King Gorm – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
KG: I’d call this album’s style somewhere between proto-metal and progressive rock. It’s a little psychedelic and a little rock n roll at times. Reminds me of bands like Uriah Heep, Dee Purple, and Pink Floyd.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
KG: I made a demo of the album and started sending it around to friends to see if anyone wanted to record it with me. I’m glad we were able to put together a four piece band to record it. The live recordings give it much more air and breathing room than I think I would have ended up with doing all the parts separately on a click track.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
KG: Oh, too many to name. For King Gorm:
Musical: Rainbow, Pink Floyd, Hammers of Misfortune, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, King Diamond, Nobuo Uematsu, Billy Cobham, Mikael Akerfeldt, Kinuyo Yamashita, Michiru Yamane, etc
Non-Musical: Tove Jansson, John Bauer, Robert Howard, Neil Gaiman, Monte Cook, Aubrey Beardsley, etc
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
KG: I’d like to get into doing more music for motion picture/interactive media. I like the idea of getting deeper into scoring games.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
KG: I write all the songs. On this album, the songs follow the story of a group of heroes on a quest to save the fictional land of Irondale.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
KG: Anything I can think of. I think it all helps a little bit. Having good songs is important though.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
KG: I don’t really download much music personally. I really like the convenience of streaming services and the experience of listening to a full album on tape or LP.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
KG: “Gates of Babylon” by Rainbow maybe.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
KG: I hate waiting for stuff that I was given a specific start time on. Anything from plans with friends to concerts or release dates.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
KG: I keep writing songs that I think are closer to the sound in my head, so I think every day is a new high.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
KG: Aside from the King Gorm album coming out on July 31, I’m currently writing a pretty detailed instrumental album, producing a pretty raw/garagey speed metal EP, and writing, mixing, and producing the third Old Man Wizard album. I also have a live solo synthesizer album coming out on July 31, the same day as the King Gorm album. I’m working on a Twitch/YouTube series as well with some friends.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
KG: King Gorm’s album is available on tape and digital at
and on LP at