VALIOMIERDA


"Valiomierda" (Fivecore Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Translated, "Valiomierda" means ... well, I'll wait until later in this review to tell you. 

These guys are THRASH! No, I’m not shouting at you, they are, throughout the whole disc. Their cover of their self-titled CD reminds me of Metallica’s Black Album; if you don’t have Valiomierda’s CD in hand just pick up your monitor and turn it slightly sideways to see the skull, got it? Okay, let’s move on. Wait, and while you’ve got your monitor in hand, just throw it against the wall. That should get you in the mood to listen to this metal, punk and Latin beast combo.

Valomierda pull influence from so many thrash and metal bands -- some you’ve heard of and some you may have forgot about -- and another band that might be a joke or a typo: Abba. But this band of politically angered rebels aims to grab your head and pound it on the pavement and cause you to rise up, if you can, and fight the government. Their lyrics aren’t poems about cuddly puppies. They mean business - dirty business.

The band's drummer is Portuguese and he spits Spanish venom. Their bass player sings in English. Forget about comparing the two languages; it's breakneck and somebody’s nose is going to bleed. There are five songs in Spanish and the other ten are in English. The guitar is vicious metal riffs and ripping solos, all that you want and more. The bass gives each song a slapping worthy of a street fight. The drums run at a gallop from the first second and you’d have to pry those drumsticks from his lifeless fingers.

I’m not a thrash fan but I’ve been challenged by this band. The guitar is wicked and the rest of music goes right along and keeps a steady time. This one could move up the list for me. 

Oh, the band name: Valio means “Worth” and Mierda means “Shit.” Lesson over.

Valiomierda: Igor – vox and drums; Val – guitar and vox; Bart – vox and bass.

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


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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