"Paradigma" (Virtual Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Heavy metal from Argentina? Que? Si! Metal really has no language (well, except for loud, if that's a language). Lorihen are specifically from Buenos Aires, which means "Good Air" in English. I thought about posting this review in Spanish but He decidido no hacerlo porque la mayoría de la gente prefiere leer en inglés. Google translate here: http://translate.google.com/.

Lorihen have a great sound, the vocals are pure metal, soaring and right up in your face. Even if you can't understand the lyrics it's still great music, and why not learn a little bit of Spanish? The guitar has plenty of nasty chops and solos (which translates into awesome). The drums pound away and every now and then you'll hear some keyboards come in. This is one great metal disc.

By the way, "Paradigma" means "model" and the name of the band was taken from a forest in The Lord of the Rings novels named Lorien. They had to change it just a bit but this band knows their literature. These guys haven't done anything musically since 2007's "Bajo la cruz" ("Under The Cross") but they did have a DVD come out in 2012 titled "Vivo sin control" ("Alive Without Control") so if you like what you hear you can check them out live.

As you might expect, Lorihen have some Spanish guitar on a few tracks. It adds a great texture to their music. They also add in some horns and I love horns so this disc was a gem in all categories for me.

Lorihen: Lucas Gerardo (voz); Julián Barrett (guitarra); Emiliano Obregón (guitarras); Nicolás Ciancio (Bajo); Hernán Rios (batería).

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/lorihen.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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