In reality, the mysterious Los Angeles, California, USA-based Brujeria is an extreme death metal side-project for Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and his friends and colleagues. The band name derives from the black magic used by some Mexican drug dealers to inspire fear in religious locals. The publicity surrounding the release of Matando Güeros painted a similar picture, alleging that the band were, in fact, seven psychotic Mexican drug barons, all Satanists, led by vocalist Juan Brujo, and featuring three bass players (Guero Sin Fe, Fantasma, Hongo) for a particularly heavy bottom end. The line-up was completed by Asesino on guitar, Grenudo on drums and the mysterious Jr. Hozicon/Director Diabolico. The original album cover featured a photograph of a severed head, allegedly that of another Mexican drug dealer, but it was relegated to the inner sleeve and replaced by a black sleeve that warned of the graphic nature of this and other photographs contained therein. The album itself was a fierce collection of short songs that echoed early Napalm Death and Carcass in style, with lyrics growled exclusively in Spanish. In common with the likes of Stormtroopers Of Death on the New York hardcore scene, the band added a touch of humour and parody to the death/grind network through their deliberately grandiose approach. Meanwhile, suspected contributors such as Cazares, Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell, and Faith No More bass player Bill Gould continued fervently to deny any involvement.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.