Torturer (band)

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Origin Santiago, Chile
Genres Death/Thrash metal
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Pentagram
Members Francisco Cautín
Sebastián Morales
Francisco Garcés
Martín Valenzuela
Past members Pablo Navarrete
Marco Aguilera
Manolo Schafler
Omar Flores
Rodrigo Neira
Leonardo Corvalán

Torturer is a Death/Thrash metal band, formed in 1989 in Santiago, Chile. The band is one of only a few Chilean metal bands recognized beyond the borders of its own country.



The group was founded in May 1989 by bassist and vocalist, Francisco Cautín.[1]

Infest Records[edit]

In 1990, the band recorded its first demo, Kingdom of the Dark.[1] and, two years later, signed a deal with the French label, Infest Records, subsequently recording the debut album, Oppressed by the Force.[2]

In 1995, the band recorded and released an EP in Spanish, entitled Los Últimos Tiempos.

New members[edit]

In March 1997, drummer Martín Valenzuela, with guitarists Sebastián Morales and Francisco Garcés, joined the band. In June 1998, with its new lineup, Torturer featured alongside Kreator (Germany), demonstrating its musical abilities to more than 3000 audience members.[3] That same year the band recorded the Advance L.P. 1999.

In September 1999, Garcés left the band and was replaced by Pablo Navarrete.[3]

Rise from the Ashes[edit]

On May 25, 2001, Torturer released an album entitled Rise from the Ashes, symbolic of the band's absence from the public's attention and a subsequent "rebirth from the ashes" for the band. This album marked the return of the group to the music scene and was one of the band's most internationally recognized musical works. The concert for the album was documented with a 16-track recorder and the result was the band's first live recording, entitled Live from the Ashes (2002), which continued with the genre of "death metal-thrash" and was released on the Bloodbath Records label.[4] In July of that year, Garcés returned to the band, with the intention of contributing to Torturer's fourth album.

Apocalyptor Records signing[edit]

The band signed with Australian label, Apocalyptor Records, to release a limited edition (500 copies) picture vinyl disc of Rise from the Ashes, an unprecedented occurrence for a Chilean band of any musical genre. The vinyl record was available in 2002 and the issue was solely targeted at fans of the band.[3][5]

On November 1, 2003, Torturer released its highly successful new album, entitled Purification of the Flames. The full-length recording includes seven original songs and one cover version of the legendary Sadus, a band that visited Chile in 2004 for the 15th anniversary of Torturer.[3][6][7]

2007 release[edit]

It was reported that the band had been working on material for a new album that was scheduled for a 2007 release.[3]

Current status[edit]

In December 2010, Torturer was registered as an active band signed to the Rawforce Productions record label.[8]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Francisco Javier Aracena Cautín: vocals, bass (1989–present)
  • Rodrigo Zuñiga: drums (2012–present)
  • Pablo Navarrete: guitar (2012–present)
  • Francisco Garcés: guitar (1997-1999), (2001–present)[8]

Past members[edit]

  • Marco Aguilera: guitar
  • Manolo Schafler: guitar
  • Omar Flores: drums
  • Rodrigo Neira: guitars
  • Leonardo Corvalán: drums


Studio albums[edit]

  • Oppressed by the Force (1992)
  • Rise from the Ashes (2001)
  • The Flames of Purification (2003)
  • Torturer (2013)
  • Conjuro IV (2016)


  • Kingdom of the Dark (1990)
  • Promo Noviembre '91 (1991)
  • Advance LP (1999)


  • Los Últimos Tiempos (1995)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live from the Ashes (2002)


  • Hater of Mankind - Kingdom of the Dark (1991)
  • Eterna Tortura - Devastnation (2008)


  • Los Últimos Tiempos - Best of (2009)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Torturer llega a Antofagasta para saldar una deuda Se presentan el sábado en el local "The other place"". El Mercurio (in Spanish). El Mercurio. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ TraukosiX (4 February 2009). "Torturer - Oppressed by the Force" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biografia : Torturer (CHL)". Spirit of Metal. Spirit of Metal Webzine. 2003–2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Live from the Ashes Torturer". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Encyclopaedia Metallum. 2002–2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Torturer (2) – Rise from the Ashes". Discogs. Discogs. 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Flames of Purification Torturer". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Encyclopaedia Metallum. 2002–2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  7. ^ fabián peña (11 August 2008). "Torturer (Chile): Intro - The Flames of Purification" (video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "TORTURER". Tartarean Desire. Tartarean Desire. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2012.