Style: ambient / darkwave / gothic |
Year of birth: 1992
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Biography of Band
|At the heart of great music lies creativity, eccentricity, music is, after all an art form, an expression of oneself. Art is often misinterpreted, ridiculed and misunderstood to the point where critics often fail to realise the creative forces that make art so unique, so unusual and yet so interesting.
Mortiis is an artistic creation and yet Mortiis is a person so massively misunderstood it beggars belief. Just take a look at this website to witness the unfounded and totally ludicrous fables that have been written about him by artistic heathens throughout the world! Yes, Mortiis has lived in the Norwegian mountainsides, surrounded by forests, yes, Mortiis is an unusual character shrouded in mystery, but Mortiis is also a distinct character producing some of the most enigmatic, dark and haunting melodies ever.
Mortiis is one of music's last bastions of real creative genius and unique artistic expression left in a world overthrown by boy bands and false metal angst, offering instead both the visual and musical breath of fresh air that is so redundant in present MTV-dominated musical climates.
The concept of Mortiis is one that is never stagnant; it is continually evolving. It is a concept equal parts, image and music that is influenced by the surroundings, society and feelings, that everyone of us will probably have experience of in our lifetimes. Often misconstrued as a madcap Norwegian Troll, Mortiis isn't an alter ego per se, Mortiis is a character that questions society and the world we live in and how perceptions should be cast aside to enable art to be expressed freely. Obviously, not everyone has the broad mind to do this however, as Mortiis explains: "People make presumptuous comments and conclusions about me, when they've never even talked to me, see I'm really strong against prejudice and I don't see how people can judge people they don't know."
Mortiis has, in the same way that his image has evolved, continued to push back the musical boundaries that some artists can never hope to achieve. Refusing to embrace the norm or current trends, Mortiis is an accomplished artist who stands on his own in a dark, surreal, mystical but yet utopian universe. This is reflected in his most encompassing album to date 'The Smell of Rain'.
'The Smell Of Rain' sees Mortiis bring to the forefront, his long-time love for legendary pioneers in the electronic darkwave movement, while using his ambient-esque soundscapes as the building blocks of his new contemporary sound.
Taking in influences from artists such as Enigma through to Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails. It's also the first album that sees Mortiis take full control over the vocal duties as well as creating the music.
Consequently 'The Smell of Rain' is an album which sees Mortiis simply let out all aspects of his personality, to create his most prolific, personal album to date. "The Smell Of Rain is a new beginning, a new era and the past should be left alone. This album is about honesty, mental decay and coping with it, not past glories. It is basically about falling into a sort of depression and symbolically wanting something so badly that you can smell it" explains Mortiis.
Not only has Mortiis' music evolved so has the character of Mortiis' himself. The album's photo shoot was shot in the 120 degree searing heat of Death Valley and is also part of the video shoot for opening track 'Parasite God'. It's an image that represents both desolation and bleakness, both physically and mentally and is consequently portrayed in the musical ambience of 'The Smell of Rain'.
Mortiis isn't a freak of nature; he is the embodiment of greatness and exploration most are too scared to discover. But it's never too late to unearth the truth for yourself, but if you're still confused then "think of me as a human being with seven thousand issues!" As Mortiis states himself!
Members of Mortiis
| Current Members:|
?smund Sveinunggard. In Band at: 2003 - . Role: Guitar
Leo Troy (Svein Traserud). In Band at: 2003 - . Role: Drums
Levi Troite (Gawron). In Band at: 2003 - . Role: Guitar
Side projects: Lost in Time
Haavard Elefsen (Mortiis) (Founder). In Band at: 1992 - . Role: Vocals, Bass, Piano, Synth
Side projects: Emperor, Vond, Cintecele Diavolui, Fata Morgana
Sarah Jezebel Deva. Role: Female Vocals
Side projects: Covenant, Therion, Cradle of Filth, The Kovenant
Suvi Virtanen. Role: Vocals
Mika Lindberg. Role: Vocals
Raptor Fahlberg (Nos4a2). Role: Vocals
|Demo: The Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost (1993) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music/Pagan Moon. Tracklist.|
CD: Born to Rule (F?dt til ? Herske) (1993) Studio: Malicious Records. Tracklist.
Comment: Originally released by Malicious Records, the CD version had several press runs off which several had different label prints due to misprints, etc.
The original LP by Malicious Records was released in 500 copies on black vinyl, and 500 copies on purple vinyl. Both versions had gatefold cover and came with a poster.
The LP version was later reissued by DDM with new artwork, gatefold sleeve and poster.
The first 500 copies came on golden vinyl and was hand numbered and signed by the artist.
The CD version was later reissued by Projekt Records in the US, yet again with new artwork. The same version was also reissued by Earache Records, with the same artwork for the remainining territories.
CD: The Rebellion Spirit (?nden Som Gjorde Oppr?r) (1994) Studio: Cold Meat Industries. Tracklist.
