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Matanza Concert at Plaza Hall, Sorocaba in December of 2010.
|Origin||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Genres||Hardcore punk, heavy metal, cowpunk, punk rock, psychobilly|
|Labels||Abril Music, Deckdisc|
Matanza was conceived in 1996 by Jimmy London and Donida, with the idea of exploring the simple and straightforward melodies of the early career of the American singer Johnny Cash, adapted to the drum tempo of Scottish punk band The Exploited. With drummer and bassist Nervoso and Diba, they recorded a demo in 1998 called Terror em Dashville.
In 1999, a new recording would attract the attention of producer Rafael Ramos, and lead Matanza to sign with the now-defunct Abril Music for the release of their first CD. With China on the bass, Santa Madre Cassino was recorded in December 2000 and released in March the following year, shortly before the band was dropped by their record label for the lack of a radio hit.
Matanza then brought Rafael Ramos of Deckdisc to the studio to record their second album, Música para Beber e Brigar (Music to Drink and Fight to), with Fausto on the drums this time. Album highlights are "Pé na Porta, Soco na Cara" ("Foot to the Door, Fist to the Face") and "Bom é Quando Faz Mal" whose music videos were directed by Eduardo Kurt, who was also responsible for "Ela Roubou Meu Caminhão" ("She Stole My Truck") from the first album, and all the videos from their tribute to Johnny Cash.
The project To Hell with Johnny Cash started out as a set of four songs the band would play at their shows but in a short time grew to a full 12-track album, containing only covers of Johnny Cash songs. In early 2005, with the emergence of new media, the project became a CD-DVD, recognized as the first DualDisc title of a Brazilian artist in the country.
Recorded in mid-2006 and released in October of that year, A Arte do Insulto (The Art of Insult) revealed a vastly more professional band, able to face the road in a way inconceivable in their early career. The seriousness of the music was expressed in the tone of the lyrics, the weight of the composition and intensity of their live shows, which would later become a DVD. Promotion of the album also included the video for "Clube dos Canalhas" ("Scoundrels' Club") directed by Rudi Lagemann and shot by Tuca Andrade, as well as the magazine Matanza Comix with comics by Alan Sieber, Arnold White, Daniel Ete, among others, Donida himself being the editor of the publication.
The record MTV Apresenta Matanza recorded at Hangar 110 in December 2008 and directed by Romi Atarashi, featured Jonas on drums and marks the transition to a new phase. Guitarist Donida left the stage to devote himself exclusively to composing the band's music. He was replaced onstage by Mauricio Nogueira (Ex-Torture Squad).
Five years after A Arte do Insulto Matanza released Odiosa Natureza Humana (Hateful Human Nature) in March on Deckdisc. Work on the fifth studio album (and fourth of new material) began in 2010 and was recorded in three days, live to tape (no digital recording), produced by Rafael Ramos.
In their fifteen-year career, they have released six CDs and a DVD and performed an annual average of ninety concerts.
Style and Influences
Frequent topics in the band's sarcastic and cynical lyrics are hatred, violence, alcohol and women. They have a "Wild West" atmosphere. The media dubbed the style created by the band as "country-core". The band members are fans of Johnny Cash, and in 2005 they recorded an album of covers of songs from the early stage of his career, dubbed To Hell With Johnny Cash. In their 2006 album, A Arte do Insulto, Matanza explores various aspects of traditional Irish music. Other major influences include: Motörhead, Slayer, Dropkick Murphys and The Exploited, basically, extreme metal and punk rock bands.
The main songwriters are Donida and Jimmy London.
- Jimmy London – vocals
- Maurício Nogueira – lead and rhythm guitar (live 2008-present)
- Donida – lead and rhythm guitar (studio, live 1996-2008)
- China – bass
- Jonas – drums
- Studio albums
- Santa Madre Cassino (2002)
- Música Para Beber e Brigar (2003)
- To Hell with Johnny Cash (2005)
- A Arte do Insulto (2006)
- Odiosa Natureza Humana (2011)
- Thunder Dope (2012)
- Demo albums
- Terror em Dashville (1998)
- Live albums
- MTV Apresenta Matanza (2008)
Donida edited the band's magazine "Matanza Comix" in mid-2007.
Jimmy London was involved with a series of programs on MTV Brasil. In addition to Rockgol, where the whole band participated in a soccer tournament, Jimmy presented the program Pimp My Ride Brazil in 2007, and did voice work for cartoons. He also participated in a song with the band Rock Rocket, called "Eu Queria me Casar".
- Official website (Portuguese)