long gone. The band’s best, breakthrough years, may have been behind them but there were still a few good ones ahead. Mariano Pérez Mena stepped into Issac Delgado’s shoes. Delgado’s was a hard act to follow, but he fills the role admirably. Calixto Oviedo does likewise for Piloto. A child prodigy, before joining NG, he played with Pacho and Pachito Alonso, as well as Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son during its most innovative period. Congas are prominent and very tasty in the mix, courtesy of Humberto Sosa. He played with NG briefly, In between Wickly Nogueras and Los Van Van’s long standing conguero, El Yulo.
Unlike their first two LPs, some albums of the period have a lot of filler. On that score, while La Que Manda lacks famous hits, this is one of their better albums from the mid ‘90’s. None of the tracks here exactly send me diving for the fast forward button. Pelota, Al Almacén, Con Qué Tu Cuentas and Hice Mi Papel are memorable and come highly recommended, in my view. That’s nearly half the tracks. Not bad. The prominent congas along with a snare marking the three and seven most of the time, give a distinct identity to the entire album. Los metales del terror are named after their nature and do what they do best. Ataca Chicho!