35 Best Rock Bands From Brazil

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Brazil has one of the most complex and diverse music scenes around the world, as it's the largest country in both South America and Latin America, as well as the world's fifth-largest country by both area and population. Brazil gave birth to many unique music genres, with samba and bossa nova being the most known abroad. But also there are some unique and specific genres developed in Brazil such as manguebeat, pagode, MPB (Música Popular Brasileira, literally "Brazilian Popular Music"), axé, forró, funk carioca, sertanejo, rock gaucho, choro, etc. Such world-famous musicians as Antônio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso and João Gilberto are from Brazil. Famous electronic musicians Amon Tobin and Gui Boratto are Brazilians too.

So we prepared a list of 35 famous rock bands which are from Brazil - check it out below!

And before starting here's the (as always really lengthy) list of honorable mentions that are worth your attention (we put it in an alphabetical order for your comfort - feel free to discover something new). You can skip it just by scrolling down if you want:

  • 14 Bis
  • 2OIS
  • A Banda Mais Bonita da Cidade
  • A Barca do Sol
  • A Bolha
  • A Cor do Som
  • Aborto Elétrico
  • Academia da Berlinda
  • Acústicos & Valvulados
  • AI-5
  • Ancesttral
  • Andralls
  • Andre Matos
  • Apanhador Só
  • Aquaria
  • Armandinho
  • Ashtar
  • Attomica
  • Autoramas
  • Ave Sangria
  • Azymuth
  • Bacamarte
  • Beijo AA Força
  • Baleia
  • Banda Black Rio
  • Banda Reflexu's
  • Bazar Pamplona
  • Beach Lizards
  • Bidê ou Balde
  • Biquini Cavadão
  • Bittencourt Project
  • Bixiga 70
  • Bixo da Seda
  • Black Drawing Chalks
  • Blitz
  • Boca Livre
  • Bonde do Tigrão
  • Boogarins
  • Bullet Bane
  • Burning in Hell
  • Bywar
  • Cássia Eller
  • Cachorro Grande
  • Camisa de Vênus
  • Canastra
  • Candeia
  • Cansei de Ser Sexy
  • Canto dos Malditos na Terra do Nunca
  • Carbona
  • Casa das Máquinas
  • Cascadura
  • Casuarina
  • Cazuza
  • Cérebro Eletrônico
  • Chakal
  • Chiclete Com Banana
  • Chimarruts
  • Chuva Negra
  • Cidadão Instigado
  • Cidadão Quem
  • Cidade Negra
  • Claustrofobia
  • Clube do Balanço
  • Cólera
  • Comadre Fulozinha
  • Condutores de Cadáver
  • Copacabana Club
  • Coquetel Molotov
  • Cordel do Fogo Encantado
  • Dead Fish
  • Demônios Da Garoa
  • Detonautas Roque Clube
  • Devotos
  • DFC
  • Dibob
  • Do Amor
  • Dominatrix
  • Dorsal Atlântica
  • Dr. Sin
  • DragonHeart
  • Ecos Falsos
  • El Efecto
  • Eminence
  • Eterna
  • Eyes of Shiva
  • Extromodos
  • Faichecleres
  • Fake Number
  • Far From Alaska
  • Farofa Carioca
  • Fellini
  • Fino Coletivo
  • Forgotten Boys
  • Garage Fuzz
  • Garotos Podres
  • Garotas Suecas
  • Gloria
  • Graforréia Xilarmônica
  • Gram
  • Graveola
  • Graveola e O Lixo Polifônico
  • Grupo Revelação
  • Hangar
  • Hateen
  • Hevo84
  • Hibria
  • Holger
  • Holocausto
  • Inocentes
  • Insulter
  • Joelho de Porco
  • Jota Quest
  • Jeyson Zímerer
  • Karma
  • Karnak
  • Kassin+2
  • Kid Abelha
  • Korzus
  • Krusader
  • Leela
  • Lobão
  • Lobotomia
  • Los Porongas
  • Ludov
  • Ludovic
  • Luisa Mandou um Beijo
  • Luxúria
  • Macaco Bong
  • Madame Saatan
  • Made in Brazil
  • Maglore
  • Maskavo
  • Massacration
  • Medulla
  • Merda
  • Mestre Ambrósio
  • MindFlow
  • Módulo 1000
  • Móveis Coloniais de Acaju
  • Mombojó
  • Moptop
  • Moto Perpétuo
  • MQN
  • Mukeka di Rato
  • Mundo Livre S/A
  • Mutilator
  • Mystifier
  • Necromancia
  • Nenhum de Nós
  • Nephasth
  • Noturnall
  • NX Zero
  • O Peso
  • O Rappa
  • O Terço
  • Oceania
  • Oficina G3
  • Olho Seco
  • Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
  • Os Brazões
  • Os Cariocas
  • Os Incríveis
  • Os Originais do Samba
  • Os Replicantes
  • Pata de Elefante
  • Pato Fu
  • Patrulha do Espaço
  • Pedra Letícia
  • Pedro Luís e A Parede
  • Pelebrói Não Sei?
  • Pitty
  • Placa Luminosa
  • Planet Hemp
  • Planta e Raiz
  • Plebe Rude
  • Ponto de Equilíbrio
  • Ponto Nulo no Céu
  • Porcos Cegos [Blind Pigs]
  • Power From Hell
  • Project46
  • Pública
  • Pullovers
  • Quarteto Em Cy
  • Quinteto Armorial
  • Rancore
  • Reação Em Cadeia
  • Rebaelliun
  • Relespública
  • Restos de Nada
  • Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti
  • Rock Rocket
  • Rockz
  • Ronei Jorge e os Ladrões de Bicicleta
  • Rosa de Saron
  • Roupa Nova
  • Sá, Rodrix e Guarabyra
  • Sabonetes
  • Sagrado Coração da Terra
  • Scalene
  • Scelerata
  • Scracho
  • Selvagens À Procura de Lei
  • Seu Cuca
  • Sextrash
  • Skowa e a Máfia
  • Som Imaginário
  • Som Nosso de Cada Dia
  • Soulspell
  • Spectrum
  • Strike
  • Supercombo
  • Supercordas
  • Superguidis
  • Symbols
  • Tequila Baby
  • The Feitos
  • The Ordher
  • Thy Light
  • Tianastácia
  • Tihuana
  • Timbalada
  • Tópaz
  • Tonico & Tinoco
  • Torture Squad
  • Tribalistas
  • Tribo de Jah
  • Tribuzy
  • Trio Mocotó
  • Tuatha de Danann
  • Ulster
  • Vanguart
  • Velhas Virgens
  • Velhos e Usados
  • Vera Loca
  • Vespas Mandarinas
  • Vímana
  • Violeta de Outono
  • Violins
  • Virna Lisi
  • Vivendo do Ócio
  • Vulcano
  • Walverdes
  • Wander Wildner
  • Wannabe Jalva
  • Witchhammer
  • Wizards
  • Wry
  • Zander

