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So close at the top - 90%

Tio_Mac, June 1st, 2010

New album, new step forward. Ironically, this huge quality leap would be the last one Beer Mosh would ever do.

The time frame: 1996. The band kept rooted to what they believed in when the Spanish thrash and crossover scenes were fading away into the uprising death and black metal currents (let alone the grunge and nu metal thing). For the first time, Beer Mosh wrapped up a strong line-up with Inaki's voice & presence as the constant over the years. With new additions of Jabi (later in Soziedad Alkoholika) and Roberto Crespo on guitars, Kike Mora delivering creative and strong bass guitar lines and Javi Martinez on drums (who came along the road since "A todos los cerdos les llega su San Martin") they came to success just when the time was off.

Sadly, "Injusta Prision" was released maybe a little bit too late. Bad sales, poor live attendances, the endless (and wrong) comparisons with Soziedad Alkoholika and what seemed an incapacity to tour outside the Basque Country finally ended in the band breaking up. The good thing is that this album, kind of a swan song, may leave you gasping for air when it's over.

The first thing you notice when you first listen it is that the evolution that was already something so noticeable on their previous album has finally got to a point you have to turn your head and look at Beer Mosh wether you like it or not. The songs now were well constructed, elaborated, with good rythmic variations and tempo locking-up. The vocal patterns fit perfectly on the music for the first time. The rage, the wrath, they are still there but now under control. The general feeling you get is some kind of well focused rawness, some kind of control in the chaos.

The songs speak for themselves from beginning to end. There is no one I would take off the album. Strong thrash metal showings one after another. My favourite ones are "Injusta prision", "Por que te vistes de blanco?", "Manipulacion", "Mentes enfermas" and the two best tracks on the whole album: "Muero" (speedy double bass drumming and head crushing riffs) and "Esto es Bilbao" (close to Bay Area sounds, a song about what was going on in the Bilbainan streets in the mid nineties).

This time you get crystal clear production, everything sounds so good you've got to give a thumbs up almost immediately.

This was the end. Sadly this wast the last album Beer Mosh would ever release, but it remains also as a classic of its time. It stands today with ease, go play it now.