Kraken (band)

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Background information
Origin Medellín, Colombia
Genres Heavy metal, Hard rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Universal Music, Discos Fuentes, Atenea Producciones
Website Official website
Members Andrés Leiva
Luis Ramírez
Carlos Cortés
Rubén Gélvez
Past members Elkin Ramírez
Hugo Restrepo
Jorge Atehortúa
Jaime Tobón
Gonzalo Vásquez
Gustavo "TavoDrums" Forero
Jorge "Pyngwi" Holguin
Carlos Reyes

Kraken is a rock band founded in Medellín, Colombia, in 1983. The current lineup consists of Andrés Leiva (guitar), Ricardo Wolff (guitar), Julian Puerto (drums), Luis Alberto Ramírez (bass guitar), and Rubén Gelvez (electronic keyboards). The sound of the band is characterized by a mixture of hard rock and heavy metal, a musical experiment that remains effective to this day.

The particular voice of Elkin Ramírez gave Kraken a seal of originality that has drawn the admiration of thousands of fans, and legions of imitators wishing to reproduce his interpretive style.[citation needed] One of the bands that influenced Ramírez' musical taste was Led Zeppelin. Another well-known influence of his was classical music, which he self-taught upon the advice of his father. Ramirez was commonly referred as "Elkin Kraken" amongst the fans.[citation needed]

On the other hand, the guitarist Andrés Leiva contributes to the band his symphonic experience, gained as a student of the classical guitarist Pedro de Alcántara.[1] Owner of a polished and virtuous technique, Leiva has been a member of a variety of different musical projects, making him a valuable addition to the band.[citation needed] On December 18, 2013, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary and filmed the show for an upcoming DVD.[2]

Ramírez died from brain cancer on 29 January 2017 in Medellín. He was 54 years old.[3]


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  1. ^ "Pedro de Alcantara". Pedro de Alcantara. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Kraken 30 years anniversary concert - Orquideorama del Jardín Botánico in Medellín, Colombia, December 18 2013". Metal Traveller. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  3. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (29 January 2017). "Elkin Ramirez, Colombia's 'Rock Titan' and Leader of Kraken, Dies at 54". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 

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