Baron Rojo - 'Volumen Brutal' / 'Metalmorfosis' Hot
Written by Central Electronic Brain     March 20, 2015    
0.0 (0)
6150   0   2   0   0   0




Enjoy a classic throwback to the 1980s.

It's clearly inaccurate to describe Baron Rojo as a NWOBHM band – being Spanish – but their style, influences and popularity are intrinsically linked to that movement. In the early 1980s, album sales in the millions lead to some huge live performances including the Reading Festival alongside Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister and many others.

This pair of re-issues from the Cherry Red label are probably the two most successful – two chunks of pure Metal before changes in line-up and some experimenting with their sound saw interest and sales begin to slide. Driven by the twin guitars of brothers Armando and Carlos de Castro, the band produced a mix of Classic Rock and Heavy Metal, ably supported by rhythm section of Jose Luiz Campuzano, bass and Hermes Calabria on drums.

'Volumen Brutal' ('Brutal Volume') was released in two versions – Spanish and English vocals with Bruce Dickinson being credited with assisting the translation and vocal phrasing with the aim of making the album more acceptable than the Spanish only debut; it's a move that proved worthwhile with over two million copies sold worldwide. This release is the original Spanish only, not that it should detract in any way from the music on offer

'Incomunicacion' ('Incommunication') starts things off with some classic Metal riffing from the de Castro brothers with Carlos also handling vocals and a killer lead break. 'Los Rockeros Van Al Infierno' ('Rockers Go To Hell') is more mid-paced with the vocal duties being shared around and Campuzano proves to be equally adept. But like the full-on Metal pace of the pounding rhythms of 'Las Flores Del Mar' ('The Flowers Of The Sea'), every song is packed full of gritty attitude and power making the understanding of the vocal (to most of us) irrelevant. There's little let up all the way through until the finale of 'El Baron Vuela Sobre Inglaterra' (The Baron Flies Over England') reminds us of the type of instrumental that Maiden produced in their own early days.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

1983's 'Metalmorfosis' ('Metalmorphosis') was a fine follow-up, although a little more melody and a little less Metal than its predecessor, lacking quite the same intense consistency. 'Siempre Estas Alli' (You're Always There') is a heavy ballad and 'Hiroshima' a near seven minute epic tale. You can see that the band are trying to develop their writing with longer, more ambitious songs to good effect, but at the same time that spark of magic that got them noticed is beginning to slip. 'Metalmorfosis' remains a solid album, but not special enough to really stand out above the plethora of bands that had emerged by that time.

Nevertheless, this pair make a fine couple of re-issues, packed with strong tunes and backed up with comprehensive notes and interviews in each package. Ultimately the language issue certainly contributed to BR's decline with fewer fans likely to be attracted to the band. But these early albums celebrate their own enthusiasm and the huge influence and inspiration they provided to Spanish Metal and indeed the Spanish speaking areas of South America.

If you are not familiar with Baron Rojo, ignore any concerns and just enjoy a classic throwback to the 1980s and remember that with figures in the millions, these albums are good enough to have achieved the sort of sales that most bands today would kill for.

Ian Parry

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

Powered by JReviews

Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  May 2022  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 4 weeks ago
  • Berny : @bpomper: Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • bpomper : if i bought the hard copy can i also download and if so how
  • bpomper : im checking to make sure my fireworks #98 was sent out transaction ending in 1241
  • Berny : @all: The download version of Fireworks #98 is available!
  • Berny : @RobC68: We really seem to share a love & hate relationship, right? ;) Pls. check your mail.
  • RobC68 : still waiting for download version of #98 to be available.....pathetic service
  • Berny : @iangreenfiel: The magazine is available in a number of WH Smith branches. Could you pls. contact me at «email» ? I will then send you the latest list of participating stores.
  • iangreenfiel : Can issue 97 only be ordered online? I've tried several branches of WHSmith and had no luck
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site