So my first question is: “Now, when you look back, are you satisfied with the CD?”
Ropák: Well, we are satisfied, we like the sound, we did a good job there in studio Hostivař, I think, so yeah we are satisfied.
Honza: Did you also mean how it sells and such?
Well, in general, how do you feel about it.
Honza: Quite well. But above all we are waiting for what the Americans will do with it and what's gonna happen. Of course we knew we will release it here and that we will play some concerts and such, but we are rather curious about the Americans. I really don't know what we should expect.
How did you get a deal with an American label anyway?
Honza: Well, when we released the CD I sent a couple of promo CDs abroad just to try it and well, they contacted us,and we took the opportunity.
And which label is it?
Honza: It's called Deepsend Records. It's some sublabel of Century Media, so we'll see.
Did you record the CD with some label or just by yourselves?
Honza: At first we recorded it and then we looked for a label. Actually, firstly we found a Czech label IFA Records and when we finished the deal that they would release the CD, we found the Americans, too, so we had to sort out how things will work and in the end everything was alright.
How long did the recording take?
Ropák: Well, if I recall correctly it was about a month, but not a whole month, usually we worked only in the weekends.
And how was it? Did you enjoy it?
Ropák: Well, we didn't really have that much fun, but I have to say it was good.
Did you invite any guests for the CD?
Ropák: No, we didn't.
Honza: We've done everything by ourselves.
What really caught my attention is the use of a saxophone, I think that I haven't heard it in metal music yet, whose idea was that?
Honza: Well, we did it, because our bass player plays many instruments and we wanted to try out the saxophone, because we liked the idea. I think, that it could also appear in one song on our next album. He( Rop ák) doesn't want to, but I do :-)
You use also keyboards, does the bass player play them too or is it sampled?
Honza: Some are played by him, some sampled, but he did them, too.
I also heard something like clarinet, is it possible?
Honza: It's all programmed sounds, so only the saxophone and some keyboards are actually recorded live.
You use electronic drums, but I have the feeling that in the past you used to play with a real drummer, how did you end up with the automatic drummer?
Ropák: The drummers were rather unreliable, we tried three or four, but none of them had enough determination and interest to be a full time drummer.
Honza: Above all in the concerts we all played a different song, these were really good shows :-))
So there will be no live drummer?
Ropák: Well, we don't have anything against that idea, if we find someone, but he would have to be able to play what Honza managed to program on the automatic one.
Honza: He would have to be small enough, so that he would fit into a small box :-)))
Ropák: It's not the size that matters, but the skills.
Honza, how do you enjoy programming the electronic drummer?
Honza: Well, I don't particularly enjoy it, but we have to do it somehow.
Ropák: But you are quite good at it.
Honza : Well, but it always takes a long time till I force myself to do it. When I finally start doing it, then it goes well, but I never feel like doing it, you have to program there every beat, it's not fun.
Ropák: Well, but it's worth it :-)
Honza: When you hear the result, you say it's good, but to make it it's really laborious.
What about next CD? Do you have any plans already?
Ropák: Well, we're definitely working on new material. Next year in autumn we're planning to go to the studio, so we are already preparing.
Honza: Actually, the deal with the Americans consists of recording two albums, so we have to record the second one before the end of next year.
So it is actually an obligation :-)
Honza: Of course.Well it's good it is an obligation, because otherwise maybe we wouldn't record anything for I don't know how long time …
Ropák: It's a pleasant obligation :-)
I have that feeling, that for a long time you played only occasionally, that you performed live only sparsely, but now you are everywhere, what was the propelling force?
Ropák: I think, that it's because the release of the CD, that gave us quite a push, we received quite positive reviews, so that must be it.
What about concerts abroad? Are you planning any?
Honza: Well, we haven't really become much famous abroad yet, so we are now waiting if something will appear because of that American, because I don't have any contacts abroad, so we are rather waiting for something to happen.
Ropák: But this is gonna happen for sure :-)
Are you planning on touring Czech Republic ?
Honza: Well, it doesn't really matter if you play 5 concerts as a tour or just as single shows.
Well, for someone this really matters …
Honza: Well, there is a negotiation in progress, that we could do Metal Bread Tour along with Sorath next year, but nothing has been confirmed yet, negotiations just started. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't, we talked to them, that they can count on us, so we'll see …
Do you still remember your first concert, what were the feelings, how was it …?
Ropák: Yeah, we do :-) We were pretty nervous, but we really looked forward to it, too.
Honza: Well, we looked forward to it a lot.
Ropák: We were nervous but somehow we managed to overcome it.
For either one of you, what was the worst and the best concert?
Honza: Well, the one in Kadaň was the worst. That's the one where each of us played a different song, moreover they robbed our car in front of the music hall, so we were completely out of our minds that we ended the show after three unsuccesful attempts.
Ropák: After lots of unsuccessful attempts! The best concert was the last one, I guess, we were on Brutal (Brutal Assault, music festival), we liked it there a lot. Many visitors, that's always good.
Next to whom did you want to stand on the stage, who is your musical idol?
Honza: I'd like to be there here with Pavel (Ropák ) :-))))))) Well, it'd be nice if we went on a tour somewhere as a support of some band, that'd be good, but I don't know which band. Never mind.
Obligatory question for the end, which CD did you like lately and why?
Honza: Well, that's difficult, it's a long time, but I liked last album from Anathema, I listened to it over and over. Last CD I bought was last album from Naglfar and from the Czech ones I listened to the new album from Six Degrees Of Separation, that was quite good, too.
Is there something you'd want to tell the readers and fans?
Honza: Nothing :-)))
Ropák: Well, mainly they should go to concerts and listen to music.
Honza: And they should check out our pages and finally buy our CD, otherwise we won't ever release another one :-)))