ORM incorporates epic melodic black metal and its nordic melancholy with a rocking, swinging feels while thematically conveying a mythical cosmos of ancient times, where magic, gods, and supernatural creatures inhabited the world as naturally as humans, animals, water, and forests. Their self-titled debut album consists of five lengthy, ambitious tracks produced by Lasse Ballade (Halshug, Solbrud, Slægt), the artwork is done by Paolo Girardi (Inquisition, Black Breath, Bell Witch), and the record will be released on March 24th via Indisciplinarian.
We’ve been writing music together for a long time and it is hard to tell when the process begins. The process ended, of course, with the recording of the album. We wanted to do a live recording of the basic tracks and then add to this afterward. We like to experiment and wanted to have a lot of time to build more layers around the songs like acoustics and choir. The live recordings took about five days and then we worked for another three months on perfecting the songs. We haven’t altered the original recordings, apart from the mixing, but we’ve to spend a lot of time listening to the songs and adding layers to create the atmosphere that we wanted. We wanted the music to sound live and organic, but also give it the ability to transcend and take the listener away from their speakers or headphones to a place more mythic and primal. For our part, we think we’ve succeeded pretty well.
Both musically and visually we are inspired by pre-Christian Scandinavian folklore and imagery. In this chaotic age of industry, globalization, and information we sometimes feel an urge to go back to a time where mankind wasn’t at the top of the food chain and where we feared and respected our surroundings, real and metaphysical. The ORM or serpent is a metaphor for a force that one day may strike to reshape our perception of us being at the center of it all and teach us to be more humble and protective of the world that we live in.
We believe that sound and image goes hand in hand. The emotions and atmosphere that we want to create can’t have one without the other. The music might send you to a specific state of mind, but the artwork by Paolo Girardi is meant as a guide as to where we want to the listener to go in their minds. This is also one of the great things about the rising popularity of vinyl. Now people are finally able to experience the beautiful art that accompanies the music once again. Music is not only music, it is also materiality, and vinyl certainly helps with that sensation.
We all grew up on different music. I don’t really want to name-drop bands or musicians that influenced my understanding of music either. Instead, I would like to mention the Swedish artist Rolf Lidberg. As a child, he invoked my interest for folklore with his fantastic depictions of trolls, forests, and lakes. He captures the mystique that surrounds nature in a way that can still trigger my imagination as an adult. Although childish in many ways, I still feel that the atmosphere in his paintings carries some of the beauty of folklore that inspires ORM today.
ORM is a relatively new band, but we as musicians have been playing and writing music together for more than a decade. We’ve always been fascinated by the soundscapes and aura of black metal and the beauty and sombreness of traditional Scandinavian folk music. For some reason though, we haven’t been able to dedicate ourselves fully to the genres in our previous work. ORM was born out of our wish to explore these beautiful, dark and raw types of music that some people may think so far apart, but to us sound very closely related. And so ORM represent our interpretation of the sonic and visual energy of said genres. We don’t believe that black metal, or any kind of artistic expression, comes in one true form and so ORM tries to incorporate all the different emotions that are invoked in us when we either listen to black or folk music or dig into the lore that lies deep in the roots of Scandinavian culture. Our music wasn’t written with a specific intent, so it is hard for us to explain it. After all, music is meant to be heard, so go listen to our music, and if you are intrigued, buy the vinyl. It will be out on March 24th. Thank you.
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