One of several bands to adopt this popular moniker worldwide, the Brazilian group named Avenger was formed in 1983 and merits distinction mostly for being one of that country's first heavy metal acts to be recorded -- contributing two songs to the following year's poorly produced but still landmark compilation S.P. Metal. Hailing from the megalopolis of São Paulo (hence their eligibility for said release), Avenger consisted of vocalist Paulo, standout guitarist Roberto, bassist Luiz, and drummer Gilson, and toured sporadically behind a mix of originals and Judas Priest and Metallica covers. Like most early Brazilian metal bands, Avenger wrote lyrics in their native Portuguese, therefore limiting their chances of international exposure and opening the doors for English-speaking younger acts like Sepultura and Viper to overtake them in the years that followed. As for Avenger, they only managed to record one more song, "Usinas Nucleares," for the São Power compilation in 1986 before fading into obscurity.
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