Tarot (1998-present) is a Progressive Metal band from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
ounded in 1998, Tegucigalpa, Honduras act Tarot had its roots in Requiem, a fellow progressive rock act that flourished in Honduras from 1986 to 1992 (not to be confused with the Finnish band of the same name). Requiem, using a fusion of diverse influences and styles, produced highly original music; with elements of Rock, Blues, Symphonic rock and Latin rhythms, making them pioneers in Honduras and leaders of the young musical movement of the decade. Its popularity reached a peak in 1992, with a series of presentations of their rock Opera El Relato De La Zorra, and the international release of two music videos. Following this path, Tarot concentrated exclusively on original material, in a pop rock style, with modern sounds and melodies, and with an energy and professionalism that makes them a popular band in their country.
After the dissolution of Requiem in the mid nineties, the founding members Rene Zelaya (drums), Miguel Matute (guitar) and Roberto Chico (guitar) began to actively participate in different projects for other artists, either as studio musicians or special guests, playing in varied genres and musical styles. The work on these projects lead them to meet with Daniel Guerrero (bass), who after being a member of other local bands, had managed to write several songs with the intent of recording them. The idea was prepare more original material in a Pop-Rock style, and with the addition of Alexis Pineda (ex-Requiem) they were now reformed as Tarot.
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Originally designed as a studio band, Tarot commenced the recording of their songs, work which generated the interest of the local musical community and got them live gigs on the local college circuit and as an opening act for international artists that played in Honduras. Early songs like Al Tercer Dia De Sol and Dame Una Señal started to get airplay, attracting a growing following, who where already requesting the songs in CD form. Being motivated by such interest, the band again entered the studio to complete the recording of the songs which were part of their repertoire, rounding the collection with the addition of their own version of Trapecista De Adobe Y Neon, a classic Requiem song. The recoding commenced while the band members will still engaged in other projects, however, but this proved to be to their benefit by helping the release of their debut album, Y Al Tercer Dia De Sol (2002), under the direction of Miguel Matute and released under his own independent label 'MDM Producciones'. The CD caused an impact in Honduras, with two subsequent singles being released, Espacio Entre Los Dos and Libres Como El Viento, which have received extensive airplay. Tarot has since managed to get international attention, mainly through electronic media and the Internet, being one of the first Honduran bands to be featured in articles and interviews in international music web sites.
Tarot is currently writing material for its second CD.
Footnote: Do not confuse this Tarot with the Finish band of the same name.
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