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Rata Blanca is a classic heavy metal band from Argentina that formed in the 1980s. Its name means "white rat".
The band was founded by Walter Giardino after he left V8. Rata Blanca played together for about two years before their debut on August 15, 1987 in the theater "Luz y Fuerza" in Buenos Aires. They later took part in the "Halley en Obras", along with other bands: Alakrán, JAF and Kamikaze, in 1988. That year they made their debut album with two hits: "Chico Callejero" ("Street Boy") and "El Sueño de la Gitana" ("The Dream of the Gypsy Woman ").
In 1989, Hugo Bistolfi joined the band and then Saúl Blanch left, to be replaced by Adrián Barilari. With that arrangement, the band made its second album Magos, Espadas y Rosas ("Wizards, Swords, and Roses") They released two records between 1989 and 1994 called "Guerrero del Arco Iris" ("Rainbow Warrior") and "El Libro Oculto" ("The Hidden Book"), singer Adrián Barilari left the band being replaced by Mario Ian, with this line-up they released Entre el Cielo y el Infierno ("Between Heaven and Hell"). Later that year, they were invited to play in "Festival Monsters of Rock" in São Paulo, Brazil, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Therapy?, and Alice Cooper. They released yet another albums with new singer Gabriel Marian and keyboard player Javier Retamozo (Hugo Bistolfi left to form the band Alianza with singer Adrian Barilari) called "Rata Blanca VII", the group disbanded in 1998. They regrouped in 2000 to tour Latin America. In recent years they released two more albums, El Camino del Fuego ("The Path of Fire") in 2002 and La Llave de la Puerta Secreta ("The Key to the Secret Door") in 2005. They are currently working on their thirteenth album. The band is heavily influenced by British hard rock bands like Rainbow, Deep Purple and Whitesnake.