Difenacum rose from the ashes of Spanish grindcore-pioneers "Rottest Slag" in the year 1997. This is the band's fifth and currently (9/2011) also their newest full-length.

Some of the songs are re-recorded versions of songs dating back to Rottest Slag's debut album "Let Be Us Corrupt" from '92, whereas the rest are brand new. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that the album holds quite a bit of variation. The songs range from really traditional and simple one-minute blasts to songs with more distinctive groove. The band seems to have some punk-tendencies as well, as for example the song "Din Dios Ni Ala" has clear crust punk-elements - which are balanced by a thrashy guitar solo, though. I thought I heard some death metal-influences here and there, too, but I might've been mislead into thinking so due to the heavy guitar sound. There's a lot to be heard and the tempos stay fast, so all's good on the surface level.

The musicians are really capable with their instruments, as even though the tempos are really fast throughout the album there's no real mistakes to be heard, and the guitars have a lot of groove in them. Whereas the string instruments have a rather modernized sound, the drums are more primitive and simple - and so is their playing. The vocals come as growls and hoarse shouts, and although they don't have that much personality, they sound nicely unrefined and thus (together with the drums) even out the guitar sound's effect and give the album a rawer overall feel.

The album has a lot to give due to the musicians' skill and the songs' variation, energy and groove. I just think that the band might've been going for too much, as the songs don't come together to form a solid album the way they should; groovier bits are followed by down-to-earth primitive songs like "Lobotomizado," and the end result makes it hard to see what the band was going for. The album spits forth both modern and very oldschool material, and plain sounds disjointed. It's a shame, as on the individual level there really aren't any weak songs on the album. I'm disregarding the "Brutal Truth"-cover here, though; it plain shouldn't have been on the album, as it sounds very different from the rest of the material due to it's lenght and low-tuned heaviness, and thus makes the album further disjointed and too lengthy.

"Alegrame el Dia" is both a furious and fun album, and should serve as a pleasing new acquaintance to fans of moshpits and lunacy that aren't afraid of compositional skills. It just has too many songs, and doesn't come together to form a solid album. It's a shame that I don't understand Spanish as it makes me unable to comment the lyrical side, but based on the cover image the lyrics won't deliver anything too surprising when it comes to social criticism in grindcore.

7+ / 10