Groundbreakers: BrujeríaMatando Güeros

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Vamos a ver si aguantan la Brujería, güeros pendejos…

Institutionalized in 1989, Brujería made a revolution in the international representation of Latinos in the incipient extreme metal scene. Equally criticized and hailed for their lyrical content, nobody could deny their innovative stage persona as a group.

Lead by the charismatic Juan Brujo, the disguised musicians and supposed drug overlords summoned a new satanic panic with their full length debut, aptly titled Matando Güeros (Killing White People), raiding México and beyond with the depravity of their Deathgrind cocaine & tequila mix, influenced by bands like Terrorizer, Carcass and Repulsion.

They were the consorts of the Devil, the murderers, the enemies of the Church and even TV news shows dedicated airtime to the band linking the “música satánica” they were promoting with the increase of brutal murders in the north of the country, eventually perpetrated by real cartels.

The disgusting album cover featured the severed and partially burnt head, bought precisely by the band’s lead singer to the sensationalist Mexican tabloid “Alarma!” in order of increase the controversies on the easily shocked Latino population.

Their aesthetical choices, besides the explicit lyrical content, were paired to the message of the band. Juan Brujo and his band of criminals wore bandannas and balaclavas to hide their faces with serapes and machetes to represent the Mexican roots, while the aggressive speech of Satanism, drug smuggling and primitive sex was intensified with the intentional hidden identities of all the members. Dark and twisted “personalities” like Adolfo Constanza or Pablo Escobar were direct inspiration to the band, along the cited extreme musical background.

brujeria circa 1993 matando güeros review

“Plata o plomo, pinches culeros” (Brujería, circa 1993)

It is easy to target Brujería for these antics, dismissing their musical output and their palpable print on the global metal history. The noise they made with the outside community and the general population with the newspaper gossip material tale of terrorizing drug lords chased by the FBI was sometimes bigger than the release, but Matando Güeros is a fine slice of prototypical extreme metal paired with careful concision in regards of the band’s overall concept.

With the spoken word intro of “Pura de Venta”, we have a bloody taste of the filthy barrage to come in the next 33 minutes. The nasty rumbling bass sounds like the burbling odor of fresh open wounds, meanwhile the guitars, voices and guitars stench with putrefaction. The sloppy musical execution is a perfect mimic to the choppy killing methods of the brute narco forces.

The groovy cut “Matando Güeros” is an instant highlight and was becoming later a staple of the band’s live set and one of the most recognized songs of their catalog, but there is more meat to digest in this bad boy. “Verga del Brujo/Están Chingados”, “Seis, seis, seis” and “Molestando Niños Muertos” are gore rotted examples of the moody death metal sound, barely scratching the obscure doom metal graves.

On the other edge, we have frenzy circle pit inducing short machine gun grind attacks like “Leyes Narcos”, “Greñudos Locos” and “Desperado”, that are a delight to listen with those frantic and clumsy drumming.

The low-key brown production has not lose any charm with all the years passed since the debut of this album, it even serves as testament of the era and still being a clear representation of the band’s sound.

For the underrepresented Latino metal music niche, Brujería and Matando Güeros meant a lot more than we thought at first glance if we dissect a little more their formative year’s history. Their debut supported the Latino scene and gave a new voice to the underworld.

In another layer of analysis, we find that the incorporation of Mexican Spanish slang in the overall speech was a subtle invitation of inclusion of the Latino to the Metal community, which was going to be more globalized than ever with the underground tape-trading scene. It is worth to note that the lyrics have a hazy fraternal coding on the metalhead reunion in songs like “Greñudos Locos”, that was an embracing open letter of brotherhood to the Latino metalheads.

Their image was menacing at the time and also inspired a sense of cultural embrace for what the Mexican and Latino culture means, with all the social issues that faced millions of them on the road for an “American Dream”.

For their contribution to the global metal scene, for paving the road for Latinos to the competition of metal brutality, for having one of the most weirdest mascots of all time and for trolling old people in the 90s, we honor this record and these satanic criminals with the Groundbreakers Toilet ov Hell Award.

“Óiganme bien esto es para ustedes
Hermanos pobres y pinches greñudos
Estos versos son tuyos, no de gabachos
Los que no entienden, aprenden”.

Groundbreakers is the Toilet ov Hell’s Hall ov Fame where we induct some of the most important and influential metal albums of all time. Catch up on previous entries into this hallowed bowl.

Neurosis – Souls at Zero
Death – Symbolic
Fear Factory – Demanufacture
Voivod – Killing Technology
Today is the Day – Temple of the Morning Star
Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil
The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops
Ministry – The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Vulcano – Bloody Vengeance
Sleep – Holy Mountain
Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
Kayo Dot – Choirs of the eye
Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses
Bathory – Hammerheart
Blind Guardian – Imaginations from the Other Side
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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Artículo increíble.

    Me hubiera gustado verlo en español. Habría sido apropiado.

    • <3 Jajaja, I don't think everyone would have welcomed the full 200% volume Spanish article.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        I remember Axl Rosenberg wrote an article in Spanish once; it was one of the worse things he has ever written (and this is Axl Rosenberg we are talking about, so that says a lot)

        I’m pretty sure you could have pulled it off

        • Thanks, thanks for the support! I also remember that “article”, it was a trainwreck and I don’t thank you for remnding me that 😛

        • Depechemodeisgangsta

          I think he just google translated it lol.

  • Dumpster Lung

    I realize the inherent hypocrisy in not minding Brujeria’s over-the-top image, hidden faces, etc. and then hating on bands like King 810 for trying similar things, but it is what it is. Brujeria did it first, and better, and at least has a more specific theme than just “being tough guys in general.”

