Brazil - São Paulo


                                                                       History and Discography compiled by Pedro Carvalho

One of the greatest Brazilian hardcore bands from the 80's, Lobotomia started in São Paulo in 1984 and after participating in some cassette compilations in the US and Finland, debuted on vinyl with 2 songs on the Ataque Sonoro comp LP. These two tracks already showed a lot of promise, with a straight ahead fast HC mixing European and American influences well.

But the real breakthrough came with their first LP in 1986, the classic Só os Mortos Não Reclamam. Probably more advanced musically than any other Brazilian hardcore record before it, Só os Mortos Não Reclamam sounds way ahead of its time. Taking the "Scandi-core"/Discharge sound one step further by making it darker and adding some metallic cruching guitars, Lobotomia anticipated the 90's metallic crust sound by almost half a decade. But don't worry, this is no crossover or speedmetal album (although that came three years later), just a heavy, dark and greatly played hardcore punk disc. The lyrics were also much better than the average Brazilian punk, dealing in a coherent and articulate manner with all kinds of social and political concerns from that time, from typical anti-world war 3 sentiments to more inspired protests against mental institutions and the opression of the Palestinean people. Oh, and they were the only well known hardcore band in Brazil from that time with a female member, bass player Zezé.

After a great partiicipation on the live comp Independência Ou Morte (with Olho Seco, Nao Religiao and Grinders) in '88, Lobotomia released their second and last record in '89, Nada é Como Parece. With a great cover art depicting an ice cream cup with a real brain instead of the ice actual cream, it's still a pretty good effort, if not as good and groundbreaking as their debut. This time around they followed the international trend and went crossover, but in a D.R.I. vein instead of their earlier Euro sound. Contrary to most hardcore bands that went metal back then, the members themselves didn't grow their hair, in case it matters to you.

After that they broke up and only got back together very recently for a few gigs. I don't really know if this come back is permanent or only for a few gigs though.