What better way to celebrate taco Tuesday than seeing extreme metal legends Brujeria! On October 18, we here at Ugh Metal didn’t need any (more) tequila to get pumped for this highly anticipated fiesta.
First up in this grand festivity were local thrashers Beekeeper. Don’t be fooled by front woman Ally Levine, she may be petite but her gutteral growls will fling you back to the stone ages whereas her high notes will suck you back to modern times and into the heavens.
Levine adds a unique touch to the thrash genre by showcasing her impressive ability to switch her vocals and adding a raw and primal touch to it. Levine along with bassist Adam Wollach and drummer Dylan Marks are on a mission to bring back some grit to the genre.
After stashing away the thrashy time capsule, we came back to 2016 only to fall into the rabbit hole and into a Palenque where San Antonio natives, Piñata Protest, lived up to their name… well the piñata part.
The Tex-Mex punkers sang in Spanish AND Spanglish, the best of both worlds! They kicked off their set with the contagious “Vato Perron” followed by “El Valiente.” The quartet led by Alvaro Del Norte, who donned his faithful white sombrero and his blue accordion, also covered the Spanish anthem for all those nursing a broken heart, “Tragos De Amargo Licor” (Shots of Bitter Liquor).
Piñata Protest’s 12 song setlist felt more like six, time flies when you have too much tequila AND fun. The unforgettable performance was closed by “Cantina” causing more beer and sweat to pour within the pit. The only thing we’ll be protesting about is if they don’t come back to San Diego.
Local celebrities Cattle Decapitation came back with a bang! Though they’ve kept busy, they returned to their old stomping grounds and put one hell of a show, starting things off with “Manufactured Extinct.” Cattle Decap effortlessly stirred the intoxicated crowd with their notorious brutality and showmanship.
The quintet torpedoed through their set and played some of their other well known songs such as “Your Disposal” and “Forced Gender Reassignment.” These local legends may have soldiered through their set, but they were a living testament of quality over quantity and Ryan gained more street cred by shouting “Viva Mexico!” towards the end.
No cattle or piñata needed to be sacrificed to invoke Brujeria to the stage. The band of narcos returned to the Brick after five years to promote their first album in 16 years titled Pocho Aztlan, I’ll let that sink in for a bit.
The elusive front man, Juan Brujo, made his way to the darkened stage and combed the black choppiness in front of him with his stone faced gaze. His signature look could be seen within the camera flashes, a bandana designed as the Mexican flag covering the bottom half of his face along with a cap. The notorious super group unleashed their recognizable playback for “Raza Odiada (Pito Wilson).”
Brujeria may have put out a record after 16 years but they stuck to their machetes and flared their rabid fandom’s enthusiasm with more classics such as “La Ley Del Plomo” (The Law of Lead), “La Migra,” “Seis Seis Seis” (Six Six Six) and the adorable and fluffy intro before the savage riffs of “Brujerizmo” (Witchcraft).
Brujeria’s show was such a high profile celebration, a famous fan made a surprise appearance. Donald Trump was in da house, ladies and gents! Donny couldn’t resist, especially since the band performed the ballad they wrote in his honor “Viva Presidente Trump!” Donny was so excited to be there, he had to be dragged off the stage ‘cause he can’t be the center of attention all the time!
Brujeria even fed the hungry children in the crowd by flinging a Trump piñata, ‘cause the special occasion wouldn’t be complete without a piñata! The band ended the night with their staple “Matando Gueros” completing the revolución.