And here's the actual list:

35. Hurtmold

Hurtmold are an experimental post-rock/math rock band, formed in 1998 in São Paulo. They use different instruments, sometimes custom-made, to create their own sound.

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34. Fresno

Fresno are an alternative/emo rock band from Porto Alegre. They were formed in 1999 by school friends. Fresno won Best New Artist at the MTV Brazil Awards in 2007.

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33. Ratos de Porão

Ratos de Porão are one of the most important Brazilian punk rock bands. They were formed in 1981 as a crust punk/hardcore band, but later their sound changed to crossover thrash metal.

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32. Ira!

Ira! are a post-punk/alternative rock band formed in 1981. Their 1986 album, "Vivendo e Não Aprendendo" (translated as "Living and Not Learning") considered one of the greatest Brazilian rock classics. The band's name is the Portuguese word for "anger."

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31. Skank

Skank were formed in 1991 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Initially intending to mix reggae and dancehall with traditional Brazilian styles, later Skank changed their style closer to a mix of Britpop, alternative rock, psychedelic pop and local movement Clube da Esquina.

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30. Violator

Violator are an old school thrash metal band formed in 2002. Their debut album "Chemical Assault" (2006) was even reissued by cult metal label Earache in 2008.

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29. RPM

RPM (Revoluções por Minuto, "Revolutions per minute" in Brazilian Portuguese) were a successful Brazilian rock/new wave band formed in 1983. The band was extremely popular in the mid-1980s, being considered The Rolling Stones of Brazil. Their live album "Rádio Pirata ao Vivo" was one of the best-selling Brazilian record ever, with more than 2.2 million copies sold.

