Dedicated to the Portuguese Metal scene from the 80s up to the 90s.
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Xeque-Mate formed in 1979, in Porto. Francisco Soares vocals, António Soares guitar, Aurélio Santos bass and Joaquim Fernandes drums were theoriginalline up. After several months of rehearsing the bandgoes toLisbon,to record a 6 track demo at theArnaldo Trindade studios. From the 6 tracks wereextracted "Vampiro Da Uva" and "Entornei o Molho", to bereleased as a single in May 1981, throughthe label Metro-Som. The singlegot goodratings in thenationalcharts. Followed byseveralliveperformances and a appearance on national TV RTP2. They participated on the Grande Maratona do Rock Português (Great Marathon of the Portuguese Rock), along with Jarojupe, Bico d`Obra, NZZN, TNT and manyothers. The 3 days marathon was organizedby the former newspaper Musicalíssimo, between December 18th and 20th 1981 at the Pavilhão do Cevadeiro, in Vila Franca De Xira.Two yearslater,Aurélio Santos leavesthe group, due to incompatibility, José Queirós replaces him. The bandheadsagainto Lisbon,where they enteredtheAngel studios. On their own and with the help of Álvaro Azevedo, they recorded and mastered injust a week about 15 songs. Xeque-Mate makes several attemptson alllabelsfor the purpose ofreleasing theirfirst long playing. Meanwhile Paulo Barros (Tarântula) joins the group as second guitar only to reinforce the band live.Xeque Mate opens for British bands Diamond Head on May 12th 1984 at the Pavillion Infante Sagres, Porto.December 15th 1984, they performat the very first Portuguese Heavy MetalFestival, inSanto Antonio dos Cavaleiros, along with Mac Zac, STS Paranoid, Sepulcro and others. In the following year the album"Em Nome do Pai, do Filho... e do Rock`n`Roll" is finally released, through Horizonte Records. At the beginning of 1986 Kim replaces Joaquim Fernandes on drums and Paulo Barros steps outforhis bandTarântula. In April 25th 1986 Xeque performed live at the Rock Rendez Vous, introducingakeyboardistin the band. They split up in 1989. Xeque-Mate meet again in 2007 for a reunion show... and they still playing live.