Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Centauro was born from the Prehispanic Black Metal project Mictlayotl when singer/bassist Erick Monzón and I decided to form a live band playing a different Metal style. We recruited guitarists Omar Rodríguez and Fernando Rivera and with the lineup complete we decided to play Thrash Metal and to focus in writing our own songs. Erick and Omar left the band shortly after that and we were joined by Iván Garcia (vocals & guitar) and Fausto Benítez (bass). Fausto decides to leave and he is replaced by Gandhi Tenorio who left the band after the recording of our first album “Devastación Total.” Current bassist Hecris Estrada jumps in and then we recorded the second album “Ciénagas Del Engaño.” After the release of this album Fernando left the band and he was replaced by Roberto Lizarraga. With this new lineup we wrote and recorded our third album “Daño Lateral” which will be out at the end of June.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Thrash Metal mixed with other Metal subgenres like Death and Black Metal, nothing out of the ordinary, but taking the best elements of each genre.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
To begin with, we have something different with our album: The lyrics are completely in Spanish without losing the melody and aggression that characterizes Metal. On the other hand we showcase a fine blend of Metal mixing the best elements of the main Metal styles. We are not the typical “trve” or “anti-poser” Thrash Metal band, and we try to make our music enjoyable and easy to listen so our work will be memorable for the Metalheads at all moments.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Three full length albums, one EP, two singles and two demos. We have evolved with time and the response has been very positive both at home and abroad. We have got very good reviews and support overseas and we hope it will grow even more with this new release.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, we do play live. In the past we used to play once every week, sometimes more than that, in all type of gigs, but we decided to focus in playing in bigger and more important shows. By doing quality shows we respect our fans and the people attending these events. Currently we are booking a Mexican Tour this year and a Canadian Tour next year.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We are not the typical Thrash Metal band full of clichés, like those bands that focus in the looks rather than in the music, also we are not well trained virtuosos that are boring to watch. We are a well-balanced band with quality music and quality performance, we interact with people and make them feel they are part of the show. We enjoy what we do on stage and we try to transmit that to our fans, that is our main priority. We take our music and everything it involves very seriously. Music is a big part of us, it is the cornerstone of our lives, therefore if someone listen to our music it will be a worthwhile experience.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
With this album we want to reach as many places as possible. We want to play in big festivals along with the bands we grow up listening to. We want to promote our album around the world, make contact with people of other countries and to take our live performance to other continents.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can find our music in Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Youtube, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, Google Play and other platforms. Our album “Daño Colateral” will be released physically on June 30 and we are taking pre-orders through our bandcamp https://centauro.bandcamp.com/album/da-o-colateral