"Alerta" (Kaosmaster Productions; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Pacto de Sangre is a heavy metal band from Puerto Rico; the bandís style is a refreshing mix of thrash, power metal, and classic metal that does not overplay its hand in either genre. Pacto de Sangre are a 'white' metal band which means they couch all their songs with their praise to God.

"Alerta" was released in 2003 but we didn't receive it until early 2005. "Alerta" translates to 'warning' in English and one can only guess that Pacto de Sangre are worried about mankind falling for earthly temptations. However, the band truly does seem sincere about their stance and that's good enough for me.

The album has eight songs (nine if you include the title track sung a second time in English). Pacto de Sangre shows off its versatility throughout the album. "Ve a Predicar" has a distinct Queensryche quality to it, "Cae, Cae" sounds like it could have been written by Sepultura, while "La Ley de Dios" comes across like early Metallica.

"Alerta" was produced by Pacto de Sangre.

Paco de Sangre: Hector "Metaloman" Garcia on vocals, Felix Guzman and Eliezer Robles on guitars, Mizael Robles on bass, and Carlos Robles on drums. Guest musicians include Wilfredo Gonzalez on keyboards and Juan Pizarro on vocals.

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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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