Sweden is renowned for introducing to the world some of the leading death metal, black metal, punk and hard rock music that has gone on to create genres and emulation far and wide. Adding to this continued greatness is Swedish hard rock act, a band that has a dark aesthetic with undeniable hooks and anthems that stand alongside such greats as Twisted Sister, Motley Crue and Judas Priest.
Key among the band’s influences is iconic L.A rockers W.A.S.P. So it is with great pleasure that the band would like to announce that S.O.R.M will be performing alongside and in collaboration with the legendary W.A.S.P lead guitarist Doug Blair on March 12 at Backstage Rockbar in Lordag!
S.O.R.M have been busy completing the band’s debut album which will be due for release later this year. Having partnered with the growing German based Noble Demon Records which re-released the band’s EP ‘Hellraiser’ expect new music and the band’s new album very soon!
For a taste of what’s to come check out the band’s most recent single ‘Demon Child’ here:
Vintage Vinyl Review Show “Vinyl Rewind” has posted on their Official Youtube Channel an Interactive video for the Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special, chosen by KRYPTON RADIO as their “Video of the Day”. The video is built around Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera and is featuring also W.A.S.P. Guitarist Doug Blair.
After the video’s introduction, the viewer gets choices as to how to proceed through the story. As you work your way through the story, you encounter Lovecraft himself, Keziah Mason (played by Alaine Kashian, who gave Keziah a surprise twist for this project), Brown Jenkin, and mad metal guitarist Doug Blair from W.A.S.P., among others. It’s hilarious and terrifically entertaining.
In a recent interview with Krypton Radio, the Vinyl Rewind host Eric Callero explained, “I’m not the first to do that [interactive video on YouTube]. There was a famous Australian pizza company that made an interactive ad. That got a lot of attention. Mike [Dalager, the producer of Dreams in the Witch House] approached me via YouTube, saying, ‘Hey, check out these cool things I made! We should do something with them!’
“I really gravitated toward the H.P. Lovecraft idea, and my idea was maybe I could do something for Halloween. I was afraid it was too pedestrian; was it going to be seen as lame? But Mike was like, ‘YEAH! LET’S DO IT!’
“I realized it was going to be too long as a single video, about 20 minutes, for most people on YouTube. There are people who watch longer, but I know my audience, and I see the attention seems to drop off after about 10 minutes. So, I thought, what if I make it like a choose-your-own-adventure? It killed two birds with one stone; I’d been wanting to do something like that and it would keep people engaged. Growing up, I loved those [choose your own] books. I’d cheat at them. I’d keep one finger in the pages, and I’d go, ‘Oh, I don’t like that ending,’ and go back. I also grew up loving the adventure game series, which they don’t make a lot of any more. Lucas Arts was really good with them, and so was Sierra: Day of the Tentacle, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island. I love those games where you have to think about stuff. I didn’t put any puzzles in this. That would be a lot harder; you can’t keep any inventory on YouTube. It’s almost a video game in a way, a throwback to the ‘90s full-motion video games that we saw a lot of.”
The final scene (assuming you make it that far) is, well, I don’t want to spoil it, but you’ll love it. Dalager, talking about how the scene came together, added, “What I love about Lovecraft fans, well, most of them, the majority of them, is that they have a sense of humor. If we could make this feel like a Roger Corman moment, everybody wins …we were down to the wire at Theater Banshee, shooting the finale, and I was like, ‘We’ve got 15 minutes left, guys! The rental’s up.’ So we had to figure out how to approach the whole Brown Jenkin thing. Really that whole combat moment was shot in about 15 minutes.”
So, Lovecraft fans, put on your sense of humor and prepare to go on an adventure! Be warned: the interactive only works on a computer; it will not work correctly on mobile devices. Callero says he’s working on a different version for mobile viewing.
Stay tuned to Krypton Radio for more from the folks at Dreams in the Witch House, and the Vinyl Geek!
Also check out the trailer for the Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special. It was premiered at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival on October 9th, 2014, featuring WITCH HOUSE ROCKS‘ music video “No Turning Back”, taken from their Concept Album “DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE – A Lovecraftian Rock Opera”, based on the 1933 Weird Tales cosmic horror story by H.P. Lovecraft..
