Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz is a professor of social community psychology at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. His work related to metal music addresses issues of community formation, linkages between culture and music and metal music as a decolonial strategy in Latin America. His work has been published in multiple journals, including Metal Music Studies and the International Journal of Community Music. He co-edited the book Heavy Metal Music and the Communal Experience. He also produced the award-winning documentaries The Distorted Island: Heavy Metal and Community in Puerto Rico and The Metal Islands: Culture, History and Politics in Caribbean Metal Music. He currently directs the ‘Heavy Metal Studies – Latin America’ group, which researches metal in Central and South America.