This interview with the bass player / vocalist Gary Meskil of Pro-Pain was done through e-mail in February 2002.

Hello, how are you doing?
I'm fine, thanks.

Your 8th studio album "Shreds Of Dignity" will be released on the 18th of March, can you tell us something about it?
"Shreds Of Dignity" (our 7th studio album) marks over 10 years of PRO-PAIN and features 12 new studio tracks. The record was self engineered and produced in our own Sarasota Florida studio. The songs are hard and fast, and the subject matter is reality based.

You have already sold more than 600 000 albums worldwide, what are your expectations on the new one?
In the record business there are many variables that can alter one's expectations. So, we don't have any. We simply try to make the best records and concerts we can, and hope for the best.

The album cover looks a little cheap... How come you decided to use a simple design?
Cheap ? As opposed to "expensive" ? I like effective simplicity. I suppose we could hire some world reknowned artist and / or art department to provide us with slick graphics complete with a corny watered down concept of what the band really wishes to convey. But, I think we'd rather buy toys for our kids. [Editor's comment: Seems like smart people.]

Your music has always been very high on energy and speed, is it harder to keep this up now than it was back in the early 90's?
No. I suppose after you've been doing it for a while, it's kind of second nature. I believe that if you learn to do something at a young age, you never forget how to do it and do it well. However, it would be nice to "look" and "feel" 16 again.

Which of your albums do you like best (the new one included) and why?
Foul Taste Of Freedom: It set the tone for us, musically and lyrically.

Act Of God: The first album with what I believe is our best lineup. Pure unadulterated energy from start to finish.

Shreds Of Dignity: A true sign of the times. Fast, furious, and uncomprimising.

What are your thoughts on the state of metal today?
I thought metal was a country : ) Well, I'm not too fond of the nu-metal thing. It just comes across as being a bit too "Hollywood" to me. The mid paced "groove" sound is getting real tired. The metal underground seems to be more of a Black and Death metal scene which was never really my forte'. So for me, the state of metal is bleak but for others I'm sure it's never been better.

You have always been a very hard working band, have you never thought of quitting and live "ordinary" lives?
As I'm sure you know, "ordinary" can be boring. So, we'll continue doing what we're doing for as long as we still enjoy it (and each others company).

What is the best thing about being a musician?
I can only speak for myself. For me, the best thing about being a musician is that it gives me the opportunity to make a great living by playing the music that I love while travellin g around the globe and meeting tons of cool people everywhere I go.

Are you happy with the support from your label so far?
Yes. Nuclear Blast are a class act, and the staff are very professional (and nice).

What are your top 5 bands ever?
Slayer, Motorhead, Minor Threat, Kiss, Bad Brains

Any final words for the fans?
Thanks for supporting PRO-PAIN, and we hope to see you in beautiful Scandinavia sometime soon !!

Links of interest:

Nuclear Blast