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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Latin metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Bieler Bros. Records
Associated acts Puya
Members Ramón Ortiz
Oscar Santiago
Past members Ikaro Stafford Santana.
Edgar Gonzalez,
Marcello D. Rapp,
J.J. McNeal,
John Paul Soars,
Aaron Rossi,
Pepe Clarke Magaña

Ankla (correctly: "Ancla" meaning anchor in Spanish) is a latin metal band with Latin influences such as flamenco from Los Angeles, California.


Ankla was formed in 2001[citation needed] by Puya guitarist Ramón Ortiz. The band independently released a self-titled 7-track EP in 2002, produced by Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga.

On April 8, 2006, it was announced that Ankla signed with Bieler Bros. Records.[1] Their debut album Steep Trails was produced by Bob Marlette, and was released on July 25, 2006.[2] The band receives consistent airplay on Sirius Satellite radio's "Hard Attack" as well as XM radio and east coast radio stations.

In 2007, Ankla played the second stage at Ozzfest and received rave reviews. called Ankla, " a ferocious L.A. band with two speed-merchant drummers."

In 2008, the band's line up changed, replacing former singer Ikaro Stafford with Eddie Macias, who had previously worked with Ramón Ortíz in the early stages of Puya. The band has played with III Niño, Nonpoint, American Head Charge, In This Moment, Bleed The Sky, Brujeria, Body Count, Five Finger Death Punch, Dååth, Six Feet Under, and Hatebreed.

Music style[edit]

IGN described Ankla's style of music as a mixture of "thrash metal, metalcore and death metal".[3]


  • Ramón Ortíz - guitars (2001–present)
  • Oscar Santiago - percussion (2001–present)


  • Ikaro Stafford Santana (2001–2007) (Vocals on "Steep Trails" album)
  • Edgar González (2001–2006) (Recorded the bass tracks on the "Steep Trails" album.)
  • Aaron Rossi (2001–2006) (Recorded the drum tracks on the "Steep Trails" album.)
  • JP Soars (2006–2007) (Bass Player)
  • Tony Castaneda (Bass Player)
  • Pepe Clarke Magaña (Drums)
  • Eddie Macias (2008-2010) (Vocals)



  1. ^ Blabbermouth, "ANKLA Sign With BIELER BROS. RECORDS" Archived October 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Posted April 8, 2006.
  2. ^ Blabbermouth, "SoundScan Report" Archived October 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Posted August 2, 2006.
  3. ^ IGN, "Ankla - Steep Trails", Posted January 10, 2007.

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