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Cuban band Escape need help attending SXSW 2013

Escape to SXSW

SXSW (South by South-West), the annual music, film, and interactive conference/festival held in Austin, Texas every year, is kind of a big deal. It’s an opportunity for labels to showcase their rosters or to scout new talent, and for journalists to get the early scoop – and for everyone to get hilariously drunk – but most of all for bands to showcase their talent and get themselves and their music noticed.

I am one for a great movement or story behind a band’s music, and very rarely does the story get larger than international relations. It is a well known fact that Cuba and the United States have been at odds since October of 1960 when the trade embargo ( or el bloqueo) took effect and stalled any kind of positive relationship between the countries.

All this history and Fidel Castro aside, there is a bright spot for the metal world currently residing on that island nation, and one that happened to get an invitation to perform at SXSW. Much like the band’s name, what they would like to do is Escape.

Escape are a group that exude a number of similarities to the likes of Pantera and Dino Cazares‘ American-born, Mexican-styled extreme outfit Brujeria, as well as a host of symphonic, black and death metal bands – all on top of a hardcore foundation; essentially, this band is not to be missed.

Were their music not up to snuff, this would be nothing more than a copy pasta-palooza of an article, yet their most recent album La Hora De La Veridad is something quite special; as a matter of fact the band feels it is special enough to offer to you all for free here.

In order for the band to be able to travel from Cuba to Austin they will need appropriate funds, and by purchasing this compilation called The Red Album (an obvious reference to the communism of their native country) they will land on US soil and show this country that bands can indeed rise from the ashes of tyranny.

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