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Martin Missy (Protector)

Interview with Martin Missy from Protector
by Vladimir Leonov at 25 August 2013, 3:32 PM

In an era in which Thrash Metal almost seems to be history, PROTECTOR is defying time by reviving that authentic sound which impacted a whole generation of Metalheads: old school Thrash Metal. In harmony with some Death Metal elements, their 80’s album “Golem” announced the birth of a potential pillar of the Thrash scene before an unannounced hiatus started in the mid-90s. As of 2011, a new demo “The Return Of Thrash And Madness” marked their comeback to the scene, followed by a soon-to-be released full-length album titled “Reanimated Homunculus”, a glimpse for the new generation on the prime cornerstone of the Metal scene today. PROTECTOR’s growling frontman Martin Missy is the only remaining founding member of the band, and the best witness on the band’s evolution between two eras. 

Hi Martin, glad to hear from you. You really seem to be in a good mood!

As long as we have sunshine here that’s nice!

So your long awaited full album is scheduled to be released soon!/

Yes, on the 13th of September.

Will the new blood (as in the new members), along with the progresses in recording quality nowadays bring a new sound to the album?

I don’t think so, because the guys I’ve been playing with for a couple of years now are very old school. They like the bands from the 80’s. Not only do they listen to them but also write music of that style, so I think it (the album) will sound very old school.

How would you define Teutonic Metal?

By a couple of different bands. You have the old ones like ACCEPT and then you have the Thrash bands such as KREATOR and DESTRUCTION. PROTECTOR comes into the picture too.

I noticed that your albums from the first era usually kept the same sound and structure - loyal to the old school Thrash of filthy and aggressive elements even if there was more Death Metal elements in The Heritage. Your 2011 EP The Return Of Thrash And Madness also depicted everything about old school Thrash really well and marked a comeback to the Golem era, as well as the uncontrollable chromatic guitar sound which used to be played by Hansi Müller. So can we expect Reanimated Homunculus to also bring the Teutonic sound back?

Maybe the sound will be a little bit better but it will be still loyal to old school. We have Thomas Skogsberg who is best known for loving other old schools sounds in Doom Metal and Rock and it was great to work with him. He said from the beginning that we will not get this Doom sound, but that he would us give a dry, heavy, thrashy sound. I think he succeeded with that and it will be very interesting to listen to that.

Many of your fans are longing to hear the sound of that old era again. I think that’s the point of the production of this album.

All of us (the band members) like thrash, or we are more into Thrash than the other genres. We like the 80s. And most of the records at my home are mainly for bands from that era, sometimes from the 70s. My band colleagues are no different.

Any scheduled promotion tour for the album?

We already have our own jobs so we don’t consider producing music as a full time one. It’s still a kind of hobby, so all we can do is a few gigs every year, and soon we’re going to take the stage in three gigs in Germany (beginning of October). And then next year hopefully we’ll be invited to some festivals and play in front of as many fans as possible. Very often, we play small gigs, about 2000 or 3000 hundred, but thanks to festivals we may get the chance for more people to listen to us. But for the moment, there are single gigs scheduled.

So what about your side project MARTIN MISSY AND THE PROTECTORS?

In 2005 I met a guy in an after-show party from West Sweden. We talked about PROTECTOR and he praised the band’s work, and then came up with the idea of covering their songs in a band called MARTIN MISSY AND THE PROTECTORS. He also brought in the other members of the side project who in 2011 became the new PROTECTOR. All in all, the members of this cover side project became the official line up of the new version of PROTECTOR.

What made you take the step of producing a comeback album? Is it nostalgia or the fact that you already have a faithful fan base?

At first I didn’t want to make some new songs but my band colleagues provided me with some new material that sounded old school, so I thought it would be better to produce a new record. I hope many of the fans manage to hear a new PROTECTOR album and listen to the old school sound even if it’s just me left from the old band members.

What is the difference between now and then? (the first era and now)

The guys are the same in the way they are, how they think, how they play, as my old band members in the 80s when we met and played in my hometown. I wouldn’t produce any sort of a new metal sound under the name of PROTECTOR and it’s still the case. Fortunately, my new band colleagues are old school enough to keep the same stuff going on. But I don’t think there is much difference as you see fans during concerts wearing T-shirts, jeans… (Laughing) reminds me of the 80s and the mid 90s!

Any possible collaboration with SODOM or KREATOR?

Nothing is planned for the moment but it would be great to play with them at a festival, maybe.

Any last words for Metal Temple readers?

Thank you for the interview, we really hope that many fans like our new material which hopefully sounds old J. (laughs)


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