The idea of ‘supergroup’ has extended its influence to the Latin American territories uniting four of the most prominent musicians from different bands that had affected the rock and metal scene in Latin America in the last 20 years. We have, Andres Gimenez (ex vocalist of A.N.I.M.A.L) and Sr Flavio (Fabulosos Cadillacs) from Argentina. Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) from Brazil, and Alex Gonzalez (Mana) from Mexico. With that being said, you have in the room the most influential rock and metal scenes from the 90’s and early 2000’s in Latin America in a single band.
That right there, it’s just mind-blowing, and I am going to tell you why. As a young boy growing up in Bogotá, Colombia. I had the chance to see live Mana & Fabulosos Cadillacs and their shows didn’t disappoint at all, they were full of energy & passion. I discovered Sepultura and A.N.I.M.A.L almost at the same time, and their music was just as good as their American or European counterparts. At that time (late 90’s and early 2000’s) all these bands had already conquered the Latin American scene like nobody’s business. So seeing them create this mastodon it’s a milestone to the Latin American rock & metal scene. If you are familiar with the music of each of their main bands you can notice the parts that each of their members bring from them. If you are not familiar with their previous work, this album might sound like a good version of hardcore meets thrash, meets nu-metal.
Somos Uno, is a song that has a lot of Sepultura vibe going all over, perhaps, is one of the songs that captures perfectly the role of Andreas Kisser as the melodic driving force in De La Tierra. Rostros is more of an A.N.I.M.A.L kind of song, lots of distortion and heavy riffs. San Asesino has Cadillacs has written all over it, the percussion parts at the beginning, and the ska meets metal style, it just makes it such of heavy and fun song at the same time.
Detonar has a more A.N.I.M.A.L meets Mana style. Now, I know Alex Gonzalez is a great drummer, but I was expecting more of him on this album. There are times that the drums are not heavy or fast enough to keep up with some of the songs, like in Corran or Fuera. I really hope to see more of his skills shine more on their next album. Songs like Maldita Historia, Chaman Of Manaus & Cosmonauta Quechua have a more unique style, which you can still notice where they coming from, but at the same time their own sound starts to take shape.
When I heard about the project and the line up on it, I thought that the weak link on this album was Sr Flavio‘s bass style, but for my surprise, after I heard the whole thing I was blown away by his sound on the record. Really tasty and funky bass lines that completes Andreas and Andres guitar playing. Also the fact that they sing in Spanish makes this record even more special as the meanings and ideas are all over the place. However, I wouldn’t mind some Portuguese throwing here and there for the next album, just to spice things up.
Overall, I must say that this record as a whole is a ‘Frankenstein’ composed by different styles that had impacted the landscape of the Latin American rock and metal scene in the last 20 years, or just another nu-metal/hardcore album if you don’t know the main bands these guys had played on. Personally, I recommend picking up the record if you have been influenced by the music that the musicians in this project had created before, second if you don’t know their previous work, check out their main bands and you will discover their roots, and what each one of them brought to this band. Just do it in an objective way. With that being said, I am really looking forward to what else this band can do in the near future.
1. D.L.T. (Intro)
2. Somos Uno
4. San Asesino
6. Maldita Historia
8. Chaman de Manaus
9. Reducidores de Cabezas
11. Cosmonauta Quechua
Record Label: Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Latina
Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) – Guitar, Vocals
Álex González (MANÁ) – Drums, Vocals
Sr. Flavio (LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS) – Bass, Vocals
Andrés Giménez (ex- A.N.I.M.A.L.) – Vocals, Guitar