"Tempos de Furias "Review
I thought that Hocico's 2008 release, Memorias Atras, was a great album, one that this act at the forefront of the Mexican aggrotech/dark electro/electro-industrial movement could never top. Then out came 2010's Tiempos de Furia (TdF), a masterpiece of pure aggression that leaves a mark - it's an album that matters.
One of my favorite things about Hocico is the knack that programmer Racso Agroyam has for developing flawless transitions from verse to chorus and back again. This talent is strongly evident throughout TdF. Beat-driven verses flow into melodic, synth-driven refrains, perfectly supporting vocalist Erk Aicrag, who has a talent for channeling his anger into lyrics that range from the wonderfully twisted to the tongue-in-cheek, all delivered impeccably. This is a guy who's great at being pissed off, and never has that been more evident than in this release.
Something I never really understood was why the guys wouldn’t create much more of those intense, down-tempo tracks like ‘Lost Fate’.
Particularly those tracks are stunning and show they can do much more than producing club tracks for a crowd that doesn’t seem to mind what they’re being fed with lacks any progression. The title track is a pounding inferno build on fury that in its relentlessness reminds strongly of ‘Bloodshed’ off the ‘Signos De Aberracion’ album. ‘Not Human’ combines chiming keys with a heavy mid-tempo beat before ‘Altered States’ gears up to deliver a hard floor monster. A little, playful instrumental named ‘Los Espejos Rotos’ wraps up the record. It seems that at a certain point HOCICO have stopped developing their style any further. Maybe because they realized they didn’t need to in order to fill any club, so they’re mainly just refining while the base ever remains the same and that’s a real pity. Nevertheless, the album is above average.