Escualo - _Ritual_
(Independent, 2003)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Given the high profile of nu-metal bands, and the resultant scorn displayed to the scene by those who have an interest in anything more obscure than Cradle of Filth, it is easy to forget that there is an underground nu-metal scene producing music of a quality unmatched by many of the bigger names. One such band is Escualo, the perfect antidote to the undiluted excrement supplied in abundance by the likes of Korn or Soulfly. Although these Chileans sing entirely in Spanish, the language barrier shouldn't pose too much of a problem -- although admittedly, it can be a bit frustrating not knowing whether the vocalist is indulging in annoying ranting about Davisian angst or considerably more intelligent socio-political commentary. Considering the similarities Escualo share with System of a Down (especially with regard to a similar quirkiness in song writing and structure), it is most likely the latter. (Oh well, if you're going to be influenced by a nu-metal band, it might as well be the best!) Elements of Mike Patton's unique vocal style can also be heard. If anyone is going to succeed in converting yours truly to the nu-metal cause, it's going to be the likes of Escualo, not the MTV darlings.


(article published 6/10/2003)

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