SORCERY   DEATH METAL FROM SWEDEN Band Questions answer by OLA MALMSTRÖM    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? My name is Ola Malmström and I am, and has been since 1986, the lead singer in the Swedish Death Metal band Sorcery. The other member who has been with me since the beginning is Paul Johansson on guitar. The rest of the band is Johan Vikholm on guitar, Tommy Holmer, drums, and John Falk on bass.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Well, Sorcery was a fitting name for the band when we started out. We had a couple of other suggestions at first but in the end we chose Sorcery. The name reflects the subject we had in our lyrics in the early days and in some parts even today.   Where and how was the band founded? We founded the band in Sandviken in 1986. I and Paul had played for some time with one of the other founding members when we got in touch with a drummer and guitarist who were interested in starting a new thrash oriented band. We hooked up with those guys and Sorcery was born   Have you played in other bands before? Sorcery was my first real band that actually made something. The earlier bands were just where we learn to play and we just made some very primitive songs. I have played in a band called Outremer for some years and I was also very much involved in a band called Fear My Solitude. Now my only band is Sorcery.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? From time to time. In the earlier days we changed members quite often and in the end we ended up a three piece band who took in session members as soon we needed to do a gig. Nowadays we are more constant even though we have changed members now and then still. I think the line-up we have now is fitting very well together both musical and as persons.   What does the band name mean? Well, Sorcery means Sorcery. What else is there to say?   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I write all of the lyrics. Many of the songs deal with religion and how unnecessary religion is. It is far the worst killer in the world and there is no meaning to let ancient fairytales control your world. People start war over who believes in which made-up story. It is ridiculous. We have also songs that deal with the ordinary death metal topics like death, dying and other gruesome things.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? At first we were very much inspired by the Thrash scene in both Europe and USA. Bands like, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction as well as Slayer, Metallica and so on. Everyone was inspired by Bathory at the time as well. These influences helped us to find out end explore the direction that we would take the band into. If I should describe Sorcery today I might call it Death Metal from the roots. Straightforward, dirty and right up in your face.   Why should people listen to our music? Because it is very, very good, haha. Well to be serious. If you like a band that’s been around for ages and still carries the old genuine style of death metal you should check us out.   Bloodchilling Tales is your 1991 debut. The album was published as limited edition as 12 inc and was limited to 1100 pieces. Why did you decide on this form of publication? The first album was released just in the period when CD was getting big but not everywhere. It was still more “safe” to release a vinyl at the time. The album has been re-released several times on both CD and vinyl so now it is more available than it was before.   Tomas Skogsberg has produced the album. How did you get in contact with him and how was your first cooperation with him? Tomas was the man to do an album with in those days. Off course he still is but in 1990 he made a lot of our friend’s demos and albums and it was a natural choice for us. We had been into studios before but we had never worked with someone who understood the band and our music. It was a great difference from our previous recording experiences.   Who is responsible for the cover artwork? I actually don’t know who made the cover for the first album. There were some guy that the record label comes up with and we had nothing to do with it.   What is your favorite song on the album almost 30 years later and why? Legacy of blood is a great song and we will never stop playing Lucifer Legions. We do it every show.   Arrival at Six Your second album was released in 2013 almost 20 years after your debut album. Why did it take so long? What were the reasons that the band was on ice? Sometime around 1995-96 the band started slowly to stop. As I mentioned earlier we became a three-piece band with a bunch of session guys. We never sat down and said that we would disband Sorcery. We just stopped to rehears and see each other. It would take us up until 2009 before we started to work under the name Sorcery again. We did a couple of stuff and changed a few members until we settle down and made the first album in 22 years.   Was it clear to you that you would work together again with Tomas Skogsberg or were there other producers to choose from? Yes, we wanted to do it with him again. He is still a key figure in the death scene and we knew that he could make the most out of our music.   Daniel "Devilish" Johnsson is responsible for the artwork since you got in contact with him? We re-released a remastered version of bloodchilling tales called Legacy of blood and the label had Daniel made that cover. We loved it and asked him to do the cover for Arrival at six as well. Devilish is a very talented guy and later spoke with him to do the last cover as well but he was busy and couldn’t do it in time.   The album was also your first album for your label Xtreem Music from spain where you came to the label and how satisfied are you with the work? Before the recording of Arrival at six we made a pre-production demo called Warbringer and contacted a bunch of labels. Xtreem seemed to be a good label and we chose to work with them. We have nothing but good things to say about Xtreem. Everything they have promised they have fulfilled.   