S.O.R.M – Interview with Hellhound Micke Holm-english
The EP „Hellraiser“
The beginning of S.O.R.M
MH: Let´s begin with a simple question before we go deep into the secrets of humanity. 😂What do the letters in the band name S.O.R.M stand for?
Micke: That´s a secret 😉.
MH: How and under which circumstances S.O.R.M was formed?
Micke: I book shows in my home town and one show I did not have a local support. So a friend of mine called me up and asked if we 2 and Robin should put a band together just for that show. At that time I did not have a band so I said yes and rushed home and started to write songs. After that gig we did a gig in Gothenburg 2 weeks later, We got good response at both of our gigs. So we decided to continue with S.O.R.M .
Beard for a six-pack
MH: And now we come quickly to a difficult question, I think. You have an impressive amount of hair, both on your head and on your face. What could you rather do without, your beard or your hair?
Micke: My beard! I´m like Simson: All my power is in my hair, haha.
(MH: I actually didn’t know who he meant by that, and I first went out from Bart Simpson and wondered a little bit. Micke has now optically nothing in common with Bart Simpson. So my first thought turned out to be a big mistake. Micke alluded to Simson in the Bible (Old Testament), who was considered invincible as a biblical hero in battle as long as he left his hair untouched (Wikipedia). This story was actually unknown to me until then. A little misunderstanding😂)
MH: And what would you exchange the beard for?
Micke: 6-Pack 😉
Family and emotions
MH: Do you have a musical family or are you the only one who is on his highway to hell?😈
Micke: Well! I´m the only one who´s on the highway to hell but my grandfather played the bass. Music is a big thing in my family but I´m the only one who is playing in a band.
MH: In my opinion, music always has something to do with emotions, often from personal experience. How do you see that?
Micke: Music saved my life once. So I agree.
MH: Is it possible to write rock or metal songs without emotions?
Micke: For Hell, no !!!
MH: What do you get inspired by?
Micke: When comes to music my own life and really good singers. But in general, my kids and the everday heroes.
MH: The songs on „Hellraiser“ reflect a rather dark, but also combative mood. Where did the inspirations come from specifically for this?
Micke: Every song on Hellraiser is a story of my own life. Except for „House Of The Rising Sun“.
Interjection-S.O.R.M Q&A Live
MH: Small slide-in unit on my part…. Sometimes Micke is a man of only a few words. Therefore I took the opportunity to watch the live stream of S.O.R.M for the release of „Hellraiser“ on 12/04/20. There I checked it out once again. In a very illustrious and funny round I had a lot of fun and asked some of my questions again.
Maybe it was because of the few beers that were destroyed that there were a few more words to certain questions. Also the above mentioned six-pack of beer was discussed once again. Among other things it came out that the songs were written in a difficult phase of life. The songs are about control by other people (Gipsy Queen), the painful way to a rock bottom in life (Brick By Brick) and the fight from hell back to life (Hellraiser). Here is the link to the live stream…
TYPE O NEGATIVE inspiration
MH: You released the great EP „Hellraiser“. In the past you have done that on your own. And now under the label Noble Demon you give that EP the right honorific, which it deserve. And to give it something really special, you made an awesome cover version of the cult song „House Of The Rising Sun“. How did you come to this idea?
Micke: Our road manager Hank plays piano and he sent a clip to a friend of ours when he plays the orgen solo in „House Of The Rising Sun“. That friend (Göran Persson) came up with the idea to do a cover of the song and so we did. When we went in to record our album we did not know how the song should be recorded. The night befor we were supposed to record the song I listen to Type o Negative and said to myself: We do it TYPE O NEGATIVE style. So I arranged the whole song that night.
MH: What connects you with this song?
Micke: I think ist a great song and I played it a lot so it would be cool to do a cover of it.
MH: How do you approach something like this if you want to reinterpret a song like this?
Micke: Try do do your own vesion of it.
MH: Are you perhaps a little surprised yourself by the excellent result?
Micke: To be honest, YES. I was actually a little bit scared. I didnt know what Patrick at `NOBLE DEMON´ would think. But so far it seems we did a great job 😉.
MH: It seems to me that someone totally freaked out during the guitar solos, in a positive sense of course. Was it you or who played it?
Micke: No it is not me! I wish i was it! It is a friend from the states, Mike Kerr, who plays guitar in FIRST BOURN.
MH: The song „House Of The Rising Sun“ proves that even with straight heavy rock you can make a song with a long playing time exciting and entertaining without being particularly progressive. Can we expect to hear more such pieces in the future?
Micke: You never know. If it was up to me we do more TYPE O NEGATIVE style.
New album from S.O.R.M
MH: With the EP „Hellraiser“ you have impressively proven that we can count on you in the future. Can the fans already look forward to a new album next year?
Micke: Yes we are releasing a full album next year.
MH: Are there already some details you can reveal?
Micke: If you like the EP you gone love our album. It be like riding on a hellride.
MH: Something else you want to say?
Micke: Remember, You live short and are dead for a very long time. So get the best out of your life!
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