Death Metal in the Death Capital: Limerance and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: until very recently, the world murder capital. And it’s hardly much better now. Sitting just south of El Paso, Texas, in recent years this city – one of Mexico’s largest and by far the biggest and busiest border city on the planet- has boasted homicide rates worse than Iraq and Afghanistan, accounting for a full third of the 45,000 murders countrywide since 2006. City residents see an average of 40 stolen vehicles daily, half of which are carjacked. Extortion, kidnapping by organized criminal groups, among other crimes, and have led to the closure of 10,000 small businesses locally. Nearly 230,000 tired of looking over their shoulders, have opted to flee the city since 2006. That’s nearly a quarter of Ciudad Juarez’s population.

It is a well-established fact that artists of all ilk look to their surroundings for inspiration. And metal as an art form is no different: Ciudad Juarez has perhaps one of the most thriving extreme music scenes on the planet. Riding top-tier of that brutal talent is Limerance. The band – formed in 2008 by brothers Ricardo and Eduardo Guerrero – practically sprinted onto Ciudad Juarez’s scene and rapidly spread its metal tentacles comfortably while gigging throughout Mexico in cities like Torreon, Guadalajara and Monterrey, in addition to the US Southwest region. The band’s reputation as a dependable live unit has garnered Limerance opportunities to perform alongside globally-recognized acts like Unearth, Born of Osiris, Emmure, Carnifex, Within the Ruins, and As Blood Runs Black, in addition to some of Mexico’s finest, like Here Comes the Kraken.

Limerance’s music dexterously melds a multitude of metal styles; nowhere is this more evident than on the band’s first release, 2009’s “the Aftermath” EP. While emphasizing their death roots, a discerning ear will catch hallmarks of progressive, thrash, and classic metal, among others. Unpredictable and chaotic like the stray bullets striking down Ciudad Juarez’s innocent, Limerance’s tunes are simultaneously executed with a talent and maturity reserved for veteran outfits. Arpeggio runs punctuating intricate buzz saw riffs, vocals characterized by inhuman rasp, blasts and breakdowns alike are counterbalanced by melodic interludes, clear lyrical enunciation, and even the occasional Latin-styled guitar overture.

2013 will see Limerance taking its music to the furthest reaches of Mexico, including cities like Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa, infamous as the stomping ground of cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The band’s “we’ll-play-anywhere” DIY methodology stand assured to raise its profile and a few eyebrows along the way. In a still conservative Catholic nation that has drawn even further inward as it reels from the violence of the drug war, Limerance hopes to force itself closer to the metal’s mainstream, perhaps one day playing on equal footing with some of the scene’s finest the world over. For more info on the band, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LimeranceMetal?fref=ts.

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