Rata Blanca

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Rata Blanca
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Rata Blanca's frontman Adrían Barilari and guitarist Walter Giardino in concert, 2008
Background information
Origin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, neoclassical metal, hard rock
Years active19861997, 2000Present
Labels PolyGram, Ariola, Sony BMG, PopArt Music (Sony), Icarus Music
Associated acts Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White, Mägo de Oz, Rowek, Glenn Hughes, Horcas, Hermética
Website http://www.ratablanca.net/
Members Adrián Barilari
Fernando Scarcella
Walter Giardino
Danilo Moschen
Pablo Motyczak
Past membersSaúl Blanch
Gustavo Rowek
Sergio Berdichevsky
Hugo Bistolfi
Gabriel Marian
Javier Retamozo
Mario Ian
Guillermo Sánchez (†)

Rata Blanca (White Rat in English) is a heavy metal band from Argentina, formed in 1986. It is considered the most famous metal band in its country.

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Walter Giardino during his brief time in V8. V8giardino.jpg
Walter Giardino during his brief time in V8.

The guitarist Walter Giardino replaced Osvaldo Civile in V8 for a little time, and left the band when his songs were rejected. His friend Roberto Cosseddu, bassist of Kamikaze, helped him to record a demo tape with those songs. The drummer Gustavo Rowek, who had also left V8 a short time before, declined his projects with Civile and joined Giardino. The session musicians Rodolfo Cava (singer) and Yulie Ruth (bass player) completed the line-up that recorded the demo. The songs were "Chico callejero", "Rompe el hechizo", "Gente del sur" and "La bruja blanca". Seeking stable members, the band took Saúl Blanch as singer, who was working in the hard rock band Plus. They met the bass player Guillermo Sánchez with the help of Giardino's friend Sergio Berdichevsky, member of WC at that point. [1]

Walter Giardino Argentine musician

Héctor Walter Giardino is an Argentine guitarist, songwriter and leader of the heavy metal and hard rock band Rata Blanca.

Osvaldo Civile Heavy metal guitarrist

Osvaldo Daniel Civile was an Argentine heavy metal guitarist. He was the guitarist for the bands V8 and Horcas.

Kamikaze (band) organization

Kamikaze is an Argentine heavy metal band. Their first LP, No me detendrán!, was released in 1988. Their second work had low sales because of the hyperinflation that plagued the country, and the band broke up after the third CD. They had a brief reunion in 2003 for a pair of concerts, and a stable reunion in 2011.

Rata Blanca made their first concert on August 15, 1987 in the Luz y Fuerza theater. Saúl Blanch left the band, and he was replaced by Carlos Périgo, who composed the song "Días Duros". Périgo left the band soon after that. Rodolfo Cava returned for a brief time, and Shito Molina got ill and could not sing anymore. As the band was about to record their first album and needed a singer immediately, Saúl Blanch returned to the band and helped record it. The album Rata Blanca was released in 1988, with nine songs. [1] On that year they took part in the "Halley en Obras" concert, along with Alakrán, JAF and Kamikaze.

<i>Rata Blanca</i> (album) 1988 studio album by Rata Blanca

Rata Blanca is the first album by the Argentine metal band of the same name recorded in 1988 by Polygram.


Polygram requested that the band could create an album which would have high sales in the first semester to renew the contract, and the band made fourfold the required number of sales. The keyboard player Hugo Bistolfi joined the band in 1989, and the singer Adrián Barilari replaced Saúl Blanch. The band subsequently made their second album Magos, espadas y rosas , which contained the popular songs "Mujer amante" and "La leyenda del hada y el mago". It was a successful release, and in its wake the band appeared in the TV show Ritmo de la Noche , and played in cumbia concert halls because typical rock venues could not accommodate their large audiences. [1]

Adrián Barilari singer

Adrián Eduardo Barilari is an Argentine singer best known as the vocalist of the heavy metal and hard rock band Rata Blanca. He also has his own solo band.

