Ekhymosis, is the first band of Juan Esteban AristizÃ¡bal VÃ¡squez (Juanes), along with friends AndrÃ©s GarcÃa, Fernando "Toby" TobÃ³n and JosÃ© David Lopera from MedellÃn. The band formed in 1988 with heavy influences from Metallica and other important metal acts of the 80s.
After some live performances to get known in their city (and more regions of Colombia), the band recorded a demo which included two songs, which described the violence in MedellÃn, injustice due to the deaths of innocent people and problems in Colombia. The demo sold out (thanks to friends and family of the band), and they decided to record another one. This time Ekhymosis had luck: In the studio was a Codiscos representative; she heard and liked the demo and the band signed with the Company.
1993 saw the release of "NiÃ±o Gigante", a heavy metal album that included one of the band's most well known songs: "Solo".