Hocico – Ofensor – review
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The difference is very clear if we compare “Ofensor” with its predecessor “El Último Minuto Antes De Que Tu Mundo Caiga”. The latter one was very sharp and fast album, while “Ofensor” is heavy and more diversified when it comes to tempo… and what is most important it’s very oldschool.
Already old-fashioned synth strings of intro “Déjà-Vu Siniestro” impress with thick atmosphere known from the first efforts of the Mexicans, but the biggest surprise is yet to come. The first regular track on the album, “Relentless” isn’t fast floorfiller like “T. O. S. of reality” fromthe previous album, or ” since it’s rythm is based on mid-tempo bassline and distorted kick drum (without snares or hi-hats) the whole composition seems to stands still, and it’s definitely not club-oriented… however in some strange way it makes you move.
“Sex sick” raise up the tempo, and tension. Fat bass, distorted kick and reverbed snare – this is the basis for this heavy stomper. Vicious vocals of Erk and wicked melodies played by Racso are the pinaccle of this song, defintely one of the most heavy ones in Hocico’s career. And it’s only afther three songs, and almost 14 minutes of album when first fast track hits the speakers. “Bienvenido A La Maldad” is ferocious and mad piece of music, which – for me – recalls the floorfillers from “Sangre hirvente” era. It’s great that a video was mad for this one.
The important feature of Hocico’s albums until “Signos de Aberracion” was a big quantity of instrumental tracks, which – since “Wrack and ruin” album were less present. On first LP’s those neoclassical mini-symphonies were very important element of the whole puzzle, and “Ofensor” ressurects this good tradition. Apart from intro there are four intrumentals, and “El Destello En El Cristal” is one of them. Really chilling and sombre mixture of haunted pads and lead synths it’s a great introduction to another stomping monster – “Heart attack”. Very significant and repetitive bassline gives this song very dehumanized tune.