Gux Swadharma & The Candela Machine

Around 25 years ago, Colombia was at the verge of creating a whole new chapter in terms of its musical expansion, they called it “fusion”.

Fusion was blending rock with afro-cumbia patterns in order to reaffirm the collective sentiment of authenticity most of bands were looking for, starting from Bloque de Busqueda, Aterciopelados, Ekhimosis it went really fast to the underground acts like Morphonia, Shai, and so on..

From all the acts of those times, the first band that went blending cumbia, with ragga and nu-metal was H.U.M.O. , and let me tell you, this band was visionary, and everything you’d like to have at the time.. awesome music, great lyrics, massive live appeal. They had one thing that wasn’t on their favor, tho. They were “poor” as in coming from a conflicting neighborhood where social scrutiny and prejudice would not allow fellow bands to go to, or allow them to open up to other scenes within the city which eventually caused the band to dismantle and each member to go on different routes.

The brain behind the fusion part in H.U.M.O was a producer who had made waves in the underground as a guitarist, vocalist and overall a pioneer in foreseeing the value of adding cultural value to existing genres.

Gux Swadharma, whose real name is Gustavo Torres, became an underground cumbia fusion pioneer in the same ranks of Pernett, Dragao, or Simon Mejia (from Bomba Estereo) although his personal choice went towards academy becoming a University/College professor rather than an active musician which explains why we didn’t really hear from him as much as we would like to.

Fast forward to 2019, Gux Swadharma gets The Candela Machine on full power to unveils his latest track called Cienaga Song in which we find ourselves listening to a mature futuristic roots track that keeps tight relation to the iconic cumbia cienagera.

Download Cienaga Song for #zeropesos or pay what you can option on Bandcamp

Rebelsounds & Latino Resiste present CUERO DIGITAL

The wait is over..
This one brings two active and quiet players to hit a knock out nobody expected!

CUERO DIGITAL, a compilation made by the global activists Rebelsounds and Colombia/Canada Latino Resiste label. which gathers some of the most exciting cumbia players since the digital game started!!
And even better it is set as a FREE DOWNLOAD

Cuero Digital is selection of the most innovative Cumbia producers and some banging tracks from pioneers and new players.

The process, of selection, was very simple as there are not any doubts of the legacy from some of the producers in the compilation.

The opening track, brings Global Bass well known, Maga Bo and Cumbia Queen Petrona Martinez.

Present is also Pernett, whose music has influenced pretty much every cumbiahead in the digital era and even been featured in the grammy award Cumbia de los aburridos by Calle 13, he also has been labeled as one of the most significant additions to Colombia’s neo folklore in the last decade.

Alguacil from dub killer combo is also inside, and he is known for being the guy behind the music of Sargento Garcias’ CUMBIAMUFFIN ALL STARS, alongside Jacobo Velez from La Mojarra Electrica.

Dragao, now going solo, is also featured here, and as a world premiere of his new upcoming album, he drops his track “La luz del sol” as well.; The guy is mostly known for being the composer of Papaya Republik’s music and also Cumbia Rockers All Stars.

One of the most innovative producers is Gux Swadharma, for Cuero Digital he reworks Stereo Mcs hit “Connected” and makes it a dancefloor banger, and the tune features the young cantaora Ailin Calderon, who many people say, can be the next Bomba Estereo, with their project, Candela Machine.

Mexican producer Javier Estrada is also present in the compilation, with his sampuesana-step. Sonido Satanas, show how impressive Mexican Cumbia can be in terms of reaching a radio-wise level while keeping a perfect balance between underground, roots and dancefloor intented composition.

Miami’s Kinky Electric Noise, and Germany’s and TropicalBass very own Andres Digital are widely known for being the best cumbia mashupers in the globe.


And some of the new players like Panela Sound, Dr Guzman, Territorio Comanche, Makina Kandela, or Nahuatl Sound system prove why cumbia is always expanding towards new territories.

Last but not least the ever-shaping Caballo, whose work in pushing cumbia, with cumbia bass beats andsome other cumbia projects landed his Sancocho e’ Tigre release on the hands of Lee Perry’s, Emch, Dubblestandar.. Subatomic Sound System, being the first Digital Cumbia release picked by the iconic Dub, reggae, post dancehall Label.
Here’s a tune with Guatemala’s Dr Guzman

Rebelsounds and LR absolutely proud to release their second LP of 2012, Free, via their website

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Latino Resiste presents Metal Latino

Latino Resiste Presents METAL LATINO


This is a work that has taken us more than 8 months, gathering and checking production styles, subgenres, countries, and “creative” skills. But the most important part is that we want to achieve something more important:

There were two main factors why we decided to do this: even though Metal is huge by itself in their own underground scene, rarely Latino Bands make it outside their own countries, and second, there is a “radicalism” between elitists who barely listen different genres except their own tastes.

Having those factors in mind, we started a selection process from Bands from all over the Continent, From Argentina, to Canada, we travelled and listened to hundreds of bands, each one great at their own, so the selection process was very hard.

Our first pick was Dia de los Muertos.

Because it had everything we needed, great production, amazing sound, but overall, a pure Latino sound: including A FEMALE VOCALIST!!

Our selection included Carcass’ singer (Jeff Walker) huge Collaboration with Dia de los Muertos, but then we changed it to one that we felt could fit better, MALDITO X (from Asesino, Static x) drops his style in SIGO SIENDO EL REY.

