If you still haven’t heard about them, Metalachi are the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. They perform rock and metal covers using mariachi instruments. Their stage outfits take on similar appearances from other bands like GWAR, KISS, and Rob Zombie, but with a Mexican twist. They have been rising in popularity within the last few years making appearances on America’s Got Talent and being praised by some of the biggest bands around. This was the last show of the year for Metalachi and it would be an emotional one as the last two remaining original members Vega De La Rockha (vocals) and El Cucuy (trumpet) would be leaving the band after ten years. The show would take place at the Canyon Club in Montclair, California. As the show prepared to begin, you’ll notice how the band’s mic stand were covered by women’s bras from previous shows. Part of their shenanigans they do on stage.
The lights went out and the packed venue cheered as Metalachi came on stage and started with a cover of the traditional Mexican song Guadalajara, but changed to Metalachi. The song transitioned into Rainbow in the Dark (Dio) and the show was underway. Right Away, you could see how Metalachi uses their instruments to mimic the original song to perfection to make that mariachi sound and still keeping the original feeling of the song. Metalachi is one of the most fun acts you’ll see and it’s only proven as they play songs like Santeria (Sublime), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Rock You Like a Hurricane (Scorpions), and Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS). One of the highlights of the show is when Metalachi brings a woman from the audience on stage to give her a special lap dance while performing Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison). First from Vega, then from violinist Kyla Vera. She would then be serenaded by El Cucuy as he sang a short Vicente Fernandez song who is one of the most famous Mexican artists of all time. Aside from the music, Metalachi is also known to be very comical and often joke with each other for added showmanship. One of those acts is when El Cucuy and Vega refer to the first few rows of the show as the “splash zone” due to the possibility of the women (and men, apparently) getting pregnant from their sexual innuendos. Metalachi made a nod to their heavy metal fans in the audience and played a medley of Metallica covers that consisted of One and Enter Sandman. Metalachi ended their show, then left the stage. The audience was having too much fun and didn’t want to call it a night just yet. After a small break, Metalachi came back out. Vega let the audience know that this is the last show with him and El Cucuy in the band and thanked everyone for all the year of support, memories, and of course the chichis. To end the show, Metalachi played Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne) followed by Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano). It was a very emotional night for the band and audience who had been following Metalachi for a long time, but it was still a good time and all the band members gave it their all for this special show. Only time will tell how Metalachi performs with new members.