<i>Magos, espadas y rosas</i> 1990 studio album by Rata Blanca

Magos, Espadas y Rosas is the second album by Argentine metal band Rata Blanca. The album was released in 1990 by PolyGram and is one of the best-selling albums of Latin-American rock.

Argentine cumbia is an umbrella term that comprises several distinct trends within the same tradition: the dance and music style known as cumbia in Argentina.

The album was followed by "Guerrero del Arco Iris", and a concert at the José Amalfitani stadium. The band ended their contract with Polygram recording a live album, made at the Opera Theater with an orchestra, [2] but this album was released years later. Once in BMG they made an EP called "El Libro Oculto". This work was more aggressive, both in instrumental style and lyrical style, as a result of the criticism from heavy metal fans towards the band.

<i>El Libro Oculto</i> 1993 EP by Rata Blanca

El Libro Oculto is the fourth album by Argentine metal band Rata Blanca. The album was recorded in 1993 in Spain. The album has a heavier sound than previous albums. After recording this album vocalist Adrián Barilari and keyboardist Hugo Bistolfi left the band. Both Barilari and Bistolfi later founded Alianza.

Changes in lineup and reunion

Barilari did not like the new style found in "El Libro Oculto" and left the band after a concert in Obras. [1] Bistolfi followed him, and both of them created the band Alianza.

Alianza was an Argentine hard rock band, with former members of Rata Blanca.

Barilari and Bistolfi were replaced by Mario Ian on vocals and Javier Retamozo on keyboards. With this line-up they released Entre el Cielo y el Infierno ("Between Heaven and Hell"). Later that year, they were invited to play in the "Festival Monsters of Rock" in São Paulo, Brazil, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Therapy?, and Alice Cooper.[ citation needed ] They released another album with new singer Gabriel Marian called "Rata Blanca VII". The group disbanded in late 1997. Gustavo Rowek and Sergio Berdichevsky created the band Nativo, and Giardino continued with Walter Giardino Temple.

Barilari and Bistolfi were invited to a concert of Walter Giardino Temple in 2000, which led to a reunion of the band. Rowek and Berdichevsky refused to be part of the reunion. The radio La Mega aired frequently the old "Mujer amante" song, generating a renewed interest in the band. The new album, El camino del fuego , released in 2002, was a huge success. Its follow-up, the 2005 album La Llave de la Puerta Secreta had great sales and went into Gold even before being officially released. [3]

Rata Blanca played with famous member of Deep Purple Glenn Hughes as a guest at the Gran Rex Theater, in 2003. They played the band's hits as well as Deep Purple's classic songs. In order to gain a more international profile, Giardino approached former Rainbow singer Doogie White to record an English version of the Forgotten Kingdom album in 2009. [4]

Doogie White recorded an English versions of El Reino Olvidado Doogie White - MSG.jpg
Doogie White recorded an English versions of El Reino Olvidado


Early in 2010, Rata Blanca historical keyboardist Hugo Bistolfi left the band and was replaced by Danilo Moschen, a former member of Barilari's soloist band.

In 2013, original members Gustavo Rowek, Sergio Berdichevsky and Saul Blanch reunited with Rata Blanca for some presentations. In 2015 Rata Blanca released their tenth studio album, Tormenta Eléctrica .

In May 2017, bassplayer Guillermo Sánchez died due to sepsis. [5] A few days before, singer Adrián Barilari announced that Guillermo was in poor health condition.


2010-2017 line-up, from left to right; Fernando Scarcella, Guillermo Sanchez, Walter Giardino, Danilo Moschen and Adrian Barilari Rata-blanca-teatro-vorterix.jpg
2010-2017 line-up, from left to right; Fernando Scarcella, Guillermo Sánchez, Walter Giardino, Danilo Moschen and Adrián Barilari

Current lineup

Past Members

Live Members


Rata Blanca


Studio albums

Live and compilation albums


Cover versions

Spain's Mägo de Oz recorded a version of "Mujer amante".

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