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Ratzinger

From: Santiago, Chile
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Below is our complete Ratzinger news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Ratzinger Reveals New Album Artwork

Chilean outfit Ratzinger has revealed the cover artwork for the "Dios?" album, which can be seen below. The band comments:

"The new album is based conceptually on the book by Stephen Hawking - The Grand Design - and questioning the existence of God as such, a concept that challenges the possibility that not necessarily need a God invocation for the creation of the Universe, in summary the album and the lyrics, takes the concept of GOD from several points of view: God after death, God in the abusive nature of the Church, GOD in War, GOD in death of innocents, GOD in radicalization of religion, God as a random virus that punishes and at the same time is absent.” We also experience the non-existent and questionable in modern a time, which certainly leads many into questioning one’s self about the meaning of the existence and basic and elemental question: Does God exist?"

The cover artwork was created by Russian artist Keerych Luminokaya, and Ratzinger comments: “For us, it is an honor to work with Luminokaya, we've known Luminokaya for a while now and we are a fan of his work. When we saw the original graphic piece called ‘Butterfly Effect’, we thought that was what definitely what we were looking for, for a long time the human being reflected in a tribal basic concept, the lost humanity looking at the sky, the infinite repetition from the basic and elementary answer, the question is repeated: Does God exist?"

Luminokaya also adds: "I've been very involved with this Chilean band, I have seen that they are very persevering and disciplined, which is not very common nowadays and that speaks highly of the work they want to achieve. Even coming from such a distant country like Chile, it is an honor to work with them and that my work is known in South America.”

The band plans to release the album in March of 2014. More...

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Ratzinger Releases "King Of Lava" Video

Chilean thrash metal act Ratzinger has released a new official music video for the track "King Of Lava," taken from latest album "2012." The video was directed by Claudio Araya of Pata de Cabra Producciones in Santiago de Chile.

Check out the video clip below. The "2012" album can be heard in its entirety over here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Make Make
2. Zeitgeist
3. Global Defect
4. Slave of the Gods
5. Time Wave Zero
6. Beginning of the End
7. King of Lava
8. Eye of the Hurricane
9. El Tiempo del No Tiempo
10. Life Goes By
11. Nuclear Day (Remix)
12. Gusano (Bonus)
13. Black September (Remix)
14. Evolution Disaster (Remix)
15. Just a Dream (Cover Piano) More...

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Chilean Education Compilation Streaming

The digital album "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon," which contains 14 bands from Chile is available now at this location for free download. "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" is a free album that gathered 14 Chilean metal bands and artists. Half of this list have recorded an exclusive track for this compilation, and the other half licensed their already released material with the only propose of protesting and making awareness of the cause of education. The complete list of bands follows. The first ten may be streamed and the last four are accessed when the compilation is downloaded. Stream it below.

1. RATZINGER - R3volucion (2012)
2. KRUDO - Codigos de Ignorancia (2012)
3. RADIO MOSCU - Que Hago Entre Las Filas (2012)
4. GROTESK - Bien De Consumo (2012)
5. PRIMITIVO - Hacia El FInal (2012)
6. PIROSAINT - Somos Legion (feat.Vastator/Raining) (2012)
7. SINSILENCIO - Alba (2011)
8. ULTRAMORTAL - Porque? (2010)
9. EGREGOR - Libera (2011)
10. REEX - Insurexion (2010)
11. AKBAL - Entre Tus Manos (2007)
12. UDK - Rechazo (2003) bonus
13. PRIMATE - Aun Vives Tanquilo (2001) bonus
14. THE REAKTION - I am Somebody (2012) bonus


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Songs From "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" Streaming

Boca Sucia webzine has announced the first group of bands/songs that will be included on the compilation album "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" which will be released as a free download via Digmetalworld/KulMusic Records. The first list of bands will contribute songs consisting of material that was previously recorded and has been licensed to this album. The full list of bands will be released on Nov 15th, and this second group of bands will contribute material that is currently been recorded especially for this album.

Bands contributing previously recorded material:

Pirosaint - "Somos Legion" (feat. Vastator y Raining) (2012)
Sinsilencio - "Alba" (2011)
Ultramortal - "Porque?" (2010)
Egregor - "Libera" (2011)
Reex - "Inzurreccion" (2010)
Akbal - "Entre Tus Manos" (2007)
UDK - "Rechazo" (Bonus) (2003)
Primate - "Aun Vives Tranquilo" (Bonus) (2001)

The rest of the bands that are going to be included on this album that are currently recording the brand new material follows, with the titles of the songs to be forthcoming in our news.

Ratzinger
Krudo
Grotesk
Primitivo
Radio Moscu
Rajavana

Check out the material that eight of the bands are contributing to "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" over at soundcloud, or below in the player.

