LABERINTO BAND PAGE
A powerful, energetic Metal Hardcore band is born (Below on left
picture, from left to right: Raymundo Ceballos - vocals, Pablo Minoli -
guitar, Richard Rodriguez - guitar, Ruben Sposito - bass, Marco Toro Bernal
– drums). All of them are Venezuelans, except for Uruguayan Pablo
The band gains local popularity by performing at the most important
The sounds of the city of Caracas start oozing into their music.
Buzzing in a local rehearsal studio, they can't resist the temptation to
start fooling around with traditional instruments. This chemistry leads to
a whole new mixture. Metalatino has come into existence!Amsterdam, Holland
1992: The band moved their home base to Europe leaving everything behind.
They started traveling around Europe, and finally chose Amsterdam as the
best city to continue their dreams.1993:
Although Amsterdam had the right vibes for Laberinto and improved their
creativity notoriously, guitarist Richard decided to leave the band and
go back to Venezuela. Later bass player Ruben made the same decision.
Gregorio was living in Amsterdam at that time, and took the place of
Ruben. The band has now only 4 members.1994:
The band managed to perform in the local venues, surprising the
Amsterdam music scene with their revolutionary Metalatino sound.
After an appearance on local television, they joined VIP Agency, who
booked them in clubs around the country.
The band got more organized working with Mike Efstathiu as FOH
soundman, Gabriel (Chicha) Villamizar doing lights and Theunis (El chivo)
Ceballos as stage manager.
Laberinto thought that adding an extra percussionist would seriously
widen their creative scope. Miguel Padron is now the fifth member of
Their first baby, the independent CD "LABERINTO", was released and the
first international steps took the band to Italy, Hungary, Germany and
Europe has been infected with their fusion of multi cultural percussion
with high quality Hardcore Metal. Highlights are the ISLAND MUSIC
FESTIVAL in Budapest, the WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany (where they
created a powerful atmosphere for 10.000 surprised visitors), and an
extensive tour around the Dutch club circuit, with an average of two shows
The band signed with Mascot Records. Their second CD, "PRIORITY", is
TV specials (TMF / VPRO), Radio specials (100th Bad Grrl, together with
Dub War and Channel Zero, live show), amazing press reviews in all
leading Dutch and European music magazines, and a steady following took the
band to an even higher level. Holland, Switzerland, Great Britain,
Denmark and Belgium have met Laberinto.1997:
Laberinto had the privilege of opening the third day of the world
famous DYNAMO OPEN AIR Festival in Eindhoven -Holland. Their sound was the
reason why streams of hung-over youths got out of bed into the pouring
rain on that legendary spring morning. They shared stage with famous
bands like CRADLE OF FILTH, TESTAMENT, MARILYN MANSON, HELMET, TIAMAT,
LIMP BIZKIT, KORN, MACHINE HEAD, SICK OF IT ALL and EXODUS.
They featured on WDR ROCKPALAST, a festival that is broadcasted on and
organized by the leading German TV station WDR. They shared stage with
artist like THE OFFSPRING and H-BLOCK.
At THE BOREC TRINEC FESTIVAL in the Czech Republic they won over 20.000
people to their revolutionary sound.
Like a virus, the spreading of the Laberinto groove cannot be stopped.
Not even the terrible accident that happened to guitar player Pablo
Minoli on the 24th of May could do anything to prevent Laberinto from
keeping going on. Venezuelan guitar player LORENZO NESTA replaces him for
two months while he is in the hospital.
Pablo returned from the hospital for a legendary show at the yearly
BIZARRE FESTIVAL during POPKOMM in Köln - Germany, where Laberinto shared
the stage with bands like FAITH NO MORE, SKUNK ANANSIE, RAMMSTEIN, FOO
FIGHTHER and INCUBUS. The Amsterdam audience gave Pablo a warm welcome
back a little later at a smashing show in THE SCAPE Theatre as
Laberinto joined the yearly Amsterdam UITMARKT (opening festival of the
Amsterdam cultural season).
Marco Toro got an endorsement by REMO Drums and Percussion.1998:
"FREAKEAO" is released in April and is baptized in front of an
enthusiastic Amsterdam crowd at the Escape Theatre. The band did a fantastic
job together with producer Sander Jansen, the new baby sounds even better
than Priority. International press is very impressed by the new album.
After an intense Dutch tour in The Dutch A clubs (supported by
outstanding Dutch band "Frozen Sun"), they went on tour to new European
territories very successfully. Highlights are their first show in Spain on the
ALEN GALICIA Festival (where thousands of people didn't let them leave
without an encore - OTRA! OTRA! - and where they shared stage with
JUNKIE XL, MOONSPELL and NAPALM DEATH), and also a great festival in the
French MULHOUSE, where the show was recorded and broadcasted live on
Internet. But it's not over yet. Their passionate and very contagious sound
The guys took a long holiday with their families in Venezuela. National
TV made a Laberinto special.
