Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Prognan Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?



Kob: Well this band was created in 2008. and we are the first black metal band from Vukovar. We wanted to play simply black metal. Band was created by me and Vortran who later abandoned it. So now the line up consist from:



Kob – Vocals, Bass

Atheos – Guitar

Izrod – Guitar

Basher – Drums



The purpose of this band is to play black metal the way we like it, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but all in the matter of creating atmosphere that listener will be hooked up on. After a months of not so hard work, we have recorded demo „Follow the Blind“ in 9 hours, drums, guitars, bass, vocals, everything. So how much time is invested in it, the demo turned out quite okay. (laughs) Later on we sat down, talked and created more complex songs that you can hear on our new release „Vuk“ and on a new album that we are curently working on.



2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new demo and how it differs from the previous recording.



Well, on a new EP called „Vuk“ (which means Wolf on English) we took different approach from our previous record. We took our time, created songs that we felt were good to represent us and changed studio. We were satisfied with the production on „Follow the Blind“, but we just wanted to check other studio's as well to see how the final result will be and to choose a best one for our album. So this time we recorded everything in Depth studio in Pozega, took our time, didn't hurry with anything and we are satisfied with the final result. The main difference that separates this release from previous one is...well, better and more complex songs. We've created one fast, typical black metal song „Zavijase Hromi Vuci“ and one that is quite dear to us „Desperate Cry“ that shows us in different light, more emotional, so to say, and more atmospheric.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



On previous releases, we explored pagan culture. We are now trying to abandone that theme. I think that on a new album lyrical part will be strongly influenced by a man, and by that I mean how he sees and perceives everything, from religion to his roots, from his mental and emotional state to his view on society. We will try to cover as much as we can and we've decided on that theme because it is a wider field, you can let yourself write about everything you want. Of course, we will not write some stupid parts like politics and that others shit that consumes your mind.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?



If you translate Prognan to English, you will oughly get Exiled, Abandoned, Banished. So you can figure out on so many ways what it means. You can be abandoned from society, Banished from heaven, it represents your state of mind. Really, you can let your imagination go wild hahahha.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage perforamnce?



We played outside Croatia a couple of times and those were the best shows, particularly in Makedonia. There you have some crazy fuckers, from our first song till last, they were handbanging like maniacs.

Now we've included torch and blood spitting on our shows, we want to create a special atmosphere for a viewer. They paid to see us, it's the least what we can offer to them.



6. Do you have any future plans for any shows or gigs?



Well we are in talks with some people to do some shows around Croatia, but our main goal now is to finish songs for our new album and to find a trustworthy label for releasing it.



7. Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?



We did talked with some labels before, but they all fucked us over. So, any label out there that likes our music and doesn't intend to fuck us over, is welcome to contact us, it's simple as that. Of course, any band that creates their own music would like to be signed for a best record deal out there. We shoot high, but we are still firmly standing on the ground, this is something we like to do, we like to play and to play it loud.



8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?



We have two new members in a band, one is Izrod and the second one is Atheos (known as Demoniac from band Bustum). I have a side project called Powerless (and the second album is being recorded as you read this interview). So, feel free to check out our other projects as well.



9. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by black metal fans?



I have to say that with our first demo release we've sent a message that there is a band around and it was received quite well from domestic audience.

As fro the new release, we have received great reviews from around the globe, I read one from mexico and Spain yesterday and they gave us 8 and 9 from 10. So, that has to mean something. We are glad that people love our music and that is the best complementary we can get.



10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?



I can say that new songs are different from previous ones. We have a steady line-up now, good guitar players and we can create more complex and tehnicaly better music. Of course, we will not do any sweeping or i don't know what hust to show that we can play guitar. It will still be Prognan, but showning different side.



11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



Everyone listen to different kind of music, besides black metal. So we try to mix everything up, add some rock influence, heavy metal, add some speed, mix that, leave this behind... You know, mix it all up in one tasty cup of drink (laughs).

12. What role does Paganism play in your music and how would you describe your vies on this topic?



As I said earlier, we did write some pagan music, and maybe there will be 2-3 songs on a new album that will be pagan. Everybody in the band has a great respect for pagan culutre and this is something what we generaly like to talk about. So maybe the future will bring a couple more pagan songs.



13. How would you describe the black metal scene in Croatia?



There is no black metal scene, there are just a few bands that play black metal. We have no market for metal in general here. We have people here that would better like to drink beer outside the club, then to support local band. But it is really nice to see those people that are inside supporting. Those are people worthy of respect. And, on the other side, it is really worthy of respect that despite that, we have bands playing, recording albums and continuing on.



14. Outside of music what are some of your interests?



I like to read, our drummer will have a second child in lees then a month, we are working... We are just like everyday normal guys with long hairs (laughs).



15. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?



Thank you for this opportunity and for your support!



Stay Heavy!

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