Get Your Party Started with the Salsa Rock of Cachicamo con Caspa

Need music to headbang, dance and add some excitement to your awful life? Grab a beer and listen to Cachicamo con Caspa y Leiko, el Perro de la III Dimensión. The party is about to get started.

Ahh… The tropical breeze refreshing your skin is great, isn’t it? Here in these Caribbean countries, we like to party and having fun. Are you worried about tomorrow? Do not worry about that, mi pana, just have a cold beer and crank high octane happy music. Are you broke because you lost your job? That is OK, you will get one tomorrow, amigo, just have a cold beer and crank high octane happy music.

That’s the way of the Latino, forcing himself into a good mood, even in the worst circumstances. To illustrate that spirit, I can cite the name of one of the most renowned figures in the Latin-American music, Celia Cruz, a Cuban singer that never made a sad song because she had the goal of bringing happiness to her fans. We are like that.

The injection of Heavy Metal into our culture has created disparate results. A couple of bands made it into the Worldwide Extreme Music Hall of Fame, and another myriad bands never even got their own epitaphs. I always wonder, why is Latin-American Metal like that?

My hypothesis is the lack of synchronicity between bleak metal narratives and the Latino flame, you know, “El fuego”, that happy spirit that allows us to persevere and conquer our goals, that “tumbao”, that “guaguancó”, that makes us dance in the darker segments of our history. Maybe we are happy people and metal just reminds us our crappy environments?

Started back in 2005 in Venezuela, Cachicamo con Caspa could be the missing link that proves my theory. This Venezuelan behemoth makes a dangerous cocktail with a combination of musicianship, rum, metal and Latin rhythms. The band started as an act of revenge and rebellion after the leader of the band was rejected in Latin American Idol auditions in Caracas with unfair treatment. In the same moment that he left the building, a legend was born, and now our parties are blessed with the excellence of the Cachicamos and their mascot, Leyko, the III Dimension dog.

Commanded by the virtuoso singer DJ Gianko, aided by the talented Yaramí, the Cachicamo con Caspa warriors unleash the dark forces of extreme music and the light side of danceable rhythms to put your bullet belts and spikes to shine with constant hip shaking. They use organ sounds like most raspa canilla bands as a fast melodic substitute for the guitar with avalanches of charrascas and timbales that form a solid rhythmic base that will crush your intestines with a smile.

Popular hits like “Chop Suey”, “Do the Evolution” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” got the Cachicamo treatment. Gianko spits the lyrical lines with so much groove that your pants will fall and your heart will quickly gallop with such Latino sensuality. Heavy hitters “Enter Sandman”, “Creeping Death” and “Walk” melt faces with salsa shredding, while angsty rock fueled “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Creep” covers can be shared with those awful kids that populate the scenes with their constant whines.

Until this date, the duo has released three albums: Pura Cabilla, Doble Infarto Bailable and Holocausto Tropical Vol. 1, along with a live album entitled En Vivo en Carora. And you can find some cool selected tunes and low resolution live videos, like a good and credible kvlt band.

You don’t need to understand the Cachicamo con Caspa music, because your feet are moving and you are feeling now the urge to dance and you know it. You are now part of the Third Dimension of the Salsa Rock, and you’re trapped with us. Embrace the salsa void and die with a party overdose.

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Published on: January 13, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Stanley
    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      You can take King Shit to a discooooooooooooooooooooo, he won’t even get out on the floor. That music ain’t got that blackened soul, like that old time death merol.

  • 29F/-3C in Somerville, MA, USA.

    Nah, not feeling it…

    • It was 4° this morning. Real feel of -14°.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lf-A1j4y3A

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        It snowed for like 5 minutes here today, I was considering getting out and making a black metal video but then it stopped.

    • 28C today in Hellcaibo. It’s pretty fresh today.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Were gonna get into the 40s today

      • Dubs

        It was 26 when I drove to work this morning.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      We’ve only got about -12C

  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    That is some, let’s say interesting, music.

