PROPHECY 23 made me think of Wehrmacht and other fun thrash bands from the 80s/90s. As I’m a huge fan of these bands I had to interview Mario Macaroni (Bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2102

What significance does the 23 at the end have to the band name?
-In the early days of the band we all were into those conspiracy theories. Today the lyrics of the band are the complete opposite – who cares about conspiracy theories when the real life hits you with such dramatic stories like booze running dry?! The 23 remained and has many different meanings. The 23 can stand for B.C. – The Prophecy Beer Crew!

How hard is it to stand out today when there are a thousand bands fighting over the same exposure area? What do you have to do to stand out from the masses?
-We don’t reinvent the wheel with our music, but I think we have some things that people can recognize and that our fans like about us. Our humorous lyrics, the mix between fast and groovy songs and the neon green artwork is what can differentiate us from other bands. We think
that in the deepest inside of every tough metal-fan there is a neon green maniac!

You are on your second album now. What kind of expectations do you have on it? What do you like it to do for you?
-We just feel like partying right now! After all the hard work for this record we are very curious about the reactions on the album. Our aim is to continue with the developments of our first record. Currently we are playing a lot of live shows again – that’s what we feel called to do. Maybe we can manage to do a little tour through Europe – we are checking some offers at the moment…

I noticed that the album has 16 songs. Why so many? Any grand plan behind it?
-During the songwriting process we came into that certain flow where we had tons of ideas and only a small CD to put it on. So we decided to shorten some songs in order to get more tracks on the record. That’s why you only can find the Radio Edit of “No Beer – What a mess” on the album. Our music is not about progressive songs with a duration of 18 minutes – a few minutes of pure fun and nice music is totally enough for every track.

The Germans are not known for your humor. How hard is it to convince people that you are funny and serious while still being German without it ending up as a parody?
-You are right, the stereotype says, that Germans are not funny. But we have experienced that the international audience also digs our humor. Who could for example deny that the Ice Road Truckers are the hardest of men? One song on the new record deals with an serious issue for those guys: Ice Road Trucker vs. The Sun.

How disciplined are you guys when it comes to song writing, studio work and live work? Do you party before or after or even during?
-Yes, we do party! Especially before, after and during the live shows! But partying does not mean that we behave like Axl Rose. We always want to deliver a great show and we want to have a celebration with our fans – that’s what I would call disciplined in relation to our band. We
really worked hard during the songwriting process and in the studio to record an album that rocks the crowd!

Your album cover to “Green Machine Laser Beam” is very green. What made you chose this title for the album and how pleased are you with the outcome of the art work?
-The neon green color was already part of our artwork on the debut album “…To The Pit”. We wanted to continue with the best of all colors. To be honest nobody really knows who came up with the idea “Green Machine Laser Beam”. But the rhyme is a killer and it’s green. We are totally
enthusiastic about the artwork, Marvin Clifford did an awesome job.

How hard is it to find the right kind of people to realize your idea once you have an idea for art work?
-We already worked together with Marvin for the artwork of our debut album “…To The Pit”. We love all these comic-style artworks and that’s why we were looking for some comic artists. We found Marvin Clifford who is known for his work in the German Mad Magazine. After a call we knew
that we are on the same vibe and now you can see on our two album covers that this cooperation was without any problems.

Do you feel that you are a part of greater German thrash metal tradition? What in your opinion has been the greatest German thrash experience so far?
-Of course Germany is known for its Thrash Metal and we just love bands like Kreator or Sodom, but we don’t think about things like German Thrash Metal traditions. We are influenced by many different kinds of music and different kinds of bands from all over the world. The only thing that matters is good music – nothing else.

What future do you see for the band?
-We just want to play as many shows as possible. We love both little club shows and big festival shows like our gig on Wacken Open Air in 2011 – and we want more of it! We are going with the flow and we are curious about the future.

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