Filacteria is currently one of Puerto Rico's most important nu-metal bands. In 2001 they recorded their fisrt CD, "Filacteria". This work summarized the band's musical career from almost its inception (1993). Their first single, "Ciego", became immensely popular, not only in PR, but across Latin America thanks to the Internet. "Ciego" became one of the 5 top metal songs in the Latin American lists in mp3.com and had over 300 downloads from the band's site, www.filacteria.com. During this period, the band placed alongside many important local and international acts, such as Puya, A.N.I.M.A.L., Machete, Slimy Nuggetz, Golpe Justo and Perro Enfermo.
The band was featured on radio, newspaper and magazine interviews. Their first CD received favorable reviews in several websites on PR and abroad (pulsorock.com - PR, oberol.com - Guatemala; zonaunderground.com - Costa Rica; christianpunks.com - USA, frecuenciarock.com - PR, etc.). As word spread of Filacteria's groundbreaking work, they began to assemble an international following. Filacteria has performed abroad twice: in Metanoia Fest V in VitÃ³ria (ES), Brasil (04/10/2004) and Nitro Rock II (07/31/2004) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The band did a 3-city, mini-tour of Brasil in April 2004. They returned to PR with hundreds of new fans and an invitation for Metanoia VI in March 2005. A similar story played in Santo Domingo, where Filacteria performed alongside some of the country's top hard bands. The public anxiously awaits their follow-up visit to release "Paz Interior".
The band's sophomore effort, "Paz Interior", shows a Filacteria that has grown by leaps and bounds, not only musically but also spiritually. The lyrics are both challenging and inspiring. The record can be seen as musical storytelling: a person wishes to escape his/her inner confusion and desperation, thus embarking on a spiritual journey to gain true peace of mind. The music is daring. Influences are diverse: Meshuggah, Soulfly, Nevermore, Puya, Hatebreed, Testament, Anthrax, etc.
Filacteria is one of the most original and identifiable bands in the genre in Puerto Rico and Latin America. Their songs run the gamut from catchy and melodic to extremely technical and aggressive. This versatility allows the band to cater to a very diverse public. The band's live show is a powerful musical and spiritual release. Filacteria live is an intense, dynamic and captivating experience. This combination has earned Filacteria hundreds of followers, not only in PR, but in Latin America as well.
The year 2005 will be a special year for Filacteria. The band is in the lineup for Metanoia Fest VI in Brazil. They are also expected to return to Dominican Republic in support of "Paz Interior". Filacteria has been invited to a tour of Central America that will span six countries: Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Other shows are in the Works in New York and Colombia. Filacteria is also followed in Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, PerÃº and Chile. Their upcoming CD, "Paz Interior", is a highly anticipated release in many of these countries.
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1. Nueva Criatura
5. La Ley
6. Por Amor
7. Lucha - Fuerte
8. DÃ©jate Llevar
9. Paz Interior
11. Ciego (Remix 2004)
12. Sacrifice (2004)