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Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Darrell Laclé - bass
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Benoit Martiny - drums

Without doubt, Cultura Tres has become Latin America’s most recognized and perhaps strangest brother to the sludge metal movement. With its roots firmly in Venezuela, this four-piece independently developed a distinctive sound, an avant-garde mix of metal, seventies rock, doom, psychedelia and South American folk. As natural as their sound came to Cultura Tres, as surprising it was for listeners outside their continent, who discovered their unconventional music when the band burst upon the international underground scene with debut album La Cura (2008).

Even the musicians themselves could not have predicted the turns their music would take since the band’s inception: the harsh sound of their EP “Seis” (2007) came closer to metal than to the nightmarish soundscapes they would later produce. Although frontman Alejandro Londoño had been instrumental in South America’s very first doom release in 1992 (being a founding member of the pioneering Epitafio), it took a while before such roots would nestle themselves in the creative process of Cultura Tres. The first influences that would define their uniquely haunting sound came through dreams that inspired the most memorable songs of debut album “La Cura”. This album and the related video imagery attracted the worldwide attention of underground and mainstream media alike, and launched the band on a 18-month tour through South America, Europe and Japan.

Afterwards, the band retreated and delved deeper into the collective subconsciousness for imagery and sounds that would evolve into their sophomore album “El Mal del Bien”. Released in 2011, the album was even darker than its predecessor, at once more diverse in its ambitions and more coherent as a whole. The unanimous critical acclaim further confirmed the status of Cultura Tres as one of the leading heavy bands from South America.

In 2013 the band delivered their most urgent and ambitious effort so far: third record “Rezando al Miedo”. With eight brooding tracks, the album entices the listener to embark on a disturbing journey from anger to desolation. Meanwhile one is dragged deep into Latin America’s world of oppression, slavery and religious madness.

Cultura Tres is set to release their fourth album “ La Secta” in the fall of 2017 through the London based label Everythingsucks music, this record will be a game changer in the creative direction of the band.



La Secta


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Darrell Laclé - bass
Benoit Martiny - drums

Release Date: October 2017
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Everything Sucks Music
Release Format: Vinyl / Digipack

Track List:
01. As The Years Go By
02. Waiting For You
03. Day One
04. Where Is Your God
05. La Cruz Del Seis
06. La Secta
07. Profeta
08. La Sombra Del Sol




La Secta


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Darrell Laclé - bass
Benoit Martiny - drums

Release Date: October 2017
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Everything Sucks Music
Release Format: Digital

Track List:
01. As The Years Go By
02. Waiting For You
03. Day One
04. Where Is Your God
05. La Cruz Del Seis
06. La Secta
07. Profeta
08. La Sombra Del Sol
09. Sal Y Piedras (Bonustrack feat. Yva Las Vegas)
10. Hole In Your Head (Bonustrack feat. Benoit Martiny)




Rezando Al Miedo


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Alonso Milano - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: May 2013
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Devouter Records
Release Format: Digipak CD

Track List:
1. La Selva Se Muere
2. Es Mi Sangre
3. Hole In Your Head
4. En Esta Tierra 5. 1492
6. Rezando Al Miedo
7. La Ley Del Dolor
8. Forget I’m Here




Rezando Al Miedo


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Alonso Milano - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: May 2013
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Cumpa Records
Release Format: CD/Digital

Track List:
1. La Selva Se Muere
2. Es Mi Sangre
3. Hole In Your Head
4. En Esta Tierra 5. 1492
6. Rezando Al Miedo
7. La Ley Del Dolor
8. Forget I’m Here
9. La Raíz Del Mal (Bonustrack feat. Cristian Rodriguez)




El Mal Del Bien


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Alonso Milano - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: November 2012
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Devouter Records
Release Format: Digipak CD

Track List:
01. Propiedad De Dios
02. Purified
03. Los Muertos De Mi Color
04. EL Sur De La Fe
05. No Es Mi Verdad
06. The Grace
07. El Mal Del Bien
08. Voices
09. Tres Seis Diez Dos
10. Your Call




El Mal Del Bien


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Alonso Milano - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: March 2011
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Devouter Records
Release Format: Vinyl

