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Dorso comprising: Rodrigo "Pera" Cuadra, Alvaro Soms, Gamal Eltit, Fran Muñoz
Background information
Origin Santiago, Chile
Genres Speed/thrash metal, death metal, black metal, progressive metal, goregrind
Years active 1984–present
Labels BMG[citation needed]
Inferno Records[citation needed]
Website official website
Members Rodrigo "Pera" Cuadra
Gamal Eltit
Álvaro Soms
Fran Muñoz

Dorso is a thrash metal[1] band from Chile's long history and prestige.[citation needed] Among his musical influences include Gong, King Crimson, Genesis, Magma, and Frank Zappa. Regarding thematic stories inspired by Lovecraft, horror movies and whatever story you can imagine bizarre, monstrous allegories, using black humor and allusions to witchcraft. Most of their lyrics are composed in Castilian language, but is often used as a resource Spanglish lyrics. Since its inception the musical theme has varied speed/thrash metal in the 1980s and including progressive rhythms, grindcore, jazz and the use of recordings from classic horror films.[citation needed]


Early years (1984—1988)[edit]

Since its inception, Rodrigo Cuadra joined in the music of his band a complement composition and sound, with stories and legends of mythological origin, dreams of cosmic horror, lots of blood, the bizarre and the absurd, the end in every sense, gore film, teachers of science fiction H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe and the musical antithesis of death metal band Cannibal Corpse and the progressive rock group Genesis, two of his artistic inspirations. One of the curiosities is that Back when he was in the jump from progressive rock to heavy metal were experiencing between these 2 genera, unconsciously advanced to a genre that years later would be known. The progressive metal, this experiment can be noticed instantly the song Zeus.[citation needed]

Dorso ran 1984 and made their first appearances in the gym Manuel Square Nunoa in Santiago. Whether as a guest or organizer of the event, the band always provided with new elements to the show. Pera Cuadra masks on stage and some other cover sets the tone of the early repertoire. To dust off the memory lane was not unusual, for example, interpret Back "Come to the Sabbath", the classic Mercyful Fate 1984, as a way of paying tribute to another musical reference.[citation needed]

Other founders of cosmic monster metalhead, when it was a prank Back teenager, are the brothers Mauricio and Marcelo Castillo (guitar and drums), Gonzalo Lara (drums) and Bernardo Riquelme (percussion). The songs "Expelido del vientre", "Parajes de lo desconocido" and "Fantasías del bosque" represented the first attempt musical group recorded their first demo, Parajes de lo desconocido. Two years later, the demo Guerra de criaturas (1987) was recorded and distributed as semi between supporters of the trio, consisting of Rodrigo Cuadra (bass and vocals), Jamal Eltit (guitar) and Jaime Palma (drums).[citation needed]

Golden Age (1989—1995)[edit]

The first album, "Bajo una luna Cámbrica" (1989) includes the songs "Hidra" and "Cíclope" Guerra de Criaturas demo and "Expelido del Vientre" the Parajes de lo desconocido demo.

The second album, "Romance" (1990) is considered by many as one of the best of the band.[citation needed]

Romance was in a moment of great pretension, wanted to do something along conceptual advantage that we were with BMG and they put us unrestricted study, we wanted to make that record symphonic, but also Metal, there did "Romance". says: Rodrigo "Pera" Cuadra

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Until then, Dorso worked as a trio, with Eltit on guitars, Eduardo Topelberg on drums (replacing Jaime Palma) and Cuadra on bass and vocals. Romance After the release of the first differences arose within the band. This led to the removal of Eltit and Topelberg, leaving the group on hold.[citation needed]

Contrary to rumors of separation, the group added two new members, Marcelo Naves, ex-drummer Nimrod and guitarist Álvaro Soms, which was initiated and the contemporary stage of the group. The result would be the most successful album performed by the trio. El Espanto Surge de la Tumba (1993) had considerable success, insisting on elements of jazz and progressive rock, but adds the film gore or black humor and macabre as new themes.

The album Big Monster Aventura (1995) represents some continuity of his predecessor. The clip that names the album had an outstanding rotation on MTV and songs like "Gran chango", "Transformed in cocodrile" and "Gracias, oh! seres de cochayuyo" became classics of the group.[citation needed]

Dorso now (since 1998)[edit]

With the new line was launched Disco Blood (1998), with themes of cosmic horror, and influential science fiction film and horror of the 1950s to the 1970s. This album could be classified within the thrash/groove metal, and is one of the higher quality of the band.

In 2002 and 2005 the group released the live albums "Lari live!" and "Unplugged Cósmico", respectively, and after a creative break that also included the return of Gamal Eltit on guitar, the group resumed their discography with a new album "Espacium" (2008).

In 2012 they will launch a new work entitled Recolecciones Macabras del Campo Chileno whose pre-release was the September 30, 2011. In this production, Dorso combines all the mystical spirit of national folklore and country sound with the power of doom, black and death metal, and also portray the sinister legends abound around the field throughout Chile. will double disc version will vinyl.

Band members[edit]

Current lineup
Former members
  • Mauricio Castillo — lead guitar (1984)
  • Alvaro Cuadra — rhythm guitar (1986)
  • Claudio Alfaro — bass (1984)
  • Juan Francisco Cueto — bass (1995)
  • Marcelo Castillo — drums, percussion (1984)
  • Gonzalo Lara — drums, percussion (1984)
  • Jaime Palma — drums, percussion (1984-1989)
  • Rafael Alfaro — drums, percussion (1989)
  • Juan Coderch — drums, percussion (1989)
  • Eduardo Topelberg — drums, percussion, background vocals (1989-1991)
  • Marcelo Naves — drums, percussion (1991-2008)
  • Bernardo Riquelme — percussion (1984)


Main article: Dorso discography

Other albums[edit]

  • Gallinazeous Death SQVAD (pronounced Squad) (1989)
  • Sangre Eterna (2002)
  • El Huésped (2005)

Note: Both items are included as bonus tracks on Espacium (2008).