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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
No Money No Fiesta
(Cinismo Records)
16:46min

The L.A. based multinational band DIA DE LOS MUERTOS named themselves after the famous Mexican holiday “Day Of The Dead” that is based in the old Mexican, mainly Aztec beliefs and were collected by the Christian missionaries because it was so popular in old Mexico. These holidays inspired the contemporary tattoo scene a lot and now also inspired a band so much they took its name. Two Colombian members (from AGONY), recent NAUSEA bass player Alejandro, guitar player Ray Mitchell and singer Rosa Arias are in the band's recent line-up. For their first two records, an EP and a full length, they received highly profiled help from Anton Reisenegger and Jeff Walker, among others. I don't know whether these bigger names helped those records. Their newest effort, an EP called “No Money No Fiesta”, had to do without prominent help, except for the mixing work of Roy Z. But now, what does this band have to offer musically? Well, on this one we have four original songs, sung mainly in Spanish. The first three songs present a mix of rather modern Metalcore and Groove Metal. What already sounds absolutely redundant when you read it turns out to be rather annoying when you listen, since most of this stuff is not even mediocre shredding guitars with vocals that remind of Candace from WALLS OF JERICHO having a bad day. It's just the fast 'Cantina Del Infierno' that's sticking out of the mud, but even this one is negligible (the band also did a video for it, featuring MORBID ANGEL's David Vincent as a bartender - Frank). And the title track tries to be a fun song, but it isn't funny at all. Finally 'Crush, Kill, Destroy' is a not too well done SARCÓFAGO cover, and it still is the best one here. Maybe DIA DE LOS MUERTOS should have gotten some help on this release, too... Check: www.ddlm.net or www.facebook.com/ddlmband

Thomas Meyer

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