Back in Holland they spent most of their time working on new material.
They went touring and played some more festivals.
In April they released the website www.laberinto.nl, complete with
clips and songs.
Laberinto performed at the METROPOLIS FESTIVAL in Rotterdam, visited by
10.000 people. The guys had a great time meeting bands from South
America like TODOS TUS MUERTOS and LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES, and other Latin
bands like OZOMATLI.
They played for the second time the TRICNEC FESTIVAL in the Czech
Republic, this time as headliners. A huge crowd went insane again on the
Metalatino rhythms. They shared stage with bands like KING DIAMOND and THE
In October they played at the prestigious festival "ROCK AL PARQUE" in
Bogotá – Colombia, in front of 100.000 people.
On their way back to Holland from Colombia, the guys stopped for a
while in Caracas and appeared on TV program "EL GARAGE". They also gave a
press conference at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Marco Toro got an endorsement by ZILDJIAN Cymbals. Gregorio and Pablo
got an endorsement by ARIA Bass and Guitars.2000:
In March they recorded a live album at a sold out concert at
Amsterdam's famous concert hall MELKWEG. For the occasion, the band was extended
with a horn section arranged and conducted by Venezuelan trombone
player CHEO ROMERO (Desorden Público) and extra percussionists and
keyboards. The album was released in October and became their last release with
The band worked on their new studio album, "ANOTHER STYLE", produced by
the famous Attie Bauw (Scorpions, Rob Halford and The Gathering). The
album presentation was celebrated with a show in the Melkweg, supported
by AGRESION from Venezuela and RATOS DE PORAO from Brazil.
The guys got their residential permits for the Netherlands!2001:
The Video Clip "NEIGHBOURHOOD" is released, featuring DEF P from Dutch
rap act OSDORP POSSE.
After several gigs in the Dutch circuit, the band had a successful tour
playing at the most important venues in Switzerland and Austria.
Highlights are the A2A Festival in Amsterdam and AUW MOK Festival in Sittard.
In December Marco Toro went to Venezuela and gave several interviews at
important radio and TV stations.2002:
The band released the video clip "ALI BOOMBOJAY".
Laberinto started performing live shows around Europe on a project
called “LABERINTO PLAYING SANTANA'' (booked by DDA Agency), and featuring
special guests MARCOS GOMEZ on the keys and ABEL CAÑIZALES on the guitar
- who became Laberinto's official guitar player later on 2004.
The 6 th of December LABERINTO celebrated their 10 th anniversary in
The Netherlands with a concert called “DECADE IN HOLLAND” at Amsterdam's
famous concert hall MELKWEG.2003:
The band played at some summer festivals and prepared in the rehearsal
room for the final recording session for their 6th album! The album
will be released by the Dutch label BOOMBAX RECORDS. The official release
will be at concert hall MELKWEG in Amsterdam.
The web site was re-designed by Luis Melo (El melón todavía corre) from
MELO VISUAL LAB – Venezuela, and finished by Argentinean Rudy Albano.
In November, after all the hard work, the album "DECADA" was released!
On this album the Laberinto guys express all their experiences,
adventures and memories for the last 10 years they have been outside their
motherland. This production was made by Laberinto and co-produced by
Lourenz Bood. It includes 2 tracks of the song DECADA: the Spanish version
rapped by Gregorio, Marco and Ray, and the Dutch version rapped by Def P
(Osdorp Posse), both tracks produced by Lorenzo Nesta and Jeff Hollie.
Later this year they hit the road, touring around the country
performing winter season shows.2004:
At the end of February Marco Toro and Gregorio go to Venezuela to
promote “DECADA”. They appear on capital radio stations and on the TV
program INTERACTIVO on PUMA TV (National cable TV).
In the meantime, back in Amsterdam, Pablo Minoli, decided to leave the
band for personal matters. Venezuelan guitar player ABEL CAÑIZALES
(Stratus, Cronos, Radio Clip), who was already playing as a special guest
with the guys on the project called Laberinto playing Santana,
permanently replaced Pablo. His first performance was at the "Headway Festival"
on April 4th, where Laberinto was closing the event together with
American band “Watch Tower”.
The new video clip "Come Closer" is released and is being broadcasted
on TV program “ROCK ZONE” (MTV Europe).
In May Laberinto started touring together with legendary Dutch rap act
“OSDORP POSSE”, where Laberinto will be mixing up OP's songs with their
peculiar Metalatino style at some summer festivals across Holland and
Belgium (like big event “NJOY FESTIVAL” on the 12 th of June).