"Man, the enemy of men!!! White caucasian cancer corroding life mercilessly!" These sweet words open Ratos de Porao's new album, Homem Inimigo do Homem, their first release since Onisciente Coletivo in 2003. This album marks the band's 25th anniversary making them one of the oldest, continually active, and most intense bands in hardcore.
Mixing riffs inspired by thrash metal with the most furious elements of the punk from the last 30 years, "Homem Inimigo do Homem" is simultaneously a return to their mid 80's sound and an antidote to the extinct trends RDP survived over the years. The verbal machinegun that is so peculiar to Ratos de Porao is a form of "Punk Journalism," spotlighting topics such as corruption and sex scandals in the Catholic Church, the still-existing problem of slavery in the Brazilian countryside, and the latest wave of commercial pop punk/emo frauds.
Engineer Bernardo Pacheco and producer Daniel Ganjaman, who works with some of Brazil's biggest names in hip hop and rock, captures RDP's intentions, and gives "Homem Inimigo do Homem" a straight-ahead, organic sound that translates the 80's idiom into the modern age. In a country where nothing is ever certain, one can be sure that 25 years from now, Ratos de Porao will still be standing strong, dirtier and more aggressive than ever. For a band that has survived drugs, violence, trends and even morbid obesity, another quarter of a century will be a piece of cake.
While no Alternative Tentacles version of this will be pressed on vinyl, we now have the limited Spanish gatefold vinyl!
"Well, I tried to find the English lyrics online, but no luck. It doesn't really matter. You see words like pedofilia, involuntario, apocalipse, and forca in the titles, the subject matter isn't hard to figure out. Neither is the music. RDP went back to the hardcore roots in recent years, while hanging onto the metal/crossover thing as well. Some of the guitar riffs conjure up Die Kreuzen and Voivod (and Away from Voivod once told me they got their guitar sound from Die Kreuzen). Gordo still growls as if he's permanently constipated, accompanied by the band's murderous assault. And they look so content in a field of flowers on the back cover. I imagine the machetes are hidden away for later use. Maybe on the audience!" - Suburban Voice
"These guys were an unexpected surprise for sure. Think of Brujeria mixed with some punk flavor and sung in Portugese. That's what these dudes are all about. There's not lack of speed and aggression on this disc and I'm glad I've discovered these guys. Their first song translates to Pedofile (sic) Santa. Awesome. I think that's all you need to know about these dudes to motivate you to go search them out. Their album art is awesome too. Carnage!" - The Rise and The Fall
"This is pretty ripper... Metal seems to be more about sounding fast and creating mood througgh technical proficiency and musicianship while hardcore punk attempts the same but through emphasizing feeling. I'm more akin to the latter than the former, but this has that 80s crossover feel like later DRI, COC, and maybe Hirax? This is the only metal worth a damn. It does not let up or slow down- none of those spooky slow parts or atmospheric intros. This is total immersion!" - The Fury
"Little shreds with such effective Crossover power as a RATOS disc. This is the Sao Paolo band's first disc in three years and marks its 25th year as a unit. You get 12 punishing, unrelenting tracks that assault the senses from opener 'Pedofilia Santa' and offer no respite until the final 'Lucidez' ends. Disc highlights are 'Testemunhas Do Apocalipse' and 'Expresso Da Escravid‚o' with its machine gun delivery and lacerating, fluid power. It's great to see the band still singing in its native Brazilian dialect (with translation on the band's website) and that, in its 25th year, still sounding this urgent, this dominant and still so pissed off. Great Winston Smith-esque artwork also. Hey guys - don't leave it for another three years huh?" - Scanner