Upon A Burning Body – Straight From The Barrio album review

Texan tearaways Upon A Burning Body reaffirm their foundations with new album

Upon A Burning Body album cover

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One of the most unfortunate things about Upon A Burning Body’s insanely ill-advised 2014 kidnap stunt was that it pulled the rug from under a band that had the capacity to do some truly great things.

That’s a real shame, because Straight From The Barrio slams. The Texans prove once again that they channel the stomp and swagger of Pantera better than 99% of the bands that have come since, and the sprinklings of death metal ferocity and building-imploding breakdowns that have characterised their work thus far are very much present and correct. There are also a few extra dips into the Latino flavours that have reared their head in previous Upon A Burning Body records, most noticeably in the album’s title track and crushing lead single ‘Til The Break Of Dawn, which will have you shaking your hips as much as banging your head (yes, really). And, while it’s shamelessly dumb – frontman Danny Leal once again basically just screaming ‘FUCK OFF M8 YOU DON’T OWN ME LET’S GET DRUNK’ for 40 straight minutes – if you dine out on nu metal braggadocio as reimagined by a kickass deathcore band, then Straight From The Barrio is for you. To think what could have been…

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.