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Heroes del Silencio started in 1984 as a band named Zumo de Vidrio. The original members were Enrique Bunbury, Juan Valdivia and his brother Pedro. The band changed their name to Heroes del Silencio in 1986. Their break came when they participated in a music contest in Salamanca and became second. EMI producer, Gustavo Montesano, saw the band and signed them.

Their first album, 'Heroe de leyenda', was released in in 1987 and sold 30,000 copies. The following year, the album 'El mar no cesa' was released, featuring the songs 'Mar adentro', 'Agosto' and 'El estanque', and sold 100,000 copies. The supporting tour followed in 1989, was documented for the live album 'En directo'.

In 1990 they released 'Senderos de traicion', that sold 400,000 copies in the first two weeks in Spain alone. The following year they started the tour 'Senda 91' and released another live album, 'Senda 91'. 1992 saw the most important cd in their career, 'El espiritu del vino'. They sold 600,000 copies of this album which was played throughout America. They followed this with a tour for 'El espiritu del vino'. In 1993, Alan Bogulavsky joined the band.

Due to tensions within the band, they took a hiatus and went to Benasque to take a vacation and heal the rifts within the group. After this break they gained a new producer, Bob Ezrin  and in 1995 released 'Avalancha', widely considered their best album. Avalancha was more hard rock than previous albums, with songs like 'Avalancha', 'Deshacer el mundo' and 'Iberia sumergida'. The album was followed by the Avalancha tour in 1995 and 1996, which produced the live album 'Parasiempre'.

The band split in 1996 though this did not prevent the release of the 'Rarezas' album in 1998. In 2007, twenty years after their first album, and eleven years after they split up, the band announced a ten date reunion tour, taking in Guatemala City, Buenos Aires, Monterrey, Ciudad de México, Los Ángeles, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Valencia. The tour was followed by another live album, 'Tour 2007'.

On the web:

- Heroes' official website: http://www.heroesdelsilencio.es

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What do we think:

DB: 'Heroes...' is one of the bigger acts in Spain from the eighties and nineties. As I remember correctly their clips were played a lot on the MTV Europarade and the alternative rock show '120 minutes'. Personally I always found they copied the Anglo American rock sound a bit too much, in favour of getting a fotehold across the ocean. Their most important feature remains however that all lyrics are in Spanish, and they do have that Spanish bravour over them. Their not in my top ten list of favourite European rockbands, but then again they’re too good to be ignored.

Recommended albums:

♪♪♪ - El Espíritu del Vino - 1993

Parasiempre - 1996

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided