Album Review

Ratos De Porao – “Homem Inimigo Do Homem ” – [Alternative Tentacles]

johnnydarko   11/8/2006   A Library, CD

Led by Brazilian MTV VeeJay Joao Gordo (Fat John) Ratos de Porao (Basement Rats) have been assaulting ears since the early 1980’s. The band isn’t just another metal band, as this album successfully merges many elements of skate-punk, and hardcore/thrash. Two singers give the band the range to genre blend, focusing mainly on fusing punk and hardcore with metal vocals. Tracks stay around 2 minutes each, longer and more meloic than grind by The Locust, yet shorter and less free than thrashy Converge tracks. Enjoy blast beats, a few hardcore breakdowns, high-pitch sceams, rushed tempos, gang-vocals (Track 6. H.I.D.H.), punk drumming intros and guitar wails, and even some early Metallica-esk songs (Track 3. Expresso Da Escravidao) I’d love to read the lyrics and although Alternative Tentacles assures me they sing about day to day life in Sao Paolo, Brazil, I tend to think otherwise with tracks names like Pedofilia Santa. The bands website offers translated lyrics, however the site would not load. Perhaps try again at (www.ratos.com.br/lyrics).

-johnny darko

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