    It also helps that the music is way better. These guys are coming to my town in November. Ought to be a fun show.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      For me, to be honest, I don’t care much about lyrics and image as long as the music is good. That’s why I don’t like King 810. But if a band has got good tunes, I don’t care if the lyrics/image are about God, Satan, the Hare Krishna, Pablo Escobar, Jeffrey Dahmer or Mother Teresa

      • BobLoblaw

        There an entire album about Dahmer thats great!

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Yep. It’s probably my favorite from them

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

          • BobLoblaw

            As a concept album its top tier. Sinister Slaughter is straight intensity and the mix in Murder Metal is fucking flawless.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Macabre is pretty damn underrated! Sinister Slaughter is probably my favorite by them (and thus far the only album by them I own on cd).

          • BobLoblaw

            Very underrated. Used to have physical copies of Gloom, Sinister Slaughter, Unabomber and Minstrels before they got jacked.

          • more beer

            No band has ever been more devoted to writing about serial killers. I was talking to Lance after they played here a few years ago.(we have some mutual friends and we were all hanging out) He told me he sat in the courtroom as a spectator during the Dhamer trail numerous times. I think that is a huge reason why he was able to write this masterpiece..

          • Al Bvndy

            I think Church of Misery would respectfully disagree with you.

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            Nah, Macabre has been doing it way longer and without a single lineup change. They are way more devoted than Church Of Misery

          • more beer

            I didn’t see this since I responded to him thru notifications and told him them same thing.

          • more beer

            Sorry they haven’t released half as much material as Macabre. Macabre has also been doing it a decade longer them them as well. Which makes them the undisputed champs.

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            Weren’t they buddies with John Wayne Gacy?

          • more beer

            That I do not know the answer to.

      • Dumpster Lung

        That’s mostly how I am. Riffs first, lyrics 2nd. Always. Great lyrics can bolster an already great song, but great lyrics generally could not save a song that I found musically boring (unless it’s context within an album makes up for it or something).

        Bad lyrics can ruin a song though, even if it has decent riffs sometimes, depending on how intelligible they are, and how dumb they come across.

    • Óðinn

      They’ve stolen King 810’s schtick! 😉

  • excellent article! listening to the album for the FIRST TIME cause i’m a pleb.

    • Howard Dean
    • The Arm(KJM)

      Even the fuddy duddy old guy (i.e. me) likes this album.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
      • The Arm(KJM)

        Viva la Satanico! Seis seis seis!!!

      • ORIGIN COVERED “Revolución” ON THEIR NEW REKKID!!! IT’S OKAY. WISH I HAD A LINK TO SEND YOU.

        • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

          ME GONNA PICK UP NOO ORIGIN & LIVE BLIND GUARDIAN LATER THIS WEEK!!!!!!!! TODAY MAILMAN BRO BRING LEPROUS LIVE CD!!!!!!!!!!!

          • WHOA SH*T GORAK, I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A LIVE LEPROUS THINGY!! *QUEUES IT UP ON YOUTUBE*

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            GORAK COMPLETELY MISSED WHEN CAME OUT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

          • i see there’s a DVD but no blu-ray. what do they think this is, the stone age? oh shoot, sorry!

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            ME OWN 4K TEEVEE!!!!!! GORAK DISAPPOINT TOO BUT BOUGHT MOAR FOR CDS ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    NO SE JUEGA CON LAS LEYES DE LOS NARCO SATÁNICOS

  • Nice work hombre, I got this one on CD when it came out and is immediately folded the lyric sheet so that the severed head was on display instead of the plain black cover you in the record store.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Mine didn’t have a black cover. It is the severed head in the front and the cocaine in the back

  • Howard Dean

    Brujeria is good grind.

    –Senor Janitor Jim

    • Howard Dean

      For real though, great write up homie. In honor of this article, I think I need to go watch that Venezuelan prison video where the dude gets his fingers chopped off with a hatchet. Malandros get stitches.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Album rules. Nice work, Link!

  • The Arm(KJM)

    Viva la Pancho Villa!!!!

  • The Arm(KJM)
  • The Arm(KJM)

    Que se vaya Trump pa carajo!

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Que chingue a su puta madre ese pendejo!

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Cool review Link! I never listened to this band before because for some reason I always just assumed they were nu metal, but this is rather awesome stuff.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      To be honest, this one is their only true essential album. Their second album is a fun listen but hardly mandatory. Their third album sucks. And their fourth and most recent one is great but it kinda sounds more like modern era Napalm Death with Spanish lyrics than Brujeria

  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse
  • sweetooth0

    I managed to score Brujeria – Brujerizmo on vinyl when a buddy gave me all his records to pay me back money he owed me. Never went back and dived into the earlier stuff, now I’m gonna have to!!

    Also I think it’s pretty funny that Shane Embury is in this band considering he’s British.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      So was Jeff Walker, who seems to be really into Mexican/Latino culture (Carcass’ “Mount Of Execution” is about the Mexican drug war)

      What did you think about Brujerizmo? Because I honestly though that album was terrible

      • sweetooth0

        I only listened to it once so I actually can’t really remember, ha ha ha ha.

      • That’s probably my favorite song from Surgical Steel!

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Y la mía también

  • Max

    I’ll always remember the ad for Matando Gueros in Metal Maniacs when it came out: Bearing the slogan “Some music was meant to stay underground.” Fighting words during the “grunge sell-out” era. I could not help but be impressed.