PIRANA's Mexican warriors, led by Cesar Tarello (guitar and vocal), talk about their latest album "Blood Zone". They play revitalized, combative, and merciless Thrash metal at times. Without more, we leave you with a band that retakes the genre's glorious days.
Being a well-known lawyer, a fighter for social rights, and being a guitarist and singer in a Thrash metal band are some of your distinctions. Do your colleagues in the law know that you play metal? What is it like to wear a suit during the day and rock jackets at night?
Fighting for human rights through strategic litigation, academia, and social protest has been a way of maintaining unity with what the band composes and screams on stage. There are renowned thrash bands that speak of oppression and the "bad" of society, but outside of their rants on stage, they behave like everything they criticize, and in this way, they become a hollow image, in a pose. If you dare to speak in your music about political, social, and rights issues, then you must maintain that attitude in your daily life. This is ideology and conscience, and for me, this cannot be alien to the art that one manufactures, except that your postulate by itself is merely aesthetic. The band is unfamiliar with the political, which, of course, is also valid.
Some colleagues know about my music. Yes, there is ambivalence; for the conscientious, it is a libertarian act, and they respect it. For the imbeciles, it is a source of ridicule. I have never really cared about that part. I don't mind wearing a suit in terms of clothing, but I also love to dress in shirts and jackets. I think it has never been a problem, it's just a camouflage.
We know that in Mexico, in general, metal is lived very intensely. How do you live in Queretaro? What would you highlight from your local scene?
Querétaro has been a hotbed of national bands, from Six Beer in 1985 to the bands that today characterize the city with albums and tours abroad. The scene is, therefore, solid in terms of music production. As for the public, this has varied a lot over the years. Sometimes it has been more intense and then depending on the generations, it changes towards detachment from the concerts. However, in the last decade, Querétaro has been a bastion of significant national and international shows. There is a medium audience that supports buying and attending, in such a way that it becomes an exciting city in the tours of different bands.
There is much talk about violence in Mexico, drug cartels, kidnappings, killings, fiction, or reality? How is daily life in Queretaro? Does any of this nourish your music?
Nothing could be further from reality, as a dialogue from Rob Zombie's House of 1000 corpses refers to it, "the boogeyman is real". Mexico is infested with violence. Our heritage means conquest and dispossession at the hands of colonizers. It's about internal power struggles between conservatives and liberals since the 19th century. It's also about a genocidal revolution, of corruption, government abandonment, rampant capitalism, repression of social movements, lack of education, and economic inequality, are some of the factors that created a vile society and governments that degraded it more and increased inequalities. In this maelstrom, groups arise that realized a vacuum of authority or a way of co-opting it with corrupt agreements, bribes. Therefore they occupied those spaces with violence and endorsed by their power and unconditional support of the weapons that the United States sells with impunity. Of course, now they also fight among themselves for control of those spaces. "El narco" is just one edge of organized crime groups and compromises with power that generated areas of oppression and violence. Of course, it is too spiced up, with the economic crisis and propaganda the United States has as a policy to establish the difference between its "superiority" and its neighbors "murderers and rapists". Thereby, it generates a measurement parameter to submit ourselves. The fact that said country also has a very high incidence of violent crimes such as homicide, low primary education levels, and is highly repressive with social movements. However, the propaganda depicts terrible things in my country and the neighbor's good to the world. READ MORE...