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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | INDIE

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | INDIE
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While MADGATOR as its own entity is a new band releasing their debut album, the actual beginnings of the group can be traced back to the late eighties when they were gigging around Brazil under the original moniker of ALLIGATOR. Back then the band had big problems due to a record deal gone wrong and basically packed up shop and called it a day. 18 years later the guys have decided to have another go around together and edited their name to MADGATOR and have set out to create music inspired by their hard rock heroes of yesteryear.

Classic hard rock is definitely the order of the day here, but it is glossed over with some modern sensibilities and a very modern professional production akin to the grandiose feeling you usually get while listening to a top of the range melodic metal album. The riffing is superb and combines with a very meaty rhythm section, all the while being covered in some very cool lead guitar work, topped off with Andres Recasens’ excellent vocals that are reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande, David Coverdale and a few others. Obviously with comparisons like this it is safe to say that the vocals on the album are world class, and this is very true as Andres manages to slightly change his approach from rock to metal and everything in between as the songs demand it.

Speaking of the songs, man is there rippers to be found on the album. Opener THE BRAVE WITHOUT A MASK is a mix of classic metal and hard rock that reminds me a bit of the latter day JORN solo material, and also features a great tribal sounding intro that reminds me of something fellow countrymen SEPULTURA would do. BACK TO THE HIGHWAY is a little bit funkier and shares some sensibilities of melodic rock, all the while still having a melodic metal edge to it. HYPNOTIZE HER sounds like a cross between SKID ROW and GLENN HUGHES and shows yet another side to this varied and interesting band. ETERNAL FIRE features members of fellow Brazilian trash band KORZUZ, and sounds like old-school trash metal mixed with some JUDAS PRIEST.

There are a few other tracks that probably deserve a special mention too, but these are those ones that stuck with me and are also the reason that I keep on listening to this album even though I am finished writing notes down for a review.

I was very impressed with the debut from MADGATOR, and everything from the songwriting, the playing, the production and even the sweet-ass artwork is very professional and should be enough to gain peoples interest. I’m sure they are currently kicking up a storm in their homeland of Brazil, but it’s about time to unleash them on the rest of the world.

Written by Zeezee
- My Global Mind


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MADGATOR – a rising force in the Brazilian rock scene

With their first self-entitled album featuring 14 songs of indisputable quality, Madgator has been considered one of the great revelations of the Brazilian rock scene. The strong and versatile vocals of Andrés Recasens, the riffs and spectacular and technically perfect solos of virtuoso guitarist Hard Alexandre, the amazing double lines of bassist André Carvalho and the progressive metal and latin rhythms influences of drummer Johnny Moreira made the perfect combination for the creation of what specialized media and public consider one of the best Braziian rock releases in 2010.

Madgator has been highly praised by the specialized metal and rock media, receiving 9,0 in reviews from magazines Roadie Crew and Rock Brigade and website Whiplash. The CD was highlighted by Guitar Player magazine in Brazil and guitarist Hard Alexandre was featured in an interview. The album Madgator has also been reviewed by international specialized media: it was considered the 3rd best world release of the year by 11 critics from the magazine Hard Rock Magazin, from Hungria (www.hardrock.hu), and got an excellent review from the website My Global Mind (http://myglobalmind.info/2010/08/05/madgator-%e2%80%93-madgator/).

Last year, Madgator was one of the bands chosen to compete in the São Paulo selective for the Wacken Metal Battle Brasil, and played as opening act for artists like Richie Kotzen and Tim Ripper Owens. The band also played at Orquidea Rock Festival in Lages/SC that had Glenn Hughes as headliner. At Araraquara Rock Fest, Madgator completed the trio of bands invited for the main night of the event, sharing the stage with Angra and Korzus.