Latin metal (Spanish: Heavy metal en español, Portuguese: Heavy metal em português) is a subgenre of heavy metal music with Latin origins, influences, and instrumentation, such as Spanish vocals, Latin percussion and rhythm such as Salsa rhythm. Some South American bands also add influences and instrumentations borrowed from world music and ethnic music, relating to musical traditions of the indigenous people of America.
|Cultural origins||Late 1970s, Latin America|
Latin metal started in the 1970s and 1980s, originating in many countries of Latin America, thanks to the increasing worldwide popularity of heavy metal and heavy rock from Europe (obviously including Spain, with bands such as Baron Rojo and Angeles del Infierno singing in Spanish and reaching international success in the 1980s) and United States. It may also have profited from the "Latin explosion" in the United States of the 1990s, though some critics contend that the gap between Ricky Martin-style pop and metal is too great for Latin metal to have profited greatly. Still, record companies in the 1990s sought to profit from the rise of Latin pop, as evidenced from the Metalo compilation of Latin metal bands by the Grita! Records label, which included songs by Ill Niño and Puya, and bands from the 1990s such as Sepultura and Soulfly are cited as predecessors in the genre. In the United States, Ill Niño is probably the best-known exponent of the genre; their first two albums (with "philosophical and bilingual lyrics" about such topics as growing up fatherless) were commercially successful and got them strong radio play in for instance the San Antonio area.
Latin metal has managed to enter the mainstream world, with bands like Ill Nino, Puya, Nonpoint, landing Top 10 and 20 singles,on the Active Rock charts.
Latin metal bands
- Alcoholika La Christo
- Bestial Holocaust
- Ill Niño - A heavy metal band from New Jersey whose 2001 debut album Revolution Revolución was seminal in the development of the genre.
- Marc Rizzo
- Soulfly A heavy metal band from Phoenix, Arizona. They use Brazilian tribal and world music in their sound.
- Nonpoint - An alternative metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Their lyrics often use Spanish as well as Latin themes in their music. In the band’s early demo (Struggle), the band incorporated Latin rhythms into their music.
- Atheist - A technical death metal band from Sarasota, Florida. Their death/thrash metal music style is influenced by Latin music, as well as jazz (The former being shown especially in the song 'Samba Briza' from the 1993 album Elements).
- P.O.D. - A nu metal band from California
- Upon A Burning Body - A metalcore band from Texas. They incorporate many Latin elements, most notably on their newest album Straight from the Barrio .
- Pierce The Veil — a post-hardcore band from California (all members are of Mexican heritage) who incorporate Latin elements into their music, which they have humorously described as "Mexicore"
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