerizmo’ which was released back in 2000. The band was originally formed in 1989 but they have been on hiatus various times due to line-up changes and the members being involved in other bands.

Now, before I start the review, I would like to clarify what exactly is death-grind metal. Well, the biggest clue is in the name “death-grind” combines the brutality of death metal with the ferociously fast speed of grindcore. So it’s loud, brutal, aggressive and fast; and about as melodic as a chainsaw… In Brujeria’s case, the grindcore elements come from Juan Brujo’s shouting and the overall feel and the speed of the music. There’s not a hell of a lot in the way of death metal on here, with the possible exception of drumming style and the odd guitar riff. These guys clearly just have a habit of bashing their instruments as hard as they can. The closest comparison I can think of would be Napalm Death – only in Spanish and with a slightly irritating vocal style.

As with their previous albums, the lyrical themes are pretty much the same: crime, drug use and smuggling all laced with a sizable amount of (possibly Mexican) slang, swear words and insults. For example Plata o Plomo is a clear reference to drug trafficking originally used by the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Bruja stands out as one of the very few tracks to feature a slight groove metal tinge in the guitars which makes it more tolerable than the majority of the album. Oh, and by tolerable I mean listenable – it is not great or even good by any means. The only decent song on here is their cover of The Dead Kennedys’ California Uber Aztlan which suits their style remarkably well.

In summary, to call this a death metal album would be a gross misunderstanding of the term. Brujeria’s chosen sound is primarily grindcore with the very occasional death metal tinge. As far as grindcore goes, it’s no match for bands like Napalm Death nor is it as fast or technical as The Berzerker nor as dark and creepy as Anaal Nathrakh.

2/5

Iza Raittila

Arch Enemy promise to immortalise Mexico City

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Arch Enemy are preparing for two shows in Mexico City tonight and Thursday (6th December), the latter of which will see them perform the Wages of Sin album in its entirety. The band issued the following statement:

Sold out Mexico City show to be filmed for upcoming live DVD with a pro-filming team and audio recording! We just confirmed the video crew for today. Bring your banners, flags and every inch of passion for metal (and Arch Enemy of course) you got to this show. We will immortalize you, Mexico City!

 

Arch Enemy add second Mexico City date; To play Wages of Sin in its entirety

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish death metallers Arch Enemy have announced a second show in Mexico City, on December 6th, where they’ll perform their Wages Of Sin album in it’s entirety.

The band released an update which states: “We are celebrating the 10th year anniversary of our Wages Of Sin album in 2012 – a defining release in the history of Arch Enemy as you might know. We have decided to dedicate the last Arch Enemy concert of 2012 to this album and our Mexican fans and play it in its entirety (plus an encore of rare Arch Enemy songs). If you are anywhere near Mexico City on December 6th – don’t miss out on this truly unique event which will not be repeated! Be there and become a part of Arch Enemy‘s history!” Tickets are available at this location.

The band also recently issued the following announcement regarding their plans for the DVD: “Big news for our upcoming Latin & South America tour! We will be documenting the entire tour for the next official Arch Enemy DVD (to be released in 2013)! We are bringing along the team from Filmefahrer Pictures (who also shot the Cologne, Germany 2012 show) to film the shows, do interviews with the band members, shoot backstage footage, fans and incidentals during the entire run of the tour. We are so excited to come back to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico as well as discovering new places like Uruguay, Peru and Costa Rica that we simply must immortalize this experience – and the crazy fans we’ll meet along the way! Additionally we will have the team from Abysmo filming the Chile show in HD with several cameras. We are also looking into recording the Mexico show with a local film team there. Stay tuned and come to the shows, if you want to be a part of our next DVD (and Blue-ray) extravaganza! Khaos Legions – Heed Our War Cry!

The band’s video message about the Latin America Khaos Legions tour can be viewed below.

Arch Enemy’s tour schedule is now as follows:

November
21 – Teatro Caupolican – Santiago, Chile
23 – Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 – Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
27 – Club Platense – Montevideo, Uruguay
29 – Centro de convenciones Scencia de la Molina – Lima, Peru

December
1 – Club Peppers – San José, Costa Rica
4 – Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico
6 – Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico (performing Wages Of Sin album)

 

TDV suffer issues with Latin American tour and rebook for next year

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 24th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Following a string of issues with what was meant to be their 2012 Latin American tour, Theatres Des Vampires have been forced to rebook their Latin American tour for next year due to issues with customs in Venezuela. The issues first began when Venezuelan Customs Officers deported the band back to Italy, after the passports, belonging to all members of Theatres Des Vampires were marked as “INAD” – Inadmissible, meaning they aren’t allowed entry to the country, though no reason for this marking has been shown on the databases.

