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Review: War Kabinett - Made in Mexico
War Kabinett
Made in Mexico

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 71:45
Tracks: 14
Genre: Unclassifiable

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 16, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Made in Mexico

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Made in Mexico, the debut album from Mexican metallers War Kabinett, is quite a challenging mountain to climb. First, this disc contains more than 71 minutes of music and second, War Kabinett hasn't limited their musical journey to any one Metal genre but churn out a veritable mishmash of sub-genres instead.

And that's enough to do the trick, keeping the listener constantly alert for things that are going on. Musically, one can hear elements of symphonic Black Metal (à la Dimmu Borgir especially), Thrash Metal, Death Metal, neoclassical Power Metal, Heavy Metal and many others on Made in Mexico. There's always something happening within War Kabinett's music, sometimes too much for some of us but, then again, that's just extra spice for the meal, I would say. Made in Mexico is also full of guest musicians that have backgrounds in classical music, like sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones, etc. along with a cavalcade of classical instruments that makes things sound big and exciting. It is obvious Made in Mexico wasn't a rushed affair, on the contrary, the song arrangements, with all the complicated orchestrations, must have taken a good deal of time to put together. Talk about musical ambitions.

Made in Mexico is the type of album that takes some time to open up completely but, once it has revealed all its colorful secrets, it will give immense pleasure to the listener, for sure.

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