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editor's note
Ratos De Porao
Homem Inimigo Do Homen
(Alternative Tentacles Records)
by Adam Toth

Ratos De Porao returns! Twenty-five years and still rocking hard! That’s something I definitely respect, and am impressed by, but their new album,
Homem Inimigo Do Homen, does not have that same effect on me at all.

After first popping in the album, I was kind of scared. I’m not really a punk/metal enthusiast and the lyrics are in Spanish. I felt like I was entering a different dimension in music. No familiarities and everything was foreign, but I was so ready to take on this adventure--especially when I noticed the first song’s title was “Pedofilia Santa.”

But, to much dismay, “Pedofilia Santa” did not live up to its promise. Thrashing guitar, insanely fast drumming, and out of control vocals made for a quick bam in the face. My first disappointment with this album came when I realized that the Spanish vocals that I was so excited for were barely able to be heard. Instead, I just received an onslaught of incoherent noise. That was not fun, so I put it behind me, and figured I’d look at the musical aspect of the band. After all was said and done, I found nothing too exciting in the music either.

Sure, I’m impressed by their speed. I’ve never been able to play the drums that fast, strum a guitar that quickly, or vocally project that frequently, but in all thirty minutes of the CD it never felt like the song actually changed. Okay, maybe once, but that’s about all. Every song was just so repetitive. If you like repetition, then go buy this album, because as far as that goes, Ratos De Por‚o does not fuck around. They found a sound that worked for them, and sure stuck to it. If you like one of the songs, you’ll enjoy the next twenty-eight minutes of the album.

After the album came to a close, I came to a realization: “One of these songs might go well with playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.” But virtual skateboarding is about all I focus on while listening to
Homen Inimigo Do Homen without going crazy. That’s why, with anything else, this is really just distracting noise.

Maybe you’ll like this album if you’re a true punk/metal fan. Also, if you can get past lyrics that aren’t clear at all and still be excited about the prospect of the Spanish language with punk / metal (which I was) then this might not be too bad of an album to check out. But unless you’re one of those aforementioned personalities or a hardcore “hardcore rock” fan – one of the dual hardcore breed – I don’t think you’ll heavily enjoy this album.