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Viuda Negra

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VIUDA NEGRA was born in the beautiful Andean city of Quito, capital-city of Ecuador, in 1996. The majestic mountains only worked as the perfect background for this progressive-metal band to come to existence; after years of playing in low-profile bands, with a love for 80’s rock as common denominator, VIUDA NEGRA’s members gave their first concert together in a small bar called “La Nota” (The Note), on February 2nd of the mentioned year.

The band performed together for 2 years, after which the original line-up dissolved. Santiago Silva (vocals) and Johnny Gordon (drums), the only remaining members, performed with several other musicians in an effort to find the right musicians for their project. Many of the songs they wrote and played during this period would appear in the band’s first full-length.

VIUDA NEGRA were finalists, between 2000 and 2002, of two of the first Rock Concerts organized in Ecuador the principal objective of which was to promote national bands, part of a rock movement that was growing. 25000 copies were produced with the finalist’s songs of one of this concerts, “Fioramusica”; this record contained VIUDA NEGRA’s song “Pretendo”, making the band known among the ever-growing rock and metal audience in the illustrious city.

November, 2002, marked an important date for VIUDA NEGRA, as they were invited to open for the worldwide known, acclaimed power-progressive-metal Brazilian group ANGRA during their “Rebirth” tour. The band gave a tremendous performance which won several fans and critics over.

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