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28. Nação Zumbi

Nação Zumbi (formerly Chico Science & Nação Zumbi) are a Brazilian band formed by Chico Science. They were one of the most important groups to create a new genre/scene called Manguebeat in the 1990s. In their music they're mixing rock, punk, funk, hip-hop, soul, maracatu and other Pernambuco's regional rhythms and Brazilian traditional music, with heavy use of percussion instruments. The musicians of the group continued as Nação Zumbi after Chico died in a car accident on February 2, 1997.

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27. O Rappa

O Rappa (pronounced "Oh Hah-pah") are a popular Brazilian reggae/rock band from Rio de Janeiro. In their music they combine reggae and rock with elements of funk, hip-hop, samba, etc. They are also known for their socially conscious lyrics; the members themselves work on numerous social projects in the country.

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26. Matanza

Matanza were formed in Rio de Janeiro in 1996. Their music is a blend of hardcore punk, country and heavy metal, thus forming the genre that the media titled "countrycore."

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25. O Teatro Mágico

O Teatro Mágico ("The Magic Theatre") are a musical group formed in 2003 by Fernando Anitelli and his friends. O Teatro Mágico bring music, poetry, circus, theatre, literature, popular culture, and politics all together.

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24. Charlie Brown Jr.

Charlie Brown Jr. were a Brazilian rock band, formed in 1992. The mixed skate punk, reggae, hip-hop, alternative rock, funk, pop rock and more in their music.

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23. Raimundos

Raimundos are a Brazilian band, formed in Brasília, Distrito Federal in 1987. Their genre mixes hardcore and punk rock with elements of forro, a popular type of music and dance from Brazil's northeast.

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22. Mamonas Assassinas

Mamonas Assassinas were a Brazilian comedy rock band. Before gaining popularity, they were called Utopia and focused on progressive rock until vocalist Dinho (Alecsander Alves) joined the band, shifting into what they were known in 1995. Their first and only album, "Mamonas Assassinas" had sold over 2.3 million copies. Their career would come to a tragic end in March 1996, only 8 months after the band's foundation - the plane in which they were flying crashed into the Cantareira mountain range, near São Paulo, causing the death of all the band members.

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21. Ultraje a Rigor

Ultraje a Rigor are a popular Brazilian rock band. Their songs blend a raw pop rock sound with often comedic lyrics that address everything from sex, soccer and relationships to Brazil's corrupt politicians and social tensions.

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20. Viper

Viper, one of the pioneers of metal music in Brazil, were formed in 1985. Their second album, "Theatre of Fate" (1989), was released in Europe, USA and eleven more countries in Asia, including Japan, where Viper reached the top of the charts, ahead of Van Halen and Nirvana. In 1994, the band was invited to open Metallica's Brazilian tour, with 2 historical concerts in Parque Antartica Stadium, for 20.000 people each.

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19. Pato Fu

Pato Fu are a Brazilian band from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais formed in 1992. The band is also famous for their 2010 album "Música de Brinquedo," which was written using only toy instruments. Pato Fu considered one of the 10 best bands out of United States, according to the magazine Time.

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18. Capital Inicial

Capital Inicial are a post-punk/new wave band formed in 1982. They were a huge success in the early and mid-2000s, changing their style to pop rock and being one of the most popular bands in Brazil.

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17. Engenheiros do Hawaii

Engenheiros do Hawaii ("Engineers from/of Hawaii" in English) are a Brazilian rock band formed in Porto Alegre in 1985. In their style they mix a lot of genres including progressive rock, alternative rock, folk rock, new wave, post-punk and pop rock. They achieved great popularity with their ironic, critically charged songs with heavily semantic lyrics often relying on wordplays.

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16. Bacamarte

Bacamarte were formed in 1974 by the multi-instrumentalist Mario Neto and his high-school friends in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The band's self-released debut album "Depois do Fim" (1983) is considered by many one of the best Brazilian progressive rock releases. In 1999 the guitarist Mario Neto released a solo work named "Sete Cidades" as a Bacamarte second album.

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15. Novos Baianos

Novos Baianos were a Brazilian rock and MPB group from Salvador, Bahia in 1969. They are considered one of the most important and revolutionary groups in Brazilian music. The band's album "Acabou Chorare" (1972) was elected in 2007 as the best Brazilian music album of all time.

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14. Almah

Almah are a progressive/power metal band from São Paulo. It was initially established in 2006 as a side project of former Angra's singer Edu Falaschi. Since 2006 Almah have released three albums and has turned from a solo-project into a band with regular activities.

