I find this band appealing because there from Los Angeles and all the members in recording this album were of Hispanic descent. In the time this album came out it was flooded with all the nirvana garbage that was playing on the radio and MTV. They knew they didn’t have a chance to get any airplay, but still proceeded to tour and gain their fans. This record is pure Crossover-Thrash with elements of Speed Metal and makes no apologies about it. This is one of these records that you have to play from beginning to end. The riffs are nice and fast, Art Marquez & Choy Sandoval gives it a mix of Dark Angel and Suicidal Tendencies put together. The bass is at a perfect tone on this record, giving the songs an extra bit of depth that I hear every time I listen to it on my Zune. The singing from Tom Urioste is the perfect mix of punk and metal. He’s not going to be confused for Ron Rinehart or Mike Muir but it’s still good.
I also see an influence of Megadeth as the political tones the song title and song titles give in reference to the environment and world peace. They do in a way were its not too pushy or annoying, which is something that is difficult to do without looking to much of a bleeding heart liberal. They just give enough for the listener to think of what they’re trying to say and make up their own minds. The songs that stick out for me the most are Funeral Parlor, The Damnation of Humanization, The Day After, Peace Through Violence, Raping Mother Nature, Fundamental Mental Derangement, Severance Pay and Trying to Be Cool. They seem to be the ones I play over and over in my truck and on my Zune.
It’s a shame that this record did not get more recognition than it did. But they still have some sort of a hardcore following even they had only released this record and a demo a couple years before. Thanks to this generations technology with Soulseek and YouTube a new generation of fans will come, a new set of ears for a new set of metal heads. I still have this album on constant rotation on my playlist and always try to spread their album to other people.
The Damnation of Humanization