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Baron Rojo - 1982 Volumen Brutal

ARTIST: Baron Rojo
ALBUM: Volumen Brutal
LABEL: Chapa Discos
SERIAL: HS-35.053
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Jose Luis Campuzano ('Sherpa') - vocals, bass * Carlos de Castro - vocals, guitars * Armando de Castro - guitars * Hermes Calabria - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Incomunicion * 02 Los Rockeros * 03 Dame La Oportunidad * 04 San Como Hormigas * 05 Las Flores Del Mal * 06 Resistive * 07 Satancio Plan (Volumen Brutal) * 08 Concierto Pava Ellos * 09 Hermano del Rock 'n' Roll * 10 El Baron Vuela Sobre Inglaterra



Baron Rojo (Red Baron, named after WWI German aviator Manfred von Richthofen's nickname) was founded in Madrid, Spain in 1980. Brothers Carlos and Armando De Castro were joined by bassist/vocalist Beatles fan 'Sherpa' Campuzano and Uruguayan powerful drummer Hermes Calabria to forge the first true Spanish Heavy Rock/Metal band. The band members roots were an interesting mix of hard rock, prog rock, Beatles and even jazz. Sherpa and Carlos de Castro shared vocal duties, the former the more melodic of the two. Carolina Cortes, Sherpa's partner, contributed with lyrics to many of the songs since the beginning and was deservedly considered the fifth Baron. The first album, 'Larga Vida Al Rock & Roll' was released in 1981 to good reception in Spain.

The Songs
The album was recorded at Kingsway Studios, owned by Ian Gillan. The production sounds fresh even today. The music is subtly influenced by Saxon, Judas Priest, early Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Thin Lizzy (especially regarding twin lead harmonies). However, Baron Rojo's sound is truly unique. The Spanish lyrics add another dimension to the melodies. The album is centered on three songs, all of them sung by Sherpa. The first, 'Los Rockeros Van Al Infierno' ('Rockers Go To Hell'), is a hard rocker with dual guitar harmonies, an impressive slide middle section and lyrics towards the rock and roll lifestyle (aimed not only at musicians but also at fans). 'Resistire' ('I Will Resist') is a fast paced proto-thrash anthem, think Accept's 'Fast As A Shark' -from the very same year - with clean vocals. Tailor-made for headbanging, is an urgent protest song with smart in-your-face lyrics. The third piece-de-resistance is 'Concierto Para Ellos' ('Concert For Them'), a heartbreaking hymn dedicated to the fallen rock stars such as Bon Scott, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Marc Bolan and John Lennon. It's heavy, emotional, deep and catchy as hell with direct lyrical references to Whitesnake and Rainbow. The rest of the songs, all of them remarkable, range from classic heavy metal ('Incomunicacion' with Judas Priest hints and 'Las Flores Del Mal'), to hard rock ('Son Como Hormigas', 'Satanico Plan', 'Hermano Del Rock & Roll'), a power ballad not cheesy at all ('Dame La Oportunidad') and an entertaining instrumental showing how proficient the Barons are as musicians ('El Baron Vuela Sobre Inglaterra').

In Summary
A terrific album indeed. 'Volumen Brutal' is a NWOBHM classic conceived in Spain and sung in Spanish. The album sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, received rave reviews including one from Kerrang! and allowed Baron Rojo to play at the London Marquee, Reading Festival 82 and Heavy Sound Festival 83 in Brujas, Belgium. An English version of the album was also recorded and is still available with no other than Bruce Dickinson (yes, the Iron Maiden one) helping on lyrics translation. However, I strongly recommend the Spanish version even if you don't speak the language. Get used to the vocals and enjoy the clever, beautiful lyrics (perhaps with the help of an online translator or better a human one). More classic albums followed in the form of 'Metalmorfosis' (1983) and 'En Un Lugar De La Marcha' (1985). Sherpa end Calabria left the band in 1989 and the classic lineup reunited for a tour in 2010 up until 2012. Baron Rojo is still playing and recording in 2016, with the De Castro brothers leading the band.

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#1 | melodiapositiva on August 12 2016 15:28:05
This is without any doubt the biggest spanish metal album ever .Baron rojo were great in the 80's but their members were always in a fight between the brothers Decastro and Sherpa .And then they fired the most talented musician of the band(Sherpa), without him Baron were and are a mediocre band . they are still touring everywhere.There is also a film about their reunion tour, and its a pity that they still hate each other like before,because together, they were great .
#2 | dtabachn on August 14 2016 01:51:09
It's a real pity but that's what happened. Without Sherpa, Baron Rojo lost their signature vocals and Carolina Cortes' lyrics as well. In addition to that, Hermes Calabria's drum skills are sorely missed IMO. Human relationships are sometimes difficult.
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