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13. CPM 22

CPM 22, a punk rock/melodic hardcore band brom São Paulo, are one of the most popular bands in Brazil. They started in 1995, and 7 years later they got the award from "Best New Artist" in MTV Video Music Awards Brazil. Then, they recorded their second album "Chegou A Hora de Recomeçar" (2002), which was a big sucess.

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12. Shaman / Shaaman

Shaman were a Brazilian progressive/power metal band formed in 2000 by three musicians who left the band Angra - Andre Matos, Luis Mariutti and Ricardo Confessori. Shaman changed their name to Shaaman in 2005 due to legal reasons, but the issue was solved and they renamed it back to Shaman in 2006.

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11. Secos & Molhados

Secos & Molhados were an innovative Brazilian band formed in 1971. They mixed folk rock, progressive rock, psychedelic pop, MPB and glam rock in their music. Though the band's releleased only 2 albums with its classic lineup (one in 1973 and one in 1974), the band was very successful and remains highly influential. Secos & Molhados also helped launch singer Ney Matogrosso's career. Matogrosso is distinguished for his uncommon countertenor voice and he was ranked by Rolling Stone as the third greatest Brazilian singer of all time. From 1974 onwards, the group remained active with only João Ricardo, the main songwriter, as the only steady member.

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10. Los Hermanos

Los Hermanos were a rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, formed in 1997. The group mixed alternative rock with MPB, samba, folk, etc. Although the band is Brazilian, the name is Spanish, meaning "the brothers."

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9. Angra

Angra are a progressive power metal band from São Paulo, Brazil, formed in 1991. The band is well-known outside of Brazil, especially in Europe and Japan.

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8. Barão Vermelho

Barão Vermelho are a Brazilian band from Rio de Janeiro, formed in 1981. They are considered one of the most influential bands in Brazilian rock.

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7. Krisiun

The most known death metal band from Brazil, Krisiun were formed in 1990. Since their formation they have earned a legendary worldwide reputation for their brutal yeat tecnical death metal style.

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6. Os Paralamas do Sucesso

Os Paralamas do Sucesso (also known simply as Paralamas) are a Brazilian rock band, formed in Seropédica in the late 1970s. In their beginning, the band combined reggae and ska with rock and new wave, but later added horn arrangements and Latin rhythms.

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5. Sarcófago

Sarcófago were a highly influential Brazilian metal band. They were fronted by Sepultura's original singer, Wagner Lamounier, and Geraldo Minelli. The front cover of the band's debut album, "I.N.R.I.," is regarded as a great influence on black metal's corpse paint style make-up. That record is also considered one of the "first wave" albums that helped shape the genre. Their second album, "The Laws of Scourge," was one of the first technical death metal records to be released. They have been quoted as influences by such icons of black metal as Euronymous (Mayhem), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Marko Laiho (Beherit) and Satyr (Satyricon).

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4. Titãs

Titãs are one of the most successful rock bands in Brazil. They were formed in São Paulo in 1981. Though Titãs basically play alternative/pop rock, their music also a lot of other styles throughout their career, such as new wave, punk rock, grunge, MPB, electronic music and more.

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3. Legião Urbana

Legião Urbana (Portuguese for Urban Legion) are one of the most famous Brazilian rock bands. They were formed in 1982 in Brasília, Distrito Federal. Legião Urbana disbanded officially in 1996, after frontman Renato Russo's death, it is to this day one of the most famous Brazilian rock bands.

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2. Os Mutantes

One of the most influential Brazilian bands, Os Mutantes were formed in São Paulo in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias and lead singer Rita Lee. Active during the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s, they took Brazilian music and fused it with British rock and American psychedelia to create a distinctive, unique sound.

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1. Sepultura

Definitely the most known Brazilian band outside of the country, Sepultura were a major force in the thrash metal and groove metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Originally formed as a blackened death/thrash metal band, they later changed style several times, with their later experiments drawing influence from alternative metal, world music, nu metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal. The band's name means "grave" in Portuguese.

