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Sounds | Hocico, Broken Empires

Terwijl ik nu toch even in een soort bizar-gekke modus opereer kunnen deze Mexicaanse 'industrial/electro' legenden er gerust ook nog bij. Het is weer eens iets anders, al blijft het lekker aggressief en donker. Erk (zanger): Broken Empires is a song about the current state of the world. It resumes how the pandemic was a way to achieve power and control for some and how it transformed the world into a darker place for some others.” Racso (electronica): “Musically speaking, Broken Empires is a futuristic and modern vision — a blend of dark electro with the new trends of mid-tempo and dark synth.”


Hocico was officially formed in 1993 by cousins Erik Garcia (aka Erk Aicrag) and Oscar Mayorga (aka Racso Agroyam), with Erik writing lyrics and performing the vocals and Oscar responsible for the programming. They had experimented with electronic music since they were teenagers and were influenced by industrial artists such as Skinny Puppy. Their interest in the industrial and EBM genres led them to begin their musical career in 1989 in a group called Niñera Degenerada. In 1992 the two cousins left the band and went on to form Hocico de Perro.

Soon after they dropped the "de Perro" and continued simply as Hocico. The Spanish word "hocico" translates to 'snout' or 'muzzle' in English, and is used in Mexico as a disrespectful way to describe someone's comments coming out of their mouth. In certain contexts, "hocico" could be interpreted as, essentially, "shut up your f**king mouth or we’ll kick your f**king ass," which the band thought described their musical attitude well.

Between 1993 and 1996 the band produced several cassette demos - Misuse, Abuse And Accident, Autoagresión Persistente, and Triste Desprecio. In 1997 the band released their first full CD, Odio Bajo El Alma, on the label Opción Sónica with European distribution through Out Of Line.

The release of Odio Bajo El Alma was well received in Europe and America but caught the Anglo- and Euro-centric scene by surprise, with many unaware that the band's style of electronic music was happening in Mexico. In fact, before 1997, Hocico along with many other Mexico City based electronic bands had been part of a collective called La Corporación that attempted to support and promote their type of music across Mexico. Other bands involved in La Corporación included Cenobita, Ogo, Encefálisis, and Deus Ex Machina.

The end of the 1990s saw two more albums released on Out Of Line: the live album Los Hijos Del Infierno, recorded during the band's 1998 European tour, and Sangre Hirviente. In 2002, the band released the album Signos De Aberracion (translated: Signs of Hatred), the subject matter of which treated on disturbing events within their social scene at the time.

After the release of their 2004 album, Wrack And Ruin, the band took a short hiatus from producing new work. During this interlude, the band took time to finish their first DVD, A Través De Mundos Que Arden, and to help produce other Mexican bands, while Erik also focused on his solo project, Rabia Sorda. Erik also relocated during this time to Leipzig, Germany while Oscar remained primarily in Mexico City.

In 2008, Hocico returned with the album Memorias Atrás, with the theme of "leaving memories behind." The album was released in three versions, one of which was a box set with 3D cover artwork.

Since 2008 the band has released an album roughly every two years, interspersed with various live albums, compilations, and singles. The band's most recent album, 2019's Artificial Extinction, treats on the time-honored concept of artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity and features artwork by German artist Jochen Schilling.


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