Interpretation of "Horizontal Mambo"
you ever think it possible for a heart attack to be brought
on by Latin salsa music? Well, now that golden opportunity
can be yours with the new album from Puerto Rico's own Puya.
This is music to traumatize your grandmother with.
is simple. Inform Grandma Martha that you just found out about
this great new group. They are a rock band, but she may appreciate
the heavy Latin influences found therein. Once she agrees,
toss in the disc, press play, and get the phone. Now is the
time to call 911. While you are waiting for the ambulance
to come cart her away, you can enjoy the music found on this
album. It was, afterall, made for you, not a weak-hearted
you are free to take listen to this album in peace, you can
enjoy its original musical stylings. Puya has found the happy
medium between Pantera and salsa; definitely nothing you have
heard before. This is not to say it is good or bad, mostly
interesting. The album's opening track "Oasis" is the hardest,
setting a Latin vibe under a guitar crunch as thrashing as
anything Deftones have ever done. "Montate" (meaning Get On
It) is similar in style to a Korn track, but once again including
the salsa beats that set this band apart from the rest.
slows down a bit after the "Montate." "Whatever" focuses more
on the band's Latin influences than their rock. It is more
of a groove song than a "thrash 'til you bleed" track. One
of the coolest tracks on the album is "Keep It Simple," a
track with heavy R&B influences. The slow and steady drumbeat
in the back is coupled with an R&B guitar riff as well as
violins, vibraphone, and a flute solo, yet never losing the
salsa feel found throughout the rest of the album. The rest
of the album consists of a return to their heavy sound.
complaint is the problems I have understanding what it is
that they are trying to say. Perhaps that is because I don't
understand much Spanish - at least half of the album is in
their native language. If you are into bands for their music
alone, there is no problem for you with this disc. They are
definitely a talented group of individuals. The fact that
I can't understand most lyrics is unimportant. It doesn't
change the fact that this album rocks. Any fan of Deftones,
Korn, Limp Bizkit, or the like should definitely give them
a listen. Besides, who, other than grandma, can resist some
good old-fashioned death-mambo?