There are a couple of bands from Americana Latina Tralala (read: Latin America) that inject their Metal with traditional elements. Sepultura are the best known example, of course, but ‘underground insiders’ will surely recognize the name of Acrania, hailing from the South of Mexico.
An Uncertain Collision is the band’s second full length, combining primal elements from conventional death Metal with a huge touch of Latin Swing: Bomba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and Plena. Feeling sick already?
When it comes to the ‘Death Metal part’ of the story, well, it isn’t that impressive at all, unfortunately. I won’t take up too much about the sound quality, which is way too dull. But the performance is just childish. That’s sad, because Acrania come with fun details and nice ideas, but they just can’t effectuate them. It’s thrashing for sure from time to time, and it’s progressive too, but I can’t get rid of the idea that the performance is based on over-eased structures in order to try to concentrate on the hybrid Extreme Metal / Traditional Latin Music.
When it comes to the injection of the traditional elements: handclaps, sax, trumpet, brass arrangements… No, I can’t, and won’t, complete this part.
…need some more Tequila to understand it…