Friday, July 15, 2011


This is the first time I've been listening a band from Venezuela, but I know that since the late 80's South America is generally more wellknown for death and thrash metal bands than for the doom and sludge genres... Things evolute, thanx to a few very talented bands like PROCESSION from Chile and our heroes of the day : CULTURA TRES ... Their first album "la cura" had yet received an enthusiastic reception by the worldwide underground with a punchy piece of METAL, introducing elements of doom, sludge and a delightful post-something (rock or core depending of the songs)  edge, the whole stuff being characterized by a very skilled sense of composition. 
Released in March, their new album "el mal del bien" is a pretty outstanding confirmation and goes far further, of course not that I could have doubted about their abilities, but I'm very positively struck by as much professionalism and strong identity, not only musically but in the band's general attitude too. The guys exactly know what they want and by their own (production by Alejandro Londonô -guit/voc-, release of all their material, videos, tours, promotion...) they give themselves all the means to succeed, which is a real performance, knowing they've yet toured Europe, Japan and several times South America, including this spring just after this 2nd effort came out. 
Beyond being a lot more deserving than your usual occidental band, CULTURA TRES displays a rich and subtle music, based on solid mid-tempos, not crushing or raw like,  just amazingly heavy, thrick and full of subtle, catchy, hauting atmospheres (beyond the simple musical catchiness, I like very much some nice enriching nature's effects, tribal sounds...). Some specialists could always find some more or less obvious influences but I'm sorry I can NOT, I feel this is very very original music ! Groovy and always melodic, the guys never forget to make your trip intense and miscellaneous with a unique guitar sound that could simply become a kind of trademark ! Vocals don't differ from spanish to english, always very massive and deep, they are perfectly at the music's level : talented.... So, all you have to do now is to visit their very nice site and enter the C.T.'s world for eternity !!! Finally I would like to thank Vania to have kindly introduced me to this band, you rule... 

1 comment:

  1. I'd wager Alice In Chains was a pretty big influence on these guys.