Brujeria – Matando Güeros – Decibel Journal


Throughout considered one of our many conversations for this Corridor of Fame entry, the nice Shane Embury, Napalm Loss of life chief and the person of a thousand different bands—together with Brujeria, in fact, the place he is named Hongo—says this: “The great thing about Brujo is the chaos. You must let it go. He comes from totally different angles than most of us, which I recognize an increasing number of. Lots of people have a sure construction, a sure itinerary, however Brujo doesn’t have any of that. He’s chaos, and once you let go and tag alongside, it’s fairly lovely.”

Shane is clearly referring to his bandmate, Brujeria frontman, lyricist, chief and founding member John Lepe, a.ok.a. Juan Brujo, however as Brujeria have confirmed to be very a lot an expression of Brujo’s inventive m.o. (he’s the one member to by no means have been in one other band), the identical could possibly be stated in regards to the band itself. Extra particularly, about their legendary debut Matando Güeros. It could possibly be argued that its follow-up, Raza Odiada, is a “higher” album, with improved songs, superior-sounding and extra structured, however there’s a wild streak to Matando Güeros that’s completely unequalled by any album, Brujeria’s or in any other case.

Lyrically, it conjures up a number of the most grotesque and excessive photos ever, irrespective of in what language, whereas musically, it does sound prefer it was recorded by a bunch of Satanic drug sellers in a distant barn someplace close to the border. Let’s not overlook the factor of hazard this album introduced with it in 1993. With no web, Brujeria had been one of many final bands to ever really feel actually harmful. Nameless from the start—and with out reside reveals—they actually had us fooled there for some time, getting a complete technology to consider this was the work of actual criminals, the individuals able to committing the type of violence the legendary—and instantly censored—unique album cowl instructed.

Nevertheless, there’s extra to Matando Güeros than its sensational facet. A product of a burgeoning scene on the time that lacked virtually any type of illustration, Brujeria turned the reply that hundreds of grind-obsessed Latino children had been in search of within the late ’80s/early ’90s.

Latino-led Terrorizer had been early grind kings, however even they by no means took the step of singing in Spanish or addressing essentially the most severe points children and their households had been going through. Although usually tongue-in-cheek—and typically simply outright silly—buried beneath that exterior exists actual social critique. There’s a violent response in opposition to racism, inequalities and bigotry; an unflinching have a look at the true points, taking direct inspiration from a number of the hardest tales within the information on the time. Is Brujeria chaos? For positive, however so is the truth on which its allegorical world is constructed.

Even when the recording didn’t happen in a barn populated with Satanic drug sellers, it was sufficient of a wild and messy get together for nobody to be fully positive of who did what to at the present time, so Matando Güeros’ full lineup is perhaps misplaced eternally. We settled on the consensual six who wrote and recorded the majority of it, particularly John “Juan Brujo” Lepe, Dino “Asesino” Cazares, Pat “Fantasma” Hoed, Shane “Hongo” Embury, Billy “Güero Sin Fe” Gould and Raymond “Greñudo” Herrera. Welcome to the Corridor of Fame, banditos.

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