Philippine rap-metal band Erectus released their self-titled album in 1994. The band's rap-metal approach came at a time when that style of music was purveyed by only a few bands, including Rage Against the Machine. Erectus consists of a guitarist, drummer, and vocalist. The bassist here is a session player.
"Reign of the Dogs" starts with a gritty drum kick and dreamy, languid chords. The guitar gets more intense, paving the way for the vocalist's raw-edged, passionate rapping. The guitar solos on "Reign of the Dog" and other songs are inspired, and the guitarist, Eric Villadelgado, often attacks the guitar with fierce abandon. "Traffic Na Naman" (It's Traffic Again) is a blistering offering, the guitar hard-edged and raw, while vocalist George Aquilizan rants about the miserable traffic situation in Manila.
"Nakagapos" (Tied Up) has a touch of campiness about it, as the song opens on a near-vaudevillian note, the vocalist rapping in an exaggerated manner. The song then gets serious and intense before reverting to the campiness. The guitar solos on this song, as usual, are blistering. "Balat-ahas" (Covered Snake) opens on a tender bassline, which gives way to strong guitar chord punctuations, and the vocalist enters with extremely fast, cogent rapping.
Erectus is a good album and quite prescient, considering how popular rap-metal became in the late '90s and the beginning of the 2000 decade.
A L B U M
Album1 : ErectusAlbum Overview Released : 1994
01 Reign Of The Dogs
02 Traffic Na Naman
04 Hari Ng Plastikan
06 Balat Ahas
08 Kaututang Dila
09 Jam Short Time
10 Nobody Listen