Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kuman!

You couldn't possibly resist that custom rape van fantasy art cover, and then you see the text declaring this to be some sort of "Rock Opera," and right about now you are hoping that it is indeed a Mexican rock opera about a Tarzan-like character named Kuman, with music composed and performed by the premier Mexico City AOR/Heavy Metal/Prog band, Cristal y Acero (Crystal and Steel for our readers that failed Spanish 1.) Well, buddy, it is just that, and it is every bit as awesome as you had hoped. Cristal y Acero was the concern of the Carrion brothers, Ricardo and Eduardo JR., who happen to be the sons of Eduardo Carrion, a member of the immensely popular group Los Hermanos Carrion, the Mexican Everly Brothers. Maybe having a famous padre helped, but Kuman actually came to fruition as play, and enjoyed great success in 1984. Don't believe me? Check out this YouTube clip, it's like that episode of Get A Life when Chris stars in Zoo Animals on Wheels. Now as unappealing as that clip makes Kuman seem, I gotta say, this album has given me much pleasure, and not all of it ironic. Like any rock opera worth a glance, it's a grandiose, inflated work that melds a myriad of styles with little restraint or care for good taste, and I love it. The experience isn't even hampered by the fact that I failed Spanish 1, all the glory of Kuman's epic adventures are evident anyways.

12 comments:

Hell³ said...

*dude*, I just saw your tweet and had a flashback of me being a quirky mexican kid, knowing next to nothing about metal, and watching the TV commercials, mystified about this play being on scene for YEARS, and never really getting around to watch it, being a poor kid too. Thanks man, it was a great trip down memory lane

Anonymous said...

ok. i watched that clip and am still going to trust you. thanks for all the stuff i have gotten and will continue to get.
i forgot my password. i used to be bullfeathers, and now i am no one. it is probably for the best.

ArnoldPaole said...

This Is So Crazy And Campy I'm Gonna Love It. La Saga Metalica Continua!!!

Anonymous said...

I want this as either a shirt or poster. Amazing. The world is not better now that more people are self-aware.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah! Ive been craving some 80's scif-fi/fantasy shit!

ENAMORADO A LA MUERTE said...

haha Rape Van. Queremos roooock!!!! more mexican rock!

Grk! said...

This could be terrific or it could be dreadful. Thanks!

Wes said...

*sees cover*
*downloads immediately*

Anonymous said...

"You couldn't possibly resist that custom rape van fantasy art cover"

No, YOU couldn't resist it, because you're a novelty-seeking ironic hipster (and now an internet celebrity - go you!). People with actual taste easily passed up this piece of shit.

Aesop said...

Only children still play the hipster witch hunt game.

the pall said...

actually, the more likely translation of "cristal" is "glass". they say "vidrio" when you are talking about the material, or even "shards of", but when they say "cristal" they usually mean the glass window pane. just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

check out there self tittle album and their album "Espadas De Cristal" hard rocking heavy metal!!


theres sooo OTHER good heavy metal bans froM mexico like
-fongus
-megaton
-KHAFRA
-CUERO Y METAL

WELL CHEERS FROM EASTBAY!!

-POISON(RUDO,BOILING BLOOD)