Pneuma (band)

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OriginSan José, Costa Rica
GenresThrash Metal
Death Metal
Experimental Rock
Years active2003–present
MembersAntonio Masis
Norman Mena
Daniel Vega
Jose Sibaja

Pnuema /Nɛ'umɑː/ is a "Tico" thrash metal Band from San Jose, Costa Rica, formed in 2003.

Pneuma was founded by four guys with a taste for thrash metal, death metal and experimental rock. The band has had great success in their native Costa Rica receiving various awards and recognitions along the way. The band is composed of Antonio Masis who is the bassist and vocalist for the group. Norman Mena's exceptional drumming instruments give the band the "Thrash" feel while Daniel Vega handles the lead guitar accompanied by Jose Sibaja also on guitar.


Early Years (2002–2004)[edit]

In their first couple of years, Pneuma earned a good reputation in the metal and progressive scene, recording in 2004 their first EP A Run Through.

The Awakening Tour (2005–2008)[edit]

In 2005, Pneuma went on “The Awakening Tour”, which made a big impact in the Central American metal scene and captured the attention of the local media. In 2006 Pneuma was voted Best Band of the Year by readers of one of the most popular rock websites in the country: La Escapatoria. In that same poll, the band took home Best Local Concert of the Year for their “Awakening Tour” efforts. The band continued playing in 2007, becoming very well known in the underground metal scene. After one failed record contract in 2008, the band decided to play gigs in order to fund their first professional album.

Anomaly/The Second Awakening Tour (2009–present)[edit]

In 2009 Pneuma recorded their album Anomaly at Audio Arte Studios in Costa Rica; they mixed and mastered the record at Sonic Response Productions in Los Angeles, California. Anomaly was released in 2010 along with the video for their song “Dethroned”, drawing great reviews from the national and international metal scene. This led to PNEUMA being chosen as opening act for Metallica and Mastodon, in the Costa Rican leg of their World Magnetic Tour. In this concert Pneuma had a standing ovation and acceptance from more than 30,000 screaming fans (this has been Costa Rica’s biggest concert to date).[1] Pneuma also was one of the opening acts in the Whitesnake/Judas Priest concert recently held in San Jose, with approximately 20,000 plus attendees. In 2011 Pneuma went again on their second “AWAKENING TOUR” through different cities in Costa Rica (rural and urban) and also played different big festivals in front of hundreds and even thousands of people. In the same year Pneuma won “Best Metal Composition” at the ACAM awards (National music awards) for “Anomaly” and also took home honors in “Best Sound Engineering” proving that the band is greatly respected locally by the media and music authorities.[2] Pneuma now has confirmed two International tours in 2011 with the booking agency Rebel Music Productions : Mexico (August) and Europe (September – October).

Wacken Open Air 2011[edit]

Pneuma entered the Wacken Metal Masters Competition for a spot in the Wacken Open Air 2011 festival which is held every year in Germany. After a neck and neck race with GOD: The Barbarian Horde from Romania, Pneuma won the 1st place. The competition was based upon which band received the most votes online by Metal fans all over the world. and just won 1st place in a Worldwide online voting contest Metal Masters to earn a spot in this year’s Wacken Open Air 2011. [3] Pneuma released the video of their second single “Crazed Apocalyptic Wave” in October 2011.[4]


  1. ^ Pardo, Arturo (2 March 2010). "Pneuma será el telonero de Metallica en Costa Rica". Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Ana Maria Parra (31 May 2011). "ACAM dio su veredicto en una noche algo circense". Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ WackenHelge (8 June 2011). "W:O:A Metal Masters 2011 winner is Pneuma from Costa Rica!". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  4. ^ Ana Maria Parra (21 October 2011). "Pneuma lanza su nuevo videoclip". Retrieved 26 October 2011.