Track List:
01. Propiedad De Dios
02. Purified
03. Los Muertos De Mi Color
04. EL Sur De La Fe
05. No Es Mi Verdad
06. The Grace
07. El Mal Del Bien
08. Voices




El Mal Del Bien


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Alonso Milano - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: March 2011
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Devouter Records
Release Format: Digital

Track List:
01. Propiedad De Dios
02. Purified
03. Los Muertos De Mi Color
04. EL Sur De La Fe
05. No Es Mi Verdad
06. The Grace
07. El Mal Del Bien
08. Voices
09. Tres Seis Diez Dos
10. Your Call
11. Holy Graveyard (originally from Epitafio)
12. Black Sabbath (originally from Black Sabbath)




La Cura


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Darrell Laclé - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: October 2008
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Deadplan Records
Release Format: Digital/CD

Track List:
01. A Brighter Light
02. Libertad
03. Crosses And Lines
04. Lost
05. My Word
06. No Más Sangre
07. South American Sickness
08. Third World Sentence
09. Muere
10. And Then I Woke Up
11. Down South
12. La Cura
13. Stolen Youth
14. El Ultimo Día




Seis


Alejandro Londoño - guitar/vocals
Juan De Ferrari - guitar/backing vocals
Marcel Capell - bass
David Abbink - drums

Release Date: June 2006
Producer: Alejandro Londoño
Released by: Independent
Release Format: CD

Track List:
01. No Más Sangre
02. I’ve Seen Your Truth
03. Down South
04. South American Sickness
05. Stolen Youth
06. And Then I Woke Up


song: La Cruz Del Seis
album: La Secta
June 2018




song: Hole In Your Head
album: Rezando Al Miedo
March 2017




song: La Selva Se Muere
album: Rezando Al Miedo
September 2014



song: Es Mi Sangre
album: Rezando Al Miedo
June 2013



song: El Sur De La Fe
album: El Mal Del Bien
October 2012



song: Purified
album: El Mal Del Bien
January 2012



song: Propiedad De Dios
album: El Mal Del Bien
March 2011



song: My Word
album: La Cura
September 2010



song: Crosses And Lines
album: La Cura
November 2009



song: And Then I Woke Up
album: La Cura
September 2009



song: El Sur De La Fe
Live at Desertfest
London UK 2012



Promo Rezando Al Miedo
2013



Documentary
2010




"This is an epic masterpiece that will stand the test of time and stand as the monument it is."
10/10 Skrik Zine (Norway)

“Rezando Al Miedo is a groove laden masterpiece that proves Cultura Tres are possibly the finest South American Metal band currently out there. This album will surely launch them on a global scale."
The Sludgelord (UK)

“…Yes, but also I must add to that list the phrase ‘creepy-as-hell… but in a good way’. On this, their fourth release Rezando Al Miedo, the Venezuelan 4 piece have created an darkly evocative soundscape that by parts leaves you exhilarated, unnerved and queasy… Challenge yourself, immerse yourself, and give everything you have to this album. The results are a record that you will connect with like no other.”
John Sturm, Echoes and Dust (UK)

"The sense of threat and wrongness is matched only by the slightly hysterical joy of immersing yourself in it."
4/5 Terrorizer Magazine (UK)

“A jewel with which Culture Tres show they are one of the most important metal bands of this damn planet, regardless of recognition they receive. It makes no difference, because the truth does not live in the number of applause.”
9/10 Cosmic Tentacles (Spain)

“Rezando Al Miedo” is the best work of Cultura Tres so far, they never cease to work and evolve in all areas, despite the glowing reviews, already rightly received.”
Phantasmagoria (Greece)

“...Sludge? Doom? Progressive? Forget genres – Cultura Tres did when they wrote this challenging work of art…..overall it is a grander, more intense piece of work that blurs the boundaries between the crushing might of Black Sabbath, the psychedelic overload of vintage Pink Floyd (think ‘Ummagumma’) and the eerily formless noise of Sunn 0))) – few bands are brave enough to depart so far from the traditional structures of rock ‘n’ roll (Lou Reed notwithstanding) and it is amazing how adept Cultura tres have become at neatly blending the conventional and the avant-garde so that the album flows like the river Phlegethon, burning and searing all in its path.”
Philip Stiles, Sonic Abuse (UK)

