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Their weakest, still pretty good. - 75%

6CORPSE6GRINDER6, November 12th, 2012

Brujería’s third album, released five years later than its predecessor, features a more mechanic-industrial groove influence than their original grindcore based frenzy. Songs are meant to be catchier and that effect is totally accomplished, but I think it compromised a little the raw and mean principles this band was founded on. These groovy sections are slower, more easygoing. The memorability of these riffs however, make them fun and enjoyable just not in the same aggressive and dirty way their first records did. This humoristic hint has always been an integral part of the band anyway, so it isn’t like this record is going in a whole different direction, it’s just a softened version of their previous works.

Production wise, this album has the most modern production of the three. It doesn't sound acoustic, everything sounds much more digital and surrounding. I would say it sounds heavier, but somehow songwriting doesn't have the same weight and bad vibe their earlier albums did. Its heaviness is a matter of the mix really. Bass guitar is much more present, not as distorted as it was on “Matando Güeros” but not as clean as on “Raza Odiada”. This time they modeled a metallic and solid tone for the low end, equalized so that the mids and trebles help it to cut through the rest of the sounds. Very crunchy and dirty it gives more texture to the music really, and it gives the whole band a very live sound I would say. It shares the spotlight with the guitars every now and then, and it’s loud enough in the mix to be heard individually all the time even if it doesn't stand out by the bass lines themselves, that just stick to the guitar riffs.

Guitars’ distortion is very sharp and solid too, not too acid to dilute the weight of the instrument but still strident. Performance is utterly accurate, palm muted riffs are nailed perfectly; another aspect that helps tremendously to the overall cleanliness of the six string tracks. This technique in general gives an extremely sharp and edgy sound to guitars they took advantage from in a very fitting way. There are some pinch harmonics and high pitched chords here and there, these arrangements are applied correctly and bedizen nicely the riffs. Riffing as I said before isn't as old school as it was; it’s more modern, catchy and has a wider sense of melody and keys I feel. This gives the band’s compositions a more “planned” atmosphere; not as intuitive, raging and messy as on their past albums.

Drums are recorded perfectly too, the snare and the bass drums sound very live and acoustic, not so triggered. This kind of contrasts the modern polished production, but still sounds pretty cool. Better than on their past efforts I would say. The same goes for the cymbals, you can hear them very deeply and you can feel their shape in the music, not just like the insertion of an occasional splash. It sounds very “3D” if that makes sense to you, not as flat as on old school recordings. The improvement in the recording process in those years was very notable, they set pretty much today’s standard regarding the vividness and saturation of extreme music tapes. The use of blast-beats and fast “tupa-tupa” beats in general is relegated to a second plane, this time slow and groovy rhythms are used more often. The performance behind the drum kit is top notch really, every strike sounds very even and the technique of the drummer can be appreciated nicely.

Vocals are the most constant department of the band, Juan Brujo’s weird accent is always present and ready to add more sarcasm to the already twisted lyrics; dealing with drug abuse, border issues and violent sex. Being sung in Spanish but written originally in English, lyrics suffer from slight grammar issues but it's funnier that way. And that's what this band is about after all, having fun.