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23_58_, October 9th, 2004

It's almost impossible to review this album objectively. This is the most important argentine heavy metal record ever, and I would dare to say, one of the most influential ones in South America, if not the most influential. Anyone who has witnessed a heavy metal concert in Argentina can testify this, as people just go insane whenever a band does a V8 song. Besides, this was the first heavy metal album in my country. There was some heavy music in the 70's and early 80's, of course, but no one had written lyrics about metal, or called themselves a "heavy metal band" before.

There isn't much to say about the music. The style resembles a lot to Motörhead, with some Sabbath influences thrown in, and this is not strange, as the members of the band were (and still are) fans of those two bands. First track, "Destrucción", is the argentine heavy metal hymn, played in almost every concert, by any local band. It's a very short song, which starts with a motor sound, turning into a simple and fast riff. The aggressive lyrics were totally new here, as well as the thunderous drumming. "Parcas sangrientas" comes next, and it's not as fast as Destrucción, but it's great anyway. Beto Zamarbide's HEAVY METAL scream at the beginning is already classic, and drummer Gustavo Rowek does an impressive job with the double bass. "Si puedes vencer al temor" starts in a more mid-paced way, with a doomy Sabbath-insipired riff, but then turning into another speedy tune, with great soloing by Osvaldo Civile. "Ángeles de las tinieblas" picks up the pace again, with another simple riff, and you can cleary hear Iorio's bass rumbling in the chorus. "Tiempos metálicos" has a slow intro, but also turns into an awesome heavy metal anthem, with a great chorus, and fabulous guitar licks behind it. "Muy cansado estoy" features another intro, before turning into a powerful mid-tempo tune, which contains one of my favourite solos in the whole album. "Brigadas metálicas" speeds up again, offering some anti-hippie lyrics, which fit just fine in the context of the album. "Torturador" has the funniest lyrics in the whole record, which were apparently written by Civile, and dedicated to his dentist. Lastly, "Hiena de metal" is the shortest song here, with a solo by guest guitarist Pappo, an argentinian legend, who did some Sabbath-influenced music back in the 70's, and helped V8 to get a record deal and live gigs.

This album is essential for any argentinian or spanish speaking metalhead, and apart from its not very good production and short duration, it still remains as a south american heavy metal classic, more than 20 years after its release.