“From the throbbing buzz of opening track "La Selva Se Muere" and its follow-up "Es Mi Sangre" to the solo which closes "Hole In Your Head" to the dynamic build up of "En Esta Tierra" the album opens up in a style previously unheard from the band before. It's not long before you realize that this album is a tour de force, a masterpiece even. This is their pinnacle.”
Paranoid Hitsophrenic (US)

“……Cultura Tres rank among the most unique bands of their time.”
Andreas Schiffmann (Temple of Perdition)

“The variation is plenty and Cultura Tres is adding a lot more doom and psychedelic parts as well as death metal pieces into their songs as before. You can hear the nineties roar in their songs! Again a strong and very varied album with that apart dark and eerie South American style throughout the album that holds up a top notch
84/100 Lords of Metal (The Netherlands)





“…their most direct and coherent artistic statement yet (…) The songs are so full of ideas that they could sound messy in less skilled hands, but Cultura Tres creates a cohesion that would confound many other bands. With this album under their belts it will only be a matter of time before Cultura Tres are huge.”
Tom McKibbin, The Sleeping Shaman (UK)

“Cultura Tres didn’t sit still on their sudden big early success, but were able to push towards evolution of their dark sound with great diversity: sludge, doom, and occasionally touches of post-metal, dark psychedelia and even folk music. (…)There’s no angry or sadistic misanthropy, there’s sorrow, incredibly rendered through clean, chant-like vocals. I got haunted by their album: these guys are “deep underground” and sound so well!”
Marilena Moroni, Doommantia

"It is the latest in a series of impressive achievements from the atmospheric sluggers. (...) The most immediately striking aspect of the 10-track/51:38 outing is its overarching darkness. (....) Cultura Tres are unrelentingly oppressive in their atmosphere, pummelingly heavy in their tone."
JJ Koczan, The Obelisk

“El Mal Del Bien” possesses a sprawling mutated energy that draws upon the blighted darkness of South American history as well as a sure-footed understanding of sludge/ doom dynamics”
Issue 40 Oct/Nov 2012 Kevin McCaighy, Rock-A-Rolla Magazine (UK)

“Over a solid foundation of crushing doom, Cultura Tres weave a colourful tapestries of Alice in Chains-esque vocals, squealing leads and solos, oddball atmospherics and frequent raging outbursts straight from the more hardcore side of sludge, all of it without losing the oppressive, dark edge of their songs……”El Mal Del Bien” is pretty much flawless”
Issue # 229, Nov. 2012 José Carlos Santos, Terrorizer (UK)

“El Mal Del Bien is a masterful and colossal piece of skilled craft and invention, whilst Cultura Tres stand as one of the truly unique emerging giants in metal.”
The RingMaster Review (UK)

“The sentiments of 'El Mal del Bien' should relate to many of us for whom our prosperity and comfortable lifestyle is built in state/church-sanctioned blood that has scabbed over time. Maybe they've managed to eloquently confront that uncomfortable truth, or perhaps I'm reading too much into it and they're simply really good metal songwriters. Whichever, Cultura Tres manage to strike a raw nerve that most new UK and US bands don't quite hit.”
Darren Bibby, Beard Rock (UK)

“While you'll find that many of Cultura Tres's songs lumber riff after lugubrious riff, it is the dense interludes that make many of the songs epic.”Propiedad de Dios" descends into half-speed leads and an outro that betrays a weary whisper into a mantra. And while a lot of instrumentals can get passe, "Los Muertos de Mi Color" is downright transfixing.”
MetalUnderground.com (US)

“Whilst there's no end of variety on the album there are two things that seem to be ever present. Firstly, they specialise in creating songs that seem to build and end up in a different place to where they started. The other noticeable quality is that the standard never dips. If you like sludge but tire of hearing bands that imitate all that has gone before, then get hold of this.”
Ninehertz.co.uk (UK)

"Cultura Tres is blasting soundwaves of the most awesome south american metal I've heard since Sepultura. (….) The composition is absolutely breathtaking…"
4.5/5 Vandala E-Zine (Canada)

