V8 was a heavy metal band from Argentina. It was started in 1979 by Ricardo Iorio and Ricardo "Chofa" Moreno, who left the band "Comunión humana" to start a heavy metal one. They made songs and got their first drummer with an advertising in a newspaper. One of their first concerts was with the band WC, and their singer Alberto Zamarbide joined V8 shortly afterwards. When he did so he brought WC's drummer, Gustavo Rowek, with them. Moreno resigned because of health reasons and proposed his replacement, guitarist Osvaldo Civile. Their show in the "B.A. Rock" concert ended in a dispute with the hippies that attended it to see the other bands. Their first LP was "Luchando por el metal", and the second was "Un paso más en la batalla".
The band moved to Brazil during the "Rock in Rio" festival, and stayed for a time with the intention to settle in the country. This started a conflict between them, so Iorio and Zamarbide returned without Civile and Rowek. They got the guitarist Walter Giardino and the drummer Miguel Roldan, but Giardino left the band because of disagreements over the style (V8 was like Motörhead, but Giardino preferred the style of Deep Purple instead). They recorded the last studio album, "El fin de los inicuos", with guitarist Adrian Cenci. The band turned to Christian Metal, and Iorio broke the band as he disliked it.
Although V8 had little recognition in its day, all their former members started more successful bands: Iorio in Hermética and Almafuerte, Civile in Horcas, and the last line-up with a new bassist in Logos. Giardino also had a successful career with Rata Blanca, but has a completely different style and he does not acknowledge his time in V8.
- "Luchando por el metal" (1983)
- "Un paso más en la batalla" (1985)
- "El fin de los inicuos" (1986)
- "Homenaje" (1996)
- Early Installment Weirdness: The songs, written by Ricardo Iorio, frequently mention the Heavy Metal genre. In some years he would never use those words again, in either songs or interviews, and talked instead about "Metal pesado".
- Hating on Monday: The song "Muy cansado estoy" starts talking about this.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: "Luchando por el metal" is just a black cover, with just the logo of the band and the album name.
- Society Marches On: Many things from V8's lyrics are as vigent as ever... except one thing: hippies. Yes, there were hippies when V8 wrote their songs, but nowadays they are extinct and remembered as an icon of times long past. V8's frequent insults to the hippies may sound puzzling to modern audiences that never met a hippie in their lives.
- Start My Own: Iorio and Moreno left the band "Comunidad humana" to start this band.
- Straw Nihilist: "Destrucción talks about not believing in anything or anyone.
- V8 Engine Noises: This was the idea for "Destrucción", the first song of the first LP, but they could not get a V8 engine in time. The engine heard at the start of the song is a Torino instead.