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Know more bands from Brazil? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

42 comments sorted by best / new / date

    HugoPan
    Happy to see my country here. very nice list. greetings to all my friends on UG. 
    sweenster
    I became great friends with a group of exchange students from Brazil in college and we used to introduce each other to music while partying at my apartment all the time.  Other than sepultura I didn't know any brazilian bands but they got me into a lot of these artists like O Rappa and Charlie Brown Jr. Brazil has some really great music and great people for sure. 
    thalesmlp
    Great list. People should pay attention to the honorable list, cause there are lots of great bands in there too. It was an awesome research
    thalesmlp
    In Brazil we have a legend that Kiss stole the make up idea from Secos & Molhados. Its probably bullshit, but Its a funny thing we listen once in a while
    punk_kun
    It's also worth mentioning that while the artists in the main list are indeed rock/rock lated, there are some in the honorable mention that are not. Academia da Berlinda is great. Check 'em out. Also Papangu. It's a sludge prog band from Brazil. https://papangu.bandcamp.com/
    Slap-happy
    Does "honourable mentions" really have to include anyone that's played guitar or been near a microphone in the past 40 years?
    BlackDeath92
    Yeah, pretty much. Otherwise, the comments section becomes nothing but "Well, what about _____?!" 
    N-D
    To be honest, there are only well-known bands. And the list of honourable mentions exists for two reasons: 1) to show respect to other great bands that are not on the main list; 2) to help some one who want to explore country's scene further to discover other decent names. Plus, as BlackDeath92 already mentioned, otherwise people usually post comments like "Where's the band X?!!!"
    thalesmlp
    Most of those bands are actually very famous in Brazil. We are talking about one of the largest countries in the world with great variety of cultural expression. It only makes sense It has more honorable mention than iceland.
    ichbler
    You missed Cássia Eller, Necromancia, Ludovic, MQN... They're great!
    chuck.hipolitho
    TEST, Skate Aranha, Bode Preto, Forgotten Boys, Debbie & The Mentals, Der Baum, Water Rats are definitely other contemporary names to check out. Cheers!
    fidsyeah
    You guys should listen to Forte Norte (North Fort, in english) badass brazilian rock. 
    ca6jo11
    Angra and Sepultura did come to mind when I read the headline. Reading the list, I didn't know any other band.
    productions.brain
    Hey Guys... It's a good list, with some wrongs, but normal... you guys really don't know nothing about our music...need to come and saw with your own eyes to feel our music in real, we have a lot of good new bands here... look Boogarins, The Baggios, Bike, Marrakesh, Terno Rei, Ventre, E A Terra Nunca Me Pareceu Tão Distante, FingerFingerrr, Raça among much others. You guys need to heard THE BAGGIOS, the best Brazilian Rock Band in 2016, more than 38 lists of best rock albuns puts "Brutown" on the top, the new album, it's one of the best albums in 2016. Besides the was indicated to APCA 2016 (Best Album of 2016) and Prêmio Bravo! (Best Pop Album 2016), played in Lollapalooza and a lot of important festivals in Brazil, also in México. In next September the guys are going to Canadá, to participate at Pop Montreal 2017.
    jorn67
    Jack the Joker is not on the list. That's Brutal Behaviour from you!
    zack2k
    I really enjoyed Mindflow music, it was the first digital album I bought like 6 years ago, became good friend of the band and constantly talking to the members and PR. sadly the band died though weirdly enough I still have the main Guitarist personal facebook account.
    webou
    After a honorable mentions list as long as Chile, I'm quite surprised to miss Eminence in this article.
    mstrypi
    Some great bands here, don't think it needed to be 35, since half of these popular bands "Capital, Skank, Paralamas" just did translated covers of foreign or american songs. It's a shame really, since we have really decent and creative bands like Los Hermanos, Sepultura and Barao. 
    punk_kun
    Totally wrong. Of course they did covers, but it's not like they're cover bands. Their most well known songs, like most of their catallogue, are their own.
    jmsecxxi
    What about soulfly?
    N-D
    Just copypasted my previous reply "Soulfly were formed in the US. Actually Max Cavalera relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in the early 1990s (even during his Sepultura days). So after leaving Sepultura he formed Soulfly in 1997 with other Arizona-based musicians."
    sdbrown89
    Soulfly?... I guess they're maybe more American than Brazilian...
    N-D
    Soulfly were formed in the US. Actually Max Cavalera relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in the early 1990s (even during his Sepultura days). So after leaving Sepultura he formed Soulfly in 1997 with other Arizona-based musicians.
    srez29
    I've been waiting for this list from Brazil.  Far From Alaska should get more recognition than an honorable mention...
     
     
    thalesmlp
    I liked their album, but I think Its a little repetitive. I get tired listening to It. But they sure have a lot of potential. Looking forward for their next work
    reaper402
    Sorry the google translate english I like Brazilian and rocker I can say that you managed to get the essence of Brazilian rock well, maybe it would change the positions if in case this is a ranking of the best but it was very good.