Released: 2000, Independent
Hailing from Mexico, Cirrosis is another in a long line of high-quality death metal bands flowing like poisoned wine from that country. Like all of their deathy brethren, Cirrosis play a punishingly brutal style of death metal, obviously worshipping at the throne of classic-years Sepultura, with a mix of modern day Morbid Angel thrown in to spice up the mix. However, unlike most of their more popular contemporaries, Cirrosis’ lyrics are sung entirely in Spanish. Then again, it’s not like that affects the listening experience, as Luis Osuna’s vocals are unintelligible anyway!
“Fariseos” opens up the album in fiery fashion, the band not wasting any time proving that they are indeed brutal. To my ears, this track proves both Cirrosis’ major strength, and major downfall; the band wears their influences on their sleeve, without any attempt to mask it. While this can be a commendable trait in a band, it can also ruin a band’s reputation (see early years Usurper for proof!). Unfortunately, Cirrosis falls slightly into the latter category. All of the major death metal bands (Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse etc.) can be heard in the music. It can be cool for a band to play the part of hero-worshipper, but in this case, I think that Cirrosis goes too far.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that there are some cool musical moments on the CD, ‘cause there are. The guitar solo in “Tu Ultima Blasfemia” provides some cool melodic moments in what is otherwise a heavy, decidedly non-melodic song. “Regeneracion” is almost prog-like in length (7:16), and is basically a progressive song done death metal style. Pretty cool stuff, which thankfully shows that Cirrosis can indeed write excellent original material.
Despite these cool moments, Cirrosis does need some more work. When I put on a Cirrosis album, I want to hear Cirrosis, not the bands that influenced them. The good news is that Cirrosis has the tools in place to break out on their own – they’re talented and show flashes of that talent within Reciclando…. If the band improves their songwriting, the next CD will be killer! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org