Comment: was also issued as gatefold LP, limited to 300 numbered copies, with posters and 4 postcards.
later issued by DDM as picture disc, 3 pressruns of each about 300 copies each, all 3 presses differed from each other.
CD: Emperor of an Unknown Dimension (Keiser av en dimension ukjent) (1995) Studio: Cold Meat Industries. Tracklist.
Comment: Initial press run of the CD came on golden CD, while the LP version was a picture disc wrapped in a giant poster, limited to 500 numbered copies.
The LP was later reissued in the US by Ajna Records, with new artwork, limited to 300 copies, and came with a booklet of previews from the forthcoming book (at the time) "secrets of my kingdom".
7" EP: Blood and Thunder (1995) Studio: Primitive Art. Tracklist.
Comment: Written and recorded in one day, it was released by Primitive Art Records, as a limited edition of 500 numbered and signed copies.
It came on purple vinyl with a poster.
Was originally intended as a demo for the "Crypt of the Wizard" cd
CD: Crypt of the Wizard (1996) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: Originally recorded as a series of 5 12"EPs, each EP was issued as a limited run of 1000 copies (500 copies always black, the following copies on a different coloured vinyl)
Released on DDM as a compilation album on LP and CD, but is largely reckognized as a real album.
This album was reissued on Earache Records with new cover artwork, which due to unfortunate circumstances between the then graphics artist and label turned out rather inferior.
EP: En Sirkel Av Kosmisk Kaos (1997) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: Second of five 1997 EPs only in vinyl.
All five compiled into Crypt of the
EP: Ferden Og Kallet (1997) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: First of five 1997 MLPs.
All five compiled into Crypt of the Wizard CD.
EP: In The Darkness Dreaming (I M?rket Dr?mmende) (1997) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: Fifth of five 1997 EPs only in vinyl.
All five compiled into Crypt of the Wizard
CD: Starborn (Stjernef?dt) (1997) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: Fourth of five 1997 EPs only in vinyl.
All five compiled into Crypt of the Wizard CD.
EP: The Song Of The Wanderer (Vandreren's Sang) (1997) Studio: Dark Dungeon Music. Tracklist.
Comment: Third of five 1997 EPs only in vinyl.
All five compiled into Crypt of the Wizard CD.
CD: The stargate (1998) Studio: Earache. Tracklist.
Comment: Released on 9/9/99, the book "secrets of my kingdom" was supposed to have been released by Earache Records, accompanying a limited edition gold disc version of the CD, but for reasons unknown, that version was released summer 2001, months prior to the smell of rain.
The LP version was a 3 sided, gatefold w/ fold out 12" lyric sheet affair. The initial plan was a huge poster, but was dropped by the label. Word was that it would be included in a reprint of the LP, but that reprint never happened. The 4th side was etched.
CD: the stargate (1998) Tracklist.
Comment: The album has been licensed for South America, Eastern Europe, in addition to Europe and North America.
The remix/remaster version also contains these songs and is the unofficial morpheus two release:
paranoid god pt.1 (the iconoclast mix, by Brian Lustmord)
marshland (the excursion mix, by Raven Fox)
monlithic dub (by Brian Lustmord)
you put a hex on me (tarmvred remix)
Initial CD press run for Germany contained a bonus DVD with the video for Parasite God on it. The LP version was a double gatefold with 12" size lyric insert.
A remix/remastered version was released a year later on the artist«s request and contains remixes by Brian Lustmord, Raven Fox and Tarmvred, in addition to being totally remastered.
Initial attempts at getting the CD booklet printed up as transparent layers of art and text was turned down by the label several times.
CD: The Smell of Rain (2001) Studio: Earache. Tracklist.
CD: The Grudge (2004) Studio: Earache. Tracklist.
Comment: Many versions of this CD have been issued:
A very limited 'plastic edition' CD (Mosh 280 CDL) with amazing alternative
cover by reknown french artist Jean Sebastian Rossbach. It comes with a 12 page
plastic booklet each page revealing a different image. This version available
everywhere except Germany. It will be made available in the USA only from
A Germany only version (MOSH 280 CDG). This version comes with 2 bonus remix
tracks, not available on the other versions. The extra tracks are‘Decadent And
Desperate’ (Flickin The Bitch Switch Mix) and ‘The Grudge’ (Despectus).
The vinyl version (MOSH 280 LP). Limited to 1,000 copies, the vinyl version of
"The Grudge" will be pressed in 10 different colors on 140 gram vinyl :
Colours & quantities available: Clear 95 / White 75 / White/Grey 25 /
White/Green 25 / Green 122 / Green/Orange 68 / Orange 21 / Orange/Grey 13 /
Grey 55 / Blue 107 / Blue/White 9 / Purple 111/ Brown 116 / Brown/Black 3 /
Black 96 / Red 98
Single: The Grudge/Decadent and Desperate (2004) Studio: Earache. Tracklist.
Comment: Also available on 7" with 2 tracks.
1. The Grudge (Single Edit)
2. Decadent and Desperate