Twenty years ago this week, on June 29, 1993, Roadrunner released one of its most controversial albums to date—Matando Güeros, the debut by a masked death squad named Brujeria ("Witchcraft" in Spanish). "Güero" is a Spanish-language insult directed at white people (it literally means "blonds"), so the album title basically translates to "killing white people," and its cover art depicts a real severed head; the original photo was taken from the legendarily gory Mexican tabloid ¡Alarma!.
The members of Brujeria performed under aliases, circulating the rumor that they were Mexican drug gangsters hiding their identities from the police. (Rumor has it the real lineup included Dino Cazares and Raymond Herrera of Fear Factory, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, and Billy Gould of Faith No More.) The music of Matando Güeros was brutal, head-down death-grind in the vein of Napalm Death, Terrorizer, etc., and with track titles like "Seis Seis Seis" (Six Six Six), "Chinga Tu Madre" (Fuck Your Mother), and "Narcos-Satanicos" (self-explanatory), you can probably guess what the songs were about. (In case you can't: murder, drugs, Satan, and illegal border crossings.) This is one of the most extreme, ugly, mean-spirited albums Roadrunner has ever released. We couldn't be prouder to have helped bring it into the world.
Because of the members' busy schedules—whether you take that to mean their lives of crime, or their duties with their primary bands—Brujeria live performances have been infrequent. They do pop up from time to time, though, and you can watch their full set from 2012's Hellfest above.
You can also stream the album on Spotify: