Fernando Martín ROMANAZZO, Jorge DE ELIZALDE, Miguel Gregorio CHELABIAN
Fernando Martín ROMANAZZO (Aqueronte)
In northwestern Argentina, on the foothills of the Andes, is found Jujuy, a place of desert and mountainous landscapes, inhabited mostly by Native American, immigrants from neighboring countries, and mixed descendants, who live with folkmusic every day, between carnivals and folk traditions, celebrations born several centuries ago. In this flow of ancient indians and rural customs, a few residents strongly differ from the rest, they dressed in black, with illegible logos on their T-shirts, wearing long and dark hair. These resident are the "Metaleros” metalheads of Jujuy. Their choice for heavy metal has profound basis: it is a lifestyle, a way of living, a different ideology, for which they stand up day by day to make it possible. The words of the metalheads and the music of some of their bands, whether in small towns or large cities of the province, show us and tell us how hard it is to be a metalhead in that place, so far and outside of the usual circuits of heavy metal. A place characterized by the fusion at all levels: mix of ethnic groups with large political and economic problems, religious mix, the product of the Christian presence in front of popular and indian credence, even some doses of Satanism, that the genre takes as flag in its most extreme cases. A place of encounter between nowadays western culture and old traditions. These problems are clearly shown when a group of metalheads, a minority of the region, call for several heavy metal bands from Jujuy, gathered in its capital city, San Salvador de Jujuy, to carry out the 1st big Heavy Metal Festival, with all the local bands of this province.