In 2014, vocalist Jesus Salaz and guitarist Abraham
Barberi met to talk about the violence, drugs, and crime devastating their border
town of Matamoros, Mexico. They noticed
that there is a segment of their culture in Matamoros that is heavily affected
by drugs, alcohol and violence: The
metal scene. They decided that it was time for a new, brutal band to form and
take the gospel message of hope and peace to the local metal scene in
Matamoros, and close towns.
As Salaz and Barberi began recruiting musicians, they had two conditions
besides being a committed musician: to
love God and to love others. In the
middle of 2015 they released their first EP, “My Place Was Taken”, which garnered
the band enough attention in Mexico that they began gigging not only away from
home, but across the USA border. The
following year, in 2016 My Place Was Taken entered a more professional
recording studio in McAllen, Texas to record a six song e.p. titled,
“Imparables”. This recording also saw
the new additions of Helix Nebula on bass and Daniel Castaneda on drums.
The name My Place Was Taken comes from Mark 15:5-15 where we see the
unconditional love of The Lord and His willingness to take the place of sinners
by willingly dying for them on a cross.
The name of the band reflects the mission to take the most amazing love
story in history to the darkest places, telling people that God does not hate
them. A message of hope, love and
redemption through Jesus Christ is the band’s modus operandi.
During a tour date in Irapuato, Mexico My Place Was Taken
shared the stage with Grave Robber, whose front man is Rottweiler Records’
label owner. My Place Was Taken’s shared
vision was apparent enough to warrant a partnership with Rottweiler Records,
who is set to unleash “Imparables” to the world!