"As for the music, it’s hard and awkward and dark as if they just retreated from the heart of a dark rain forest....Remarkable is the twin guitar play that actually does not go parallel but moves away from each other still in the same direction but always ending in a superb original guitar solo. This unusual band surprises me in this genre for sure…….."
Lords of Metal (The Netherlands)

“If nothing else, it was encouraging to see that Cultura Tres were able to stand themselves out atmospherically from the rest of the Desertscene fare. I didn’t see anyone else this weekend who sounded quite like they did."
on Desertfest London performance (April 2012) JJ Koczan, The Obelisk (US)

“Bearing at least a passing resemblance to the crushing sludge of Sepultura and its brethren, Venezuela’s Cultura Tres works from the root of a proven musical commodity. But with harmonized high-string riffs, a few wailing psych-rock leads, and an ability to go quiet and eerie or soft and atmospheric, the “doom suramericano” quartet is very much its own band.”
Scott Morrow, ALARM Magazine (US)

"What kind of witchcraft Cultura Tres has been doing with the recording is not known, but there is no doubt that the album is a mesmerizing revelation for genre fans like me."
Gerrit Karafiat, Skrik (Norway)

“Desolation shows itself right from the beginning, from those never-ending seconds of silence opening the first track, Propiedad De Dios, and the entire album. A surprising, unexpected and scary starting. The same as their approach to sludge doom: heavy, powerful and monolithic, which never stops to get you a bit restless, just like when you go paranoid, keeping on turning your head back to look if someone is following you, while you are walking alone in a dark and desert road.”
Ilaria Dambrosio, Doommabestia (Italy)

“But the band’s real ace in its sleeve is the ability to blend all these influences (without giving you a headache) into the most horror-ific sound you’ve ever heard. This is colored with a South American accent and Milano’s killer bass lines solidifying the rhythm section and I advise you to use headphones while listening to “El Sur De La Fe”, “No Es Mi Verdad” or the QOTSA-laden intro of the self-titled track to really understand my saying”
Maria Voutiriadou, Metal Kaoz (US/Greece)

“It’s got that dark and sludgy sound which was so popular a while back, yet somehow these guys seem to have made it sound fresh and new, almost as if it’s time for the genre to be reinvented and these guys are at the helm of the project!”
Dave Nicholls, Loud-Stuff (UK)

“Okay, all joking aside for a minute – I’ve got to say, this is one of the best music videos I’ve seen since I began this feature. The theme/inspiration of ‘collective subconsciousness’ is convincingly realised not just through the striking imagery throughout the video, but also through the editing choices. Jump-cuts are woozily obscured by flares of blinding light, while the focus of shots drifts gently, creating a hazy, dream-like atmosphere.”
on “Purified” video Philip Whitehouse, OneMetal.com (UK)

“El Mal Del Bien” is a short album, but in its brevity lies the key – there is not a single weak moment, not a dropped note or over-milked passage. The band simply set up, unleash hell, and then vanish again before you’re even really aware of the damage that has been done. Each and every song here is unique, beautiful, ugly and disturbing – as if the band poured their very hearts and souls into the recording process and wrung themselves out whilst doing so. Emotion and feeling drips from every note and by practicing themselves into the ground Cultura Tres have reached an enviable level of instrumental perfection to match their undoubted ambition.”
Philip Stiles, Sonic Abuse (UK)

“I feel blind-sided by how magnificent this album sounds. It feels remarkably fresh and original (I cannot think of anything that sounds quite like it, other than the vague AIC essence) and the production is very clear and punchy. The heavy moments are pretty heavy and, in between, there are lots of quieter parts that are emphasized by the clear production.”
George Washburn, Rock Music Critic (US)

“Their style is a nice blend of groups of different genres and styles so in a way it is something unique. You’ll listen to some desperation in the way Neurosis depict it, some anger the way Sepultura express it, even some chaos the way modern death metal bands want it.”
Dr. Doom’s Lair (Greece)

