Hocico – Ofensor – review
Can things became even more scary? It seems impossible, but there are no boundaries for those Mexicans. “I Will Be Murdered (4 Minutes Of Horror)” is one of the thickest and gloomy pieces of music in aggrotech genre made … without any drums. Those ones start to pound heavily in “Ofensor” which in my opinion can be viewed as second part of the song “Tiempos de furia”, however the way of using the samples recalls one more time “Sangre hirvente” album (for example “Sucios Pensamientos”). The synth flutes of “Mind circus”, the next track on “Ofensor” also seem to be borrowed from the late 90s. Great to see this spirit back.
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After another interlude (“The 5th circle” – also very oldschool) we can hear “Auf der Flucht” – catchy, yet still heavy, and “In the name of violence” which was chosen for a single. This track is maybe most typical and modern track on the album, and I assume that this the reason it was taken for promotional use… however it’s not representative for the whole LP.
When the last tunes of outro fade the listener remains with an impression that Hocico’s pursuit for older times (most probaly encouraged by “Los Días Caminando En El Fuego” retrospective album from 2103) was a very good move. I dare say, that it’s the best Hocico’s album since many years (which doesen’t means that some were bad). It brings back the spirit of the old days, but with great ingeniousness and mastery which characterizes those talented and experienced musicians.
PS. “Ofensor” comes as regular cd, digipak with bonus remix cd, and 3cd deluxe version with remixes and three additional tracks. We don’t review those bonuses, but it’s necessary to say that they are worth to give them a listen – also because Halotan’s H.EXE is present on the 2nd disc with great black metal remix of “Black opium” (bonus track aviailable on 3d cd).