LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
The Fallen Prophets: The Fallen Prophets is a 4-piece Death Metal band from Cape Town South Africa, the band was started by founding members Francois van der Merwe and Pieter Pieterse in 2013 and officially launched the band in 2014.
The members have undertaken an oath with death itself, belting out notions of malcontent, catastrophe, decay and relentless fury that together fester on the pillars of Death Metal. The members maintain that Death Metal is a way of life and the culmination of instruments and lyrics behind their aggressive style of death metal floods their persona’s with bleeding emotions that the crowd can relate to. While the historical musical interests of each member are unique, at some point along the track this Death Metal train bellowed its calling, beckoning an alliance between like-minded musicians. Musical influences include: Aborted, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Dyscarnate, Hypocrisy, Nile and Vader.
Pieter Pieterse – Rhythm guitar and Lead Vocals
Francois van der Merwe – Lead guitar and backing Vocals
Wian Bester – Bass guitar
Dylan Haupt – Drums
Their story of development is quite heart-warming and simple really! The necessary skills of vocals and guitar playing were not always equally shared in the band as seen today, lacking skills were exchanged for one another, ultimately producing two guitarists who also perform vocals. In addition the member changes they have experienced in the short period of time would be most discouraging for most bands but still they persisted into bringing out a full length album that is now battering on the ear drums of listeners around the world
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
The Fallen Prophets: We have been struggling, specially as our daily jobs has been influenced and has snowballed to funds. We had some inspiration though and wrote a 6 track EP within South Africa’s lockdown. This is set to release on the 11th of December 2020. nWe also have not been able to do any live shows which is horrible. A lot of clubs closed down permanently in our area as well and we see that the future is going to be tough.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
The Fallen Prophets: Yes we have like I said we had some time off from our daily jobs and that opened up the creative juices again. We are super happy that we could pull off writing, recording and producing a 6 track EP in lockdown.
LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing J How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?
The Fallen Prophets: We can fully agree some bands just bring the intensity and brutality so beautifully. We still see ourselves as just a Death Metal band where we have been labeled as deathcore and melodic Death Metal in the past.
The EP will sure as hell change that as it has brought us to our now kept sound.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and
thematic elements evolve?
The Fallen Prophets: We experimented a lot with styles of Death Metal, I for one know that musical progression is key and that we have evolved into something unique but familiar. In all aspects people do grow and so does composition and musical taste.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
The Fallen Prophets: There is always room for improvement as a musician, I will never be 100% happy with our work and will always want to improve it.
Although the EP is all written in the same style and speed we feel that it is done brilliantly, I love that it has so much atmosphere and the same time brutality and speed.
What I would change is to make each song completely unique and have it sound like the same artist.
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
The Fallen Prophets: So far we have sent the EP to some of our trusted review partners and it has really been overwhelming, The good feedback we received totally outways the haters.
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
The Fallen Prophets: Yes we have, we have been on tour to Romania and the entire South Africa, It is definitely tough and our only wish is for the world to go back to normal so that we can do our thing again.
LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
The Fallen Prophets: The future is looking bright for composing new music and art. Not so bright for live shows and touring as a South African,
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
The Fallen Prophets: The lyrics was written by myself and the vocalist Pieter. We just delved into an entity that would end all of Humanity. More poetic than just cannibal corpse lyrics I would say. We love writing lyrics as well as the melodies for them it really brings the entire song together like glue.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
The Fallen Prophets: For me being in studio as that is the purest form of art. Don’t get me wrong being on stage is why we do this but there is something in the air whilst you record the tracks that you have written and see and hear them come together is amazing.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
The Fallen Prophets: Myself and Pieter write the riffs, I then sit and compose all of them to make a track.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
The Fallen Prophets: We draw inspiration from a few bands Cattle Decapitation, Aborted, Opeth, Benighted, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy, Nile, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, etc.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
The Fallen Prophets: Well that’s hard, both go hand and hand. If studio then you are basically a studio band. We love performing and putting on a show as the music is intense so are the shows.
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
The Fallen Prophets: Greatest accomplishment would be our first ever tour to Europe in 2018, We played a festival in Romania called Rockstadt with some of the scene’s biggest names.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
The Fallen Prophets: Some info in our EP:
No end In Sight took the band to a brand new level
We decided to write, record and release a 6 Track EP during South Africas lockdown.
The EP was inspired by Cattle Decapitation, Benighted, Dark Funeral and Nagelfar.
The EP’s sound is more blackened Death Metal than Brutal death with a lot of atmosphere.
The lyrical content is based on an entity bound and cursed to destroy all life forms, like Covid 19 has.
The EP will be available digitally all around the world and physically in Japan as a deluxe Japanese addition.
We also decided to get some artists to feature on our EP and do Solo’s on guitar.
1 – Dead But Still Alive ft Kris Xenopoulos from Vulvodynia, Xavaleg and Technopath
2 – Killing The Last Savior
3 – The Beast ft Justen Hosken
4 – Believe ft Ivan Meathook from Blood Red Throne and Son of a Shotgun
5 – No End In Sight ft Oliver Saggerson from Bulletscript
6 – Deception [Bonus Track] ft Warzy from Jackhammer Music
Produced Mixed and Mastered by Heinrich Kollner from Burning Tone Studios
Cover Art by Alberto Filipponi
We will be releasing a single Dead But Still Alive on the 18th of November via Metal Injections website.
The EP is set to release on the 11th of December 2020 via MMD Records.