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Ratzinger Posts Demo Track

Chilean groove metal band Ratzinger has posted a demo version of a track that will be on its third as-of-yet-untitled album. Ratzinger has composed eighteen songs in the studio and plans to choose ten of them for the upcoming album. In other news, the band is also filming for its "King of Lava" video and putting together a track for the Chilean free education compilation of metal artists titled "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon."

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Chilean Compilation For Education Cause Readied

Digmetalworld, in conjunction with Portaldisc/KulMusic, has announced that a preliminary line-up of bands has been confirmed for the compilation "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon." The anthology will feature ten Chilean metal bands and veterans of the scene, each contributing a song to bring heightened awareness the the cause of nationwide free education in Chile. The concept that "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" emphasizes is that education should be the right of the masses and not a privilege of the wealthy or private sector.

With a tentative release date in early 2013, Digmetalworld has established November 2nd as the cut off date for artists wishing to submit a song. Currently, the bands Rex, Sinsilencio, Ultra Mortal, Rajavana, Krudo, Pirosaint and Ratzinger have confirmed their presence on the compilation. Ivan Vega of Ratzinger wrote the track "R3volucion" especially for the album, and even Sr. Diaz of veteran old schoolers Vastator will be backing up Pirosaint on vocals.

This will be one of the first musical offerings from Pirosaint since 1997, and Sr. Diaz backing them up was opportune considering the band currently has no vocalist while they audition for the spot. Sebastian Osorio from the band Raining will even contribute guitar solos to Pirosaint's selection for the album, which will be the second time they collaborate after working together on 2010's track for the Chilean earthquake relief. Pirosaint will take a brief detour from it's thrash origins into more power, melodic turf for their track.

The ten songs on the outing will be all distinct styles across the spectrum of metal, all coming together to highlight a cause that is important to them and their countrymen. Bands wanting to submit their music for consideration on the digital release "La Educacion, Nuestra Razon" can get information on submitting their music here. More information will be given as more bands confirm for the release. More...

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Ratzinger Writing New Songs

Chilean metallers Ratzinger have announced that they are writing new material for their next album, which will follow-up the last release "2012." According to guitarist/vocalist Ivan Vega, the band has already written half of the music for the new album.

Ratzinger's last live performances before the band heads into the studio to start recording the new album will occur on February 11th & 12th at the Rio Bueno Open Air. You can also check out Ratzinger's music video for "Make-Make" in the player below.

For more information about the band, head over to the official Ratzinger Facebook page at this location.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Chile

Chile is a world unto itself, a land of extremes that begins at the harsh Atacama desert to the north and extends thousands of miles to the south in the fjords of Patagonia. The population is of hardy, rugged stock and it's people are as diverse as our own. Within this long country of one time zone, you have all kinds of microcosms and people of diverse ancestry. There are influences from German and Italian lineage and plenty of native and indigenous folk residing amongst the Hispanic populace. And of course, one common thread appears to always transcend boundaries - music. In the case of metal music, Chile has an unbelievable amount of bands in every subgroup imaginable. Black metal bands such as Runepath have put out demos that have gotten recognition on many webzines, and even the ambient new age doom of Uaral has gone viral on YouTube. The majority of people will think of Tom Araya, who recently got the key to a city as a musical emissary, as the most popular Chileno - but delve a little bit deeper and you will find all sorts of bands.

Chile has been thrashing for years, and you can see this as evident when old schoolers such as Vastator regroup are still around putting out videos and even collaborate with Veronica Freeman ("The Gods Give No Reply"). The great thing about the Chilean metal scene as of late is the organization put into it. The Digmetalworld label has put alot of effort into showcasing and streaming countless bands and releases from Chilean and other South American artists. A fan of one band can easily jump and discover music from other groups this way. While you may stream dozens of releases this way and get to know more metal bands, I still find that many will investigate on their own as well. Great blogspots such as Paganvs Info, for those who can read Spanish, also highlight a vast amount of music from the pagan metal scene in Chile and South America. Here on Metal Underground, we have streamed the entire newest releases of such diverse Chilean metal bands as Lefutray, Sacramento and several others. Today we will take a look at a few different styles of metal bands currently active in the Chilean scene.

Folkheim

I like what Folkheim stand for. They have the touch of the common man in their message of popular rights and autonomy for indigenous people. They don't celebrate Columbus Day, because in their words it would be celebrating 519 years of conquistador oppression. They recently bowed out of the Caviahue festival on moral and monetary grounds, and continue to speak their peace on issues such as the funding of the HidroAysen energy project which many deemed environmentally unsound. Hailing from Antofagasta, they play a rich variety of ethnic black folk metal. Folkheim's first EP was 2006's "Pachakuti," which followed their 2004 demo "Touched by Thy Undisturbed Essence." They continue to play shows all over Chile and have an incredible cult following.

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