Back to Basics

by Pro Patria

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Exactly 20 years after "Quod Erat Demonstrandum", Pro Patria is proud to release "Back to Basics", which was a daunting task after such a long inactivity. For this reason Peter went back to his roots (“Back to Basics”), to the era in which he had developed the real Pro Patria sound and he wondered how Pro Patria would have evolved if the band had continued to exist over the last 20 years. Building on the same, somewhat bombastic concept, the sound became harsher, more direct. Even though the old themes are still present, such as a healthy mind and a strong aversion against fascism and religion, concern about the environment, overpopulation and a world dominated by fashion and social media also set the tone. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, “Back to Basics” has turned out to be a much more personal album, largely inspired by the extremely dark period Peter had to go through.

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released December 5, 2017

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Pro Patria Canossa, Italy

Flemish origin Pro Patria was founded in 1988 by Peter V. (aka PVC). Out of the collaboration with CCP arose "Quod Erat Demonstrandum" in 1997. Unfortunately, CCP faced bankruptcy and personal trouble meant the end.
In 2017 Peter was invited to play at the Familientreffen festival, which motivated him to produce "Back to Basics". In 2019 Pro Patria will release its new album "Executioner"
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Track Name: H - Stronger than You
Hit me, that's what you do
Kick me, you love it too
You call me stupid, You call me stupid
But you can do better
There comes a time, when nothing's left
Consumed, my mind is dead
I'm no more use to you, no more use to you
Like a toy, without regret
I'm cold, it's raining on
Abandoned, everyone's gone
There is a way out, there is a way out
No more fear

I am stronger than you

Time lingers on
I woke up, you haven't won
You called me stupid, you called me stupid
But I can do better
Every bruise became a shield
Every scar, I'll never yield
You're no more use to me, you're no more use to me
You were a toy, I have no regret
See who's laughing now
You're abandoned anyhow
There is a way out, there is a way out
No more fear

I am stronger than you
Track Name: Li - Into the Fire
Raving on
Saying that you are the chosen, when it's purpose is to kill
Or to keep us in submission, you've a duty to fulfil
To your autocratic master no-one else has ever seen
Based on obsolescent word of which their writer's never been
Raving on


Now, who are you to judge my actions
I'm the product of just me
For your divine infractions
Don't tell me how to be
You order me repentance
But why should I do that
For your divine's acceptance
I'll never bow my head

And you bow

Throw me into the fire
Your universe will die
I won't obey your desire
I choose fire
Lead me into your slaughter
Show me everything you've got
I won't obey your desire
I choose fire

People keep your head down
But hey, I'm not your toy
No time for useless grovelling
One life to enjoy
You rule by conditioning
But I've got a free mind
Will not believe your fiction
I'm one of a kind


Now, who are you to judge my actions
I'm the product of just me
For your divine infractions
Don't tell me how to be
You order me repentance
But why should I do that
For your divine's acceptance
I'll never bow my head

Throw me into the fire
Your universe will die
I won't obey your desire
I choose fire
Lead me into your slaughter
Show me everything you've got
I won't obey your desire
I choose fire
Track Name: B - It's so divine
Black and bitter sweet,
Everything's sliding into place
and I feel cold and yet elated,
when you blush the colour of wine,
It's so divine
You're chasing me, you're haunting me
It's so divine
You're chasing me, you're haunting me
It's so divine

Strip me down, I love it
Tear your gown, I need it
Possess me, I want it
Take me or lust it

Strip me down, I love it
Tear your gown, I need it
Possess me, I want it
Take me, you lust it

The fire in your eyes
I smell your tantalising scent
My mortal soul suddenly dies
You cover words that weren't mine
It's so divine
You're chasing me, you're haunting me
It's so divine
You're chasing me, you're haunting me
It's so divine
Track Name: O - Never back down
Hit that body
Governments crawl
Hands are greedy
No voice at all
We hit the street
We face the wall
Soldiers beat the innocent
Never back down, never ever back down

There's nothing left
Religious crap and Eurocrats
We hit the street
We face the wall
Soldiers beat the innocent
Never back down, never ever back down

Hit that body
We take control
Politics's boggy
Dismiss them all
We hit the street
We face the wall
Soldiers beat the innocent
Never back down, never ever back down

