In 1994, Hermética, a heavy metal band of Argentina, broke up. Bassist Ricardo Iorio formed, one year later, Almafuerte, with guitarist Claudio "El Tano" Marcielo and drummer Claudio Cardacci.ALMAFUERTE GENRES
In 1995 they released their first studio album, Mundo Guanaco, which included songs of both Hermética and of V8(another of Ricardo Iorio's previous bands), and some new ones written by Iorio (most of them dealing to social issues). After the release of their second album, Del Entorno, Cardacci was replaced by Rodolfo Márquez. One year later, Márquez was replaced by Walter Martínez, after a demonstration with his band Vorax. With Martínez they released their first live album En Vida.
In 1998 they released a self-titled album Almafuerte and Profeta en su Tierra, and in 1999 their fifth studio album, A Fondo Blanco.
In 2001, drummer Martínez was replaced by Bin Valencia. In April they released another album, Piedra Libre, with 10 new songs. During the 2001 tour, Iorio's wife, Ana Mourin, committed suicide.
In September of that year, Claudio Marcielo released a solo album titled Puesto En Marcha. Later in December they released their second live album En Vivo, Obras 2001.
In 2003 they released their studio album, Ultimando, followed by Toro y Pampa in 2006.
* Ricardo Iorio - Vocals and Bass (1995 - present)
* Claudio Marcielo - Guitar (1995 - present)
* Bin Valencia - Drums (2000-2006)
* Claudio Cardacci - Drums (1995 - 1996)
* Rodolfo Marquez - Drums (1996 - 1997)
* Walter Martinez - Drums (1997 - 2000)
* Mundo guanaco (1995)
* Del entorno (1996)
* En vida (1997)
* Almafuerte (1998)
* Profeta en su tierra (1998)
* A fondo blanco (1999)
* Piedra libre (2001)
* En vivo, Obras 2001 (2001)
* Ultimando (2003)
* 10 Años (2005)
* Toro y Pampa (2006)
Heavy Metal/Speed Metal
ALMAFUERTE LYRICAL THEMES
Folklore, Nationalism, Personal Thoughts, Society
Argentina (Buenos Aires), formed in 1995
ALMAFUERTE CURRENT RECORD LABEL
ALMAFUERTE CURRENT LINE-UP
Ricardo Iorio - Bass, Vocals, (Acoustic Guitars) (ex-V8 (Arg), ex-Hermética, Claudio Marciello, Iorio y Flavio)
Claudio Marciello - Guitars (Tronador ex El Reloj)
Bin Valencia - Drums (Claudio Marciello)
Beto Ceriotti - Bass (Claudio Marciello)
ALMAFUERTE PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Claudio Cardacci - Drums (ex-A.N.I.M.A.L.)
Rodolfo Marquez - Drums
Walter Martínez - Drums (Vorax)