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Claustrofobia

Formed: 1994
From: Leme, Brazil
Last Known Status: Active

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Claustrofobia Discusses Brazilian Metal

With the "Visceral" European tour commencing tonight in Hamburg, vocalist and guitarist of Brazilian thrash metal outfit Claustrofobia, Marcus D’Angelo, takes time out from the bustle to tell Europe what to expect as the band hits its shores.

He also speaks on the journey his band has taken over the past twenty years, as well as commenting on the beginnings of the wild metal from his homeland.

“The metal scene in Brazil in the 80’s and early 90’s had little information about anything,” comments Marcus. “To get a vinyl or tape from bands outside Brazil was almost impossible. It was through trading tapes and vinyls that headbangers got [to hear] Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Venom etc. These bands then shaped the metal here in Brazil."

With bands such as Sepultura and Krisiun hitting the international stage and making household names in the world of metal, Marcus tries to explain what fuels the fire of Brazilian metal and what it is that often makes the music so passionate and recognizable.

“I guess each part of the world has their own style in the metal scene because of the different cultures and ways of life. Here in Brazil it is wild and that's why people used to call us ‘Metal Malóka’. Also, in comparison to the likes of Europe, Brazil is a relatively 'new' country, therefore we must find our own way to play each riff and compose. It is [fired] with hot blood and this reflects in the music. Sepultura is the best example and they showed the world the wild metal from Brazil.

“Bands to look out for include, Ratos de Porão, Korzus, Sarcófago, Dorsal Atlantica, Torture Squad, Vulcano, Lacerated and Carbonized, Unearthly, Confronto, Andralls, Violator, Nervosa, Test, Surra, Project46, Eminence… and of course Claustrofobia!” More...

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Claustrofobia Releasing DVD

South America’s Claustrofobia has now released details on a DVD being released to coincide with the "Visceral European" tour and also to celebrate twenty years of bringing punishing thrash from Brazil to the worldwide stage.

Comments vocalist and guitarist Marcus D’Angelo: “The DVD, 'Visceral 20 Years,' is a résumé of our career up until now, it also closes one circle and another begins. It was produced totally independently; there is no major company involved.

“'Visceral 20 Years' includes live material recorded at Peste Fest plus documentary material, with many images and videos that were never published before. There are also all our video clips and other bonus materials. It’s very special to be able to share to both old and new fans alike a bit of these last 20 years.”

For a hint of what fans can expect from the DVD, check out the recently released video "Metal Malóka" below. The DVD, produced and edited by Studio Kaiowas and mixed by Ciero of Da Tribo studios, will be available during the coming tour.

Marcus also comments on the upcoming shows: “Get ready for brutal metal with real feeling from the fucking third world! We are gonna put the mosh pit on fire so pay attention and join us.” More...

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Unearthing The Brazilian Crossover Underground

Back in the eighties, many old school metalheads got their first dose of Brazilian music when those first two classic Sepultura albums came out, along with releases from Overdose and Vulcano. Over in Brazil, though, those bands were a small handful of many in an already vibrant scene. Tape traders started getting wind of this scene and began looking towards other Brazilian bands, which led to great interest in two albums on Roadrunner from another classic act by the name of Ratos de Porao. "Brasil" and the crossover milestone "Anarkophobia" on Roadrunner made us dig a little deeper into the thrashcore scene of this country.

Crossover and extreme metal have thirty years strong down in the tropic of capricorn. RDP and fellow countrymen Lobotomia could hold their own against any stateside crossover band. And when you dig into Brazil's punk/metal history, it is overwhelming to see that their scene - which dates back to the days of Venom, Discharge and the Sex Pistols - continues to be huge and fractured into several subgenres just like our own. A few years before Ratos de Porao came on the scene, Restos de Nada were possibly the first recognized punk band. As can be expected, they hailed from the southeastern region of Sao Paolo - whose urban setting gave rise to their songs of social decay. More...

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Claustrofobia To Support Brujeria In South America

Brazilian death-thrashers CLAUSTROFOBIA will share the stage with BRUJERIA for two South American gigs in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 7 and São Paulo, Brazil on December 8. Brazilian death metal icons KRISIUN will join them in Buenos Aires.

CLAUSTROFOBIA is closing a very active year marked by the release of its latest CD, "Fulminant", in North America on Caustic Rhythms/Prodisk. The group also completed its first European tour, playing 25 gigs in 5 countries, sharing the stage with VADER, CALIBAN and LEGION OF THE DAMNED, among others. They are currently working on the follow-up to "Fulminant" as well as preparing for a possible visit to North America sometime in late 2008.

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Claustrofobia Announce Second Leg Of Euro Tour

Claustrofobia is entering the second leg of their European tour. Here are the tour dates:

Friday, 1st June 2007 @ Café Onze Kring, Wachtebeke, Belgium (w. CILICE)
Friday, 8th June 2007 @ Gaswerk, Winterthur, Switzerland (w. CILICE & PUNISH)
Saturday, 9th. June 2007 @ Mean Machine Café, Sion, Switzerland (w. CILICE & PUNISH)
Sonntag, 10th June 2007 @ Champs-Lovats 9, Yverdon, Switzerland
Donnerstag, 14th June 2007 @ P3, Purmerend, Holland (w. CILICE)
Freitag, 15th June 2007 @ Kontrasty, Szczecin, Poland (w. HEAVY WATER & NIHILOZAUR)
Samstag, 16th June 2007 @ tba, Szczecin, Poland
Montag, 25th June 2007 @ Turock, Essen, Germany (with VADER)
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th July @ METAL BASH, Neu Wurstorf, Germany

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