The Fall is going to be loaded with Metal shows that’s for sure and I know this for a fact based on all of the announcements that I am watching hit my email account here at the Metal High Command. This one lines out the plans for the band Brujeria. Check out the full press release and dates. I’ll close out with some additional thoughts.
The Press Release:
Extreme metallers BRUJERIA have announced another leg of headlining tour dates in support of their recently released fourth full-length album, Pocho Aztlan. Joining them are POWERFLO (feat. members of CYPRESS HILL, FEAR FACTORY, BIOHAZARD and DOWNSET) and San Antonio-based punkers PIÑATA PROTEST. Confirmed dates are as follows:
The Tour Dates:
10/20/17 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/21/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
10/23/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/24/17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/26/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/27/17 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
10/28/17 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/29/17 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/30/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Cambridge Room House of Blues
10/31/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/02/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
11/03/17 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/04/17 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom
11/05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
11/08/17 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/09/17 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
11/10/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
11/11/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
11/12/17 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
11/14/17 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Ayers Event Center
11/15/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
11/16/17 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/17/17 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
11/18/17 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/19/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
Pocho Aztlan is the band’s first release since Brujerizmo was released in 2000 via Roadrunner. It was recorded over the course of many years and at several studios around the globe. The end result was mixed by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, THE EXPLOITED).
Check out the visualizer for the song “Viva Presidente Trump!” below. The track comes from their recent 7′ release by the same name, which is now available for purchase digitally on iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay.
BRUJERIA’s legend has proliferated for nearly three decades. When the band first emerged from the sunbaked hellscape of Los Angeles in 1989, the city was on the brink of chaos. Daryl Gates ruled the LAPD with an iron fist, overseeing a legion of blue-suited stormtroopers who cracked brown and black skulls at every opportunity. Rodney King, the ’92 riots, and CA governor Pete “Pito” Wilson’s anti-immigrant Prop 187 were all on the bleak horizon. The Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the city’s minorities with the band’s infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Güeros (“Killing White People”), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH. Led by lyricist and mastermind Juan Brujo, BRUJERIA were alternately rumored to be satanic drug lords and members of well-established metal bands. The truth, as always, lay somewhere in between.
Fast forward to right about now: Pocho Aztlan is BRUJERIA’s first new album in 16 years. The title translates to “Wasted Promised Land,” a combination of Aztlán, the fabled ancestral home of the Aztecs, and the term pocho, which native Mexicans use to refer—not always kindly—to their counterparts born in the States. Brujo himself is pocho, a man caught between two worlds. Many pochos are not exactly accepted with open arms in Mexico. Meanwhile, they’re too often regarded as second-class citizens in their adopted US home. Brujo has transcended both scenarios through the power of BRUJERIA’s uncompromising grindcore and death metal. His all-Spanish lyrics are as vivid as they are effective: Bona fide tales from the frontlines of the drug war, the racial divide, and the battle for the border. “A lot of BRUJERIA songs are true stories,” Brujo says. “And if they haven’t happened yet, they will happen.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not too up on these three groups and if I can work out the schedule I know I’d like to check it out since I’ve heard that Brujeria is ridiculous in concert. I listened to some of the tracks from the most recent album and figure I will also need to brush up on my Spanish before the show to understand more of what is going on up there. What about you readers? Does this one interest you at all? Let me know down in the comments below.