at: 27th, February 2017
by: Tilman, Drums
our new Album „As you sow, so you shall
reap“ we wanted to be more aggressive,
uncompromising with our ideas and more
mature in the compositions. So we tried to
chain the songs together – with text,
harmonics and stucture.(...)"
Hails, you are almost ten years on the scene. I would like
to turn back and remember one positive and one negative
moment of your careers.
Now in March it‘s gonna be 10 years
we first started with some covers of Slayer and Pantera –
like many other bands. But we soon realized, that we want to
write our own stuff, going away from the 4/4 to more
interesting bars like 7/8, 11/8 and 13/8, but also more odd
meter stuff. One of the best memories is on nearly every
gig, when the metalheads are headbanging and realizes, that
they are out of time …
The positive moments are, when we
find new riffs, songs and feel the flowing creativity. For
sure the live gigs are positive moments – we met so many
cool people, cool bands and we always have a blast.
Negative moments are, that the
„scene“ just go to big festivals, but the support for
underground bands could be much more.
2. Tell us about your evolution as
a “musician” and getting involved in the scene. What is
your opinion on the underground nowadays than it was before?
All of us played in numerous bands
– but always the harder genres. Roman and I studied music,
before we found Markus again. He went to school with Roman.
In the 80th and beginning 90th, Metal
was a life setting and without the possibilities of the
Internet we traded tapes and went to concerts to see our
heroes. So the scene was more active and the clubs were
full. Now nearly every underground band has to cope with
much less audience and support.
3. Your sound mixes death, thrash
and progressive influences, some of the most demanding music
genres. Did you proposed yourselves to compose complex music
or does it came natural to you?
I was taught the odd meters by my
serbian teacher – in eastern folk music it‘s quite
common. So I got in touch an love with more complex music.
The only demand: it has to be hard
4. I am curious to know more
things about your debut CD. Tell us something about the main
idea of the 10 tracks. Where did you record? Did you have
any problems in studio and all sorts of interesting details
for our readers?
„As you sow, so you shall reap“
is our second album. The first one „Feldberg“ was
published by ouselves in 2009 and got great reviews. Both
albums were recorded in the well-known „Iguana Studios“
in March. Many big names recorded there. As the owner is a
good friend of us, there were grandious weeks of recording
and mixing. He made our specific wishes come true with
patience and know-how.
For our new Album „As you sow, so
you shall reap“ we wanted to be more aggressive,
uncompromising with our ideas and more mature in the
compositions. So we tried to chain the songs together –
with text, harmonics and stucture.
5. Pick a song from the album
" As You Sow, So You Shall Reap," that you feel to
be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a
good story about it and tell me about it.
The title track Ode to Death (see our
is quite tricky for the verses are in 7/8 with different
accents, meanwhile the vocals shout out in regular time the
depressing thoughts of someone wishes to die. It‘s like a
confession of her/his entire life.
6. Talking back about your
release, how was the response the band gain so far? If
possible share with us some positive and negative feedback
towards this album?
The response was great. After the end
of the recording, we got a label contract with 7hard. Now we
promote the album with gigs and intervies. We hope to play
some bigger festivals in 2017.
7. What do you think that is most
important criterion for you assessing the value of the
album? Is it your personal feeling and knowledge about the
album, the press, the response of the audience etc? Also,
when it is the safest time spot to evaluate it?
For us, the album is great, handmade
and creative! It‘s the music, I always wanted to play and
compose. The greatest value is in our opinion it‘s genuine
characteristics. You can hear it for weeks and find always
new pearls. For evaluation give the album some plays – if
you are not used in odd meters – if yes, you will love it
8. You selected the track
"Ode To death" for your first video. Why you took
this decision? How was the video recording? And how long it
We wanted to choose a track with
strong pictures, so „Ode to Death“ was the one, which
kicked most. We wrote the storyboard, hired an actress and a
cameraman and filmed for 2 days in a theater. It was quite
hard to get all the props to the cast, but finally it was a
fantastic shooting – we had much fun and the result is
9. Vinyl format had nowadays
gained unbelievable comeback. And tapes finally came back
too! Do you see any advantages in different formats like LP,
CD and MC and which one of them you personally prefer?
I really like LP‘s, but so we are
under contract with a record company, they decide, which
formats will work for them. So we have a worldwide digital
distribution for sure on every main portal and CD‘s, which
are available in stores in Europe, but also worldwide to
order in your local record store.
10. How would you describe Proke
live? Tours are normally good occasions for getting drunk
and retarded. Any fun stories, band fights, stage fuckups?
Which bands that you toured with have been the coolest?
Proke live is fun! Even some
Greenhorns say (like last week after our gig): you‘re
sounding so evil! For sure the coolest time was with Napalm
Death we played last year. Our music fitted perfectly to
them – so it was a total blast.
Our first gig ever was at a festival
in South Germany. Our stagetime was at 22:30, but eveything
got late and later, so we just entered the stage at 01:30.
Tired, drunk, but happy we played for our lives, haha...
11. I always enjoy hearing what
life is like outside of a band. What can you share with us
about what your lives are like outside of the bands? Wives,
kids, jobs, hobbies?
We all have families, Markus with one
kid, Roman two and Tilman three – not only fertile with
our music, haha.We like going surfing and diving – even
the sea is not near. Tilman also plays in two more bands,
CODE RED ORGANISATION (Groove Thrash Metal) and EXIL46
12. I’ve noticed your pretty
solid technical skills. Are you a self-learner, or do you
have some musical education? Do you think that musical
education is important, when creating, or playing music? Or
We all got instrumental lessons as
kids. Roman and I studied music and now working in the opera
of Freiburg as musicians. Musical education can be
important, but it‘s not the only way. For me, with a solid
education it‘s easier to express myself. But some of the
best music was written by self-learners.
13. As we near the end of this
interview, might you have anything else that you'd like to
mention that mayhaps I may have overlooked?
We are happy to got this interview.
We heard about the metal scene in south america and hope to
find out pourselves sometimes! Thank you!