Interview with Hannes (Thrash Vocals, Guitar) from The Prophecy²³
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are four brutal thrash maniacs from Germany, born in the 80ies and here to burn some moshpits down. After thrashing the underground for years, we've signed our first record deal with massacre records to release our debut album "...TO THE PIT".
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
It's a mix of thrash and death metal with moments of surprise and a touch of humour.
The songs are catchy. Both old school fans and those who love progressive music like our songs.
3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
THE PROPHECY is inspired by Iron Maiden's song with the same title. But somehow, these damned "23" sneaked into the band name and nobody knows why. Unfortunately, we don't know what this number means. Since then, we all are desperately looking to find the answer. Maybe you get a couple of valuable information on the new Album "...TO THE PIT"?
4. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
We have a couple of fun song, such as A BACKPACK FULL OF FLESHSNACKS but also very serious lyrics about the shit that happens on this world. In general, we do not want to restrict ourselves to certain themes and styles, we are quite open minded. The most important thing for us is to have fun with our songs.
5. Have you had any opportunities to do live shows yet, if so what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far, and how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage performance is 100 percent fun and action in the pit. Thrash and death -- fast and groovy! Maybe naked girls. Watch some of your live videos on www.theprophecy23.de. During the last month playing live gigs, we learned a lot and supported bands such as "Die Apokalyptischen Reiter", "Debauchery", "Brainstorm", "Death Before Dishonor", "Dark Age" and many more. The audience was always great and celebrated a non-stop party with our songs, moshpit action and stage diving.
6. What are some of the other projects besides this band?
We all live for THE PROPHECY. Beside Tobias also sings in the death metal band SKEPSIS, Hannes plays in a country/stoner/comedy project called "John Zero&Band" and Florian is a highly demanded session drummer for various bands and projects.
7. How has your music been received by death/thrash fans worldwide?
We are totally overwhelmed about the international feedback to "...To The Pit". We received very positive reviews from magazines in UK, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, France and Austria. This was a perfect surprise as we were mainly known in Germany before.
8. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
In the beginning, we had three guitarists and played very melodic music with clean vocals.
Since Tobias joined the band in 2006, we have found our very own style with the mix of thrash and death metal. It was a process for us to find ourselves and our unique music style, especially since it is one of the first band experiences for us all. At the first two demos, we were not very mature yet, and had to deal with two line-up changes. Now we are fully loaded and 200 percent motivated! Our fans say it was definitely worth waiting a couple of years for our first album.
We already have developed some cool ideas for our next album, however have no final songs yet. We will remain true to our style and of course our songs have to rock when playing live. There will be one or another funny surprise -- stay tuned.
9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the music and what are you listening to nowadays?
We love old school thrash and death bands as well as modern stuff. Every band member has a slightly different taste in music. Flo listen to a lot of old hardcore, Tobias is a typical death metal freak, Dennis and me love all those thrash bands. You can feel that this variety in music tastes influences our songs.
10. How would you describe the support from Massacre Records so far?
It is a stroke of luck for us as newcomer band to sign a contract with Massacre Records. Here a lot of famous bands have "their home", also those which we love since we listen to metal. Massacre is full of energy and the guys there love metal, that's why this is perfect for us.
11. What are some of your interests outside of music?
We all are big fans of comics and all the action hero stuff. Hannes is collecting Marvel comics and Dennis action figures (in original packing). Tobi and Flo are more the sportive guys. Flo is doing endurance biking and Tobi is a big wrestling fan.
12. Any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview! Check out our debut album "... TO THE PIT" -- out now. We hope to see you soon in a crazy moshpit !