Kraken (band)

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Background information
Origin Medellín, Colombia
Genres Rock, progressive metal, progressive rock
Years active 1984–present
Labels Universal Music, Discos Fuentes, Atenea Producciones
Members Elkin Ramírez
Andrés Leiva
Luis Ramírez
Carlos Cortés
Rubén Gélvez
Past members 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), Rubén Gelvez (electronic keyboards), and Elkin Ramírez (vocalist). 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 gives Kraken a seal of originality that has drawn the admiration of thousands of fans, and legions of imitators wishing to reproduce his interpretive style. One of the bands that influenced Ramírez' musical taste was Led Zeppelin. Another well-known influence of his is classical music, which he self-taught upon the advice of his father. Elkin is commonly referred as "Elkin Kraken" amongst the fans.

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. On December 18 2013 the band celebrated its 30th anniversary and filmed the show for an upcoming DVD[1]


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  1. ^ "Kraken 30 Anniversary show". Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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