Heroes del Silencio
Avalancha


5.0
classic

Review

by Geadom USER (9 Reviews)
February 11th, 2013 | 36 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unorthodox album that pushes forward while still remaining faithful to its roots, Avalancha manages to be the definitive Heroes del Silencio and the whole Rock en Español movement album.

Formed in Zaragoza, Spain in 1984, Heroes del Silencio began its career as a soft / acoustic based Rock en Español band, gaining critical and commercial acclaim in their native country with their first album El Mar no Cesa (Unrest less Sea - 1988), and two follow-ups, 1990´s Senderos de Traicion (Paths of Betrayal) and 1993´s El Espiritu del Vino (The Spirit of the Wine). The latter was widely considered their best album, giving international recognition to the band in Latin America and most parts of Europe. But something that plagued those albums was undoubtedly the fuzzy production, that wasn’t bad per se, but didn’t match the style the band was defining and finally perfected.

Produced by Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Kansas, Kiss, etc.), and recorded in Los Angeles, Avalancha first (and maybe most important) point is its excellent production. Being a fusion /crossover genre (between rock and roll / hard rock and Spanish / Latin music), Rock en Español certainly needs a great production to let all the instruments portrayed breathe, exactly what Ezrin accomplishes. The urban voices / setting in the intro Derivas, the Harmonica in Iberia Sumergida, and the chanting /distorted background voices on some of the tracks (Deshacer el Mundo, Parasiempre, Dias de Borrasca), are just few of the many details you´re going to absorb and appreciate through the album.

Of course the main instrumentation is also full of life, with that warming bass and drum sound (Morir Todavia, Opio), the crisp and sharp guitars on the rock-a-Billy alike songs (Rueda Fortuna, Parasiempre), and that alluring / emotional tone on the acoustic guitars (En Brazos de la Fiebre, Opio, La Chispa Adecuada), assuring you that with the varied tones and delivery of the songs, you´ll never be bored. The riffs, while far from original, are diverse and well executed (with a lot of well-placed distortion and effects), the bass lines have their own presence that make a solid backbone together with the drums, that manage to have a somehow simple but enchanting placement in all the parts of the record, truly a sign of musical maturity.

Heroes Del Silencio main constituent was certainly vocalist and lyricist Enrique Bunbury. Vocally, his somehow cozy voice is nothing less than charming. This coupled with his unmistaken deep Spanish accent, and his extremely ambiguous / philosophic lyrical themes give each song a unique identity that make the album really take flight and leave every single other contemporary band behind. His elaborated and perplexing phrases on some on the songs (Madness never had a teacher / for those who row without a perpetual course / Death will be the ornament / which I will place upon the gift of my life) are contrasted by more youth rebellion infused lyrics (The innocent get lynched / to the rhythm of calumny / in the odyssey of rancor / the great inquisitor /and the shrouded man, the shrouded man) bohemian sex / love themes (La Espuma de Venus, La Chispa Adecuada) and some substance- induced choices (Opio, Morir Todavia) cement the album as the top choice of the genre as far as diversity goes.

There´s a saying that expresses: “Try to please everyone and you please no one” . Heroes just break this philosophy delivering an album with all their known traits (ambiguous lyrics, excellent instrumentation, perfect use of effects and distortions and great chemistry between the band members) intact, while eliminating all their past flaws (fuzzy production, unnecessary filler) that amazes fans of the older albums, while pushing the band towards a new audience that won’t be disappointed. Sadly their last album, it is without a doubt the summit of its genre and the band, truly flawless and indispensable.

Recommended tracks:
Avalancha (which you may´ve heard from Guitar Hero 3).
Deshacer el Mundo.
Parasiempre.
La Chispa Adecuada.



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Geadom
February 11th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You know the drill: English is not my native language, so any errors, input and / or critics are
always appreciated.

Im cleaning a lot of stuff, btw!


Geadom
February 11th 2013


2839 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Avalancha - Official Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bALV7vg3U2Q

Deshacer el mundo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGxFlClsWK0

Parasiempre:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-AsyRPAN2g

La Chispa Adecuada - Official Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYPqfrZ-iLs

Lyrics

Original:
http://goo.gl/2Gvst

Translated - English:
http://goo.gl/qgnLI


VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


I didn't thought that somebody will make a review of Heroes Del Silencio. Band rules hard, this album is spectacular ; anyways my favorite album of this guys is Senderos De Traición. By the way geadom, where do you come from dude.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


4458 Comments


Oh, man. You get an automatic POS for reviewing this. Good work.

"AVA-LAN-CHAAAAAAA-AAAAHHHHH"

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


6342 Comments


I remember listening to one song from this band back in the day (don't remember which one though), solid band.

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


4458 Comments


This, El Espiritu del Vino, Senderos De Traicion are top quality albums.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


20158 Comments


"This last one was wide considered"

Should be widely considered.

Great review Geadom this must be the band from guitar hero 3?!

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


If somebody would like to check the material of this band I suggest you that begin with songs like La Herida, Iberia Sumergida and Oración.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


4458 Comments


I never really played Guitar Hero (I suck at it), but it's nice to know this band is getting attention outside of Europe.

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


In the rock circle of latin america they're really popular. Also Bunbury which was the lead singer of Heroes is really famous among the latin music in general.

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


Anyways, check this dude.

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


You won't regret it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


20158 Comments


hey vermicide are they pretty popular in the rock circles of latin america?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


20158 Comments


damn you edited it lol

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


At least in the rock circles Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Venezuela everybody knows about this band. The vast mayority loves them and they consider this band one of the top groups of spain, a few people of the rock circles doesn't like them cuz they hate bunbury and his lyrics

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


4458 Comments


I'm not surprised that they're popular in Latin America, very talented group. I know them myself because my mother is from Spain and we've visited there a few times. I discovered some amazing bands there like Heroes del Silencio, Standstill, and an Argentine band called 'Los Iracundos'.

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


I'm quick atari, also that was cuz I'm having problems with my internet connection.

Nikkolae
February 11th 2013


4870 Comments


"a few people of the rock circles doesn't like them cuz they hate bunbury and his lyrics"

im one of those people.

Digging: Modern Witch - Unknown Domain

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


PaperbackWriter.If you want more good bands of spain and argentina check Stravagganza,Baron Rojo, Extremoduro, Avalanch,Los rodriguez, Catupecu Machu,
A.N.I.M.A.L, La Bersuit, Soda Stereo, La Renga and more

VermicideReloadead
February 11th 2013


1433 Comments


I've a friend who met Bunbury in Mexico and he hates him with burning passion.



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