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Chaska to release "Rites of June" on May 3rd!

Chaska is a Peruvian band tha fuses the intensity of worldwide metal with the beauty of Latin American folklore elements, and has become one of the most interesting bands in their country and in Latin America. The band was formed in Arequipa, Perú, in 2002. 

December 2002, Chaska won a local band contest obtaining, as prize, the recording of two unpublished songs. 

February 2003, the band released their self titled EP, Chaska. This EP allowed the band to play in different cities of Perú. 

In 2005, Chaska performed for the first time outside of Perú, in Chile. Then, the band was invited to be the opening act for the Brazilian band, Sepultura, in Bolivia. 

June 2007, Chaska released an EP titled Bicolour Cannibalism / Tuta Chaska, as a preview of its debut album, Pururauca. 

March 2009, the band released their first full-length album, Pururauca, through the Peruvian label, Mythic Metal Productions. 

In 2012, Chaska and the producers of the Peruvian film, La Luz en el Cerro (The Light on the Hill), reach an agreement so Chaska's music is part of the soundtrack of this movie. 

September 2015, the band released the song, Winter Night Heights, composed exclusively for the film, La Luz en el Cerro (The Light on the Hill). 

September 2016, Chaska reissued its album, Pururauca, through the Peruvian label, Xaria Music. 

July 2017, the band released the compilation, Everlasting Night, through the Peruvian label, Inti Records. 

October 2017, Chaska released a video clip for the song, Winter Night Heights. This video was a shared work with Caudal Films, and includes images of the film, La Luz en el Cerro (The Light on the Hill). 

February 2019, the band was part of the compilation album, Songs of Injustice, released by the European magazine, Metal Hammer. 

March 2019, Chaska was part of the 1st World Metal Congress held in London, England.


In 2020, the band released two live session videos for the songs, Nymph of the Lake and Bicolour Cannibalism.


August 2020, Chaska reissued its album, Pururauca, in cassette format, through the Peruvian label, Disturbio Producciones.


Through the years, Chaska has shared the stage with important bands like Primal Fear, Death Angel, Moonspell, Annihilator, Rhapsody, Arkona, Saratoga, and more.In 2023 Chaska made a deal with Finnish label Inverse Records to release the new 6-track EP Rites of June which will be out on May 3rd 2024.

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