Nayeli Lomeli/Staff Writer
He was part of a metalheads group in high school and was constantly looking for people who would attend concerts with him. A couple of years later he formed a group in college that would do exactly that with him and others.
Sebastian Hernandez, founder and president of the FIU Metal club, founded the club to create a community where students could talk about the music, teach others about it and go to concerts together.
“We don’t talk. If [this club] wasn’t there we wouldn’t talk… a lot of these people tend to be antisocial and it gives [them] a way to open up, artistically or socially,” he said.
The Metal club has inspired and supported members in creating their own music. Andre Basora, a senior who was one of the original members, released his own album ‘Hallowed Lake’ on Oct. 21, 2018. He used his iPhone headphones as microphones for his vocals and recorded the entire album using only Garageband, which is a very basic digital audio workstation that comes included in most of Apple’s products.
Basora’s solo project where he creates his own atmospheric black metal music is called Agon. He now has another band, Gräul Ankalagon, which he formed with other fellow club members about 2 months ago.
“I greatly appreciate the club [for] their love for my album and their welcoming attitude towards it,” he said.
South Florida is an area that is dominated by Latin trap music and reggaeton, while metal music is often disregarded as just random noise, said Hernandez.
“A lot of the lyrics tend to be very edgy, in every sense of the word, from religious lines to political lines, to just violent lines. It tends to try to be extreme, and I guess people don’t like to be extreme all the time,” said Hernandez.
The club aims to facilitate and foster an environment where students can explore and experience metal music.
“The club is very united and the unity isn’t based on something superficial. The love for metal unites us, regardless of our backgrounds or beliefs,” said Alejandro Altamiranda, a junior and member of the club.
He said he joined the club because he enjoys metal music and being part of it allows him to talk to others about different bands and subgenres that he likes.
Hernandez hopes his club members will take away a sense of community from this club, not only culturally but also in other interests besides the music. He said some people express themselves musically and understand themselves too.
“I’m proud that I got random people to start talking and [that] we all clicked very well,” said Hernandez.
Samantha Fernandez, a sophomore and an information technology major, said she is passionate about going to concerts and heavier music in general. She said she knew she would make friends in the club who she would end up going to the concerts with.
“It’s different because it’s not strictly an interests club and there’s a really big social factor to it,” said Fernandez.
She added that the lectures have introduced her into different genres within the metal music and that no other club has taught her as much about music.
The club hosts various events. Its primary focus are the field trips—having traveled to concerts in Tampa and Orlando. The club also hosts monthly meetings where they have lessons in which they expose how much more broad this music is.
Students who are invested in specific niches of the music create a PowerPoint or a YouTube playlist and use it to explain the style of the genre. The club had a fundraiser last year and hope to continue hosting events that will bring students closer.
For more information follow the club on Instagram @fiumetalclub.
Featured Photo was taken from the FIU Metal Club Instagram.