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Banzai (Spain) - 1984 Duro y Potente

ARTIST: Banzai (Spain)
ALBUM: Duro y Potente
SERIAL: 24 0397-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2002, WEA, 2292403972


LINEUP: José Antonio Manzano - vocals * Salvador Domínguez - guitar * Tibu - bass * David Biosca - drums * Danny Peyronel - keyboards, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Luces * 02 Crimen Sin Castigo * 03 Grita * 04 No quiero Esperar * *05 Mr. Hynde (sic) * 06 Duro y potente * 07 No Pierdas El Tren * 08 Noche Negra * 09 Traición * 10 Se Terminó



Guitarist Salvador Domínguez built his own project Banzai after touring and recording with Spanish rock'n'roll legend Miguel Rios up until the summer of 1982. Banzai recorded a very good self titled album in 1983. The same year, José Antonio Manzano (Tigres, Zero, Emergency, Niagara), Tigres' drummer David Biosca and later on Danny Peyronel (Heavy Metal Kids, UFO, Tarzen) joined the band. The new lineup recorded 'Duro y Potente' (Spanish for 'Tough And Powerful') at Ibiza's Mediterranean Studio co-owned by then-current Judas Priest skinsman Dave Holland who was also one of the sound engineers. On an interesting note, Priest's 'Screaming For Vengeance' had been recorded at the same location.

The Songs
Just take a look at the metalized angry bull gracing the cover and you'll find an idea of what's to be found here. Domínguez' guitar skills fuse Richie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore and Van Halen influences. Production made the best out of guitars and drums, in some instances at the expense of Manzano's fiery vocals but it doesn't affect the overall superb results. Danny Peyronel's keyboards are scarcely showcased, maybe a sign of his last minute involvement in the project. Opener 'Luces' sets the album's tone -top class traditional heavy rock- through throbbing, menacing sharp guitar riffs, pounding drums and Peyronel's prominent presence in the choruses. The Judas Priest-inspired 'Crimen Sin Castigo' hits like a whiplash. This fast rocker includes furious guitar riffs and some thundering drum fills to be prospectively found in Priest's 1986 'Turbo'. A clap-of-thunder-like drum pattern kickstarts 'Grita', another classic heavy rock chunk, less menacing and more dynamic introducing a fantastic gang-stadium-type chorus that reaches its climax around the 3 minute mark when it's sung over the bare drum pattern. Hints of the NWOBHM and Diamond Head riffing are to be found in 'No Quiero Esperar' including its dismal organ intro. 'Mr Hy(n)de' had already been misspelled on the original album back cover and still is on the 2002 CD reissue. The guitar solo is remarkable here. To my ears, the title track is Banzai's best moment within an album containing many highs, an early 80's metal hymn in the style of W.A.S.P.'s 'Animal..' -recorded on the same year- and classic Loudness, with an unforgettable guitar riff that mimics the massive testosterone-driven chorus and self affirmation lyrics. 'No Pierdas El Tren' shows early Iron Maiden influences. 'Noche Negra' tells the story of a nightmarish gig via Michael Schenker-like melodies and a catchy chorus. Last two songs are the chunky 'Traición' and the somber power ballad 'Se Terminó' (an anti-compulsory military service song).

In Summary
This is, along with Baron Rojo's 1982 'Volumen Brutal', the summit of Spain's 80's metal. Entirely sung in Spanish, the use of their native tongue makes it even more appealing to the listener IMO. The album was well received and sold accordingly in Spain, however Banzai disbanded in 1985 due to lack of gigs and the fact that Salvador Domínguez and Danny Peyronel started Tarzen, a new band aimed at the US market. 'Duro y Potente' was reissued in 1988 as 'Alive 'n' Screamin' with re-recorded English vocals on four songs and a different song order. Banzai reunited in 2011 and released 2012's live CD and DVD 'En Vivo y Potente'.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 11 2017 00:51:43
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