IMPUREZA – La Caída De Tonatiuh
At first inspection you see the aztec/ maya inspired cover artwork and then you may think this is another South American band -as far too many bands have attempted to bring pre-columbian themes into metal with varied degrees of success. Then you read the song list and if you have any remote knowledge of spanish culture the name Paco de Lucia will seem familiar to you. Aztecs / Mayas and Paco de Lucia…weird enough! So you may wonder now, is this some weird case of Spexico? (Spexico being the american tv trope when Mexico and Spain blur and end up fusing) Well no, by any accounts this is no Spexico, this is just a pretty interesting way of doing things. All brought to you by pretty brilliant French musicians (one of them seem to be half spaniard).
The band started in 2004, and their last release was an EP in 2013. They are not that prolific, but nonetheless Impureza is another jewel in the french crown. What an awesome scene it is. Musically the album impressed me a lot! This is pretty high level musicianship. I do welcome all kinds of influences in metal but that’s only if they add something, not if the influences carry metal away until it becomes something else entirely. In this case the external influence adds a lot and makes the whole album unique. When you take flamenco and blend it with Death metal you get a different kind of melody, a pretty pleasant one.