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The Brazilian band Bacamarte, led by guitarist Mario Neto, obtained a cult following of sorts for their 1983 record, Depois do Fim, which featured the group's mixture of progressive rock with Brazilian…
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The Brazilian band Bacamarte, led by guitarist Mario Neto, obtained a cult following of sorts for their 1983 record, Depois do Fim, which featured the group's mixture of progressive rock with Brazilian folk influences. Although the group broke up following their one album, a re-interest in the 1990s brought the group back together, and in 1999, they released their second album, Sete Cidades.

Mario Neto formed the first incarnation of Bacamarte in 1974 when he was 14 and wanted a group to play his compositions, a mixture of classical music with rock, jazz, and Brazilian folk. Adding Sergio Villarim (keyboards), the duo called themselves Bacamarte after the Brazilian word for a gun which cannot fire. The band was completed with the addition of Vinicius de Oliveira (bass), Nelson Paiva (drums), and Hugo Lacerda (vocals). The group played concerts at high schools and universities in Brazil with much success. However, Neto disbanded the first incarnation of the band as he found the group too young and inexperienced.

By 1977, a new lineup of Bacamarte featuring Neto, Jose Lourenco (keyboards), Delto Simas (bass), Marco Verissimo (drums), Marcus Moura (flute and accordion), and Mr. Paul (percussion), toured Brazil. Villarim returned and replaced Lourenco in 1978, and the group produced a demo tape which Neto then sat on for a more hospitable musical climate to arrive, as it was then the era of disco. In 1982, Brazilian DJ Amaury Santos played the tape on the radio and the group suddenly found themselves in demand. In 1983, the first Bacamarte LP, Depois do Fim, was released. By this point Simas had left the group and was replaced by William Murray and Mario Leme had taken over on drums. Featuring female guest signers on half the tracks, the album sold around 10,000 copies in Brazil and found some success abroad.

However, family troubles stopped the band from touring Europe and Bacamarte soon disbanded. Neto returned to composing and teaching guitar for the next decade, but in 1995, Depois du Fim, which had garnered a cult following, was re-released on CD. Bacamarte then reformed for a series of concerts. An album credited to both Bacamarte and Neto, Sete Cidades, was released in 1999.