Hasta La Victoria comes just one year after The Myrrors' previous Entranced Earth, and serves as more than an enthralling companion piece. In scope and sound, this group of Arizona arhats has developed their own, altered and all-encompassing definition of "victory." On Hasta La Victoria, The Myrrors win the fight by largely giving up, so to speak. By almost completely abandoning traditional electric guitar sounds, the band lives to fight another day and sounds all the stronger for it. Minimalist influences perfume the surroundings of the album as a whole, transforming the proceedings into a transformative platter in which sun-soaked dervishes ascend and descend, informed by interlocking influences, and instruments as well.
Hasta La Victoria, in name and deed, embraces and is endowed by the potency of this unbounded approach, merging the sounds of Arizonan and Afghani heads into a single, satisfying whole. And yet, not a moment of the album's 37-minutes ever feels anything short of natural, or even remotely rushed. Indeed, in the best possible way, Hasta La Victoria sounds like The Myrrors couldn't be doing anything else – and by continuing to forge their own path, it's further proof that the band has never done anything less. Perhaps it's not the word "victory" in the album's title that should focus our attention; perhaps it's the persistent, propulsive "until."
"Organ Mantra" opens the album in an appropriately mystical manner, 10-minutes of The Myrrors shining at their brightest, somehow exhibiting the grace and power of a freely flowing river. "Somos La Resistencia" follows at a fraction of the length, but with no reduction in impact, its declaration that "we are the lost that want truth" understandable in any language. "Tea House Music" and "El Aleph" follow, sister-songs in solidarity with the solidly transcendental terrain traveled on the album. The title track, at nearly 15- minutes in length, ends the album on a high note – if by "high" you're referring to the daily waking consciousness of, say, Neem Karoli Baba. Because it brings the album to a close, it's unfair to call the song the album's "centerpiece." But it certainly stands as the album's emotional and musical core – unrefined, unrestrained and unforgettable.