The band Stratuz was born to make history. In their 40 years, they have pioneered numerous events and broken many milestones within the Venezuelan rock scene. This time, the quartet from Caracas becomes the first extreme metal band in the country to be nominated for the Pepsi Music Awards in its eleventh edition, specifically in the categories of “Best Rock Artist” and “Best Rock Album” for Osculum Pacis, a record production that was listed among the best releases of 2022 in more than 20 countries, whose promotional tour will be extended to South America between August and September with performances in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

In addition, the band formed by Franklin Berroterán (lead vocals), Gerónimo Egea (guitar), Diego Cabrujas (drums), and Leonardo Rangel (bass), is celebrating their second consecutive year in the Top 50 of The Jacqui Raven Show, on US radio station 99WNRR, as well as their signing with Wormholedeath, a record label whose products are distributed worldwide by Aural Music Group, which has a publishing division managed by Warner/Chappel Music Holland BV (Warner Music Group); its distribution and digital marketing is handled by the US corporation The Orchard INC (Sony Music Ent. ).

“These two nominations for the Pepsi Awards represent for us a very significant step in the history of extreme metal in Venezuela, it’s a recognition of effort, perseverance, and dedication. We feel deeply grateful for this nomination, which motivates us to continue working and building the metal scene, until Venezuelan metal has its own category, giving it the level it deserves”, said Franklin Berroterán.

Besides the South American tour that already has confirmed dates in Argentina, Chile, and Peru, Stratuz also has two very important engagements in the city of Caracas, starting on October 29th, where they will be one of the guest bands at the “2023 Wacken Metal Battle South America, North Region – Venezuela” to be held at the Centro Cultural BOD; then, on November 18th they will perform as special guests at the “Third edition of the Metal Hecho En Venezuela Awards”.

In this year’s Pepsi Music Awards, which received more than 4,100 entries, Stratuz will compete with Venezuelan groups from different rock genres with a proven track record. In the “Best Rock Artist” category, Stratuz will compete against Los Mesoneros, Dischord, and Wincho Schafer. In the category of “Best Rock Album”, they will have as rivals 430 Steps with “Lights Out”, La Tara Bisoñe with “Crudo”, Los Mentas and their “Museo De Los Pillos”, Sorrynotsorry with “The Meaning Of Life” and again the ex – Sentimiento Muerto/Atkinson Wincho Schafer with his solo album “We Are What We Are”.

The album Osculum Pacis, mixed and mastered by Arturo Banús, is the fourth full-length album by Stratuz, which includes 11 original songs that delve into different trends such as gothic rock, death metal, doom metal, and even some elements of symphonic rock. In March of this year, it was performed live, with a choir and a string ensemble at the Centro Cultural BOD, the first time that an extreme metal band offered a concert in this venue. Journalists, musicians, producers, and cultural managers of the stature of Félix Allueva, Gregorio Montiel Cupello, Humberto Sánchez, Eduardo Sáez, and Arturo Ochoa gave excellent reviews of this performance, which they described as “historic”, “out of the ordinary”, and “unique in its style”.

The invitation is to vote for Stratuz in the eleventh edition of the Pepsi Music Awards, in the categories of “Best Rock Artist” and “Best Rock Album” through the following link:

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