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cultura 3

by agresion

Agresión is obsessed with developing the perfect mixture between dark melodies of metal music, 70's rock grooves and varied singing.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. forget
4:07 album only
2. rumours of war
3:43 album only
3. cultura 3
3:42 album only
4. deaf world
3:37 album only
5. sur
3:16 album only
6. that day
4:32 album only
7. pull the trigger
3:02 album only
8. stay
3:51 album only
9. mazinger
2:49 album only
10. my sin
12:32 album only
11. care777
5:17 album only


Album Notes
Maracay, Venezuela 1995: from the national success story Epitafio, the band Noxious and the football field came the earliest line-up of Agresión. Its first member, Juan Manuel de Ferrari Montoya, traded in his sneakers for a guitar, following in the footsteps of his older brother Alejandro Londoño Montoya who was busy filling main stage slots with his death metal band Epitafio. Though initially only helping his brother with the productional aspects of music making, Alejandro soon became a full-fledged member of Agresión and together the bro.'s were to supersede the success of Epitafio with their "South-American neo-noize".
Their first interred milestone was winning a key Venezuelan 'battle of the bands', after which Alejandro scooped a third-place award for 'favorite national guitar player'. In no time Agresión had established themselves as the hottest new heavy band, placing them atop the national heavy music scene. Things were off to a flying start, but as a result of the Venezuelan music industry's less than open mind for heavy riffage and noise, things quickly hit the ceiling with no options for expansion and growth. In pondering what to undertake next the brothers researched various music markets in Europe, found the Dutch market to be viable for their type of *noise*, packed their things and flew over to Europe.
Their first contact in Amsterdam was a punk/booker who liked their style and helped out marketing shows in all the pits of Holland: as a result Agresión spent a year touring every squat and hole the country had to offer, making additional money with their side project Mata Tigre - surprisingly enough - a reggae band. Agresión soon obtained the reputation of being one of the most energetic bands in the Dutch underground scene and a dedicated group of followers started to tag along from show to show.
Coincidentally a fellow Venezuelan was in the process of starting up a record label for up-and-coming bands - 'Flush a Fish' - and reeled the Latinos in to release their 4-track demo "Silent Smile" as an official EP (the EP has shifted more than 500 units todate). In support of this first release a small-scale promotional tour was launched, by the completion of this mini tour Agresión had drawn the attention of '4Tune Records' with whom they secured a deal in 1999.
Never underestimating the merit of a sound fan-base, Agresión started to compile a fan mailing list, which became fundamental for the promotion of both the band and their music. Using the power of the net Agresión kept their fans up to date on the haps around the band, and promoted their name and music to an ever-growing legion of youngsters.
Towards the end of 2000 Agresión took to the 'Stilteloos Studios' and under the guiding eye of Mr. Daan van Elsken (familiar with contemporary music having worked with the industrial/hi-tech formation Junkie XL) they put their new music to tape. The compositions were augmented with drum 'n' bass elements, adding more power to the groove and phat beats of Agresión's music.
The consequent album "Sur", was released in the Benelux via 4Tune/Suburban. Shortly after the completion of the album the first members and the Montoya brothers parted ways and Marcel Capell (bass) and Jasper Dankaart (drums) were recruited to replace the two. Together the now Latin-Dutch quartet became renowned for providing audiences with top-notch live entertainment. With "Sur" in their hand Agresión blew away audiences from atop stages in concert halls ranging from 'de Melkweg' and the 'Paradiso' to 'the Choice' and various Dutch festivals. The neo-noizemakers further managed to land a support act slot with Cypress Hill during the latter's "Rock Superstar" tour in the renowned '013' concert hall in Tilburg.
This show was fundamental for the emerging of Agresión into the mainstream music scene, and in light of this feat Agresión was marked as opening act for the U.S. band Mudvayne, a show that was unfortunately cancelled due to an illness. This was the start of a chain of poor luck for Agresión: closely following one another the confirmed performance at the world famous 'Dynamo Open Air 2001' festival was called off and the opening slot with Sepultura fell through. In spite of these setbacks "Sur" was re-released on a European scale in July 2001, and 'Agresión' was becoming a household name to an increasing amount of kids: more than 4,000 copies of the disc have flown over the counter since its release. The bands two singles, 'Too Many Years' and 'A.I.D.S.' received regular broadcasting on the Dutch The Music Factory via the program 'Wet & Wild'. Thanks to continual requests by Agresión fans via the internet the clips played on a weekly basis for more than 2 years.
Late October 2001 Agresión flew back to Venezuela to promote the release of their debut album "back home". Part of the South-American tour included two performances at South-America's second to largest music festival 'Roque Al Parque' [Bogotá, Colombia] resulting in ample media coverage and a resurgence of the hype around Agresión. Noteworthy is the fact that the Dutch 'National Pop Institute' subsidized this mini-tour: this goes to show that the Netherlands's music business has gained a great appreciation for Agresión throughout the years.
Upon the band's return to Europe they traveled to Budapest (Hungary) and performed at one of the nation's largest music festivals: the 'Pepsi Island Pop' festival, where Agresión proudly introduced themselves to an enthused, 3,000-headed audience.
Early 2002 the foursome returned to the studio and yoked their talents with those of Mr. Zlaya Hadzich (known for his work with a.o. the Gathering and Sonic Youth) resulting in the second full-length album "Cultura 3". Remi Tjon Ajong from the prominent Dutch band Green Lizard lent a hand, the result being the moving track 'My Sin'.
The politically tinted nature of this new album is easily explicable: especially for the Venezuelan half of the band the 2001 South-American tour was an eye-opener to the frustration of watching the conditions in their country worsen, with the seeming lack of concern of the first world rubbing salt into the wound. Musically Agresión have matured: they are ominous and more emotional still. The rap elements of the music has been toned down and the songs have gained in climactic build-up and explosive rage.
It seemed that with this new album Agresión's string of bad luck with regards to headway in Europe was grinding to a halt: the U.S. festival 'Ozzfest' glided down onto the European mainland in the summer of 2002, and Agresión won the online fan-voting contest on the internet landing them a headline spot on the "Local Bands Stage" at that event. In spite of the (heavy) music sales dip and the buzz around "Cultura 3"'s launch amplified: a crowded CD-presentation in 'de Melkweg' in July 2002 being the result.
The first video clips 'Care 777' and 'Cultura 3' were broadcasted via 'on the Roxx' on the Dutch music television channel 'the Box' , 'Cultura 3' even ranked in the top 5 rock video clips. In South-America the clips are regularly broadcasted on music television: stations like 'Mucho Music' have the clips on daytime rotation. In October 2002 Agresión recorded their third video clip for the album, the chosen single being 'Stay'. This video shoot was special as close to 100 fans from across the country traveled to Amsterdam to serve as extra's in the clip. In January 2003 the premiere of this clip took place on Dutch MTV. This was followed shortly afterwards by the premiere of 'Stay' on 'the Box', where the clip ranked #1 on the rock charts. 2003 looks to be a big year for Agresión. Now booked via 'The Agency Group', Agresión took off on the official promotional club tour for "Cultura 3". The tour included an 8-show mini-tour in Italy, where the new album was recently released via 'Frontiers', this part of the tour was subsidized by the National Pop Institute. Thus, supported by three video clips, the European touring and, needless to say, the backing of their swarm of nu-metal loving fans, Agresión plans to flip the European audience upside the head and extend their horizons out of the Netherlands and into the worldwide market.



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