ANCIENT PROPHECY

I like my metal progressive. I like my metal death-ish. I like my metal gothic. So when I found a band that seemed to combine them all like ANCIENT PROPHECY I just knew I had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-We are Ancient Prophecy, based in Wetzlar, Germany. Band members include Tim Bostick on bass, Tobi Buss on guitar and as backing vocals, Flo Kraus on guitar and background vocals, Jacki Kunz as lead vocals, and Lynn Neissner on drums. Tim is from the US, the others are from Germany.

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-The band formed in 1996. It started out playing more of a gothic metal, but the pace and complexity has picked up since then. We would classify our music style now as “female-fronted progressive power metal with death metal influences.”

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-There are a lot of ancient prophecies in the Bible. Some have already been fulfilled and others await fulfillment.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is and ought to be relatively important to any band. Hopefully fans will see us as a talented band with an important, thought-provoking message. We also project our Christian beliefs through our music, so hopefully our fans will take something away from that as well.
It is important for us not to be seen as super Christians or super people. We’re just normal people that have recognized their need for Jesus and His forgiveness. We don’t preach a religion but rather talk about an intimate loving relationship based on trust and understandnig. God gives us His saving hand because He is our Creator who loves us more than anything and doesn’t want us to end up in hell. As a band we’ve decided to express this. If anyone is interested in our lyrics, they cna find them here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ancient-prophecy/lyrics-summaries-texte-und-zusammenfassungen-inhalte-und-aussagen-from-the-cd-po/937401809655661

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It definitely helps since that is the first impression a potential customer or fan will have; however, writing and playing good music is probably more important. It’s important to us that the graphic designs send a clear message. The front and back should match the title of the album, it should point to Jesus the Savior nailed on the cross for us. On the inside underneath the CD you can find the ring of fire, the logo of Ancient Prophecy. The three names of the Trinity whom we serve are engraved there.

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-Well the likes also increase our visibility, so they’re not trivial. Nonetheless, perhaps we can answer the question better once we have millions upon millions of likes
Social media platforms are extremely important because they are the gateway to the public. A band that ignores these is dead in the water or has a terribly difficult time becoming well known. What “Bravo” used to do is now being done by YouTube, Facebook, etc. It’s one of the best ways to get recognized, connect with others, and gather statistics.

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Not really, more of an underground community. Metal is not the most popular music style; otherwise it would be called pop. I don’t think most metal musicians want the enormous fan base of a boy band comprising millions of 12-year-olds, so we would be content with a decent-sized underground following of adult fans.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-Distribution. It’s somewhat important, and we’d not turn down the opportunity; however, nowadays with online music retailers and our own personal, self-built studio, we can do a lot on our own, giving us a large amount of control over our production.
As soon as you want to reach the next level of professionalism, you’ll need a label that supports you and makes connections available, organizes concerts, rents a sound studio, and deals with the promotion and distribution. A part of this is to be ready to play at least 30-50 concerts each year. A normal job, family, and friends are often left behind. This is why this isn’t really going to be our next step.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We perform a few concerts each year, primarily in Germany. We’d welcome a few more concerts each year, but the more we tour, the more likely we would have to give up our jobs and privacy. It would be a huge leap into something big. Still, I think we’d welcome it if it were to happen.

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully more concerts and more albums! We enjoy what we do. We’re working hard on new songs and are producing a few videos. You’re welcome to visit our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUGg7TFlmA36_AuOTIe8wLQ/feed?view_as=public
Finally, we’d like to thank Battlehelm for the interview and look forward to your visit at www.ancientprophecy.de
If you like our music, we’d really appreciate your ‘like’ on Facebook.

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