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...
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!
Inquisicao One More Battle Album Review by Deep Purple Hub Album ReviewInquisicao One More BattleWritten by Marsha LockomFormed in 1983, the Brazilian heavy metal band Inquisicao delivers a powerful studio album entitled One More Battle. Members Silvio...
INQUISIÇÃO One More Battle (Marquee Records) 63:08 by Voices From The Dark Side This 12 song album comes as a real good surprise I have to say right away! This Brazilian bunch started back in 1983 but they did go through several line up changes over their career and only...
Inquisicao One More Battle Album Review by Deep Purple Hub Album Review
Inquisicao One More Battle
Written by Marsha Lockom
Formed in 1983, the Brazilian heavy metal band Inquisicao delivers a powerful studio album entitled One More Battle. Members Silvio Mazzei (vocals), Luiz Machado (guitars) and Armando Pereira (drums) from the band's most popular line-up are joined by Itho Cruz on bass and Sydney Sohn on keyboards. Their musical style is filled with raw emotion and a stunning richness of texture, attributed to their outstanding arrangements and accomplished musicianship. Embellishment and restraint are used judiciously throughout. Inquisicao creates an original, fresh and vibrant body of work from an eclectic foundation, clearly based upon melodic hard rock, progressive and heavy metal.
The opener, 'The Exorcist,' has a fast, driving rhythm, powerful vocals and a gorgeous guitar solo. Unbelievable that this song was written in the mid-80s, sounding very current with their intensely emotional performance. The same is true for the tracks 'Insane Warrior,' 'Salvation Star' and 'Heaven is Falling' , Silvio’s vocals soar fluidly above the thundering emotion of 'Insane Warrior.' 'Salvation Star' opens with dramatic speed driven guitar work, and Armando’s classic metal double bass drum. A melodic, dreamy keys/ guitar solo beautifully complements the rhythmic metal foundation of this song. Luiz's guitar blazes with raw edginess on 'Heaven is Falling,' as Silvio’s vocals snarl. Enthusiastic delivery of these earlier written songs gives them a special intensity.
The newer tracks are also an incredible display of powerful emotion and musical mastery. Intensely driving rhythms are evident in many tracks. Influences of both Deep Purple and Black Sabbath are clearly revealed on 'Going Down the Abyss.' Sydney provides a great Hammond organ sound, updated with a more staccato touch, while Silvio’s vocals build with forceful emotion to the end. The eclectic style of the band is obvious in the track 'The Animal,' containing an interesting mix of melodic hard rock guitars, atop frenzied metal drumming, punctuated dramatically with stunning vocal screams. This breaks away to reveal a driven, fiery guitar/keys duel. 'Long Day Anxiety' displays a nervous, dark foreboding, obvious in both vocal tone and crunching guitars, grounded by the keyboards, while highlighted by Luiz's scorching guitar solo. Lightning fast keys and guitar work create a breathtaking duel in the solo of 'When Faith Is Dying.' This track also shows an exceptional blending of the band's eclectic tastes, with melodic vocals effectively delivered between the short, powerful guitar riffs. The driving pace of this song, as well as many others, delivers intense emotion deftly crafted with rich texture.
Accomplished musicianship is also apparent on the album’s slower tracks, filled with compelling emotion. 'A Touch of Reality,' a beautiful ballad, begins with a stunning piano intro and is later interwoven with thunderous guitar riffs. Silvio's vocals drip with emotion, building to spine tingling high notes in the chorus. Itho delivers a fantastic bass solo. The use of symphonic keyboards is lush in this brilliant piece. ' Survive' initially entrances the listener with Armando's methodical double bass drum beat, before hypnotic vocals and keyboards weave the dream. The guitar solo soars eerily. Closing the album is the masterful epic length title track. The guitar alone opens and vocals enter softly with gentle humming in the first section. A mid-tempo segment follows, as hard rock riffs dig in deeply and Silvio's vocals soar dramatically over top. The lyrics tell a sad story of the ravages of battle. Beautiful guitar shredding, augmented by a lush Hammond performance also enhance this track. The third part drives the emotion of the song to its climax. This track easily exemplifies the richness of style, musical mastery and sheer emotion of Inquisicao on their album One More Battle.
INQUISIÇÃO One More Battle (Marquee Records) 63:08 by Voices From The Dark Side This 12 song album comes as a real good surprise I have to say right away! This Brazilian bunch started back in 1983 but they did go through several line up changes over their career and only managed to record some demo tapes... until mid 2006 when they finally entered a studio to capture the material they had been playing for years and now Marquee have released it. INQUISICAO can be described as a sort of RAINBOW on amphetamines for a good part and Sidney Sohn's keyboards bring a certain 70s texture to the songs that is really enjoyable. But the real star here is vocalist Silvio Mazzei who turns out to be an excellent Hard Rock / Heavy Metal singer - I mean you can't help but find a song like 'Insane Warrior' totally killer. Other than a certain resemblance to RAINBOW, there's hints of DEEP PURPLE, SCORPIONS ('Long Day Anxiety') and other Hard Rock monsters, not bad huh? The riffing is also very strong and is backed up by a rather impressive rhythm section. This is really a highly recommended album if you like energetic / professional 70s / 80s Hard Rock / Heavy Metal! Fuck yeah! www.inquisicao.com.br, www.marquee.com.br