I last interviewed Stephen Espiritu, vocalist of Sagrado, a four piece brutal death metal band from the Phillippines, about 8 months ago (Check it out). The band’s music really excited me but it had been awhile since they released any new material. Not to worry, they have a full length about to be unleashed! I was pleased to have a chance for this follow-up interview with Stephen!
Any lineup changes since we last spoke?
-yes, actually we lost a brother because hes going to other country , which is Taiwan. Because of his new career in life and we wish him all the best . Currently our Guitarist was replaced by Justin Devilla .
What will the new album be called?
-That will be “Mass Suffering of a Human Being.. We and Dmitry thought of the title :)
When will it be released?
-I think it will be released on June..and we are excited about it
How far along are you?
-As far as we know we are not yet that far along, we never think of being far, we just want to spread our brutality to deathmetal fans. we just love what we are doing and currently we hope that our band lasts long, Being sick all the time.
How does the bands new material differ from your old stuff?
-I think my vocals because if you notice to our demo, I was too shy to express what style I was going to blow ,but now I have learned a lot of styles to express what the song really wants. Expect very low gutturals, high pitch squeels and alien predator gurgle sounds. Combining the old and new style of Brutal death music
Who did the art?
-Ah great question bro. It’s Andrey Kroms!! If you don’t know him you must check him out and refer him to other bands, His killing hands were very perfect to the passion of what he was creating, I always dreamed of being an artist like him. So fucking Awesome!
Will you have new merch?
-Yes and we are very excited but of course we are focused on the album first, after that we will show the new merch.
Any touring plans?
-Yes we are planning to tour after the album is complete and released! Hope to tour there also if we had a chance bro :) please refer us to people!
How’s the scene there?
-The scene here is very great , we have lots of events here . They are very supportive and not only that, every band here is very tight friends with the other bands.
Could you talk a little about your lyrics? Your vocal style and how much you practice? Any tips for vocalists?
-The lyrics is all about Asylum, people killing of each other because of money, Gang Rape..Corruption, And when it comes to vocal style I mix it with new school and old stuff. And also I adapted a grind style. When I practice I usually sing our famous alphabet song , its funny but effective.. Sing the alphabet song in Guttural way. You must try it bro!
How did you guys start working with Andrey Kroms? Is there more artwork in the cd booklet?
-Andrey Kroms is a great guy , because he and Dmitry from Anopsys Records (Inherited Suffering) are very close friends he said that Andrey Kroms wanted to do a work of art for our upcoming album. We are amazed with the artwork that he has done for Sagrado. If they are reading this interview, we are thankful to the guys that made this project( Andrey and Dmitry)
What is one of your favorite scenes/regions that you have always wanted to go visit because of the bands there?
-That will be Manila, our home town because we started here.
Purely I want to visit Davao because there are many friends there that we would like to share the stage with one night, like Human Mastication, Lamaw, Disastrous, Erectile Dysfunction,Perverse Molestation, Last Vigil.
Thanks a lot Stephen!!! Cannot wait for more Sagrado!!
-Welcome bro, keep up the good work to your webzine.. it helps death metal bands a lot!! 2 thumbs from us bro!