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Gabometal86, October 9th, 2004

V8 – Luchando Por El Metal.

This is the first heavy metal album released by a band from Argentina. In 1983 there were many Punk Rock acts like Los Violadores or even Hard Rock hitting bands in the vein of Motorhead and AC DC, for example: Riff. But this is the first properly accepted metal album. V8 was indeed the first band form Argentina and probably South America to call themselves Heavy Metal and dress with metal outfits (Leather, spikes and denim, etc).
As you can imagine the production was very low rated, which gave this album a filthy and dirty sound that defines Luchando Por El Metal and mostly all the 80´s Argentinean metal scene.

The opener is “Destrucción” which is the argentine metal hymn. It starts with a V8 motor intro and then a fast riff breaks in to kick your ass 20 years ago. It’s an aggressive and fast song with thunderous drum work which still today sounds like true heavy metal. Then comes “Parcas Sangrientas” which starts with Beto Zamarbide screaming “HEAVY METALLL!!!!!”. This tune is clearly influenced by Motorhead; check out the speed, the double bass drumming and the growling vocals. The third one is called “Si Puedes Vencer Al Temor” and it is very much alike a Black Sabbath song from the first three albums. It has a colossal sludgy riff that will slay your grandmother and when it speeds up FUCK YESS!!!! I wish new bands have a hint of this old monstrous album. It also includes one of the best solos ever heard on the 80´s Argentinean metal. This song reminds me very much “Into The Void” or “Electric Funeral”. The fourth tune is “Angeles De Las Tinieblas” which is very simple. It has a heavy and fast riff and a catchy chorus.

“Tiempos Metalicos” starts slowly with a killer riff and guess what? It kicks into an even better main riff. This song sounds like early thrash metal on top with the guitar tuned very loud and fitting vocals. The sixth song is “Muy Cansado Estoy” which is a mid tempo heavy song with a good solo in it and not much more to say. “Brigadas Metalicas” could be described as what some may call a speed metal song. It has a goddamn thrashy riff and lyrics against the hippies. Next is “Torturador” which shows a crushing riff, again a magnificent solo and lyrics written by Osvaldo Civile and dedicated to his dentist. The ninth and final track is “Hiena Del Metal” that counts with the collaboration of guitar hero Norberto “Pappo” Napolitano (Pappo´s Blues, Riff, etc). It is a very short and fast paced song with apocalyptical lyrics and another awesome solo.

In the essence of the music and how it sounds we can compare it to an early Thrash Metal album, such as Anthrax’s Fistful Of Metal or Slayer’s Show No Mercy. The guitar is the main instrument in the record. Throughout the album we can find groundbreaking fast riffs and some unbelievable solos, all of them courtesy of Osvaldo Civile except the last one on “Hiena De Metal” that was played by Pappo. Gustavo Rowek does a great job behind the drum kit. The drums are very raw, which I believe helps in showing a heavier sound and the double bass work is outstanding. Ricardo Iorio´s bass stands very good in all the songs and the voice of Zamarbide is nothing from other world, it´s a normal voice but very versatile to sing acute and even can turn into a roar or a grunt. Check out “Parcas Sangrientas” if you don’t believe me.

Conclusion: If you give an opportunity to this album and this band, you would find yourself listening to a South American band strongly influenced by Black Sabbath and Motorhead and that aesthetically adopts the Judas Priest style: long hair, leather jackets and denim pants.