That's all that's left for us to do
The nation's best
We hit the street
We face the wall
Soldiers beat the innocent
Never back down, never ever back down
Track Name: Cl - This Life is not enough
Darkness where I see light
Shadows appear so shiny
One million dollars wasted,
as if that still matters now
A deeper voice is calling,
still begging with remorse
Your god will never save you,
while all your veins are cut

This life is not enough
This world will not sustain you
It's not enough

This is the time
Overlooking devastation
No more room for sorrow,
for the kings of creation
We have to keep on growing
At least that's what they say
Though markets still exhilarate,
there'll no more be tomorrow

This life is not enough
This world will not sustain you
It's not enough
Track Name: As - There's no Light
Boy on top of the world, thinks his time's spent
The anguish down below seems so far
Yearning for relief, the light is calling
A hard decision made, only silence

Go to sleep
And there's no god
Go to sleep
And there's no light
Go to sleep
Life's dominion
Go to sleep
The end in sight

Boy in state of dream, his hand is shaking
Brings it to his mouth, contains the solution
Won't be too long now, everything's organised
His mind is drifting off, the eyes are closed

Go to sleep
And there's no god
Go to sleep
And there's no light
Go to sleep
Life'd dominion
Go to sleep
The end in sight

Suddenly awake, something odd's going on
Wished he weren't back, so confused
The options are still the same, each is undesirable
But two brown eyes appear and all is clear

Go to sleep
There's still no god
Go to sleep
But there's a light
Go to sleep
Life's dominion
Go to sleep
No end in sight
Track Name: Kr - The End of the World
Dark's ahead
We don't know it yet
We think we're tough
But will regret
One million likes
Fur coat impearled
Not realise this is the end
The end of the world

The end of the world
The end of a dream
The end of the world
We'll not redeem

Dumb and blind
What money buys
Too many people
Means our demise
One million likes
Fur coat impearled
Not realise this is the end
The end of the world

The end of the world
The end of a dream
The end of the world
We'll not redeem

We know how to die
But not how to last
We're parasites
That nature will blast
One million likes
Fur coat impearled
Not realise this is the end
The end of the world

The end of the world
The end of a dream
The end of the world
We'll not redeem
Track Name: Ag - The Vampire Girl
The vampire girl with her lovely black eyes
She puts a spell on me and a scary surprise
She does...

I try to escape but attraction's too strong
Cannot resist her gaze, in her arms I belong
She does...

The freezing dark gets a grip of my heart
But I feel no pain as she rips it apart
She does...

I want to cry but she says its fine
With a dream of blood running down my spine
She bites...

She bites

The vampire girl with her lovely black hair
She takes me by the hand and I feel no despair
She does...

Her touch is soft and her mouth is wet
She gives a kiss so warm and I feel no regret
She does...

I know it's sin but I'm loving it
Caressing her white flesh right down her split
She does...

The tension burns but the price is high
She's sucking out my life with a delicate sigh
She bites...

She bites

I'm begging her
I'm on my knees
Regret's too late
Damnation's fate

She bites

The vampire girl with her lovely black eyes
The vampire girl with her lovely black hair
Track Name: HNO3 - Living in a Cage
I wish that it were so easy
My head is spinning like and endless wheel
A million times, tension building, things aren't real
A sound, echoes of a distant past
Reminding me that I will end last
I've heard it all before
So loud, my eardrum's being sore

How about you listening for a change,
you the one who's being strange?
Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage

Down, right on my knees
How many times have I asked you please?
Thoughts are like a house of cards
Blow and I will fall apart
But why would you care?
Isn't everyone being fair?
The dark side offers no relief
Depending on benevolence, not belonging to prevalence

But you listening for a change,
you the one who's being strange?
Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage

That you're living in a cage

How about you listening for a change,
you the one who's being strange?

Imagine that you're living, that you're living in a cage
Track Name: H2SO4 - Pray for Salvation
It's in your body, it's in your soul
Panic lasts, you lose control
Shiver strikes, it slips away
It's always blinding
Belief has faded far beyond
the natural limits, just what you want
Your reason for life has disappeared
You can only die in passion

You will believe
You will release
Your only mind
Come back to me
Don't fall behind
the limits of your own creation
You just pray for salvation

Count the days, there's no end
The wound goes deep, through your hands
Your look is glazed, there's no reality
Your faith is just formality
You dare to go back
to temptation, don't take that
But you're weak you can't resist
You're a slave, addicted

You will believe
You will release
Your only mind
Come back to me
Don't fall behind
the limits of your own creation
You just pray for salvation

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