Wdê Nnãkrda

Arandu Arakuaa

Some of my foreign friends into Metal scene always ask me about Brazilian Metal bands; […]
October 7, 2015
Arandu Arakuaa - Wdê Nnãkrda album cover

Some of my foreign friends into Metal scene always ask me about Brazilian Metal bands; a matter that some always ask is why we don't use our culture in lyrical and musical aspects. Yes, they are right, for my people have many bad habits, including leaving aside the culture of the first peoples on America. Yes, we assimilated the European and African cultures into our daily lives, but culture from the South American Indians is commonly left aside. It's a great shame for this country that our politicians say that belongs to all - all, but not our Indians.

But things are changing here; there are bands that are rescuing our Indian culture, as MIASTHENIA (but only on lyrics). Music these guys make is the Black Metal all of you know, and adding our greatest pride into - what we can call Brazilian Folk Metal - ARANDU ARAKUAA. Yes, they are really rescuing the music and culture of our Indians and creating a new way into Metal. If on their first work, 2013's "Kó Yby Oré", the thing seems to be very good, on their new work, "Wdê Nnãkrda", they evolved a lot and spam the things more and more.

Yes, their mix between Metal (both with traditional and extreme elements) with native aspects of Indian music from Brazil is something great, and a fine cultural rescue. In musical aspects, this is something really new and different from anything you can think of. It's a completely new experience into Metal, with the use of many regional instruments from Brazil (so I couldn't translate their names to English, because there's no way I can do it). Only the audition of the entire album can explain what they do, no words could describe this.

Having Caio Duarte (vocalist and the mastermind behind DYNAHEAD) doing the sound production; the sound quality that flows from the speakers is good, with aggressive aspects sounding harsh and abrasive, and clean ones are in a very good shape as well, but always with very good weight. The artwork done by Natalie and Bianca Duarte is very good, remind us a lot from the feminine aspect of the nature (a thing extremely important for the Indian cultures of Brazil).

Singing with lyrics using languages from the pre-Columbian people from Brazil as Akwẽ Xerente, Hêwaka Waktû, Tupi, Xavante, and one of them on Brazilian Portuguese ("Povo Vermelho", which means "Red People"), and with a total new insight on musical work, the band is extremely good.

As their finest moments, we can get "Nhanduguasu" (with very aggressive riffs on its beginning, but soon some beautiful clean moments with female vocals appear), the wonderful and melodic "Hêwaka Waktû" (with great job done by harsh male voices and very good rhythmic changes), "Iwapru" (another very aggressive song, with a fine and tender moment using influences from Chorinho music), and "Povo Vermelho", a bit more slower and bitter than the previous songs, closing the album in a very good shape.

A very good name, with an original work. Hear it, and you'll understand clearly from where tribal influences that all of you heard on SEPULTURA's "Roots" came from.

10 / 10


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"Wdê Nnãkrda" Track-listing:

1. Watô Akwe
2. Nhanduguasu
3. Hêwaka Waktû
4. Dasihãzumze
5. Padi
6. Wawã
7. Iwapru
8. Nhanderú
9. Ipredu
10. Sumarã
11. Povo Vermelho

Arandu Arakuaa Lineup:

Nájila Cristina - Vocals, Maracá
Zândhio Aquino - Guitars, Caipira Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Maracá
Saulo Lucena - Bass, Backing Vocals, Maracá
Adriano Ferreira - Drums, Percussion

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