BloodLust! is pleased to announce the label debut by Los Heraldos Negros from Mexico City. This heavy and disquieting noise work is the creation of Sergio Sanchez, who many in the noise scene will know from his Spanish language review blog, Ruido Horrible, as well as the vital label of the same name. When BLOODYMINDED went down to Mexico City in 2007 to play the r4wb1t5 Macro Fest, a week long multi-disciplinary cultural arts festival, we also wanted to play a show that was more closely tied to the small but dedicated noise scene there. So we made plans through a still relatively new contact, Señor Sanchez. The time that we spent with Sanchez and his group of friends was a wonderful added bonus to all of the great people that we had already met through r4wb1t5. Following an ultra-high-energy Friday night BLOODYMINDED festival show -- and an even higher-energy, adrenalin-fueled, high-speed police chase that involved the car that we were in, which was returning us to our hotel at dawn -- Sanchez had us meet him and his cohorts on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon at El Chopo, the famous, sprawling outdoor mercado that caters to the heavy-metal, punk, and gothic scenes. It was an amazing day, even in our rather delicate state. Needless to say, we have stayed in contact with the Ruido Horrible crew, and we have enjoyed the flow of music that has been making its way up from the D.F. since then. After I asked Sanchez to consider a Los Heraldos Negros release on BloodLust!, he simply told me that when a worthwhile piece of music was ready to be shared, he would send it along. I knew exactly what that meant, so I waited patiently. The striking and wholly satisfying results are "Vivir Mejor," which roughly translates to "have a better life," borrowed from the campaign slogan of Felipe Calderón, the current President of Mexico, who many feel has delivered the country into a bloody, full-scale war between drug traffickers and army and police forces, particularly in northern Mexico. This outstanding recording sonically parallels a certain mood within the country, deftly moving from sustained harsh noise sections to more unsettling, atmospheric passages, still adding a human element by skillfully and subtly weaving in what appear to be field recordings, which never become obvious or intrusive, but which function as a fully integrated part of the overall sound palette. Professionally duplicated CD, single panel, double-sided insert; black and white artwork with vivid photographs related to the Mexican drug war; in jewel box with shrink-wrap.
1. Vivir Mejor (43:51)