Put the date in your diaries... 24th April. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Peruvian Black / Death Metal outfit Two Face Sinner unleash their third torrent of barbaric and bestial compositions through Non Serviam Records. The group has been around since 2006 and have had a few line-up changes, most recently the recruitment of bassist Set, but with each new member comes a new lease of life.
For Two Face Sinner, they feel that they are ready to smash the international metal market wide open and let the world know that the Peruvian Metal scene is alive and kicking. With their impending album, they hope to push onward and break new ground, GMA spoke to vocalist / guitarist Numa about the new album, what support they have in their national metal scene and the challenges Peruvian Metal bands tend to face.
Guys for those who have not heard of Two Face Sinner, could you give us a brief history of the band?
"Everything started in 2006, recording stuff that we were writing since 2004, after several rehearsal sessions we entered the studio to record and release a digital demo through MySpace at that time. After listening to 3 songs that we had posted, we received a proposal from this local producer to release our first record, after some changes in the line up, we completed 10 songs that would be included in our debut album. We had our debut show in 2008 supporting Rotting Christ and several local dates followed that, like some great supporting shows for Belphegor, Nargaroth and God Dethroned. Our debut album was released in 2010, we had an uninterrupted path since the beginning, with two more releases to our credit."
Your set to release your 3rd album "Spiritual Nemesis” at the end of the month, what did you do differently compared to your previous album?
"I think we have reached the sound level needed to hit the worldwide market, musically it is a challenging album because we tried to be as darkest, melancholic and brutal as possible; you will notice that as soon as the first song starts playing on the CD - I feel our past album is like strong tentacles, but "Spiritual Nemesis" would be the main carcass. This album took two years to be created, we faced a lot of difficulties and we learned a lot about musical production facts, it was a very enriching experience."
Tell us more about the Peruvian Metal scene, what challenges are there, when did it start, what venues, labels, distro's, festivals, etc are there?
"We have good bands in Peru, some of them have toured Europe over the past few years. I think the most challenging aspect is the lack of empathy in the scene, most of the bangers are divided, we are not a too big scene and all that division is not good for us. We have labels such as, Austral Holocaust, Gate Of Horror, Thrashirts and many more, two of them released our past albums. We have this metal zine called Cuero Negro, that comes from the 80’s and some big festivals like Lima Metal Fest or Metal Worldwide."
What are the challenges that Peruvian Metal bands face nowadays (excluding COVID-19)?
"There are a lot, the main one would be that there will be no shows in Peru this year, plus some rehearsal rooms are not opening due to this social distancing thing, like all is being reduced to social media exposing, releases, sales and propaganda."
It seems that the more extreme styles of metal are popular in Peru, what is your opinion on that?
"Peruvian metalheads are very traditional when it comes to metal, I believe it is because of the huge influence that South America had in early worldwide extreme metal, it’s more like a collective subconscious."
For metalheads visiting Lima, what sights or attractions could you recommend (under normal conditions)?
"I would recommend the Catacombs, Machu Picchu and Chan Chan ruins, fully historical places."
What are your plans for the rest of the year (COVID-19 dependant) and were there any plans postponed / cancelled?
"We planned a couple of videos, we had already planned a release concert for the new album that will not be possible at least for 2020, we are already writing new music in this lockdown period, and this tear marks a decade since our debut album so we plan to do something special too, let's see what it could be."
Do you have any greetings / thanks you wish to send out to friends, family, etc?
"We mainly have to thank Ricardo Gelok at Non Serviam Records for honouring us with this great opportunity to reach the world across his label and you, for putting your interest in the band, it means a lot to us, we appreciate it, thank you so much. Ave Sathanas."
South America is awash with many metal bands, some of which have become established in the international arena:- Brazil's Sepultura (of course), Venezuela's Culture Tres, Argentina's Skiltron, etc., but even in the lesser known metal scenes there are bands making a name for themselves across their respective continent.
And of course those bands who do make it internationally aren't always the best sounding, some of the most underground bands are better than the successful, ironic no? Anyway the point is the underground has a breadth of talent that most of the time gets ignored by the masses in favour of established bands and that's why GMA prides itself in giving coverage to bands on all six continents.
Anima from Peru are the latest band to be interrogated by GMA, fresh on the block this quintet sing in Spanish and English and play Hard Rock / Heavy Metal. But what makes this band tick exactly? Alvaro Bueno Triveño [AT} and Diego Adrián Bueno Triveño [DT] were more than happy to share their world with us... from Lima with love.