El Peyote Asesino
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El Peyote Asesino is an Uruguayan hip-hop and hard rock band that was active from 1994 to 1999. The band members included L. Mental (vocals), Daniel Benia (bass), Juan Campodónico (guitars), P.P. Canedo (drums), and Carlos Casacuberta. The group released two albums, El Peyote Asesino (Orfeo, 1995) and Terraja (Surco/Universal, 1998), the latter being produced by Gustavo Santaolalla. Terraja first received recognition for hit single "Mal de la cabeza". The name El Peyote Asesino, comes from the hallucinogenic cactus the Huicholes (Mexican indigenous culture) used in their rituals.
By the time of their second presentation, at Big Bang, the group was complete. Pepe Canedo (drums) and Carlos Casacuberta (voice and guitar). After that show, they continued with many other shows in the underground scene of Montevideo. Unconventional sounds, Mexican slang and distorted guitars were always part of the band. The influence of the Beastie Boys was most notable in this band. In 1994 they presented their first demo at the “Generación 95” contest sponsored by a national television network show ("Rock de primera") and a radio network ( X FM 100.3). With this demo they won the contest and as a prize they received the possibility of working on an album in a real recording studio, which was recorded between July and August of the following year.
On December 1995 their first album ’’’El Peyote Asesino’’’ was launched (Orfeo). Gabriel Casacuberta (brother of Carlos Casacuberta) and Luis Restuccia were the ones in charge of the production of this album. This album sold over a thousand copies, which made it the highest selling rock album in Uruguay, during the first months of 1996. Meanwhile, the group increased their live performances and started coming out of the Montevideo underground scene. On January of 1996 the band filmed its first video ’’’L. Mental’’’ which spread throughout most of the local T.V. stations. ’’’El Peyote Asesino’’’ the most known track of the album, got a place in the top ten singles of X FM reaching the first spot in only 18 days.
During the month of September the band starts recording their second album “Terraja” in the city of Los Angeles, California. Once they finished recording it, they went on tour with the Mexican Molotov and Control Machete, playing in many parts of Mexico. ’’’Terraja’’’ was finally edited in August, 1998, in different countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and the United States. The band returned to Argentina, one month after the album was edited, to give a concert with Molotov, Cypress Hill, Bersuit Vergarabat and Árbol. Later that month, they played in Uruguay for the last time, next to Platano Macho and Molotov.
Ten years after their split up, they performed live at the ’’’Pilsen Rock’’’ festival and shortly after in the ’’’teatro de Verano’’’.