Starting the compilation with a song that is THAT strong, we knew we where going thru the right path.
Metal Latino drops 21 tracks, each one represents a whole trend, a whole movement behind, not only the subgenre, but also the effort, production and passion from the bands.

We will drop the info about those 21 indeed, (bottom part of the post) Although some of those MUST BE HIGHLIGHTED, as they represent what Latino Resiste is about. Gathering together well known and unknown people; towards one identity: LATINO UNITY.

Puya/Ankla founder Ramon Ortiz, decided to unveil his very own and unreleased track Resake, a song that blends brutality, virtuosity, and latino roots.

Eutanasia, the iconic band that had almost a two decades hiatus, comes back to unleash all the aggression from 90s thrash death with a 2012 sound.

Colombian Headcrusher , Mexican Here Comes the Kraken, and Chilean Nuclear are here to prove why they are ahead of the game in their own terms.

But the real highlights are the unknown for many, these bands which have to sacrifice their own savings to record. Some have only a computer and a cracked recording software, and still can compete with well known acts.

This is also something we want to be truthful. You will hear all the production differences as is.
A unique approach that keeps Metal for the masses, and elitists.

Experience the whole compilation, and then share it.


METAL LATINO reveals regardless grindcore, black metal, Nu Metal, Thrash, Hardcore, Death, Deathcore, Fusion, or whatever style you find in the compilation, We (Latinos) have a lot to be proud, a lot to still discover between our own continent, a lot of bands to support, either LIVE or RELEASES, and especially.. We sound as good (many times even better) as American/European bands.

The reason why we haven’t reached further, might be between us. Let’s all unite. Latino Resiste!


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Art was made by the Excellent Mexican Artist OMEGAZ
whose style brought an incredible fresh vibe to the Metal Scene, by avoiding the stereotypical “calavera” while keeping it dark

Inside the album you will find Two Wallpapers (click to enlarge)

Now this is How Metal Latino was created:

In August 2011 Latino Resiste opened the spot for a new compilation.
And we had to get in touch with Alfonso Pinzon, who is one of the most relevant Metal Heads in the US scene, whose label Cinismo Records has dropped some of the most wicked discographies.



Dia De Los Muertos, gets two tracks, opening track, and a featuring with Maldito X at number 12. (music submitted by Alfonso Pinzon himself)

Here Comes the Kraken, in the second spot, unveiling all the power of this amazing Mexican band ( music submitted by Tore Rangel)

Canadian/Colombian Therapy for Pain, drops their unique style, (Ex-obscurum was set as Free CC release)

Headcrusher’s Let the blood run is one of the most aggressive metal releases of 2012, and they easily earned a spot, the difficult part was selecting which song from their album. ( Music submitted by Gustavo Valderrama)

Dar Sangre, Axial from Argentina, and Mexican grindcore Nasty Pig Dick set their albums for Free Release, and they were submitted via blog submission.

DNR Brasil are a extreme band, and they are releasing this song Controle Inativo, submitted by the band themselves via METAL LATINO soundcloud.

Eutanasia, returns after two decades, with a new album called We Belong to the Shadows. ( Music allowed by Walter Tamayo)

Puya/Ankla founder Ramon Ortiz, is perhaps, the biggest addition in terms of “name” to the compilation, an amazing artist whose bands have been headliners in ozzfest and working with oscar/grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla among more great achivements, but at the same time humble enough to drop not one, but two tracks, and even greater, an UNRELEASED track

Instrumentos de cuerdas-Ramon Ortiz,bateria y percusion-
Oscar Santiago(grabadas en Redemption Studios,Bayamon,Puerto Rico con Sakko-ingeniero),
producido y mezclado por Ramon Ortiz y Nick Page,masterizado por Kingnaldo,ANKLADO Publishing,BMI 2012.

Next Spot is fullfilled by Decode, an impressive post metal band, featuring members from La Pestilencia, Agony among many others 90’s metal band. This band dropped one of the best metal submission over all. ( Music allowed by Cesar Botero)

Argentinian Leandro Achinelli’s project Leechmaster, is the closest thing to Opeth’s folk side we found in the continent, impressive song, which keeps all the dark side without losing melodic patterns.

Chilean mega Band, NUCLEAR, who have opened for Slayer, Testament and many more also keep it real and they had no problem submitting their song Defleshed. ( Music submitted by Punkto Sudy)

“El Sagrado” from Los Angeles, Originally from Colombia, a four piece Hardcore/Metal band founded in 2.002 and currently formed by: Jhon (Vocals), Alice (Guitar), P├íjaro (Bass) and Mauricio (Drums) The song is called “Asesino” from our cd “Divino Dolor” labeled by Cinismo Records, and also sponsored by Fernandes Guitars, Krank Amps, Hiwatt Amps, Ernie Ball and Coffin Case.

Mexican Black/extreme Metal Erebus Redemption made their way by submitting a great self produced song called the illusion of the 2nd circle, ( Music submitted by the band itself)

S26 from Buenos Aires unleash a song that represents everything we stand for. if you understand spanish:

Sin Salida submitted their anthem Sin Salida ( Submitted by Alejandro Corredor)

Music & Lyrics by Alejandro Corredor
Produced by Sin Salida
Recorded by Alejandro Corredor & Andres Jaramillo
Mixed & Mastered by Alejandro Corredor

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