The title tells mostly everything you need to know what this album is about. This band would refine their sound on further releases in favour of a more accomplished musicianship and ballads, thus softening to a point I no longer liked them. Absolutely not the case with their 2 essential first records, which are brutal traditional metal performed like a sledgehammer, with only hints of the subtlety to come.
Baron Rojo became one of the very few Spanish metal bands to achieve any notoriety outside their native country — their early albums had a definite NWOBHM flavor that garnered them some critical praise and success in England at that time. A bit like a of Saxon-come- Motorhead. Well worthy!
Pais: Espana (Spain)
Genero: Heavy Metal
Label: Kamaflage Records – KAM LP 4
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A1 Isolation Ward 3:38
A2 Rockers Go To Hell 4:15
A3 Give Me The Chance 3:32
A4 Termites 4:05
A5 Flowers Of Evil 4:51
B1 Stand Up 5:01
B2 Someone’s Loving You 4:10
B3 Concert For Them 4:40
B4 You’re Telling Me 3:21
B5 The Baron Fly Over England 2:42
Baron Rojo are one of the most famous heavy metal acts from Spain, and one of the few to garner attention in non-Spanish speaking countries. There is actually a version of Volumen Brutal that has the lyrics sung in English. I think the vocals flow much smoother in the Spanish version because that’s the way the songs were intended to be sung.
Incomunicacion introduces the album with a big ass riff which leads into a speedy verse overflowing with smoking energy. Then, the tempo gets cut in half for the gnarly chorus riff. What a memorable riff this is! Baron Rojo definitely had an ear for tasty, original riffage. Incomunicacion [Isolation Ward] is just a great slice of heavy metal, period. My other favorite on Volumen Brutal is Resistire [Stand Up]. This one is a speed anthem of defiance. If the chorus refrain doesn’t have you yelling along, then you, my friend, are dead inside.
The English version came out on Kamaflage Records (United Kingdom).