In the midst of the turmoil rocking America to its core, it was pretty refreshing to see a Mexican band’s take on what’s going on in our heavily-divided country right now. They have been pretty insulted by President Trump, and had no problem speaking their peace about him in songs like “¡Viva President Trump!” and “Revolucion.” Wearing masks and bandanas over their faces the large band was basically bursting off the stage that was pumping out a brutal thrashy sound that seemed to completely change tempo and style every few seconds and rotating with each other; the effect was rather disconcerting in such a way that you felt like you were in the middle of an intense thriller film. They had a long set with over 20 songs, each more gripping than the next. It wasn’t just me feeling that; you should have seen the raging fans there holding up Mexican flags and yelling in support in their native languages. This show really seemed to be for the men and women from Central and South American countries that are currently calling New Orleans and the surrounding areas home. They are some of the largest and most loyal consumers of metal today.
Just on the heels of his demise, Brujeria was happy to perform “Anti-Castro,” but I really enjoyed “Desperado” (no, not the Eagles song). Juan Brujo’s guttural vocals came sputtering out as the demented, expertly-played tunes surged around the room. The House of Blues isn’t done with metal this year; they’ve got a fantastic lineup for fans of every single sub-genre there is, and you won’t want to miss out on any of them.
Expendables – February 13th
Metal Blade’s 35th Anniversary Show Featuring Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Necromancing the Stone - Thursday, March 16th Doors 6:30 PM
The Decibel Magazine 2017 Tour Featuring Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, and Horrendous - Monday, March 20th Doors 6 PM
Metal Shop: Hair Metal Lives! - Saturday, March 18th Doors 8 PM
Testament with Sepultura, and Prong - Monday, April 10th Doors 6 PM