1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hello True Bringer of Death Zine, at the moment we are preparing for the recordings for our next album which will be a full length this time and will be called “The Art Of Sickness”. This takes a lot of time, not only for the recording itself but for synchronizing our computers, instruments, sounds etc…. We are also practicing a lot for a few upcoming shows we will play this year.
2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Well, this was the first CD we recorded completely on our own, so we spent a lot of time to make it as perfect as possible. So we had the opinion to work more on things like sound, fill ins, breaks, a bit on orchestral sounds and so on. You don´t have the time for such things when you are in a professional recording studio and not a band who has a big contract and you have to hurry. That’s the main difference compared to the former Profanity albums, which were recorded in a studio. The music itself is on the highest technical level that Profanity reached so far (my opinion). The finished recordings were mixed and mastered in the Iguana Studios by Christoph Brandes (who already worked for Necrophagist for example), and he did a great job and gave us an awesome sound on this ep.
3. This is the first new material since 2002, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
In fact all what happened was….Life! After the European tour with Cryptopsy, Haemorrhage and Spawn in 2004 we decided to take a short (hahaha) break and then start with new recordings and concerts… but then all things changed. Tom and Martl met the girls who became their wives, both became fathers, Martl got a new job, Tom went back to school and Armin also went to school to become a master engineer. So the short brake that was planned got finally 8 years long! Then back in 2011 the time was right again for Profanity to continue, we decided to meet and so to start again. But then Martl told us that he will move to Australia with his family (his wife is Australian) and that he will not be able to play bass for Profanity any more. But luckily they got in contact with me again. I played bass for Profanity for the first time from 1997 to 2000. I agreed to replace Martl on Bass, and here we are….still the same Death Metal freaks like we were 1997, when I first joined Profanity.
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Martin had written all the lyrics for the songs on the ep “Hatred Hell Within”. They are very personal and they go very deep. The artwork of “Hatred Hell Within”, which was done by Federico Musetti from Italy, reflects the content of the lyrics very good. I think everybody who is interested in our lyrics can read it, and make their own thoughts about.
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Profanity'?
I don´t exactly know what Tom had thought about to give the band the name “Profanity”. But what I know is that he just took a dictionary and “founded” this word. The word Profanity has also different meanings, and that is good. For us it means also, to have no boundaries and this fits also very good to our vision of extreme music, I think.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Impossible to say….there are too much of them. The European tour with Cryptopsy and Haemorrhage of course, opening for Cannibal Corpse, the Maryland Deathfest in the US, the Party San festival, Fuck the Commerce, Obscene Extreme, Ludwigshafen Deathfest, Fistful of Metal, Insane Insanity … just to name a few. But we also played a lot of club gigs where we met so many nice people, so that these gigs became highlights too. To name a personal emotion highlight was the NRW Deathfest 2014 which was the very first show with me again, 14 years after I played my “final” show for Profanity.
We actually don´t have big special effects on a Profanity live show, but we always do our best to deliver high technically Death Metal and we always work our asses of to give the audience a great event.
7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we will play several shows this year, also bigger ones like the Death Feast Open Air with Nile, Suffocation, Asphyx, Inhumate, Fleshless just to name a few. A few other shows for this and next year across Germany, Austria and Czech Republic are already confirmed. Due to our families and jobs we are not able to play a longer tour anymore (or just for the moment….who knows ;-) )
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Absolutely awesome. It is so refreshing for us to get contacted from Death Metal maniacs around the world, from Australia to Denmark, from Indonesia to the US, who tell us that they like our stuff…that is the best compliment a musician can get. That is our fuel that always gives us more energy to continue what we are doing. Thanks to all Profanity fans and supporters worldwide on this way, you guys rule!!!
9. When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hehe….maybe you can tell us ;-) .Like I said before, we are preparing right now to record a new full-length album and we will start to record as soon as possible. We will do the recordings on our own again, so it is impossible to say how long they will take. It will NOT take 12 years again, I promise. The new songs will straight continue the stuff from the ep, technical and brutal Death Metal, or just extreme music. Be prepared….
10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
When you ask for influence for our kind of music then you have to name bands like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Cryptopsy, Deeds of Flesh, Necrophagist and Death of course followed by many others, but for influence generally we also have to name Bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater or Dio. And all of us still like to hear all of those, the brutal ones and the not so brutal ones. We also had always our own vision of extreme music, and I think with every new song we write, with every new release we will put out, we are always getting closer to our vision of extreme music.
11. What are some of your non musical interests?
In first line our families of course. We also like to meet as often as possible for barbecue, that’s always a highlight. All of us do a little sports to stay in shape (more or less).
12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the great people we met the past years who supported us in so many great ways, like emails, interviews, reviews or a little like on our FB site. You guys are awesome, it is a pleasure to play for you. Take care, hope to see you all very soon at a Profanity show, wherever it may be! I also want to thank you John and True Bringer of Death for this interview and for your support of our music. We really appreciate this.