VULCANO is one of the leading bands of Black / Death Metal from Brazil . It is considered the first extreme Metal band of the country and possibly the South American continent .
Founded in 1981 , difficult time when Brazil was going through a strong political , social , economic and musical transition. Emerged in Europe the NWOBHM bands that revolutionize traditional Metal creating a more aggressive sound that became known as Black Metal , Death Metal . And so began the history of this band that historically helped to root and spread Heavy Metal in Brazil and it is considered the first band of Black / Death throughout Latin America, his first record was between ‘82 and ‘83 with 7" EP "Om Pushne Namah" sung in Portuguese which is now a relic of the Brazilian underground Metal.
The shows were popping up, but the difficulties were immense, the band had to produce their own shows even paste the posters on poles and fences. In ‘84 released the demo-tape "Devil on My Roof " .
The first lineup changes begin to emerge and the band still could not enter the closed setting of São Paulo as Metal. Born in Santos, the VULCANO didn't get play São Paulo, a fact that led to record the album “LIVE!” in the year 1985. Recorded in August in the city of Americana, without any mix, was the first live album of Metal released in Brazil and led to the public all aggressive Heavy Metal generated Zhema on bass, Soto Junior on guitar , Zé Flávio in rhythm guitar , Laudir Piloni on drums and Angel on vocals. And it was with this lineup that appeared the first disc of Brazilian Black Metal "Bloody Vengeance" in 1986, shocking the minds of many. A gloomy, dark disc with cryptic, indirect and letters in day today sounds more current than ever . In the following year the band released the "Anthropophagy" (‘87) and "Who Are The True" (‘88) which was a cry of revolt to a situation that had been imposed by a media mercenary who did not live the things that happened in underground and wanted the band became more popular , scalded what was happening in the ‘90s. Against this state of things and the Vulcano throws in the ‘90 "RatRace" and decide to take a break to put the ideas in order. In this period of reflection VULCANO still played some shows, but without compromise. It was at this time that the label Cogumelo Records solves re-released cd discs of the band and so VULCANO resumes its path . In December 2001 are taken by surprise with the death of Soto Jr. (guitar) victim of high pressure, was a great loss for the years of friendship and experiences within the Brazilian underground scene. In 2003 VULCANO recording a new album entitled "Tales From The Black Book", this album redeems all the fury of the ‘80 accumulated by all these years of silence. Bringing back a legend called VULCANO.
In 2006 VULCANO released 2 new songs in a split vinyl with Nifelheim (Sweden), with the songs The Evil Always Return and Suffered Souls.
In 2009 it´s released the 6th studio album, "Five Skulls and One Chalice" by Cogumelo Recs, last to feature vocalist Angel. In early 2010, Luiz Carlos Louzada come back as the main vocalist and go into the 1st Vulcano european tour, called "Bloody Vengeance in Europe Tour 2010" through 11 countries with 16 shows, which exceed the expectations of the public. In early 2011, drummer Arthur Justo left the band, and Arthur Von Barbarian returns definitively, recording the new album "Drowning in Blood" which is released in September of the same year, consolidating VULCANO as one of the most creative bands and successful musically. Another European tour in 2012, titled "You Were Warned, Vulcano Strikes Again! European Tour 2012", crossing 10 countries, with 21 shows in 25 days at the Old Continent.
In April 2013 it´s released the album "The Man The Key The Beast", one of the three best albums of the year according to the specialized media, and in the same month, the band part for the 3rd European tour alongside the swedish guys of NIFELHEIM with serbians The STONE, as support band. Consecrated tour was called "Thunder Metal Tour - Conquering Europe" with 16 concerts through 9 countries in 3 weeks on the road. Diaz (bass) and Fernando Nonath (guitarrist) coundn´t travel with Vulcano to this tour throughout Europe, and featured musician and producer Ivan Pellicciotti (ex-Fire Steel) on bass. When they return home, Vulcano did a mini-tour with the British veterans Avenger UK, and then bassist Diaz announced his departure from the group, whereupon Ivan Pellicciotti is effected as the new bassist and the band becomes a quartet.
Without rest, they depart to produce another album and in July / 2014, Vulcano released their 9th studio full-length "Wholly Wicked" through a partnership between the Renegados Recs and the new São Paulo label Thrash S / A. In the same year, they run by fourth time to Europe in the "Evil Always Returns Tour" again with Nifelheim, with Croatia's War-Head for support. 16 shows in 3 weeks through 9 countries, culminating in a climactic presentation in London, for the second time in the acclaimed "Live Evil Fest". During the tour, released their second live album of the group, entitled "Vulcano Live II - Stockholm Stormed" recorded in Stockholm / Sweden, during the 2013 european tour, and released in Europe by the new English label Cult of Horus Recs.
In 2015, the group visits the US in an exclusive show at all important "Maryland Deathfest," playing alongside bastions of extreme metal as Bulldozer, Razor, Arcturus, Triptykon, Bloodbath ... Also finalize one more studio work, the mcd " The Awakening of an Ancient and Wicked Soul "whose title track is a conceptual work, consisting of 9 interconnected parts, based on a trilogy written by Carli Cooper, Zhema Rodero and Fabiano Barroso. This work should be released later in 1st half of 2016 and marks the debut of new guitarist Gerson Fajardo, added to the group at the end of 2015. Also, In the fourth quarter 2015 start is given to the production of a documentary on the 35 years of band , directed by Wladimyr Cruz (responsible for the documentary "Woodstock Discos - Mais que uma Loja") in conjunction with JustDesign Productions.
In early 2016, Ivan Pellicciotti left the band, and bassist Diaz come back to the group, after nearly three years out of Vulcano. At the moment, the band is preparing for his 5th European tour in May, together The Grief (Ecuador) and Warfect (Sweden) through Roadmaster Booking, with 27 shows in 30 days of road.
Zhema Rodero - Guitar (since 1981)
Luiz Carlos Louzada - Vokills (1997-2000, 2008, since 2010)
Diaz - Bass (2007-2013, since 2016)
Arthur Von Barbarian - Drums (1987-1997, 2000-2005, 2009, since 2011)
Gerson Fajardo - guitar (since 2015)
Fotos: Andrez Truber