De La Tierra: De La Tierra

2014 seems to be off to an international start. Former Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser has founded a new band with former members of South American bands A.N.I.M.A.L., Maná, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. They released their debut album under the moniker De La Tierra, which means For The Earth.

I think the fact that they sing completely in Spanish (It could very well be Portuguese, but I’m not 100% sure) makes them stand out much more. The music itself isn’t really special or groundbreaking, but it’s great to see much more representation from South American music this year and I think people that follow Sepultura closely will be interested in what Kisser is up to these days. The rest f the band consists of Alex Gonzalez (Maná; drums & vocals), Flavio Cianciarulo (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs; bass & vocals) and Andres Gimenez (A.N.I.M.A.L.; vocals & guitar). 

The riffs are heavy, the vocals are melodic, but it’s not very easy to sing along. Not to use this band as the model, but Rammstein have somehow found a way to combine heavy riffs and melodic singing in a way that is still somewhat singable and I think few bands that sing in different languages can get away with that in the way Rammstein can. Other bands like the black metal bands of Scandinavia rely on a hardcore fan base that will follow these bands to whatever end, but I’m not sure how this band will hold up in the US. They’ll get a lot of attention because of Kisser and hopefully will play a few American metal festivals because I think people would dig it.

Check out the band’s newest single “Maldita Historia.” I think we’re going to hear a lot more good music from South America this year.

De La Tierra’s self-titled album is being released via Road Runner records. 

Luke Helker

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