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|Genres||Rock, progressive metal, progressive rock|
|Labels||Universal Music, Discos Fuentes, Atenea Producciones|
|Past members||Hugo Restrepo
Gustavo "TavoDrums" Forero
Jorge "Pyngwi" Holguin
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 . 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
- Kraken I (1987)
- Kraken II (1989)
- Kraken III (1990)
- Kraken IV: Piel de Cobre (1993)
- Kraken V: El Símbolo de la Huella (1995)
- Kraken: Una Leyenda del Rock (1999)
- Humana Deshumanización (2009)
Live and compilation albums
- Kraken I + II (1994)
- Kraken en Vivo: Huella y Camino (2002)
- Kraken IV + V - Vive el Rock Nacional (2004)
- Kraken Filarmónico (2006)
- "Kraken 30 Anniversary show". Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- http://www.krakencolombia.net/ Official website (in Spanish)
- http://www.metaltraveller.com/en/gigs/kraken/bogota_2013.html Kraken concert review from 2013 (in English)