Theatres Des Vampires’ Latin American tour has been rescheduled for February and March next year, beginning 23rd February in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will end 3rd March in Bogotà, Argentina, with other dates to be announced. The band offer their deepest apologies to all their fans who had bought tickets to the shows and express that they hope to see all their fans on the rescheduled tour.

Frontwoman Sonya released the following statement on her personal Facebook page, explaining the situation: “Dear friends, as you know Theatres Des Vampires has been victims of a deportation last week in Caracas, where we were supposed to start our Latin American Tour.

The Venezuelan authorities refused us to enter Venezuela, and even to go ahead with the tour flying to Buenos Aires, deporting us back to Italy. For this reason we had no choice than cancel the show in Caracas and suspend the shows in Buenos Aires and San Paolo. Our Management has been working all these days together with the Latin American Promoters in order to let us fly to Mexico tomorrow and save at least the shows in Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia but a new problem came up yesterday:
During the “issue” with the Venezuelan Border Police, Simon’s passport has been damaged , once back to Italy he went to the Italian Passports Office to ask for a new one with “urgency matter” to have the new one on time for tomorrow (in order to leave again on Tuesday) but during the procedure of the release of the new passport, we discovered that ALL the TDV passports has been marked by the Venezuelans as “INAD” (Inadmissible in Venezuela as not welcome in that country), the mark was not visible on the passport pages because it goes on the international database that is visible only when the passport is scanned through the electronic chip.

The reason because they are considered “INAD” is not shown in the database, so once at the passports control of any country the Custom Police can’t see the reason why they were not admitted in Venezuela and it can be for any kind of reason (terrorism, criminal or whatever) so the risk now is that we buy new flights to fly back to Latin America to play Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia and once there, because of this passports problem, the Mexican or Guatemaltese or Colombian Border Police could not accept us and deport us to Italy again because previously marked as INAD in Venezuela. As you can understand this is a risk that we can’t take. Our manager has been at the Urgency Affairs Office of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs for the whole day trying to find the way to fix this unfortunately, even if they are very cooperative with us and they completely understand the situation (that we are not talking about terrorists or criminals) they need a lot of documents and paperwork that we are not able to provide in just one day, because this process will take a few weeks. For this reason the only solution we have is to POSTPONE the whole Latin American tour in a few months. This is mean that all the shows are suspended and will be rescheduled between February and March. The new tour will start from Buenos Aires on February 23rd and will finish in Bogotá on March 3rd. The other rescheduled dates will be announced very soon. All the tickets bought for the concerts in September will be valid for the rescheduled concerts in February/March or eventually refundable. We want to thank our management (Swex Booking) and all the promoters involved in this tour (NWM Productions, Beauty in Darkness Productions, Hominis Nocturna Productions, Helado Productions, Vintage Music and Bogotá Gothic Fest) for their understanding and all their efforts to save these concerts and then we want to thank all our Latin American fans, you’ve been waiting for us for many years and we were very close to come back, we will just have to wait a few months then we really hope to see you all there!”

Everyone at Valkyrian Music wishes Theatres Des Vampires luck for the rescheduled tour.

Metal Heaven For Mexico

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

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The line-up for Mexico’s biggest metal festival “Heaven And Hell” is now complete. Legendary thrash metallers Megadeth will be headlining the event on 19th November in Guadalajara, Mexico. Other acts confirmed for the event include Moonspell, Fear Factory, Overkill and Tristania. This is the second edition of the festival – the first one being back in October, 2010.

MaYaN have also been booked for the festival as part of their South American tour. Henning Basse [MaYaN, Sons Of Seasons] had the following to say regarding both the festival and the MaYaN tour: “Well, it’s definitely a killer thing to me – it’s just awesome and honouring! You know this whole tour will be an huge release of pure energy to me. I will show my skills every night and kick ass!”

For more details on the festival, go to: http://www.hellandheavenfest.com/

For more details regarding MaYaN’s South American tour, visit either their official Facebook page or their official website.

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