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"Reddando Desesperacion" (Arte Virtual)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Cirrosis is a modern death metal band from Mexico that has a sound reminiscent of Six Feet Under (especially the vocals), early Fear Factory, and atypical lead guitar melodies that had me thinking I might have been hearing Frederik Thordendal after he'd had a few too many beers. Sounds like a weird mix, right? It is. But somehow it works more often that it doesn't - and it avoids 'cookie cutter' death metal styles and sounds which is always a plus in my book.

Most of the music is mid-paced, easy to digest, and instantly likeable. Each song's pacing works really well with the deep growls of the vocals, the exploratory guitar runs, and the overall heaviness. I didn't give this CD much of a chance before I heard it - however, the final product is definitely better than average for a band that is underground (and as far as I can tell remains underground).

Everything is sung in Spanish so I am at a loss to tell you what the band is using for topical subjects for their songs. As you might guess the band isn't 'happy' about whatever it is they're trying to get across. The bottom line is that it fits the moods of the riffs and overall sonic package.

"Reddando Desesperacion" is a startling good effort from a band that I knew absolutely nothing about until I put the CD into the CD player. I understand that "Reddando Desesperacion" was recorded in late 1999 (I'm writing this review in January 2003) and that the band is still active. I'm anxious to hear more from Cirrosis.

Cirrosis are Francisco Oroz on guitars, Jose Luiz Espinoza on guitars, and Luis Osuna on bass and drums.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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