Officially founded in 2017 and based in the historic city of León, NORTH OF SOUTH is Chechu Nos’ solo project, in which he plays every instrument and role to give shape to a fascinating and groundbreaking mixture of Prog, Extreme Metal, Jazz, Pop and Latin/Flamenco. Their debut album, “New Latitudes” (Rockshots Records, 2018), was the starting point on a journey towards innovation, experimenting and daring to move beyond the frontiers of conventional metal. Besides enthusiastic reviews, the positive reception has been boosted by achievements like the almost 100.000 views that sum up the first two official NORTH OF SOUTH’s videos, “The Human Equation” and “Nobody Knows”. Similarly, the band gained the attention of Spotify’s curators, who in October included NoS in the “New Blood” Official Playlist, dedicated to new talents in Metal. The wide diversity of influences found by the press in NORTH OF SOUTH’s music indicates the heterogeneity of this personal work, with references to assorted artists like Carlos Santana, Annihilator, Opeth, Placebo, The Mars Volta, Evergrey, In Flames, Caligula’s Horse, Wim Mertens, Anathema, Symphony X, The Police and Devin Townsend, among others. Now, “The Dogma and the Outsider” (WormHoleDeath, 2019) will double down on “New Latitudes” formula, taking every element one step further: more heaviness, more melody, more sophistication and, for sure, more Hispanic sounds. The EP includes six new original tracks and two metallized cover versions of relevant 80’s and 90’s Pop artists, which show a unique approach to mainstream universe from the darkest and hardest side of music. Following the path opened by the previous album, “The dogma and the outsider” has been recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s studios (Marín, Spain), a consolidated name on the Spanish extreme metal scene, involved in bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature.
North of South is a different kind of Metal.