Nervio del Volcan

Nervio del Volcan

by Caifanes
     
 

With a following that nearly rivals the Beatles or the Stones in their heyday, Mexico's Caifanes remain the most classic band of that country's exploding rock scene. Although the advent of homegrown hip-hop, ska, and punk has left much of their work sounding alternately like dated arena rock or imitations of the Cure, there's no arguing with their powerful final album… See more details below

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With a following that nearly rivals the Beatles or the Stones in their heyday, Mexico's Caifanes remain the most classic band of that country's exploding rock scene. Although the advent of homegrown hip-hop, ska, and punk has left much of their work sounding alternately like dated arena rock or imitations of the Cure, there's no arguing with their powerful final album. EL NERVIO makes the case for mystic rock in the spirit, if not sound, of Led Zeppelin. Saul Hernandez's hallucinatory imagery recalls Robert Plant as translated by Carlos Castaneda; Alejandro Marcovitch's singular guitar sound suggests Jimmy Page tutored by Eddie Palmieri. Although less "ethno" than genre-bending paisanos Maldita Vecindad or Cafe Tacuba, Caifanes's Latin influences -- like the guitar montunos on the sweeping "Avientame" -- and specifically Mexican mythos galvanized rock south of the border. The band imploded thanks to tensions between front man Hernandez and guitarist Marcovich. But fans can follow Hernandez's continuing hippie-in-the '90s legacy by checking out his next band, the stylistically similar Jaguares.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
The last album released before Caifanes changed their name to Los Jaguares is a triumph of progressive pop-metal entwined with Latin ideas. Though the group is often compared to U2 the two have never sounded less similar; the band developed a harder style here that comes close to early Metallica territory at times. Though Saul Hernandez is a near match for Bono in his histrionic style and socially conscious lyrics, he adopts a low croon for many of these songs. The group's Mexican character is displayed through the Spanish lyrics, sinuous guitar lines, and lively percussion that is far more complex than most bands from North of the border. El Nervio del Volcan was a deservingly popular album and won over many American fans, some of whom spoke little or no Spanish but could tell a great band when they heard one.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0743212141122
catalogNumber:
09230
Rank:
43116

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Performance Credits

Caifanes   Primary Artist
Jerry Goodman   Violin,Electric Violin
Stuart Hamm   Bass
Graham Nash   Harmonica
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga,Shaker
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Cecilia Toussaint   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alfonso Andre   Percussion,Drums
Alejandro Marcovich   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Guiro,Cencerro,Cabasa,Tarola
Federico Fong   Bass
Saul Hernández   Vocals,Guitarron
Yann Zaragoza   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Stuart Hamm   Contributor
Caifanes   Director
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Jeffrey Shannon   Contributor
Brett Swain   Contributor
Richard Landers   Engineer,Contributor
Alfonso Andre   Programming
Roger Gorman   Graphic Design
Federico Fong   Contributor

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