Genre: Metal, Thrash Metal
1: an East Indian tree and/or lotus
2: a common Hindu name, derived from the lotus plant
3: a Brazilian thrash metal band that otherwise can not be defined by words alone
Just when you think you know what Kamala is all about, suddenly, you don’t anymore. That’s one of the secrets to this aggressive, dynamic, ever-evolving group of talented musicians. Kamala plays things in extreme fashion, that’s all part of being a thrash metal band. They’ve been compared to Gojira, Sepultura, Machine Head, and In Flames. But unlike their peers, predecessors, and contemporaries, Kamala is relentlessly pushing the boundaries of their genre while staying true to the sound that has been attracting fans and other musicians to them for years.
The members of Kamala, guitarist and vocalist Raphael Olmos, bassist Diego Valente, drummer Nicolas Andrade, and guitarist/backing vocalist Andreas Dehn, all picked up and began playing their respective instruments by the time they were thirteen years old. It would be a journey of many miles and many years until they would all come together. With the exception of Dehn, who is from Mainz, Germany, the group was born in Campinas, in the Sao Paulo state of Brazil, where the band is now based out of as well.
At its core, the music of Kamala is thrash metal in every sense of the term, from the roaring guitars to the breakneck drumming, to the guttural, primal vocal growls. The distinction within Kamala and their music is in how they built off of that foundation. The band incorporates different ethnical elements into their music. For example, Kamala has utilized samples of the sitar and Mongolian throat singing to introduce diverse cultural atmospheres to their metal sound. And their live performances showcase such an astounding degree of energy that they’ve caught the eye of and shared the stage with bands such as Sepultura, Torture Squad, Almah, and former Iron Maiden vocalists, Paul Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley.
In 2012, Kamala released their third album, and first with their current line-up, The Seven Deadly Chakras. By continuing to develop their ethnically diverse sound, this new album proves to be the most exciting yet, as evidenced by the track, “Solar Plexus” and its upcoming music video. Part of the making of the album was filmed for their YouTube channel, where a great deal of other Kamala material can be enjoyed and experienced.
Official Website: www.kamala1.net
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/KamalaMetalTV