Baron Rojo - Volumen Brutal (Serdisco) 1981
Baron Rojo are one of those band's whose legacy as been buried over time. I first heard about them when they graced the cover of the formerly mighty Kerrang Magazine, back when Kerrang actually covered real heavy metal. In any case, Baron Rojo have that classic heavy metal sound that reminds me of bands like the Rods and early Riot. Heavy guitars, crunchy riffs, pounding drums and melodic vocal melodies. "Volumen Brutal" has a definite NWOBHM influence as well, even though this band was actually around during the height of that metal movement. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all in Spanish, which sound foreign and odd to my American ears and was always a big stumbling block for me. Lryics aside, the music is quite enjoyable, with the melodic "Concierto Par Ello" being one of the standout tracks. Baron Rojo even touch on some speed metal with "Resistiré" ("Stand Up" in English). This track reminds me of "Rapid Fire" by Judas Priest or even Accept's early speed metal monster "Fast As A Shark. In like manner, "Las Flores del Mal" (Flowers Of Evil) pushes the boundries of speed metal. However, the majority of the material is more rooted in late 70's/early '80's heavy metal. By today's standards, I suppose Baron Rojo would be considered standard hard rock, but in 1982 these guys were the kings of metal in their homeland of Spain. An English version of this album was also released but I have yet to hear it.