“Everything feels very laboured when it comes to the pace of Cultura Tres and their music, just how they want it to be! Taking a methodical approach to their sludge laden Doom Metal the band manage to pull off a deeply depressive as well as oppressive vibe! With a heavy Death/Doom influence as well as Sludge, Cultura Tres let their sound wander freely and explore the soundless void around them, the results are creeping darkened sound, musically proficient but creatively vast and constantly expanding outwards.”
Luke Hayhurst, Destructive Music (UK)

“Cultura Tres know how to work with sounds and noises and often demonstrate this at the beginning or end of some of their pieces. They use ideas from the South American tradition to enrich the dark atmosphere (…) "El Sur de la Fe" is the greatest proof of class violence, megalithic riffs, rhythm section hard as the wall, sang vigorously and that leaves places at the right moments for space guitars, psychedelic colors of dark and black magic.”
Emanuele Jiahconi, Benoise (Italy)

“Overall, this LP is brilliant; it was long ago that I heard such a daring band. Their songs sound as one style, and yet each is completely different, showing three different faces: sludge, doom and psychedelic rock.”
Stonerrock.hu (Hungary)

“Cultura Tres displays rich and amazingly heavy music: an intense trip full of subtle, catchy, haunting atmospheres with a unique guitar sound that could simply become a kind of trademark! This is very, very original music!”
Stéphane le Saux, Temple of Perdition (France)

“This is haunting stuff, definitely something to listen to with headphones in a dark room. So many emotions are elicited from El Mal del Bien's contemplative swells”
Jared Haggard, Orlandooom (US)

“Monumental riffs. Slow, very slow. The song arrangements stray from the path of sludge on numerous occasions: incorporating elements from traditional music, hallucinogens and melodic, calm moments.”
Zann Music (Argentina)

“Cultura Tres suck your soul into such dark, gloomy, tragic places that you never considered their existence. This is a must-listen album for everyone.”
Thanos Aronopoulos, Stoned Sun Vibrations (Greece)

“This is not an album to just turn on for a quick listen. It’s one of those albums you really need to immerse yourself with. Each song is full of sludgy heavy bass lines and sluggish doom driven drums. What’s interesting though is the album and songs ebb and flow between slow, creepy doom melody and faster, harsh metal rock.”
Head Full Of Noise (US)

“A masterful album that proposes a sound more obscure than South America has ever seen. Cultura Tres does not fail to convey the gloom behind our culturally vast continent.”
Lost Sounds of Dawn Light (Brazil)

“Followers of Sludge / Doom pay attention: Cultura Tres is an amazing Venezuelan band. Their second - most acclaimed - album sounds heavy, dense and intense.”
Grinder Magazine (Chile) – 5/5

“Furious South American sludge/ doom metal: 'El Mal del Bien' is a really dynamic, non-linear trip in the genre.”
Stonerobixxx (Belgium)

“Highly recommended! This is truly one of the best albums of the year...”
Night Fall and the Gloomy Mist (The Netherlands)





“This month's global metal discovery is the mighty Cultura Tres from Venezuela.”
Metal Hammer UK

“Complex riffs with a substantial amount of dissonance [but also with] the enlightening magic of psychedelia, so every now and then one gets caught by some Hendrixian, trippy spacey bluesy groove emerging from the general oppressive sounds.”
Marilena Moroni, Doommantia

“Complete darkness rules the world of Cultura Tres. Think Puya, Mars Volta and Alice In Chains meeting up in a dark alley with machetes and maracas. I love this shit!”
Reg Rykaczewski, Heavy Planet (US)

“Revolutionary resistance runs through the entire record, and Cultura Tres has no trouble in enabling its listeners to share its pain and annoyance with global politics. This band obviously has no need for compromises.”
Spark Magazine (Czech Republic)

“To those who gave up on heavy music: this band has the rare power to make even the most jaded listener enthusiastic again.”
Metro Police, Venezuela

“The band's style of dark, gloomy riffs (…) is strong, tight, and as heavy as it is unique.”
Abyss (Czech Republic)

“The strong emotional Latin American temperament woven into the tracks easily carries us into dark and often dead-end social alleys. It's a fact that I needed a bit more time to absorb the album, but I got even more into the music for that.”
Burrn Magazine (Japan)


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