Brujeria Outdoor Stage 1, Baltimore MD May 26
Published May 27, 2012Talk about a fun band to watch live. Mexico's Brujeria (meaning "witchcraft" in Spanish) are basically a deathgrind supergroup, having featured a revolving door of members (including Billy Gould and Dino Cazares) and currently including guitarist Hongo (Shane Embury, Napalm Death) and bassist El Cynico (Jeffrey Walker, Carcass). Only the founding vocalists are actually Mexican, and the band's songs are entirely sung in Spanish, with lyrical themes that focus on drug smuggling, immigration and politics. What else? The bandana-masked band performed a dynamic set of fan-favourite tracks, including "Cuiden a los Niños," "Cruza la Frontera" and "Anti-Castro." When not viciously spitting their lyrics, vocalists Juan Brujo and Fantasma exchanged banter between songs that, while incomprehensible to those who don't speak Spanish, was quite entertaining. Brujeria ended their set with, of course, "Marijuana," which featured some excellent audience vocal participation from both Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike. Si!