Brujeria: "Pocho Aztlan" Album Review

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Brujeria: "Pocho Aztlan" Album Review

I must admit, I’m new to the Brujeria world. I completely missed them over the years, including their last album which was released 16 years ago. Don’t ask me how or why. I just don’t have a good answer for you. That said, I did listen to all the old albums for comparison sake before reviewing Pocho Aztlan, their newest release

The band, featuring none other than Napalm Death‘s Shane Embury and Carcass Jeff Walker along with vocalist Juan Brujo, are firing on all cylinders here. The songs range anywhere from pure death metal to brutal grind to Pantera-like groove, even including an almost industrial sound. After listening to the old albums, I don’t think they’re breaking any molds here, but they have produced a very solid album that is sure to please their legions. The lyrics are all in Spanish, which made me really want to learn the language just so I could understand them!

The title track opens with an eerie B-movie sounding clip and then launches into the sound of helicopters descending down before evolving into an all-out tribal riff fest. It’s pummeling! “No Aceptan Imitaciones” is a death metal feast that comes on like an out-of-control freight train. “Profecia Del Anticristo” has a groove element amid razor riffs and staccato drums, and it is one of my favorite songs here. “Angel De La Frontera” is a straightforward bruiser with a sing-along chorus that is sure to be on the live setlist. Its riff is simple and the chorus stays with you for hours afterward. “Plato O Plomo” has an industrial element that recalls Ministry but with a tinge of Soulfly. It’s more frantic than either of the aforementioned bands, which is what makes it pure Brujeria. “Satongo” is pure grind at it’s finest, fast and furious. “California Uber Aztlan” is their take on the Dead Kennedy‘s “California Uber Alles” and is the perfect track to end this lesson in brutality.

Although I couldn’t understand 99 percent of the lyrics here, the riffs speak a universal language. Metal knows no color or language barrier, and that’s one of the reasons we love it so much. All hail Brujeria!

Pocho Aztlan is out September 16 on Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order it here!

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