"Poderoso Como El Trueno," OBUS's 1984 release, stands as a defining chapter in Spanish heavy metal. Produced by Luis Soler and recorded at Escorpio Studios, the album's thunderous sound and socially charged lyrics solidified OBUS as heavy metal pioneers. With striking artwork by Vicente Sánchez, the LP remains a timeless classic, showcasing the band's evolution and leaving an indelible mark on Spain's metal landscape.
The album: "OBUS - Poderoso Como El Trueno 12" LP" was produced by: Luis Soler
This album was recorded at: Escorpio Studios
In the heart of the 1980s Spanish heavy metal scene, a thunderous force emerged in the form of "Poderoso Como El Trueno," the second full-length album from the iconic band OBUS. Released in 1984, this 12" Vinyl LP Album not only showcased the band's musical evolution but also solidified their status as one of Spain's heavy metal pioneers.
OBUS: Forging a Path in Spanish Heavy Metal
Formed in Madrid in 1981, OBUS, led by Francisco José "Fortu" Sánchez and Francisco Laguna, quickly became a prominent figure in the burgeoning Spanish heavy metal landscape. With their debut album "Prepárate" (1982), OBUS laid the groundwork for their distinctive sound, setting the stage for the thunderous release that would follow.
The Making of "Poderoso Como El Trueno":
"Poderoso Como El Trueno," translated to "Powerful as Thunder," marked a significant chapter in OBUS' discography. Produced by Luis Soler and recorded at Escorpio Studios, the album was a testament to the band's dedication to refining their sound and pushing the boundaries of Spanish heavy metal.
Visual Impact: The Album Artwork
The visual identity of "Poderoso Como El Trueno" was as impactful as the music itself. The album cover, designed by renowned artist Vicente Sánchez, captured the essence of OBUS' thunderous sound with striking imagery. The artwork became synonymous with the band's image, contributing to the album's overall visual impact.
Legacy and Influence:
"Poderoso Como El Trueno" not only solidified OBUS' presence in the Spanish heavy metal scene but also left an indelible mark on the genre. The album's powerful melodies, socially charged lyrics, and the band's charismatic stage presence contributed to its enduring legacy. Decades later, OBUS continues to be celebrated for their contribution to the evolution of Spanish heavy metal, with "Poderoso Como El Trueno" standing tall as a timeless classic.
Spanish Heavy Metal
Mausoleum Records – SKULL 8343
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Fortu Sánchez (real-name: Fructuoso Sánchez Prado) - Singer, best known as singer in the Spanish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Obus. Here is a timeline showing in which Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands he performed during his career 1979-1980 Union Pacific 1981-1991 Obus 1995-1996 Saratoga 1996-Today Obus
Fernando Sánchez - Drums, best known as member of the Spanish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band "Obus". Here is a timeline showing in which Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands he performed during his career 1980 Union Pacific 1981-1991 Obus 1983 Santa 1991 El Club 1991-1996 Venganza 1996-2008 Obus
Paco Laguna - (real-name: Francisco Laguna Morillo) Guitarist and mainly known as being a musician with the Spanish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band "Obus", here is a timeline showing in which Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands he performed during his career1978-1979 Tope 1978-1979 Madrid 20/Red Bix 1979-1980 Union Pacific 1980-1991 Obus 1996-Today Obus
Juan Luis Serrano - Bass guitar player and best known for being bass player with the Spanish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band "Obus". This is a timeline showing in which Heavy Metal/Hard Rock bands he performed during his career 1972-1973 Akelarre 1973-1975 Ilusión 1980 Madrid 20/Red Box 1980-1991 Obus 1996-2004 Obus 1983 Santa 1991-1993 Venganza
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
OBUS is a Spanish heavy metal band formed in Madrid in 1980. The band is considered one of the pioneers of Spanish heavy metal and has had a significant impact on the country's music scene.
The band was formed in 1980 by bassist Fernando Sánchez and drummer Francisco Laguna. The original lineup also included vocalist Juan Luis Serrano and guitarist Paco Laguna. The band's name was inspired by a Russian anti-aircraft gun called "OBUShka."
OBUS released their first album, "Prepárate," in 1981, which became a success in Spain. The album featured songs such as "Va A Estallar El Obús" and "Autopista," which became classics of Spanish heavy metal.
The band's second album, "Poderoso Como El Trueno," was released in 1985 and cemented their status as one of the leading bands in the Spanish heavy metal scene. The album featured hits such as "Vamos Muy Bien" and "Dinero, Dinero."
OBUS continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including "El Que Más" (1986), "Dejarse La Piel" (1988), "Otra Noche En La Ciudad" (1991), and "Desde El Fondo Del Abismo" (1994).
In the late 1990s, the band went on hiatus, but they reunited in 2000 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They released a live album, "Directo Al Rock And Roll," in 2002 and a new studio album, "Juego Sucio," in 2003.
OBUS's music is heavily influenced by classic heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Their sound is characterized by heavy riffs, powerful vocals, and catchy choruses.
The band's lyrics often deal with social issues, such as corruption, inequality, and urban decay. They also explore themes of love, passion, and the human condition.
OBUS's music has been described as "uncompromising" and "straightforward." They are known for their energetic live performances and their ability to connect with their audience.
OBUS's influence on the Spanish music scene cannot be overstated. They were one of the first Spanish bands to embrace heavy metal and helped to establish the genre in the country.
Their success paved the way for other Spanish heavy metal bands, such as Barón Rojo and Ángeles Del Infierno. OBUS's music has also influenced other Spanish rock bands, such as Héroes Del Silencio and Extremoduro.
The band's impact on the Spanish music scene has been recognized with numerous awards, including the "Heavy Metal Nacional" award in 2001 and the "Rock Nacional" award in 2002.
Chapa Discos / Serdisco ZL-663 , 1986 , Spain
Released in 1986, OBUS' "Dejarse la Piel / Sigue Corriendo" is a Spanish heavy metal classic. The band's third studio album, produced by Oscar Clavel, blends traditional heavy metal with socio-political lyrics, capturing the spirit of 1980s Spain. The LP's striking artwork by Vicente Sánchez adds visual impact. OBUS' resilience and musical prowess shine, cementing the album as a timeless gem in Spanish heavy metal history.Show Details
Mausoleum Records SKULL 8347 , Belgium
Obus is a Spanish hard rock band that formed in Madrid in 1980. The band is known for their high-energy performances and powerful guitar riffs. Their third studio album, "El Que Mas," was released in 1984 on vinyl LP and quickly became a commercial success in Spain.
"El Que Mas" was a commercial and critical success in Spain, and helped establish Obus as one of the leading bands in the Spanish hard rock scene. The album's high-energy performances and catchy choruses made it a favorite among fans, and the band's electrifying live shows drew large crowds across the country.Show Details
Mausoleum Records – SKULL 8343 , 1984 , Belgium
"Poderoso Como El Trueno," OBUS's 1984 release, stands as a defining chapter in Spanish heavy metal. Produced by Luis Soler and recorded at Escorpio Studios, the album's thunderous sound and socially charged lyrics solidified OBUS as heavy metal pioneers. With striking artwork by Vicente Sánchez, the LP remains a timeless classic, showcasing the band's evolution and leaving an indelible mark on Spain's metal landscape.Show Details