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Ratos de Porão Celebrates "Anarkophobia's" 25th Anniversary In Murcia

There are some bands that you resign yourself to never experiencing live. Whether it's because the group in question is a cult favourite from another country, have been disbanded for years and aren't on speaking terms, or simply because they're all dead (which puts a Ramones reunion out of the window,) we all have bands that we say, "Oh, I would have loved to have seen them." Fortunately, through the magic of travel and immigration, I was able to defy my expectations and witness one of the greatest bands in the history of Brazilian heavy music, Ratos de Porão.

Taking place at the Garaje Beat Club in the southern city of Murcia, a venue which holds the gritty, down to Earth vibe of a punk hangout, while also having air condition (which trust me, is a Godsend in this part of the world,) and a small, leather sofa upstairs, the club is one of the most impressive I've visited anywhere. Opening the show was the only Spanish band on the bill, Fuckop Family, a strange collective from Alicante but one well worth checking out. Whilst probably best described as a hardcore band, there was plenty of variation in their sound, especially when showcasing their reggae and ska influences. Heavy music and toasting may not sound like the ideal marriage, but these boys made it work. A good start to the evening, though perhaps their set was a little long for an opening act.

Up next was a band representing my home country of England, BWFA (Before We Fall Asleep,) though interestingly, not one of the members are British; making them possibly the only London hardcore band to be comprised of an Australian, a South African, a Hungarian and a Spaniard. That novelty aside, BWFA brought straight forward hardcore music with them on their journey, with a sound that owes a lot to the New York scene of old, while still retaining an original edge. Concluding with a rant against Donald Trump, one would hope that these lads are receiving plenty of attention back in old London town.

Finally hitting the stage at 11pm, Ratos de Porão took to the stage, still displaying the ferocity and energy that has kept them at the top of their game for well over thirty years. The band are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their fifth album, "Anarkophobia," and did so by performing the album in full. This is an idea which continues to divide opinion among fans of all bands who attempt to play a record in it's entirety, with some feeling it's a great way to experience one of their favourite albums while hearing songs that don't often get performed live, while others see it as a gimmick that detracts from other material.

It turned out to be a double edged sword, as mentioned, it was wonderful hearing some of the tracks live for the first time, particularly the band's noted and excellent cover of the Ramones' classic, "Commando," but on the other hand, Ratos de Porão is a group that thrives on chaos and sticking to this idea seemed a little out of character. This was especially obvious when the band suffered technical difficulties, halting the show a few times and disrupting the flow, which felt more like a CD skipping than a live interruption due to the rigid dedication. However, once the band finished performing the record, they appeared a lot more comfortable, performing with a more free flowing and frenzied attitude. Many fan favourites were brought out on the night, including "Crocodila," "Amazona Nunca Mais," "Beber Ate Morrer" and my personal favourite, "Nao Me Importo," creating an excellent atmosphere that one would expect from the band. They may have had to battle on the night, but Ratos de Porão put on a great set in Murcia and proved to all attending why metal and heavy music in Brazil goes beyond Sepultura.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

"Anarkophobia" is still a great album 25 years later.

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