Metal music is metal music, regardless of the country from which it originates or the language in which it's sung. But it is what a given band chooses to do within that musical idiom that makes listeners perk up and want to spend more time with that band's music, place the music on a shelf and forget about it, or pass it on to some other potential fan.
In the case of Chronos, the second album from Jinetes Negroes (rough translation: "Black Horsemen"), the Argentine quintet peppers its brand of metal with refined choral arrangements and symphonic brushstrokes in a concept work based on the Salvador Dalí illustrations band members observed in a 2000 calendar published by the Gala Dalí Foundation. Surreal lyrics sung in Spanish merge with dynamic sonic elements (including Middle Eastern motifs and prog-metal flourishes) that would make the painter proud. There are a few annoying tunes, such as "Celdas" and "El Fruto del Espacio," but for the most part, Jinetes Negroes delivers solid and respectable metal.
Worth noting: The CD comes wrapped in an attractive digipak that contains no Dalí art (the band's got a budget, ya know) and tucked into an inner sleeve that reprints the lyrics - just like a good ol' vinyl record.
1) Héroe de Ningún Lugar (4:18)
2) Noche (4:43)
3) Aluciné (4:48)
4) Tiempo y Mente (4:13)
5) Espectros en el Aire (4:35)
6) Rostros Que no Están (5:34)
7) Celdas (4:15)
8) La Desolación (5:03)
9) Me Verás Desangrar (4:55)
10) Separarte en Parte (4:25)
11) El Fruto del Espacio (4:57)
12) El Hada Blanca (4:32)