El Cuy- El Cuy
(World in Sound WIS 3003)

From Aural Innovations #39 (May 2008)

El Cuy are a new Peruvian three piece ass kickin’ rock and roll band. They seem to be friends with La Ira De Dios. The CD comes with a nice booklet with pictures of the band and the lyrics in English and Spanish. All the songs are sung in Spanish. It gives it a cool element. The CD begins with Animal and this is a fast paced song with some really cool guitar riffs. This reminds me of some of the old Baron Rojo stuff but with a more punky edge. Some of the new La Ira de Dios stuff is like this as well but totally spaced out. These guys stay on planet Earth. Iraqui, has nothing to do with Iraq and is a very personal song about leaving this place. Strong lyrics. Communicador speeds off like a dog at the race track and the band really jam it out with some cool guitar soloing. La Pesada, like the last song, are sung by Abad (drummer) rather than Caifman (bass), and he is not quite as strong a singer. This one is a slower track that really gets a bit psyched out at the end. Rucanrol is a more punky rock track and speeds things up again. Short one, under 2 minutes. Arráncate la Piel (Tear off your Skin) is a very intense track with the drummer doing a solo but then everyone jamming at the end. Sin principio ni Fin slows things down a bit and has a bit of a bluesy side to it. Juntos y Separados kicks things into high gear again and reminds me of old school Motorhead. The riff is a bit like Overkill era Motorhead. El Vertigo features a cool western movie soundtrack feel to it. This is a nice change from the rest of the CD. The CD ends with the instrumental track, El Rapto del Alma. It is also the longest track on the CD at 6 minutes. It starts off as a sort of stoned laid back jam.

Check out the record label web site at:http://www.worldinsound.com
Check out the band web site at: http://www.myspace.com/cuyrock

Reviewed by Scott Heller

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