The Philippines have always been producing some of the best in brutal, slamming death metal. Here is a brief interview with Stephen Espiritu, vocalist of a lesser known Filipino group, one to watch out for, Sagrado.
-What is the history of Sagrado, and how old are you?
It all began in a small restobar called “Kapt. K”, located at Baclaran,Paranaque City Philippines; originally formed by Migz, Jin, Jeff and Kiko. The band had undergone a lot of member changes; the former members were Ian (vocals) Jm Herrera (vocals) Melchor Lirio (bass) Patrick Olarte (bass). Until the line up was completed in April 2010 and gained stability. Migz Kintanar (drums) Jin Calagos (guitars) Jeff Escasinas (bass) Kiko Manzo (guitars) and I, Stephen Espiritu as their new vocalist that time and I am 25 years old on this coming April 8.
-Why the name Sagrado?
It is all about a sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege. So we decided the name “Sagrado” that means Asylum.
-What can you say about the scene in the Philippines compared to the United States?
I appreciate your question, the scene here is great!!! You should visit here someday. Because many Metal Filipino fans are very supportive when it comes to different kinds of metal music. They’re Moshing like there’s no tomorrow. Banging our heads on to the limit. As far as I know the scene there is same too and hopefully if there’s a chance to spread our music me and my brothers from Sagrado could play our music there. \m/
-Who are some of your favorite Filipino bands?
Bands like Bloodshedd, Down From The Wound, Pus Vomit, Anal Fissure, Discreate, Fuck Bellias, Axed to the face, Vasodilator, Rust Phantom, Religious Nightmare, Lost of Control, Guillotined, Erectile Dysfunction, Necroholocaust.
-Who are some of your favorite American bands?
Oh! Yes here are my favorite bands in America . Dying Fetus. Nile, Devourment, Disgorge, Disavowed, Guttural Engorgement, Abominable Putridity, Braindrill, Necrophagist and Cephalotripsy
-Who are some of your favorite vocalists?
That would be Matti Way, Big C, Shaune La Canne, Simone Plujimers and Phil Bozeman
-What are your lyrics usually about? What inspires your lyrics?
Its all about a Gutted Woman’s Vagina, Anti Perverted Homosexual Priest that rapes a young boy, Mouth Menstruation, Splattered Fecal, Sex Slaves that are electrocuted , Fucking Demon Cunts, and the most important of all is Stabbing with a knife to the Spine!.
It inspires me of a typical serial killer, a murderer that hides his inner personalities to his dungeon. Lets just say I like to watch many suspense movies, I think that’s the one main good or bad reason.
Can you tell us about what the future holds for Sagrado? Are you guys writing new material?
Currently were composing our new songs and hopefully in the near future we can play it live on stage. We are also planning to record or songs again and search for a record label so that we could launch our E.P or Album.
Thank you Stephen and Sagrado!
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