Story by Ari M. Joffe
Gueros beware! Politicians, run and hide! The goat’s horn has been blown! After a 12-year reign as the anonymous dark lords of the metal underground, Brujeria have decided to start playing live shows.
The Mexican death-metal band always promised to have a concert if Mexico won the World Cup tournament, and thanks to the futbol skills of Mexico’s soccer team, the fans got their show.
October 2, 2003, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL marked the group’s first official live gig. They’d tried previously in California, their current base of operations, but the state’s police force along with the representatives from the Catholic Church harassed and threatened club owners who attempted to book the band. It seems the group’s drug smuggling, machete wielding, black-magic working image— which began with the 1993 album Matando Gueros—has made them them an unwanted, despised band in the eyes of a lot of powerful interests.
Whatever juju the band is conjuring up finally landed them the Aragon gig. They hit the stage, decked out in identity-concealing bandanas and baseball caps, just before midnight to satiate an estimated 300 or so soldados enbrujados in attendence. After a brief introduction by an incognito Hank Williams III, the six-piece band—Juan Brujo, Pinche Peach, and Fantasma on vocals along with guitarist Asesino, bassist Hongo, and new drummer Sadico—pumped an hour’s worth of satanic rhythms into the crowd of predominantly Mexican-American slam dancers.
Brujeria rocked hard, especially for a group still making the transition from studio band to live band. A gaggle of skanky strippers danced to the ominous throb of tunes like "Consejos Narcos," "Mecosario," and "Matando Gueros," while the band’s own caped luchador, Mil Mecos, repeatedly dove into the audience and ran amok. The whole affair definitely had an element of raunchy late-night Spanish channel game show zaniness.
If the proposed shows in Mexico, Texas, and, at long last, California go off without a hitch, and possibly even a full tour follows, Brujeria will gain the necessary experience as a live unit to infect every lost soul with their evil virus. As Juan Brujo warned, "Cuidado, estoy no es un juego!" Long live Brujeria, pendejos!