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Mão Morta



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Braga, Portugal (1984 – present)

Mão Morta were the band most likely to become the Swans’ Portuguese followers and brethren. Even their formation is reportedly due to a tip-off given to Joaquim Pinto by Swans’ bassist Harry Crosby, when Pinto attended a Swans concert in Berlin. Like their American favorites, the European crew pursue the search for the scarcest alternative sounds composed with dark experimentation and shadowy lyrics. Some critics choose to label the group as “inspired by Nick Cave’s first strains”; nevertheless, Mão Morta definitely figure as the most appalling squad on the Portuguese rock scene. The band’s formation goes back to 1984 in Braga, a city in the north of Portugal, where Pinto (bass), along with Miguel Pedro (guitar) and Adolfo Luxuria Canibal (vocals), embodied Mão Morta’s first lineup. Only two months after forming, the crew performed their first live concert, getting distinguished reviews from the critics, who saw an un-tapped wave arising on the Portuguese music fields. Also in 1985, Ze dos Eclipses joined the band as their bass player, motivating Pedro’s move to the drums. Following a three-year period during which they made several enthusiastic performances, Mão Morta, the group’s eponymous debut, hit the record stores. In that same year, they were the opening act for both Wire and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at concerts in Lisbon. Their tragic and peculiar shows were even more publicized after Canibal cut himself with a knife live on-stage in 1989, supposedly to energize the crowd.


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  • Hermes3megisto

    ... e o ar nesta latrina continua irrespirável!

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Josantyago

    A melhor banda portuguesa actualmente

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Bangerboy66

    das melhores bandas nacionais actualmente...juntamente com dead combo :P

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Rust-In-Peace95

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • groze

    pá... eu gosto (muito) de Mão Morta, mas daí a ser considerada uma banda "similar" a Dead Combo, Carlos Paredes, Da Weasel, Amor Electro, Carlos Bica e Jorge Palma, só porque são todos portugueses... A comunidade portuguesa do devia começar a usar outras tags, para além de "Portugal" e/ou "Tuga" (expressão que abomino, de resto).

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Murilo_Costa

    Conheci o som dessa banda recentemente e adorei!!! Saudações do Brasil!!!

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • livrariavelhote

    A livraria.velhotes e a Gaianima, EEM através da Biblioteca Municipal de Vila Nova de Gaia, têm o prazer de apresentar Estilhaços e Cesariny livro com textos e poemas de Adolfo Luxuria Canibal e Mário Cesariny. A apresentação decorrerá no Auditório da Biblioteca Municipal de Vila Nova de Gaia, Quinta-feira, 15 de Março de 2012 a partir das 18:30 e contará com a presença de Adolfo Luxuria Canibal que estará à conversa com o jornalista Jorge Manuel Lopes. A entrada é livre.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cocainecate

    é guerra sem quartel.

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • HalloCharlie

    Está na hora de voltarem..

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LoneWolfenrir

    Quero concertos de mão morta, JÁ!

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • steerpike__

    Fantásticos ontem em CB! Estão melhores que nunca.

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • NicklessPT

    O concerto ontem foi genial.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • under_threat

    e datas, pá?

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Coda94

    isto nao é uma banda, é um mundo

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • HalloCharlie

    Vamos em frente, olho por olho, dente por dente, Capitão!

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
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    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Alexandre-Costa


    22 Apr 2011 Reply

    Pena serem uns convencidos do caralho!...mas sao originais isso sao!

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • andredmcosta

    Melhor banda do mundo!

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • godie-godie

    Excelente banda, infelizmente pouco apreciada aqui no Brasil

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
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