Jugando con la Muerte – CD Pro 2010

Hoy se Cumplen 8 Años de la “Fake Release Party” (No llegaron los discos a tiempo para el lanzamiento ha ha…) pero aun tenemos copias disponibles de nuestro primer CD Jugando con la Muerte 2010, pide tu copia a Temor Records directo al mail: elgrantemor@gmail.com

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Review en RockAxis 2011:

Un excelente debut es el que presenta El Gran Temor, power trío con influencias rock – blues, mezcladas con sicodelia, que con “Jugando con la muerte” reúne recursos tan difíciles como la métrica del blues, la eclecticidad de la sicodelia y la inspiración de la improvisación. No es un disco tan fácil de escuchar, pero está muy bien trabajado y suena a gran nivel.

Todas estas características mencionadas anteriormente se funden en una oscuridad propia de la crudeza del stoner, sin olvidar las referencias setenteras, que desde el nombre del grupo (¿guiño a Grand Funk?) hasta el color de sus guitarras pasan por un filtro con olor a antiguo.

El primer track es ‘Infortunio’, una canción oscura, con muchas partes y con un final épico, que funde poderosos colores en el bajo con los ruidos de un efecto de flanger en la guitarra, lleno de sicodelia. Le sigue el tema que le da el nombre al disco, poseedor de mucho power y con una estructura más blues, sin dejar de lado la oscuridad.

‘La Niebla’, se transforma en otra canción pesada, bien stoner, con distorsiones sucias al tope y una voz con reverb, bien clásica. En ‘Estrella’ se van a un rock más clásico, con un tempo un poco más acelerado y un riff bien logrado. Un excelente track.

Después del excelente instrumental con aires setenteros  ‘Solitaria’, saltamos a ‘Noctámbula’, otra canción con mucha sicodelia, sonidos análogos y un relieve muy marcado, con una parte intermedia reposada, para luego volver a la intensidad del riff. Los sonidos se saturan aún más con ‘Las alturas’, un número en el que la guitarra no deja de recordarnos al gran Jimi Hendrix, pero con una estética con guiños doom.

Para terminar, ‘El Tiuke’ comienza con los sonidos de un trompe y, sumado al tempo medio andino, al más puro estilo de Los Jaivas, corresponde al track más chileno del disco. Un ritmo chileno, guitarras teñidas de poder y de oscuridad y una lírica contingente, hacen de  esta la mejor canción del disco.

Un disco redondo, sin puntos bajos y bastante esperanzador, de cara al futuro de esta promisoria banda. Sonidos que a través de una mezcla de influencias disímiles, logran adquirir una identidad, formando un estilo genuino, atemporal y muy bien logrado.

Rodrigo Carvajal U.

Rockaxis

Review in Doomantia.com 2012 (Now Offline)

Recently, I have often encountered good psychedelic / stoner / doom teams from Southern America: from widely known Reino Ermitano, Don Juan Matus and El Hijo de La Aurora to less popular At Devil Dirt and Kayros or ultimately disbanded power-trio Tlon. But the South American scene is not confined to these bands, so today, I invite you to meet with another representative of the Chilean stoner scene – it’s El Gran Temor, let us welcome them. Unfortunately, the band is now in limbo, because some participants leave the crew in 2010 after several concerts in support of the newly released album “Jugando Con La Muerte” (“Playing with the Death”), and there’s only one man left, a core of El Grand Temor – it’s founder Jorge Luis Paillao, which however is not sitting on its hands and start to write new stuff and gain new musicians to El Gran Temor.

Songs which were included in the “Jugando Con La Muerte” were indeed composed by the band during the period from 2005 to 2009, and the album was recorded in few sessions in the studio of Pablo Navarrete, bassist of Chilean stoner / metal team Hielo Negro (year of foundation – 1996), and Pablo is obviously not newbie to this, so he brought the stuff to a decent world standards, and this is known to be an important factor contributing to digest this album well. So what is in our menu today? There’s “electric blues rock” as Jorge names it, the core of which is actually a solid stoner and proto doom riffs with branded psychedelic sound of the 70th.

That is interesting – the sound of El Gran Temor isn’t limited with vague and overloaded riffs or acid arrangement, although the first and second ones turn equally convincing. Jorge – as guitarist and author of almost all music – names a lot of veterans of rock scene as his teachers; and there’re not only the pillars of modern stoner, doom rock or gurus like Jimi Hendrix, here he also mentions bossa nova musicians (a mix of Brazilian music and cool jazz), and the original Latin music artists such as Joao Gilberto, Argentine rocker Luis Spinetta, Chilean folk singer Eduardo “Gato” Alkvinta, blues guitarist Papp and poet and singer Victor Jara. It’s too difficult, right? Okay then just believe me that the album featured eight quiet diverse tracks, which absorbed spirit of psychedelic rock from 70th and drive of a good, heavy stoner, keep it in mind until you put your arms upon “Jugando Con La Muerte”.

The first song “Infortunio” just attracts attention with successful combination of the elements of mentioned before genres, and one of it’s features is also first-class clear vocal lines. All texts on this album is into Spanish and I always appreciate bands which vocalists sing in their native language, in the case of El Gran Temor this choice is doubly justified – vocals sound really good and it’s performance in the Spanish sound very attractive. The album’s lyrics is a kind of diary, revealing the different manifestations of the “joys and sorrows” of human life. The bluesy track “Jugando con la Muerte” was inspired by the famous “gothic” TV-serial of 70th “Dark Shadows” as loudly “La Niebla” is dedicated to author’s hometown – Temuco. Homesickness has resulted in a heavy track with frequently changing tempo and overloaded leading motive. “Estrella” (“Star”) is a kind of tribute to old hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad and along to one girl from the south of Chile; obviously Jose associated good memories with that and another because the track sounds bright, emotional and positive, and such experience is highly intensive due to the song’s fruitiness and lighter and faster pace than other songs have. I would put astonishing romantic song “Noctambula” in one line with “Estrella” for there’s a shock lead stoner-theme and a fantastic space rock passage that ends powerful, memorable chorus. I’ve mentioned bossa nova influences among the main ones, and it can be heard in a lengthy blues instrumentals “Solitaria” (“Solitude”). Advanced psychedelic trip “Alturas” sounds on the eve of the last song album “El Tiuke”, it’s fighting spirit is explained because the song was written in support of the Mapuche, “people of the land”, the only tribe in South America, which was not conquer nor by Incas or by Spaniards . So do not be surprised when you hear tribal drums in the second half of the song – it is a tribute to ancestors.

El Gran Temor phenomenon is hardly unique to the South American stoner scene, but the songs of “Jugando Con La Muerte” absorbed well both so called “local color” and the influence of “Western” culture. The result has been the material of which the musicians themselves are very well said that: “We play music that could not be written in Chile in the 70th years.” Why not … Less attempts to expose these songs dry analysis, in the end, I want to draw your attention to the fact that the album has some really cool songs that can give odds to more famous bands, but in the end you can define it by yourself. And I hope that in the near future, Jorge finally will pick a new crew and new songs for El Gran Temor, but for now his plan is to re-release “Jugando Con La Muerte” on vinyl with a bonus track, so stay tuned! This band is worth of attention.