YY Chromosome, with xenomorph DNA.



“Life is short, break the rules, djent quickly, chugga slowly, ooomph truly, shred uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made your amp growl…”

“Twenty frets from now you will be more disappointed by the riffs you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off those skinny strings. Sail away from the safe standard guitar tuning. Catch the trade bar chords in your stumps. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain (paraphrase)


Álvaro G. Plata chose those words to describe his outlook on life. Words that grace his website, Alesserfate.com. Words that are also the driving force behind a one-man band project he calls YY Chromosome.

I first met Álvaro through ALIEN, when I interviewed him about his Remastered soundtrack project. Among other things, I learned that this generous, soft-spoken (well, at least he comes across that way in his writing) fellow from Spain has an imagination that spans the breadth of ALIEN’s haunting classical soundtrack, to the industrial metal of his Sybreed guitar covers, to the breath-taking beauty of his concept videos.

Álvaro has many irons in the fire, one of which is the YY Chromosome album that will be released this summer, entitled, “Teratology.” Read more here from his website:


Knowing Álvaro’s appreciation for subtlety, I consulted a dictionary and here is what I found:

Definition of teratology

: the study of malformations or serious deviations from the normal type in developing organisms.


That sounds like it would fit in with the current theme of Alien movies, does it not? A little bit of xenomorph DNA, if you will.

Regardless, Álvaro has demonstrated through the work posted on his website that he puts his heart into this music that fills his soul. That being said, I think this album is going to be a mind-blower.


Best of luck, Álvaro, from The Nostromo Files!





  1. What a surprise! finding out this, Darrell. Loved it from the bottom of my heart. I can’t talk much about it for now, but I promise it will sound wild, evil, and nightmarish as it was in my hand. And of course it will feature some xenomorph DNA traces –or at least, some pathogen-enhanced tissue.

    Because we all love these movies, and the joy they bring to our lives.

    With love,

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