Extreme metallers BRUJERIA have announced their “Raza Odiada West America Tour 2022”. The 18-date Southwest trek will kick off on April 26 in Mesa, Arizona, and make stops in Albuquerque, Dallas, and Tucson before concluding on May 15 in Palmdale, California. Support on the tour will come from GOATwh**e and UNIDAD TRAUMA. General admission tickets for the tour are now on sale.
Juan Brujo comments: “Regresando desmadre Post-Covid! Esto es Brujeria!”
Confirmed dates for BRUJERIA‘s “Raza Odiada West America Tour 2022” with GOATwh**e and UNIDAD TRAUMA are as follows:
Apr. 26 – Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Apr. 27 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 28 – Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
Apr. 29 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Apr. 30 – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
May 01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
May 02 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
May 04 – Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
May 05 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
May 06 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
May 07 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
May 08 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
May 10 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
May 11 – Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
May 12 – Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
May 13 – Virginia Street Brewhouse – Reno, NV
May 14 – Oxnard PAC – Oxnard, CA
May 15 – Transplants Brewing – Palmdale, CA
In June 2020, BRUJERIA released a digital single, “COVID-666”, via Nuclear Blast Records. It was accompanied by a quarantine-style music video for the title track, directed by Juan Brujo.
BRUJERIA‘s most recent album, “Pocho Aztlan”, was the band’s first release since “Brujerizmo” came out in 2000 via Roadrunner. It was recorded over the course of many years and at several studios around the globe. The end result was mixed by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, THE EXPLOITED).
BRUJERIA‘s legend has proliferated for nearly three decades. When the band first emerged from the sun-baked hellscape of Los Angeles in 1989, the city was on the brink of chaos. Daryl Gates ruled the LAPD with an iron fist, overseeing a legion of blue-suited storm-troopers who cracked brown and black skulls at every opportunity. Rodney King, the ’92 riots, and CA governor Pete “Pito” Wilson’s anti-immigrant Prop 187 were all on the bleak horizon. The Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the city’s minorities with the band’s infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, “Matando Güeros” (“Killing White People”), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH. Led by lyricist and mastermind Juan Brujo, BRUJERIA were alternately rumored to be satanic drug lords and members of well-established metal bands. The truth, as always, lay somewhere in between.
The “Pocho Aztlan” title translates to “Wasted Promised Land,” a combination of Aztlán, the fabled ancestral home of the Aztecs, and the term pocho, which native Mexicans use to refer — not always kindly — to their counterparts born in the States. Front-man Brujo himself is a pocho, a man caught between two worlds. Many pochos are not exactly accepted with open arms in Mexico. Meanwhile, they’re too often regarded as second-class citizens in their adopted U.S. home. Brujo has transcended both scenarios through the power of BRUJERIA‘s uncompromising grindcore and death metal. His all-Spanish lyrics are as vivid as they are effective: Bona fide tales from the front-lines of the drug war, the racial divide, and the battle for the border. “A lot of BRUJERIA songs are true stories,” Brujo said. “And if they haven’t happened yet, they will happen.”