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PÁNICO AL MIEDO
PÁNICO AL MIEDO
Formador
(Cimmerian Shade Recordings / United By Chaos Records / Symbol Of Domination)
53:10min

3 years after their debut EP, PÁNICO AL MIEDO's debut album "Formador" hits the streets with their Thrash / Death Metal hybrid with lyrics completely in Spanish. Also graced by a cover illustration from Ed Repka (EVILDEAD, MEGADETH, MASSACRE and countless others). First off, let me tell you that this is a well crafted album. Obviously these guys know what they are doing since their performance is top quality. Production wise, "Formador" is really good. It has a clear, modern sound. Everything falls into place nicely with the mix and the mastering is not blown at all, which gives the album some neat dynamics. Hell, they even have two amazing guest stars: James Murphy (ex - OBITUARY / ex - TESTAMENT) and Bobby Koelble (ex - DEATH). They play one and two guitar leads respectively. Now, on the other hand, most of the songs are slow and mid-paced with some speed outbursts that bring much needed variation. Marc Jufré's vocals are aggressive and controlled, but too one dimensional for my taste. Sometimes, I think they even sound a little forced. Instrument wise, the drums sound kinda plastic (triggered) and the bass is almost inaudible. Maybe it is just playing the same riffs the guitar plays, so it ends up overshadowed. The guitar tone is gnarly and thick, but the other instruments don't work well with it and ends up feeling too polished. From the song titles and what I can make up from their lyrics, I do think there is a concept behind "Formador". My guess is based mainly on the intro 'Popol Vuh'. The Popol Vuh is the creation story and mythology of the K'iche people of the ancient Guatemalan Highlands. Which I think is a pretty cool concept to base an album on. But until I actually read the lyrics, don't take my word for this. Again, "Formador" is a solid Thrash / Death release. But it just didn't move me. Not an inch. Contact the band here: www.facebook.com/panicoalmiedo and their labels here: www.cimmerianshaderecordings.com, www.unitedbychaos.net, www.satanath.com/sodp

Alfonso Perez

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