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El Cuartro Jinete
March 2017
Released: 2017, Leyenda
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

In a distant Internet that was not long ago, one could find quite a bit of info on many things. Sure, you can Google about anything, but it is the results one may find a bit confusing. Hence, my issue with getting some pertinent info on Spain’s metal masters Muro. I looked here; I looked there to no avail. The band does have a Facebook page, but informationally deficient. Oh well, I will push on.

Muro are a heavy metal band from Spain. Muro have been controlling the metal scene there since the early ‘80’s with their brand of ‘true sounding’ heavy metal. Muro translates to Wall in English, with the title of this release being THE FOUR HORSEMAN. That is all I am going to translate as all of the song titles as well as the lyrics are all in Spanish. This does not deter the listener, being myself, into singing along in Spanish after a few listens. I don’t have a clue what I am yelling out, but I’m sure it’s not too bad. I hope.

At the first earful, I was brought back to the sound of Dio’s “We Rock.” Or pretty much any of Dio’s heavier songs of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. It sort of made me laugh when the last track came on. It is actually a cover of Rainbow’s “Kill the King”. I did not see that one coming, but it did and Muro do a superb job at covering it. It is the only track sung in English.

EL CUARTRO JINETE chugs along at standard tempo pace for the heavy metal genre with some melodic moments. Sometimes a little faster than others, but never pushing into the speed metal territory which some of their earlier songs may have. I have not had the pleasure to fully listen to all of their previously released albums, but I did have good luck with You Tube in finding all their releases are on there in one form or the other. I took some time checking into all of them and found that Muro’s recipe for metal has not changed very much over the years. Now, this album was released in 2013 and Muro have since replaced their singer who is male on this one to a female vocalist. No worries if any, her voice fits the bill nicely. I could not find any info on anything more current than this release. We’ll have to wait and see.

Muro play a very good, catchy style blend of hard rock / heavy metal. I would say that overall, this is a strong release that I would / will be recommending from here on out. Where Muro do not do anything on this release that is out of the ordinary, they do it well. Fans of Accept, Dio, Exciter, Judas Priest, and Saxon will enjoy Muro. I did.
Track Listing

1. Apocalipsis 6.2
2. El cuarto jinete
3. Otra batalla
4. Maldito bastardo
5. Sobrevivir
6. En el ojo del huracán
7. La voz
8. Hermanos de sangre
9. Honorable
10. Muero por ti
11. Fratricidio
12. Kill the King (Rainbow cover)


Silver – Vocals
Largo - guitars
Julito - bass
Lapi - drums

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