Passport to Hell: Critical Studies on Peruvian Metal unveils the vibrant and thriving world of Peruvian metal. As the first of its kind, this book brings together a collection of Peruvian scholars, providing a long-overdue spotlight on a musical realm often overlooked in the international conversation.
This comprehensive work offers a critical examination of Peruvian metal, challenging preconceived, universal notions regarding the nature of metal and stressing the uniqueness of the local scenes that have received and transformed the sounds and cultures of the global north to make them their own.
This book expands the boundaries of metal scholarship by showcasing the connection between world metal narratives and the distinctive social fabric of Peru by giving voice to the identity, resistance, and cultural expressions in the metal world. It offers an invitation to discover a world that has long been marginalized, elevating Peruvian metal to its rightful place in the international conversation and celebrating the resilience and creativity of its artists.
José Ignacio López Ramírez Gastón is a sound artist and music researcher residing in Lima. He holds a PhD in Music from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and is currently Director of the Dirección de Innovación y Transferencia Tecnológica at the Universidad Nacional de Música.
List of Figures and Tables
A Long-awaited Introduction
José Ignacio López Ramírez Gastón
1. Is This Really Us? Translocality, Representation, and Social Functionality of a Peruvian Metal at the Margins of the Periphery
José Ignacio López Ramírez Gastón
2. The Chakal Sound: Discourses of Authenticity in the Musical Production of Peruvian Extreme Metal (1988-2000)
Camilo Uriarte Trancon
3. Semiotics of Horror in the Artistic Works of Metal Album Covers in Perú
Eduardo Yalán Dongo
4. Expanding the Notion of National Music: The Case of the Album Testimonios by the Peruvian Metal Group Kranium
Ricardo Olavarría Ginocchio
5. Leather Jackets in the Highlands: The Metal Scene in Puno, Perú (1994-2004)
6. Cobra and Blizzard Hunter Encounters and Mis-encounters of a Return to the Past: Between the Resurgence of Heavy Metal in Lima Peru in the First Decade of the Two Thousand and the Academization of the Teaching of Metal
Jorge De Souza
7. Revelations of Doom: Rise and Sustainability of the Peruvian Metal Scene in a Subnational Level
Giovanni Arriola and Jimy Trujillo
8. The Construction of an Apolitical Position for Metal and its Meaning in the Manifestos of the Gran Horda Metallica del Perú
César G. Monterroso
9. Rethinking Metal & Globalization: The Lima Metal Scene as a Case Study
Lucía de Fátima Gómez Garay
About the Contributors
Passport to Hell is a relevant collection that provides new information to the growing field of metal music studies. Notably it provides new contributions specially for the Global South, an area often overlooked in this field, and it allows readers to also grasp the history of the metal scene in Peru, a scene that has to be documented in English for scholars.
This book represents an important addition for metal music studies; one that is not interested in catering to the established Global North field or its burgeoning Global South counterpart, but which, instead, is intent on forging its own path and manifesting its own independent voice. López Ramírez and the collections’ authors challenge the monolithic notion of Perú, a notion constructed by outsiders and some insiders alike within various fields. In place of this misguided monolith, they offer a polyvalent study that captures a multifaceted Perú, along with its brand of metal, with impeccable nuance.