    • I have never listened Enter Sandman the same way. I always avoided that song like the plague, but now I dance and tap my feet when I listen to whatever version.

      I remember the butthurt when these songs were released. The ‘rockers’ of the country were mad with the Pantera and Metallica versions.

      • Because of ECW, I have a slight fondness for ‘enter sandman’ that I didn’t have before.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        I don’t mind crazy different covers.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I’ll check them out solely because of their adorable mascot

  • COAL ROLL

    Kinda reminds me of Richard Cheese

  • Obligatory Seinfeld GIF.

    “All right, who’s dancin’? C’mon, who’s dancin’? You want me to get it started? I’ll get it started. Whew!”

    http://i.giphy.com/13Y6LAZJqRspI4.gif

    • Limbs flailing, arms akimbo…

      • “It was more like a full bodied dry heave set to music.”

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        *gets the limbo bar ready*

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Everybody, everybody’s feeling hot hot hot!

      http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/7-10-2015/nKdyqg.gif

      • Downvoted.

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          MobiusStripVoted. ^^^^^^

      • Guppusmaximus

        Twerking? What’s that…

  • When you said there was a Latin American version of “Chop Suey”, it made total sense that something like that would translate. Very cool stuff Link!

    • love the new identity

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        It’s good.

      • Embracing my inner self.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Nice mids you have there

          Oh wait

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Spot on.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm
          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Mids are important. Very important.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I just realised you can’t even see what the second mid knob is set to. The key with the Mt2 is to set the mid knobs to mirror eachother in the Y axis so that it makes some variation on a V shape.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I haven’t played around too much with a metal zone before.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            A lot of people talk shit about the metal zone because of the stigma associated with the 12 year old sc00ped mids stereotype, but come on. None So Vile. Butchered at Birth. Game over.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            It does get a lot of shit, but I don’t have a problem with it. With anything, you just have to know how to use it.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            In other news I’ve finally found a drop tuning I actually like.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Do tell.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I was on a Nile binge and decided it would be fun to learn Sacrifice Unto Sebek’s intro. After trying to play it in A standard I realised there are just some things you can’t play in a standard tuning.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Bad. Ass.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Plus it means I can still play Darkthrone and Emperor on the top 5 strings. Drop tuning in general is still for 13 year olds who want to only ever play the same power chords though

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      “Welcome to the Toilet!”
      -McNulty

      • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

        You suck, tapir

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Water is wet

      • “I secretly love everybody.”
        -Tapir

        • “Dissection is the best.”
          -Tapir

          • Tyree, i was gonna FB you but i don’t have access at work. you got me into Gadget if memory serves. they released two songs from the upcoming album and they are >>>>>

          • Oh, I’ll have to check them out. Gadget is some quality grind.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Looks like someone wants to die.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            “I got extra tickets to Mama Mia. Anyone else wanna come?”

            -Tapir

    • Lacertilian

      New name>>>

  • FranticticticTIC YAAAAGHGHGHGH!

    ¡VIVA ARGENTINA, CHÉ!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVW-ldMqCF4

    • Maik Beninton™

      FRANTIC TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    I likey! Sounds kinda like Os Mutantes and King Chango jamming with Mr. Bungle.

    • Heh, King Chango used to play around here a lot. Shit, I think I may have even gotten high with them once or twice.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        I’d imagine that they can smoke A LOT! They’re back together, I think. I liked a couple of their songs back in the day, but that ‘Melting Pot’ video was so hilariously cheesy.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLzJcCaM2rQ

    • Desorden Público>>>>>>>>>>>>>>King Changó

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Never heard them. Toss me a song, por favor?

