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Mattador – Save Us From Ourselves [1994]

PhotobucketCountry Puerto Rico          

Style Progressive Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Carlos Benitez – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Leo Alvarez – Keyboards, Guitars, Backing Vocals, Miguel Rodríguez – Guitars, Violin, Backing Vocals, Ruly Kuan – Bass, Backing Vocals, Tony Collazo – Vocals

Tracks 01. Intro (1:12), 02. Fear (HIV) (3:59), 03. Lost Souls (4:06), 04. If You’re Gone (4:41), 05. All Behind Me (3:48), 06. Tired (3:47), 07. Live Your Life Not Mine (4:28), 08. Save Us From Ourselves (5:49), 09. I Don’t Know Why (4:21), 10. Hear Me Calling (3:34), 11. Lying Eyes (3:45), 12. In And Out Of Trouble (3:02)

Profile Mattador is a Puerto Rican heavy metal band formed in the 80’s. The band enjoyed critical success in USA and Japan, but was a commercial failure. It managed to release only one album called Save Us From Ourselves. The band finally disbanded in the early 90’s. As of 2006, two of the original members (Leo Alvarez and Carlos Benítez) have reunited the band with a new line-up, and have plans to release new music sometime soon.

The band found the perfect alchemy between their instruments and their compositions, while Collazo has an extraordinary stamp of voice and puts an incredible emotion in his song. The keyboards explore various sonorities, of the piano with l’ organHammondwhile passing by symphony, all that in a way subtle and proportioned and by leaving a broad place to the guitars, moreover rather technical and inspired.

Their progressive attitude is exemplified on the opening track ‘Fear (HIV)’, mixing musical power with news broadcast voiceovers describing all the various viral epidemics. The best ballad on show is the delightful ‘Tired’. Some others worth mentioning include ‘If You’re Gone’ and the title track. Their closest attempt to melodic rock is ‘Hear Me Calling’, where Leo’s keyboards can be heard more distinctly through the solid guitar mix.


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