Brujeria Makes Metal History on the Top Latin Albums Chart

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Brujeria 'Pocho Aztlan'

The highest debut on Top Latin Albums comes from Mexican-American death metal band Brujeria, arriving at No. 3 (on the Oct. 8-dated chart) with its first set in 16 years, Pocho Aztlan (1,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 22). It’s the highest-charting album ever for a heavy metal act in the 23-year history of the chart.

The Los Angeles-based group formed in 1989 and placed two earlier albums on the chart; Raza Odiada in 1995 (No. 41 peak) and Brujerizmo (No. 40 peak) -- both on the Roadrunner Records label.

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The new album -- the act’s first for Nuclear Blast -- concurrently debuts at No. 20 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, marking the band’s first entry there. It’s the first charting set on Top Latin Albums for the metal label Nuclear Blast (home of Slayer, Hatebreed and Machine Head).

Brujeria is fronted by lead vocalist Juan Brujo, one of the aliases that each member has assumed. The musicians have long shrouded their identity -- performing with bandanas covering their faces. Lyrically, the themes of drugs, immigration, Christianity and Satanism are largely present.

In 1993, the band caused a controversy when its first album Matando Gueros showed a severed head on the cover and was subsequently banned in several markets.

Following a performance at Ozzfest on Sept. 24, Brujeria is set to embark on a U.S. circuit dubbed the Make America Hate Again tour on Oct. 1. An anti-Donald Trump theme is present throughout the promotional content accompanying the album and tour. Earlier this year a non-album single titled “Viva Presidente Trump!” was released.


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