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Horcas is a heavy metal band from Argentina created in 1988 by Osvaldo Civile, former guitarist for V8, Argentina’s landmark heavy metal outfit in the 1980s. After quitting V8 in 1985, and impressed by the new generation of thrash metal bands from the Bay Area led by Metallica, Civile set out to put together a new group in that line. That seminal project, which included former V8 bandmate Gustavo Rowek on the drums, was however delayed for a number of reasons, and it was not until 1988 that it could definitely take off. By that time though, put off by the incessant postponements, Rowek had joined another former V8 member, Walter Giardino, in his new project Rata Blanca.

1988-1990 - Reinará la Tempestad

The first version of Horcas to hit the road had Civile on lead guitar, Adrián Zucchi on rhythm, Eddie Walker on the bass, Gabriel Ganzo on drums and Hugo Benítez on vocals. The band quickly garnered recognition in the local heavy metal circles, mainly because of Civile’s past as a V8 member, but also because they were among the first in Argentina to explore a more extreme line within the genre. In 1990, Horcas landed their first recording deal with indie label Radio Trípoli, and as a quartet, since Zucchi had left the band, cut their first album Reinará la Tempestad.

1991-1996 - Oíd Mortales el Grito Sangrado

In 1991, bassist Eddie Walker leaves the band and is replaced by current member Norberto “Topo” Yáñez, while the rhythm guitar slot is filled by Oscar Castro.


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