Vintage Vinyl Review Show “Vinyl Rewind” has posted on their Official Youtube Channel a trailer for the upcoming Vinyl Rewind Halloween Special. It was premiered at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival on October 9th, 2014, featuring WITCH HOUSE ROCKS‘ music video “No Turning Back”, taken from their Concept Album “DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE – A Lovecraftian Rock Opera”, based on the 1933 Weird Tales cosmic horror story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Recently WITCH HOUSE ROCKS commented, via their Official Facebook Page, their participation at the Stockholm HP Lovecraft Festival:
“Thank you Stockholm HP Lovecraft Film Festival for another great year of Lovecraftian Swedish delights! It was great to conclude this year’s fest with an autograph signing session at SF Bokhandeln featuring (left to right) Sean Branney (Father Iwanicki), Douglas Blair (lead guitar), Chris Laney (Brown Jenkin) & killer art by Mohloco! Portland heads to Stockholm! The “Dreams in the Witch House” trinity in Portland that was Douglas Blair, Alaine Kashian & Mike Dalager mutates into Douglas Blair, Chris Laney & Sean Branney, performing at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival, October 2nd to 5th, 2014 at Kulturhuset and SF Bokhandeln.”
The “Dreams in the Witch House” program @ Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival :
2nd October: “No Turning Back” music video at “Klarabiografen” movie theatre
5th October: “Rock Opera Art Show” – new works by Mohoco. Cover concept artist at SF Bokhandeln + Autograph Signing Session – Douglas Blair of W.A.S.P., Christ Laney (Brown Jenkin), Sean Branney (Father Iwanicki)
Sweden Rock Festival‘s Sweden Rock Cruise “Rockbåten” kicks off this week, 10-12 October 2014, at 5pm CET. 36 hours at full speed with the new rock cruise, sailing between Stockholm and Helsinki on Silja Serenade, organised by Sweden Rock and Rockklassiker. Check out the full schedule for the cruise below.
Silja Serenade departs from Stockholm at 5pm CET on Friday 10 October and is back in port on Sunday, 12 October at 9am CET, so there will be two party nights aboard.
Furthermore and as we recently reported, Sweden Rock Festival organisors will confirm at this Rockbåten Cruise the first bands for next year’s festival (3-4-5-6 June 2015).
Full schedule for the cruise:
23.15-00.45 Black Star Riders
Atlantis (Open 18.30-04.00)
19.00-19.45 Storytelling: Black Star Riders
20.00-23.00 Battle Of The Tribute Bands with The Döörs, Hazy/Dizzy, Hindenburg and Dressed To Thrill
New York Club & Lounge (Open 00.00-04.00)
Old Port Pub (Open 15.00-02.00)
Rock Trubadur and DJ’s
MiniRock Fair (at the conference center, open 19.00-22.00)
20.00 Meet & Greet: Black Star Riders
Saturday 11 October Note! Finnish time
19.00-20.30 Blue Öyster Cult
22.30-00.00 The Hooters
Atlantis (open 13.30-05.00)
14.00-14.45 Storytelling: Blue Öyster Cult
16.00-16.45 Doug Blair
17.00-17.45 Storytelling: The Hooters
21.00-21.15 First band announcement to Sweden Rock Festival 2015
00.15-01.00 The winner of the Battle Of The Tribute Bands performs
New York Club & Lounge (open 13.00-16.00 and 00.00-05.00)
13.00-16.00 Rock karaoke
Old Port (open 11.00-02.00)
Rock Trubadur and DJ’s
15.00-15.45 Rockbåten All-Stars
MiniRock Fair (at the conference center, open 11.00-22.00)
15.00-15.30 Meet & greet: Blue Öyster Cult
18.00-18.30 Meet & greet: The Hooters
There are still some cabins left in certain cabin categories. Visit HERE for booking and more info!
The upcoming issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, in stores on October 21, includes a seven-page long article about W.A.S.P. guitarist Doug Blair‘s Carreer. W.A.S.P.-fans who are not subscribers should immediately obtain a subscription via this link. Even fans of Slash should turn to when a Slash t-shirt is included as an extra bonus!”
About Sweden Rock Festival (source: Wikipedia)
Sweden Rock Festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sweden since 6 June 1992. While having a clear rock/metal focus, the festival is noted for its diversity across these genres. When the festival first began in 1992, it featured nine relatively unknown bands and it only lasted one day. The next year the festival was expanded to two days and more bands were added to the line-up. From 1993 to 2002 the festival would last two days; over those years it would also begin to feature bigger name acts. In 2000 the festival was expanded to three days but it returned to two days the following year.
From 2003 to 2006 the festival lasted three days and had by then featured some of the biggest acts in metal and rock. From 2007 the festival has been expanded to four days and will feature approximately 120 different bands/artists.
Some notable appearances in the past have been Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Uriah Heep, Europe, Deep Purple, Accept, Motörhead, Saxon, Nazareth, Poison, Status Quo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Scorpions, Porcupine Tree, Kamelot, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Testament, W.A.S.P, ZZ Top, The Orchestra, Thin Lizzy and Guns N’ Roses.