The Warning (Mexican band)

The Warning is a rock band from Monterrey, Mexico, started in 2013[1] by three sisters. Daniela (guitar, lead vocals), Paulina (drums, vocals, piano), and Alejandra Villarreal (bass guitar, piano, backing vocals) are well known for their 2014 cover of Metallica's Enter Sandman on their YouTube page,[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] garnering attention from the likes of Muse and Coldplay. As of April 2020 it had reached over 20 million views on YouTube.[8]

The Warning
OriginMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Years active2013–present
  • The Warning
  • Nada Más Records
  • Daniela Villarreal
  • Paulina Villarreal
  • Alejandra Villarreal


Drummer Paulina Villarreal Vélez was interviewed by Tom Tom Magazine a year before The Warning's cover of Enter Sandman became popular.[9] Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett praised Pau's performance on Enter Sandman, stating "The drummer kicks maximum ass!"[5][10]

In 2015, The Warning raised enough money on GoFundMe to release an EP of six original songs, titled Escape the Mind.[11] The popularity of The Warning's cover of Enter Sandman led to a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 24, 2015.[3][12] In addition to their GoFundMe page, they received funding by The Ellen Show and Target in order to attend a 5-week long summer program at Berklee College of Music.

The video game Rock Band was a major influence in the trio's formation of the band,[13] and two of their original songs are featured in the fourth game;[13] a song from their EP, Free Falling, is featured in the video game Rock Band 4,[14] and a song from their debut album, Survive, was released as a free downloadable song as a part of the "Rivals" expansion in 2016.[15][16]

They performed at TEDx University of Nevada twice, first in January 2016 (after Berklee)[17] and then January 2017 (after recording their debut Album),[18] telling the story of their journey as a band of sisters in between songs.

The Warning began recording their debut album XXI Century Blood in 2016 at Sonic Ranch, and released in 2017.[3] In that same year, they were also invited to open for legendary rock bands Aerosmith, Def Leppard, and Alice Cooper at the Mother of All rock festival at the Forum Arena Monterrey.[19] Additionally, they also opened for The Killers at Arena Monterrey in April 2018.[20]

The group announced in 2018 that they would be heading to Sphere Studios in Los Angeles to record their second studio album. Ultimately, 3 songs were done there that did not make the album. All of the album tracks were done at SOGA Studios in Jiutepec, Mexico.[citation needed] The album, titled Queen of the Murder Scene, was released on November 25, 2018. It achieved high showings in the iTunes and Amazon rock music charts for several weeks after release, despite it being independent. Queen of the Murder Scene is a concept album; it tells the story of a woman who slips into psychosis due to unrequited love.[21]

The single Narcisista debuted live and was released on June 14, 2019, marking it the band's first Spanish song.[22]

The group announced on December 18, 2019 via their official YouTube channel that they would be conducting their first large scale tour of North America in 2020. The tour was supposed to comprise 23 concert dates, commence on March 14, 2020 in Mexico, make stops throughout the United States and Canada and finish up back in Mexico on May 2, 2020.[23] But apart from the March 14 show, the rest of the tour had to be postponed to September to November[24] due to the COVID-19 pandemic; a date in London was added at this occasion.

Band membersEdit

  • Daniela "Dany" Villarreal - vocals, guitars
  • Paulina "Pau" Villarreal - drums, vocals, keyboards
  • Alejandra "Ale" Villarreal - bass, piano, backing vocals


Studio albums

  • XXI Century Blood (2017)[25]
  • Queen of the Murder Scene (2018)[25]
  • untitled third album (TBA) (2020)


  • Escape the Mind (2015)[25]


  • Free Falling (2015)
  • Narcisista (2019)[25]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Independent Music Awards Rock / Hard Rock Queen of the Murder Scene Nominated [26]


  1. ^ Villarreal, Daniela; Villarreal, Paulina; Villarreal, Alejandra (March 26, 2019). Press Conference at Gama Music (video). TW - Gig Videos YouTube Channel. Event occurs at 18:20. Retrieved March 31, 2019 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Kliegman, Julie (April 10, 2015). "These Girls Started A Totally Badass Metal Band And Their Bassist Is Only 10". Music. BuzzFeed News. BuzzFeed, Inc. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Sheeler, C.F. (August 2017). "The Warning - Hard rock girls conquer Ellen, Megadeth, video games". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Page, Justin (April 9, 2015). "The Warning, A Rock Band Featuring Three Talented Sisters Between the Ages of Nine and 14". Laughing Squid. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Beaudoin, Kate (April 17, 2015). "Meet the Three Mexican Sisters Whose Viral Videos Just Got Them a Record Deal". Mic. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Wolfe, Clarke (April 19, 2015). "Teen Girl Band THE WARNING Cover ENTER SANDMAN and Crush It". Nerdist Industries. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Heigl, Alex (April 20, 2015). "Stop Everything and Watch These Teen Girls Play Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'". People. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Villarreal, Daniela; Villarreal, Paulina; Villarreal, Alejandra (2014). Enter Sandman - METALLICA Cover - The Warning (video). The Warning YouTube Channel. Retrieved April 12, 2020 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Lumbiarres, Mar Gimeno (2014). "Killer Drummer Paulina Villarreal Vélez". Tom Tom Magazine. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Hammett, Kirk [@KirkHammett] (April 10, 2015). "The drummer kicks maximum ass !" (Tweet). Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Chris (April 16, 2015). "'The Warning' Hits GoFundMe Goal, Drops EP in Same Week". Boston. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  12. ^ DeGeneres, Ellen (host); Lowes, Katie (guest); Beckham, Victoria (guest); The Warning (guests) (April 24, 2015). "143". Victoria Beckham/Katie Lowes/The Warning. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. NBCUniversal.
  13. ^ a b "Biography". Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Rock Band 4 - Songs". Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  15. ^ Qualls, Eric (2016). "Full Rock Band 4 Track List". Gaming. Lifewire. Dotdash. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  16. ^ "DLC Week of 5/17 - The Strokes and The Warning!". Harmonix Music. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016". TEDx University of Nevada. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "TEDxUniversityofNevada 2017". TEDx University of Nevada. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  19. ^ "DEF LEPPARD Confirmed For MOTHER OF ALL Rock Festival In Monterrey". Def Leppard News. May 31, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Villarreal, Daniela; Villarreal, Paulina; Villarreal, Alejandra (July 24, 2018). 1st night opening for The Killers in Arena Monterrey (video). The Warning YouTube Channel. Retrieved Dec 23, 2019 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "Queen of the Murder Scene lyrics". Genius. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  22. ^ Villarreal, Daniela; Villarreal, Paulina; Villarreal, Alejandra (Jun 23, 2019). Narcisista - THE WARNING - En Vivo en Foro DiDi Monterrey (video). The Warning YouTube Channel. Retrieved Aug 10, 2019 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Villarreal, Daniela; Villarreal, Paulina; Villarreal, Alejandra (Dec 18, 2019). Announcement: North American Tour 2020 (video). The Warning YouTube Channel (YouTube). Retrieved Jan 23, 2020.
  24. ^ "Rescheduled North American Tour 2020". March 29, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  25. ^ a b c d "The Warning Shop". Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  26. ^ "The 17th Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced". Independent Music Awards. April 11, 2019. Retrieved Dec 23, 2019.

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