Alvaro Nuñez Barraza

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Drummer, Alvaro Nuñez Barraza and Blindeath are a Band from the city of Melipilla, Chile, which was formed in 2006 as a product of another Thrash metal band. After a time without activity was resumed, the band continued, this time with more desire and brutality to make Death metal that remembers a little 90’s Death! The band recorded their first Ep in 2016 called ‘Reborn From The Shadows.’


Sick Drummer Magazine has been working with ReverbNation to find new, talented drummers via a contest run on their website. We sifted through hundreds and hundreds of entries and are happy to introduce the winner chosen this time around, Alvaro Nuñez Barraza of Blindeath. If you would like to enter, go create a ReverbNation profile page and watch the Industry Opportunities section for our next cooperative! Good Luck ~ SDM

Alvaro Nuñez Barraza Interview:

SDM: How old were you when you started playing?

A.B: I started to playing at seven years old and I’ve always been self-taught.

SDM: Did you play in a school band or any drum corps?

A.B: Yes, I did. I played drums in the big band of my school since I was 10 years old. We played at Graduations etc.

SDM: Who are your top 5 metal influences?

A.B: Wow! Your question is very difficult Jaja 🙂 There are a lot of drummers that have influenced me, but my top 5:
Gene Hogan
Dave Lombardo
Sean Reinert
Mike Portnoy
Nicko McBrain


SDM: Who are some other of your favorites?

A.B: George Kollias is an amazing and complete drummer. In 2015 Nile visited Chile and I was there. Hannes Grossmann and his work in Obscura, and Blotted Science are from another planet. I also enjoy the others styles. I like jazz, and I love the Chick Corea electric band, as I learned a lot from Dave Weckl. Another drummer that interested me since I was a kid is Lars Ulrich, I love the first 5 records by Metallica.

SDM: Let us know 5 CD’s that are in your current rotation.

Dekapited (chile) “Sin Misericordia”
Conflicted (chile) “Under Bio-lence”
Testament “Brotherhood of the Snake”
Atomic Genocide (chile) “el Ocaso de Uras”
Ghoul “Dungeon Bastards”

SDM: What do you do to warm up before a show?

A.B: First, I warm up my hands and legs and finally play rudiment exercises on my practice pad.

SDM: Do you read music? Regardless of answering yes or no, please tell us how it might have affected your playing?

A.B: Yes, I read music, especially to learn different exercises that can help me when it comes to playing and composing.

SDM: Can you tell us about the gear you use?

A.B: I use a TAMA Rockstar kit: 10,” 12,” 13,” 16” toms, 14” snare and a 22” kick. I use Vic-Firth sticks, Speed Cobra double pedals, Evans heads and Istanbul, Zildjian, Wuhan and Paiste cymbals.

SDM: If you could give one piece of advice to young drummers, it would be?

A.B: Listen to different styles, studying the instrument in a self-taught way or with a teacher and especially playing with other musicians and learning other instruments.

SDM: Who gave the best live performance you’ve ever seen?

A.B: George f@cking Kollias of course, he’s a killer and a complete drummer. I went to the Nile recital in 2015 and it was amazing.

SDM: Aside from drumming, what else do you like to do?

A.B: At this moment I’m unemployed. In my free time, I play other instruments like piano, bass & guitar. I also play the harmonica and like to watch movies, series, documentaries, smoke weed and drink beer & wine every day.