BARON ROJO: Volumen Brutal LP 1982 mint condition [English Version, English lyrics] Top Spanish metal. Their best ever! Check video
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).