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    Old school salsa metal from good old Puerto Rico.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyoV6mk74_o

    • Dubs

      Pretty sure these guys are nu metal.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        More or less, but still metal nonetheless. With quite a bit of salsa thrown in.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        I work with Puerto Rican guy and he told me to check these guys out of i liked metal… I kindly informed him “they’re not bad”

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Im usualy havin to be nice like that to my customers who hear me pull up with metal blasting, that or my hippy dippy liberal radio

          • Dubs

            To people who don’t listen to metal, it usually isn’t worth it to try to explain why you don’t like one “screamo” band compared to another. If they’re genuinely interested, maybe, but it usually isn’t worth the time.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Yeah, i was trying to explain that to one of my cornbread redneck coworkers not long ago. That, no, this isnt screamo. And no screamo isnt heavy.

            Pointless

          • Dubs

            I just try to be polite. “This band isn’t really my thing.” or “This is a bit different than screamo.”

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Im not irascible to my coworkers, until theyre about to get fired. Then, wgaf

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I wish I had your tact. I simply say “this shit is fucking awful”.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I can’t stand it when people use the “screamo” word. I just bite my tongue as best i can.

          • my co-workers used to complain about my heavy metal, until i started playing female-fronted pop. problem solved.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Yeah, i just role with it and try not to insult anybody.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I usually avoid talking about music with my co-workers because they don’t understand there is more than one way to listen to a song. But, I’m still, in some ways, an elitist prick so a conversation about music doesn’t stay a conversation because they are usually stuck with the famous / entertainment aspect and have no clue about the importance of musical proficiency. Case in point, one of them told me that Chris Squire wasn’t as important as David Bowie… *ugh*

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            It’s really hard sometimes.

            I probably would’ve lost my cool and done some table flipping in that case though…

          • Guppusmaximus

            Yea, I was pretty enraged. Chris helped draw the map for Progressive Rock as a genre. I like Bowie but, imho, his standout work was the material that he collaborated on with actual talent (Fame – Lennon, Under Pressure – Mercury, Lets Dance – Vaughn, Afraid of Americans – Reznor) I mean, If we were talking about Lennon or McCartney, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, I probably would’ve given some ground but I’m sorry Bowie doesn’t compare to a founding players & main songwriters for one if not the greatest Prog Rock band to ever exist…

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I would go ahead and acknowledge YES as the greatest Prog band of all time. Bowie has had more of a culture impact than Squire, but musically, as the conversation dictated, Squire/YES have influenced countless of musicians to strive for excellence.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            King Crimson >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes
            Van der Graaf Generator >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yes

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I will respect your opinion, but will still stand by my previous statement.

          • Guppusmaximus

            Funny enough, Bill Bruford started w/ YES. I can’t dispute the importance of either of those bands BUT I have to side w/ the Stoutdrinker that YES are the greatest.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Bill Bruford. My gosh, what a great drummer.
            PS thanks for backing me!

          • Guppusmaximus

            You got it, man:) “Fragile” absolutely melted my mind when I first heard it and that was easily 15-20 years after it was released. I wonder how many people didn’t “get it” back in the 70s. It’s such a beautiful fusion of virtuosity, experimenting and memorable melodies along with thought provoking lyrics. It really is the culmination of Progression & Songwriting. I don’t think they ever topped that album, but I could be wrong…

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I had the same exact reaction after listening to that masterpiece for the first time, also years after it was released. I listened to nothing else for a solid week. It kept getting better and better. I tried listening to other things and would end up switching back to it. The way each member wrote their own personal song had me entranced and intrigued. It is untouchable. And i do believe it to be their best album.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            What are your favorite albums by those two?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            From KC, their debut and Lizards. From Van der Graaf, Pawn Hearts (probably my fav prog album).

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Right on.
            Crimson King has one of my top 5 album covers.

  • From their brand gnu 7″ on Rise Above
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGTT0yLLBIw

  • Eliza

    I can’t allow happiness in my miserable life. Sadness is the best thing about it.

  • Waynecro

    That was a fun and interesting article, Link. Nice job! I gave those tunes a shot, but they’re just not for me. I think my hatred-fueled fighting spirit is at odds with the El Fuego you speak of.

  • Lacertilian

    Haha, that chant section of Creeping Death was nuts.