Recorded over the course of many years and at several studios around the globe, Pocho Aztlan is the band’s first release since Brujerizmo was released in 2000 via Roadrunner. The end result was mixed by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, THE EXPLOITED).
During the height of the Rodney King riots of Los Angeles, “The Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the city’s minorities with the band’s infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Güeros (“Killing White People”), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.
Led by lyricist and mastermind Juan Brujo, BRUJERIA were alternately rumored to be satanic drug lords and members of well-established metal bands. The truth, as always, lay somewhere in between.”
Pocho Aztlan, which means “Wasted Promised Land,” is BRUJERIA’s first new album in 16 years.
The title is a combination of Aztlán, the fabled ancestral home of the Aztecs, and the term pocho, which native Mexicans use to refer—not always kindly—to their counterparts born in the States.
Brujo, himself ispocho, a man caught between two worlds. Many pochos are not exactly accepted with open arms in Mexico. Meanwhile, they’re too often regarded as second-class citizens in their adopted US home. Brujo has transcended both scenarios through the power of BRUJERIA’s uncompromising grindcore and death metal.
His all-Spanish lyrics are as vivid as they are effective: Bona fide tales from the frontlines of the drug war, the racial divide, and the battle for the border.
“A lot of BRUJERIA songs are true stories,” Brujo says. “And if they haven’t happened yet, they will happen.”