Hail Agresiva, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hail. This is Samuel, lead singer of Agresiva. In the name of the band, I have to say that is such an honour to answer to Sick And Destroy. We are truly pleased.
The band created in Madrid in the middle of year 2008 by the guitarist Miguel Coello and Eduardo Chamón. In the beginning of 2010 we gave our first live concert here in Madrid, shortly after, that same year, we released our demo debut Sent To War, and since then, we have been playing heavily and constantly in Spain and rest of Europe.
Three years later, due to band´s increasing activity, finishing recording our first album, Eternal Foe, E. Chamón left, letting M. Coello as the formation´s sole guitarist, situation that hadn´t changed until now. Since the debut, many members have came and gone, due to one reason or other, most of them didn´t manage to remain long with the exception of the founder member Daniel Villaseñor, who was in the band from the beginning till the release of our second album, in September of 2014. Now we have again a permanent line up with 2014´s inclusion Bastian Guarda at the drums and last year´s M. Martín at the bass.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Well, our music is obviously the result of our influences. We are somewhere between heavy metal, American metal, thrash metal and progressive metal, I would say.
About our influences, we have many and diverse, since the classics known by everybody like classic Vicious Rumors, Annihilator, Metallica, Overkill, etc… to any new and not that new bands we like Havok, Warbringer, Angelus Apatrida or Omission, being the last two ones from Spain.
How many and which albums/demos has Agresiva released so far?
One demo on 2010 called Sent To War an EP called Chronophobia in 2013, and three albums, Eternal Foe in 2012, The Crime Of Our Time in 2014 and Decibel Ritual in 2017.
Which ones happens to be your favorite songs? Of Agresiva and personal.
That would be very difficult; it depending on moment and the mood I could pick totally different tracks and, beside, any member of the band would give a totally different list of songs, but, in my case, I would pick The End Of The Game or If from the first album, maybe A Man Of Tomorrow and Cloud Of Smoke from the second one and, from the new one, perhaps Rodents In A Wheel, Under Silver Selene or Grateful.
In my personal opinion, at this point, and having been listening to metal all my life, is an impossible task. Maybe I should go to the classics, picking some from Maiden, Manowar, Metalllica, Overkill… I don’t know, songs like Moonchild or Phantom Of The Opera, Gates Of Valhalla, Metal Daze, Whiplash Creeping Death, Feel The Fire…
But they would be only a few part of a huge universe…
Do you feel that Agresiva’s music has changed over the years and how?
I think so. I believe that an album is an instant picture of a particular moment in the life of a band. An unrepeatable image describing exactly where a formation is and what is its proposal at that particular moment in time. Therefore, all the albums are different and unique somehow.
How much time does it take for Agresiva to record an album?
It depends on the studio and the album. The first record was done in about one week. The second one took us like two months and a half. Decibel ritual is a different case. We were bound to record in two months, like in our previous album but, after recording the drums, the studio moved off to a new place and we couldn´t resume until four months later. With all, we finished in the beginning of January of this year.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Decibel Ritual’.
Well. I truly believe this is our most complete album until now. As I explain you above, this album, like in the case of the previous ones, is totally different to its predecessor. We have taken so much care on every aspect of it, from songwriting to production. Personally, this is the work I am most proud of and I believe the rest of the band thinks the same I do since most of it will be played live in our incoming gigs.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Since I left studio some three months ago, I don´t wanna think of going back into it again, at least, in a year or two, hahaha. But we have a couple of new tracks already written for a future album.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Yeah. We wanna play as much as we can, especially here, in Spain and rest of Europe. Apart from that, we have many promotion commitments such interviews in radio shows, webzines, magazines, etc. Once the machinery starts to run is unstoppable, hahaha…
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
We truly long to jump over the Atlantic, but, right now, I can´t tell. Although we have been feeling and increasing attention from United States since our 2014,s album, right now it´s quite far from Agresiva in music terms. But who knows. Beside, Europe is no stranger to Agresiva. We played last month UK and, previously, we have done Netherlands and Czech Rep.
Has Agresiva done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Yes, we´ve been opening for big names such Death Angel, Ross The Boss or Brocas Helm from the States, Razor from Canada, Evile, Blitzkrieg and recently Acid Rain from UK, etc…
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I think the scene here is pretty much like in everywhere where we have been, but here we have one especial particularity; some metalheads are quite lazy to get into a Spanish band while they seem very receptive with bands coming from USA, UK, Sweden or Germany, which can be a bit annoying given we have bands here with a great level and talent absolutely underrated. Apart there are some international huge bands known by everyone coming over every two summers filling up everywhere they play, then we have a few of national bands making a living out of the music and, finally, a bunch of formations in the underground fighting to find their place in the scene.
Any messages for the readers?
We are so thankful for their interest in Agresiva and for reading these lines. I would like to invite them to pay a listen to our music and, if they like what they hear, they may contact us or our label and get our releases. Also I´d like to suggest them to follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
Thanks a lot to the stuff of Sick And Destroy giving us voice on your media. Heavy metal is the law!