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Portrait of Inquisicao


About Inquisicao

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Founded in 1983 by the brothers Luiz F. Machado and João H. Machado, the band had several line-ups through its history. It all started with the name, chosen by João Machado who, after a research on the Middle Ages, had a special interest in the Crusades, in the Knights Templar and in the Inquisition. The band's first line-up (1983-1984) included Renato Celso (drums), Marcelo Marinho (vocals), Luiz F. Machado (guitars) and João H. Machado (bass). The second (1984-1986) had the founding brothers plus Marco on drums and Laércio Figueiredo on the vocals. Their first demo tape was recorded with these musicians, and included the songs Tempo Fechado and Exorcista. It was recorded at Estudio Master, the most modern studio in Rio de Janeiro at the time. After Marco and Laércio's departure, both due to personal problems, Roberto Moura (drums, former Dorsal Atlântica)and Sílvio Mazzei (vocals) joined the band. In this period, the band played very often in Rio de Janeiro, especially at Circo Voador and Caverna 2, the city's main Heavy Metal venues. They also recorded another demo with this line-up, with the songs Cruz de Ferro and Cães Malditos, at Estúdio Performance, which belonged to Daniel Cheese, producer and former guitarist of the band Água Brava. In the end of 1986, drummer Armando Pereira (former Mastaba) joined the band, replacing Roberto Moura. With this line-up, the band recorded their third demo tape, again at Estúdio Performance, including the songs Tempo Fechado, Cruz de Ferro, Cães Malditos, Insano and Napalm. This tape had a great response, and was sold in the most important underground record stores in Brazil at the time. Its songs were also played in metal radio shows such as Guitarras at Fluminense FM and Transmetálica at Transamerica FM, among others. It sold more than 2000 copies in Rio and São Paulo alone.After reviewing this demo, foreign magazines such as Kerrang (England) and Metal Hammer (Germany) considered Inquisição the best Brazilian new band of that time, and Brazilian magazines such as Rock Brigade (from São Paulo) and Metal (from Rio) also had a great coverage on it. It was also during this period that Luiz F. Machado and Silvio Mazzei became the band main songwriters, a partnership kept until today. All Inquisição songs have been written by them. In 1989 the band performed their final gig, with Jaime de Moraes on the drums, on a show with Dorsal Atlântica. In 2001, the demo was printed as a bootleg LP, which was sold all over the world. Because of the promotion of this bootleg, heavy metal websites, such as Germany's Encyclopedia Metallum, started having Inquisição pages, telling the band's history up to that year, 1987. Silvio Mazzei got a copy of this bootleg, and after some talks, the band decided to get back together after a 17 year break. The new line-up includes Silvio Mazzei (vocals), Luiz F. Machado (guitars) and Armando Pereira (drums), members of the band's most remembered line-up, and brought in Itho Cruz (bass, former Thoten) and Sidney Sohn (keyboards, also in Tribuzy, former Tothen) This music piece you are about to listen to is the first full length album ever made by the band in 20 years. It's being released thanks to Marquee Records and to the newest members of the band, who worked their fingers to the bone in order to make it happen. Keeping the solid melodic structure forged by Mazzei and Machado, intelligent lyrics, heavy riffs, Armando's heavy drums, Itho's precision and Sidney's production, musicianship and good taste, Inquisição has restructured all of their songs to bring to the heavy metal public new songs, that will certainly stay on their minds for a long time, assuring the success they should have had years ago. INQUISIÇÃO FOREVER!

Sergio Martorelli

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