Garden of Bones your last album is from 2016. How long did the work last and why was Tomas Skogsberg no longer involved in the production? We recorded the album in one week and it took a couple of weeks to get it mixed and mastered. At first our plan where to just record it with Jonsson of Dark Prod and then take it down to Sunlight to get it mixed. In the end we decided to let Jonsson mix it as well.   How satisfied are you with the album today and what is your favorite song on it? Some of the songs like Holy Ground, Hellstorm, The New Armageddon is in my opinion just brilliant and of course there are songs that didn’t end up as good as we imagined from the beginning. Soundwise it is not our best effort but all in all I like it.   You can hear that you is working on new songs. How far have you been going in which direction and when can we expect a death metal thunderstorm? I think the songs we written are in the same direction that the band has worked in for these last years. We would never make some kind of experimental album or change our sound drastically. It is important for us that people who listen to our music can relate to that they are listening to a Sorcery album. The new album is planned to be released during the summer of 2019.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? The first real metal concert I attended was a Swedish band called Heavy Load in my hometown back in 1984. I was totally blown away. I was already deep into metal but after that I knew it would never leave me. I saw Motorhead in 1985 and Iron Maiden in 1986 after that. Great memories.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Oh, they are many. Playing with Sorcery in America was like a dream come true. We also made a concert with a 52 piece classic orchestra that played our songs with us.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? If you mean that I would be a part of another band, I don’t know. I haven’t talked about it. I guess there is something to consider if I was approached to join a band. If you mean which band Sorcery would like to share stage with then I would really like to see a tour with some of the classical Swedish Death Metal bands together.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I am an electrician beside my band.   How important are social media for you as a band? I think it is a very important medium to reach out to your fans and to spread our music and news about what we are up to. Things get out to people in a blink of an eye these days.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? To play music and have a hell of a good time.   What do you think about the Metal scene in general? I think it very healthy and it have been so for quite some time now. There are lots of shows to see nowadays compared to earlier. I know that bands don’t sell the same amount of albums any more like they used to do but that have forced them out on the road and the scene has been more alive.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? You could check out Johns band Devourer. They release a new album shortly. Also Johan and Tommy will soon release an album with the band Patronymicon.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Sandviken and my childhood was good.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I guess neither. I never had any problem with school and my grades were OK but I wouldn’t call it like I was a better student than anyone else.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My mother started to laugh hysterical, haha. I guess they have got used to it by now.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? How do you measure success? In sales or just in the joy of making music. We play a kind of music that there are very hard to be successful in if you not are willing to compromise. We play mainly because we enjoy doing it. If other people like what we do it is just a great bonus.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Even though I can enjoy being in a big city I live quietly on the countryside. Not necessary for the nature, I just like to not have very much people around me.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I don’t practice or watch sports at all.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? I can cook but I can certainly enjoy if anyone else cook for me too.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? They have no problem with me liking and playing metal.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? It is very cowardly to not come forward to speak their minds.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? I think it is a useful thing if you still realize that there is a real world out there and not just live your life through the net.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? This one, but I don’t know why really.   What would you personally like to do in your life? Be healthy and play metal.   Sweden The country I was born into. It has its ups and downs like every other country I guess.   Austria Never been there and I have really no opinion about is.   Bandy Heard it is big in my hometown but I never watch it.   Storsjön (Sandviken) Pretty nice lake in the area.   Elk A big animal, and just as most animals it is best well cooked and on a plate.   Filmjölk I am not a big fan of it.   Carlsberg Hof Beer is of course beer. Like it a bit stronger though.   Taco-kväll Like it.   Visby City Wall Never been there but I like the look of it. A great historical place.   Usa death metal Maybe not my cup of tea.   Movie or Series Both.   Family Great, I live with my two daughters.   Your top 10 all time album faves Blue Oyster Cult – On your feets or on your knees Tiamat – Wildhoney Iron Maiden – Piece of mind Black Sabbath – Born again Dio – Holy diver Slayer – Reign in blood Satan – Caught in the act Trouble – Manic frustration Rainbow – Rising Stillborn – Necrospirituals This list is of course in constant change from time to time and mood.   your top 5 albums in time   ! Pick 5 from the list above   The closing word is yours? Thank you for the interview and make sure to stay focused not to miss the new album. Until then all of you out there can check up our previous releases. Hope to see you all out there soon.
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