Pierre Moreno: Drums | Gionto Vega: Vocals | Fabian Tamayo: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Christian Nieto: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Ernesto Noriega: Bass guitar

Genre: Metal | Hardcore

Sound description: Satanic death metal.

RIYL: Satanic death metal

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Inception: Tijuana, 2002

Current Status: MinusOne announced it was splitting -- probably for good -- in 2007. A notice on their MySpace page reads "After all the hard work, the members for personal and sentimental reasons decided it was better to leave on a high note than struggle thru what a real band is (a long painful process). We thank all the people who helped us thru the years and hope you will support us on anything we do in the future as individuals. We are still friends -- it's just better to be rememberd as 5 sick fuckers called minusone. R.I.P. Sorry for not doing a last show. The thing is we want to leave it open for anything that could happen in the future. It might not be the end but for now it is."

Influences: Bloodbath, Behemoth, Decapitated, As I Lay Dying, Danzig, the Misfits, the Locust, Bleeding Through, Marvin Gaye, Vital Remains, Lipstick Terror, Bumbklaatt, The Psycho Realm, Opeth, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Marduk, Brujeria, Diecide


"Three out of four band members live in TJ," says Fabian Tamayo, rhythm guitarist in MinusOne. The only stateside resident is the band's drummer, Pierre Moreno, who lives in Imperial Beach. He fabricates custom motorcycle parts at a shop called Racing 905. "We like to play all types of metal," says Moreno, 24. "We do death, we do thrash, we do grind, we do speed, we do power, we pretty much do all that."

MinusOne has been a part of Tijuana's metal scene since 2002. They also perform in Mexicali and, more and more, in the U.S. "We try to play more on this side, if we can get gigs," says Tamayo, 27, who works a day job in Kearny Mesa. "Since we got the word out and got a reputation for ourselves on the other side [the band frequently refers to the U.S. as "the other side"], we've got a pretty good following, [as well as] in TJ and in Mexicali."

Is there really much of a club scene for metalheads in Mexicali? "Over there," he says, "we play pretty much anywhere they let us play." MinusOne rehearses in a rented studio in downtown Tijuana.

I meet Moreno and Tamayo at a Starbucks in the Chula Vista mall. Christian Nieto, 23, the band's lead guitarist, later shows up with a singer named G well after the interview is finished, victims of a lengthy border crossing. G, as it turns out, will quit MinusOne weeks later.

Moreno tells me, "We've played Scolari's Office...they don't have specifically a metal night there, but they put on a variety of styles of music...we played the Zombie Lounge...we played Chaser's once, and we've done two or three house parties here in Chula Vista."

What is the heavy-metal scene in Tijuana? "There's a lot of good bands out there," says Tamayo. "There's a couple of places that are doing shows right now." He mentions Sotano de Rita and the all-age cultural center Instituto Cultural Baja California, known as ICBC.

"But we're pretty much over the whole Mexico audience," says Moreno. "With our new album [the self-released record The Rise and Fall], the American audience is gonna adapt to it a little more. Over here [in the U.S.]," he says, "there's more metalheads."

-- "Downloads," 5-10-07

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