We had an interview with South African Brutal Death Metal band The Fallen Prophets. Check it out and tell us what you think…
AudioInferno: What genre of rock do you jam?
The Fallen Prophets: Brutal Death Metal
AI: Please give us a brief history about your career/ band
TFP: The Fallen Prophets started as a project in a small town with two friends, Francois and Pieter, who had the same ideas and views. The bands initial struggle was with finding a drummer. After Morné(Finch) joined the band and things started good, but there was conflict between him and Pieter. Finch had decided to leave the band at this point where Floris was recruited for a short time. The Fallen Prophets had become a gigging band at this point, but the new drummer was not pulling his weight so, after getting over the conflict Pieter and Finch came to terms and he was recruited back to the band. Soon after, the bassist at the time was not keeping up with the rest of the band and was let go, despite being bassist-less for a while, we carried on gigging 3 man on stage. After going through one more bassist who had different interest musically and about 2 months of not having a bassist, we recruited our current Bassist, Thariq. The band has been growing at a consistent pace, to where we had our first festival early 2015, Metal4Africa’s Summerfest ’15.
AI: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TFP: Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Amon Amarth, Deicide, Arch Enemy, Behemoth.
AI: What are your dreams, aims and goals?
TFP: Our first goal is to get signed by a big named record company and to enter the international metal scene
AI: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
TFP: Pieter, the songs are generally about blood, killing and brutality against mankind and their offsprings. There is fierce presence of hate in most of the songs. Francois had written one of our 10 songs that will be in the album.
AI: How many songs/albums have been released and what does the future hold?
TFP: We have released a demo and a single(which will be on our album). The Fallen Prophets is in the process of recording their full length album(10 songs) which will be released before the second semester of 2015. We are also busy with material for our EP early 2016.
AI: How do you promote your bands and shows and songs?
TFP: Currently we are using Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud to do most of our online promotions as well as reviewing sites such as Metal4Africa, The Metalist ZA and Heavy Metal Panic. Recently an international compilation album(Imperative Music Volume 9) has been released which we feature on. We have also featured on a U.K. based radio station and had an international review of our band.
AI: What instrument do you play?
TFP: Pieter Pieterse- Main Vox and Guitar, Francois Van Der Merwe- Vox, Guitars, Morné “Finch” Swanepoel- Drums, Thariq Pestillence- Bass
AI: When and why did you start playing?
TFP: The Fallen Prophets originally started in 2011. We always had a passion for death metal, and it was the best way for us to release our hate.
AI: How do you balance your music with your other obligations?
TFP: Our music is of the highest priority to us, after surviving. We all obviously have to work, being a small time band with all its members under 25y/o, and most the members living on their own, whatever money we have left goes to the bands album at the moment.
AI: Any advice to the beginners who might be nervous?
TFP: There is no need to be nervous if you have the drive. Holding back is probably the worst thing you can do, you need to push your band out into the scene to get a solid name for yourselves, otherwise you will get nowhere. No band that we have played with has gotten to where they are by not following their goals of the band as a whole.
AI: I would love to know do you get nervous before a public performance?
TFP: Depends on how big the show is, if it is an important show we don’t want to even miss a single beat. Having said that, we go on stage and give our all, covered in blood and hate. There is not much space left for nerves after that.
AI: How is the Rock music scene faring and what can you say may be the future in Africa?
TFP: In terms South African Music, it is improving immensely compared to a few years back. Many of our bands are getting noticed internationally, but there is not much of a future in South Africa as a Death Metal Band, you have to go international.
AI: Meaning behind the band name?
TFP: We are The Fallen Prophets, our wings have been cut and we have fallen from the sky to roam the earth unleashing hate in our path.