Brujeria, 910 Live, 3/1/13

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Jim Louvau
Brujeria performing at 910 Live. See the full slideshow.

Brujeria @ 910 Live|3/1/13
In 2010, Jan Brewer asserted that "our law enforcement agencies" had found decapitated bodies in the desert along the Arizona-Mexican border. Although undocumented immigration from Mexico does lead to deaths in that region, it turned out that the stories about mutilated bodies were unsubstantiated, another one of Brewer and company's fabrications about the immigration issue used to create paranoia rather than a level-headed discussion. Immigration is a complicated socio-economic issue. It can't be reduced to "they want to chop our heads off."

Los Angeles-based "Mextremist" death metal band Brujeria's music focuses on this issue, however they seem perfectly okay with decapitations.

Jim Louvau
Brujeria performing at 910 Live. See the full slideshow.
The band's set last night was probably the most over-the-top subversion of Mexican/Latino/a identity I've ever seen. It wasn't like when I saw a Los Crudos reunion show in 2007, in which the band came off as angry but intelligent people who were passionate about their culture. Brujeria played a set of brutal caveman music while dressed like members of the Sinaloa cartel. It was a representation of everything that people like Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio fear about Mexican people. And it ruled.

Like the aforementioned Crudos, the majority of Brujeria's lyrics and stage banter are in Spanish. However, this wasn't an issue seeing as most of the people in attendance seemed to comprehend them and knew the lyrics by heart. Even a güero like myself could pick up on stuff: The band is all about smoking weed, killing things, and repping La Raza. I don't think that flew over anyone's heads.

Opening support generally fit in with Brujeria's brand of Mexican death metal. San Antonio's Piñata Protest were the least metal band on the bill, but the accordion-punk band had strong roots in Mexican folk music and it went over well with the crowd. L.A.'s Sangre played a set of metal that seemed classic, nü (in a good way), and modern all at once. The band seems to firmly believe that guitar solos and breakdowns can coexist peacefully. Tucson's Flying Donkey Punch brought their own brand of calculatedly tasteless, Suicidal Tendencies-influenced thrash. They, along with Godhunter, paint a portrait of Tucson for me as a city that doesn't care what you think.

Location Info


910 Live

910 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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nice review, other than the venue itself the show was a success. any more pictures?

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