"Wrack And Ruin"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
have turned into a predictable band where I know exactly how their albums
are going to sound even before listening to them. This is because they
never really do anything new. And this Wrack And Ruin
recording is no different. All of the band's usual elements are included
here with absolutely nothing fresh in the mix. You get the standard
frantic electronic programming, heavy slamming beats, dark orchestrated
melodies and extremely distorted angry snarling vocals.
Hocico does offer a somewhat different sound within
the electro-industrial music genre because of their chilling haunting
melodies and Rasco Agroyam's unique sounding voice. But the problem
is that they continue to repeat themselves on every album they bring
Wrack And Ruin doesn't really sound new because
it basically sounds like every Hocico album before
it. Actually, it features less variety than their previous album Signos
De Aberracion. All of the songs tend to sound the same
without anything really standing out. It's as if the band is running
out of ideas and are simply recycling their sound.
This is still a good album without a bad track to be found, but it doesn't
offer anything you haven't heard from the band already.
Label: Metropolis Records (2003)
The duo of Hocico deliver another menacing assault
of dark torture for our listening enjoyment. This Disidencia
Inquebrantable release is a five song mini album packed
with some of Hocico's best work yet.
The CD begins a bit abruptly with the loud and in-your-face attack known
as "Grito De Las Entranas". Frantic electronic programming,
heavy beats, and distorted snarling vocals are all placed over beautifully
haunting melodies. Track two "Ruptura" is an energetic and
driving dark EBM song that would be perfect in clubs with its fast pace
and catchy beats. Track three "La Muerte De Un Enemigo" is
an extremely short filler piece with a dramatic atmosphere overlaid
by a voice sample of an angry man shouting in Spanish. Track four "Ladykiller
(In Cold Blood)" returns to form with hectic electronic programming,
blasting beats, eerie melodies and growling vocals. Track five "Silent
Wrath (I Break)" is more of the same with a little more mood to
it. The music is toned down, but the vocals scream along with power
and bitter turmoil.
It's too bad Hocico didn't throw a few more songs on
this CD and make it a full length release as it ends sooner than I would
like. With music this good, I want more of it.
"Signo De Aberracion"
Label: Metropolis Records (2002)
The Mexican duo known as Hocico return again to deliver
another assault of dark madness. While a lot of bands in the industrial/EBM
genre are toning down their sound and becoming more "future pop", Hocico
still dish it out down and dirty with anger, aggression and a morbid
twisted edge. They donít make nice, happy, bubbly pop music. They make
harsh and brutal evil EBM that will only appeal to those with a dark
side. And this Signos De Aberracion CD is
What Hocico does that is a little different is mix in haunting and disturbing
dramatic orchestrated instrumentals alongside their manic electro-industrial
attacks. This really helps to create an overall mood and atmosphere
that is unique to their albums. And it is my opinion that this recording
pulls off this style better than any Hocico album before it.
Basically, the band has improved in their song developing abilities
and offer up an extremely tight and well constructed CD here. While
I usually donít like a lot of instrumentals on albums, this album is
an exception as the instrumentals literally send chills down my spine
as theyíre extremely powerful and emotional with an eerie edge.
The actual electro-industrial tracks are fast paced and energetic with
frantic programming, driving bass beats, moody melodies and pissed off
angry distorted snarling male vocals. These tracks could all work out
on the club floor as they are intense and relentless with fierce rhythms
My only complaint is that there are only six electro-industrial/EBM
songs with vocals. The other five tracks are darkwave instrumentals.
And while I do like the instrumentals, five is a little much for any
album in my opinion. Basically, I want more electro-industrial songs
and less instrumentals. Hopefully Hocico will tone
down on the instrumentals in the future. But even with this complaint,
this is still a very good CD from start to finish. No fan of bands such
as Das Ich, Leaether
Acid Christ, or :wumpscut:
should miss it.
"Sangre Hirviente" (1999)
Label: Interbeat Records
Style: Dark Electro-industrial
is a dark electro-industrial duo from Mexico that deliver haunting aggressive
fast paced assaults that mix both english and spanish lyrics. They also
provide eerie orchestrated instrumentals and soundscapes into their
sound to really deliver a creepy edge.
The songs are structured well with layered electronic programming, sampling,
bass beats, spooky instrumentations and distorted angry male vocals.
They make it all work better than most, and thatís what allows them
to stand out.
The band combines drama with aggression and driving clubfloor beats
with an overall scary vibe. When you hear Hocico, you know that itís
them and not some other band. They deserve credit for taking an existing
style and putting their own unique elements into it.
The feelings of dark melodies combined with frantic electronics and
emotional vocals really add a new dimension to this style of music.
While I do like this CD a lot, itís not a big departure from their previous
release. And while I do like the sound that they create, I do feel that
they should experiment with different ideas in the future to prevent
from putting out more of the same thing. Also, while their instrumentals
are good, they included too many on this CD. In the future I hope the
band adds somber emotional vocals to their slower songs instead of simply
making them instrumentals. Bringing on a female singer to duet with
the male vocalist, and to sing on the slower more haunting songs, would
be a good idea as well.
"Odio Bajo El Alma" (1997)
Label: Opcion Sonica
is a dark electro industrial band from Mexico. This debut release is
great. The layering of electronics combined with haunting synths and
evil whispering distorted vocals is done to perfection. The music delivered
here is very dark, moody, cold, eerie and paints quite a bleak image.
Every track could work on the dance floor with the energetic rhythms
and beats they produce and release. There are vocals on all but two
of the tracks and they are mostly sung in english. However, a couple
of songs feature spanish lyrics instead. While I can't really credit
this band for doing anything new, I do respect them for creating some
extremely quality music and delivering an album without a bad track
to be found. This is a must for fans of
Leaether Strip, Evils Toy,
Funker Vogt and :wumpscut:.