Kragen – “Thinity” was released in the US late 2002, but why took it
another Year before it was released in Europe?
Kragen - We tried getting a deal in Europe when we
first shopped the CD to labels, but no one was interested at the
time. We were receiving many
great reviews for the album worldwide, but still had difficulty
getting a deal. After we got
a song on a Rock Hard magazine compilation and received a really
good review for the U.S. version of the album, Massacre showed
interest and decided to release it in Europe.
well has your album done in the US and what is your expectations for
the European market?
Kragen - Our U.S. label was
releasing mostly death and black metal and putting their promotion
efforts into those albums so it didn’t receive much attention. After “Trinity” had been out for a couple of months, the label
pretty much folded and the promotion completely stopped along with
our U.S. sales. With Massacre,
things have been a different story.
have promoted the CD, sent out promo copies and gotten us reviews. We hope that “Trinity” is very successful in Europe and gives
us a lot of exposure so that we can release the next CD to even more
have you desided to add 2 tracks to the European releases? And are
those tracks new songs, that represent your direction now, or old
Kragen - The
2 European bonus tracks were actually taken from a demo that we
recorded after Trinity was released.
These tracks came out great, but they didn’t fit with the
material that we’re writing for the next album.
They did fit very well with “Trinity”, so we decided to
include them as bonus tracks. Besides
these 2 tracks, we have a lot of other material recorded that
hasn’t been released yet. Hopefully
we can put out an EP or release these as bonus tracks in the future.
hear a lot of different influences on your album – from
progressive rock (Rush), through powerful metal (Nevermore), some
more technical metal (Queensryche) but most of all old school thrash
metal (Forbidden, Metallica) – but what has inspired you?
Kragen - All
of the stuff that you listed above has inspired us plus other bands
and music. We’re all fans
of Bay Area Thrash, Rush and Iron Maiden. We also like stuff like
Meshuggah, Dream Theater Cynic and Watchtower.
From death metal to jazz fusion to classical, everything is
an influence. We like to
incorporate ideas from different styles that we like and put them
together into something that sounds new and original.
me review I compared you with Damn The Machine and Into Eternity –
2 bands, that also incorporate a lot of different styles into their
music, but sadly don’t get a lot of recognition (maybe because of
their mixtures) – are you not afraid to turn people off by your
very complex music?
Kragen - Our
goal with Prototype’s music is to play anything that we think
sounds good regardless of the sound.
For us the artistic part of the music is a priority.
We take these musical ideas and try to put them into a song
that is memorable so people catch on.
It is difficult to create something new and different because
people may not understand it at first.
But all of the bands that have been successful at doing that
have lasted for a long time.
really like the production on your album – very powerful and clean,
who produced it and how long time did it take?
Vince Levalois (guitars/vocals) and I produced the album in our own
Utopia studios. We recorded
and mixed everything ourselves with Vince engineering.
We wanted to make sure that the production was clear so that
the listener could hear everything, but still very heavy sounding.
Since we have our own studio, we had the luxury of spending
as much time as we wanted to on it to get everything sounding great.
topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
Kragen - The
lyrics deal with many different things like religion vs. science,
questioning one’s faith and some more personal lyrics.
A couple of the songs are also inspired by science fiction
movies like Contact and Dune. Vince
writes most of the lyrics and these are subjects that interest him
and the rest of the band.
did you end up being signed to a Danish management – Intromental?
Vince and I frequent a message board that used to be called the
Perpetual Motion Board (now called PM:X).
I saw posts from Claus and Lars at Intromental and visited
their website. It looked like
the guys were really doing a good job for the bands they represent,
so I talked with Vince about them and we sent them a package.
They’ve been a fantastic help since we signed up with them
and they’re good guys too!
can see that you have just had a change in the drumming department
Kragen - We
seem to have had back luck with drummers…
We always manage to find very talented people to play in the
band, but sometimes things just don’t click.
Pat was in the band for a few years, but in the end, there
were issues that couldn’t be repaired.
We decided it was best if we went our separate ways and
started looking for a new PROTOTYPE drummer.
Luckily, we recently found drummer Sam Aliano who’s working
in a underground band, you must know how hard it is to get
recognition – the internet is a very important source for many
fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you
and other new bands?
Kragen - The
Internet is an indispensable tool for the band.
We used the Internet for most of our music promotion, concert
promotion and general communication with fans at this point.
It has almost totally replaced the old postal mail box that
we have. Vince maintains our
www.prototypeonline.com website and all of our official
communication goes out through the site.
Even our mailing list and press kit are now Internet based.
I would guess that this is the same for most underground
bands these days.
we expect to see you at some of the European festivals this Year –
or is that only wishful thinking?
This is really up to Massacre once they see how well the album does. If it does well, perhaps they will bring us over for some shows.
We would love to play some of the European festivals or do a
European tour. We played the
Headway Festival in Holland last year and it was great!
We hope to come back and play shows in all of Europe next
finish things off – could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort
of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
Kragen - This is going to be very
Here are my all time favorite albums in no order:
Cynic – Focus
Forbidden – Twisted into Form
Megadeth – Rust in Peace
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast/Powerslave (tie)
Thanks for the great interview!
bit thanx to Kragen Lum for taking the time to do this interview and all
the best for him and Prototype. Also a big thanx to
Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.