"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1992
From: Notodden, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Mortiis News

Below is our complete Mortiis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Mortiis Announce "Era 1" 2018 Live Dates

Mortiis will be performing the re-interpreteded 1994 album "Ånden som Gjorde Opprør" at a series of select dates and locations during 2018. There will likely be more shows coming up in the second half of 2018. Here are all confirmed shows so far:

February 17: Good Omens, Trondheim, Norway
March 9: Glasgow, Stereo United Kingdom
March 10: The Dome and Boston Music Room, London, United Kingdom
March 24: Rock klub Tartaros, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
April 21: Temple Athens, Athens, Greece
April 27: SWR Barroselas Metalfest, Barroselas, Portugal
May 4: Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
May 5: De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
May 18: Steelfest Open Air, Hyvinkää, Finland
June 24: Ragnard Reborn Festival, Kharkiv, Ukraine
June 29: Kilkim Žaibu XIX, Varniai, Lithuania
July 14: Castle Party, Bolków, Poland

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Mortiis Re-Issuing "Født Til A Herske"

Foreign Sounds is proud to present the legendary Mortiis "Era 1" recording "Født til a herske," available again on LP for the first time since the self-released version from 1995. This dungeon synth opus has been out of print on vinyl for over 20 years.

The original audio has been carefully remastered by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media with die-cut artwork by David Thiérrée, who has created art for Behemoth, Vlad Tepes, Celestia, Primordial and Nocturno Culto.

This verison is presented in a limited edition package through a partnership with Omnipresence and Mortiis on 3 colors of vinyl - black (limited to 200 copies), forest green (limited to 200 copies) and "Born to Rule" brown/green (limited to 100 copies). Due to copyright restrictions, the re-issue is limited only to the United States. Pre-orders are online at this location. More...

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Mortiis Releases "The Great Corrupter"

Mortiis’ latest offering "The Great Corrupter" officially sees release today - April 21st - alongside the official release of Merzbow’s remix of “Bleed Like You.”

Merzbow joins some of the most well-known names in genres spanning industrial rock to deep experimental ambient in deconstructing and “corrupting” tracks from last year’s "The Great Deceiver" album, resulting in tracks that have taken on entirely new lives. T"he Great Corrupter" also includes previously unreleased material from some of the original mixing sessions featuring Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails).
“A lot of work has gone into this project, from the tracks themselves to packaging,” Mortiis said. “We are excited to finally make it available to fans.” More...

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Merzbow Mutilates Mortiis

The latest single from Mortiis’ "The Great Corrupter" album comes courtesy of the Japanese dark ambient noise artist Merzbow, who twists “Bleed Like You” into a completely new form.

“This is not a remix - it's abuse,” said Mortiis. “The good kind. If you prefer your music traditional, and your audio all pleasant and polished, you should consider walking away now. It is Merzbow mutilating Mortiis. I never really thought that that was going happen, and I don't think anyone else did either!”

Much like his own original recordings, Merzbow’s interpretation of “Bleed Like You” is an instrumental attack on the senses.

“We've been trying to think a bit different art-wise for the last few singles,” said Mortiis. “I thought the time was right to try art directions that were not typical of Mortiis to take. The Merzbow remix single art is another idea I've had for a long time. As usual, it's morphed from the original idea, into a different beast almost entirely, in time. But what else is new?” More...

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Godflesh Tackles Mortiis Track Remix

Mortiis is offering a second single today titled “The Great Leap” and remixed by industrial metal godfathers Godflesh. The track is taken from upcoming “The Great Corrupter” remix album, penned for release on the 21st of April via Omnipresence Production.

Mortiis comments: “Godflesh was groundbreaking in bridging the gap between industrial and extreme metal in the ‘90s. Having their take on our song is simply amazing. Without Godflesh, a lot of fans would not have opened their minds to different genres of extreme music.” More...

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Mortiis Reveals "The Great Corrupter" Details

Mortiis has revealed further details on the complete packaging of the upcoming "The Great Corrupter" release, available worldwide on April 21st via Omnipresence Prodcution.

"The Great Corrupter" is a collection of previously unreleased tracks, as well as deconstructed and corrupted versions of songs from last year’s "The Great Deceiver" by Die Krupps, John Fryer, Godflesh, Merzbow, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, and Pig. Previously unreleased material is also included from some of the original recording sessions featuring Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails).

“I went pretty crazy on this one and reached out to so many awesome artists, from people I knew, to people I happened to come across on YouTube and whose material I liked” says Mortiis, adding ”As each reworked track came in, I got more and more excited, and I just kept reaching out to people asking if they´d be interested in being part of the project. I guess I got hooked on the high that it gives, to hear your music twisted and mutilated in any conceivable way”. More...

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Mortiis Offering Single For Free Download

Mortiis will offer fans a first glimpse into upcoming release "The Great Corrupter" with a free download of the ferocious “Doppelganger” / ”The Shining Lamp of God” remixed by German industrial legends Die Krupps and club heroes Leæther Strip. You can stream the tracks below, or grab your own free copy righ there.

“We’re stoked to be able to open the floodgates, so to speak, of 'The Great Corrupter' in advance, and invite people to check out the Die Krupps and Leæther Strip mixes,” Mortiis said. “The album has 28 tracks in total, each one darker, denser, weirder, angrier and heavier than the next.”

"The Great Corrupter" is due for release on April 21st. The record is a collection of tracks from Mortiis’ "The Great Deceiver" album, deconstructed and masterfully “corrupted” by Chris Vrenna, Rhys Fulber, Die Krupps, John Fryer, Godflesh, Merzbow, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, Je$us Loves Amerika, Pig, and many more. More...

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Mortiis Announces "The Great Corrupter"

On the heels of last year’s long-awaited "The Great Deceiver" album, Mortiis will issue "The Great Corrupter" on April 21st.

The Great Corrupter begins with tracks from the previous album, deconstructed and masterfully “corrupted” by Chris Vrenna, Rhys Fulber, Die Krupps, John Fryer, Godflesh, Merzbow, Apoptygma Berzerk, In Slaughter Natives, Raison D´Etre, Je$us Loves Amerika, PIG, and many more. The record will also contain unreleased material from the original recording sessions.

“The tracks on this album are very broad,” said Mortiis. “They range from retro sounding, heavy industrial to very deep ambient type music to electronic/industrial club type stuff.”

This new version will be available in CD and vinyl formats, each with its own unique, collectible packaging, as well as arriving digitally. Ahead of the release of "The Great Corruptor" remix album in late April, the band will be embarking on a nine date U.K. co-headline run this March with PIG, aka industrial pioneer Raymond Watts. The tour kicks off at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms on March and finishes at London's legendary Garage venue on March 18th. More...

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Mortiis' Vond Announces Four Releases

After 20 years of silence, Vond - the ‘90s side project once deemed “the darker side of Mortiis” -
will reemerge next week with four releases via Germany’s Funeral Industries.

The releases include reissues of three long-out-of-print albums - "Selvmord," "The Dark River," and "Green Eyed Demon: - and one compilation, known as "AIDS to the People" and made up tracks from previously released and unreleased singles.

"Selvmord," which translates to “suicide,” was Vond’s 1994 album and was originally released as a limited edition LP by the now-defunct Dutch label Necromantic Gallery.

“We included a razorblade with the 20 first copies,” Mortiis said, adding with a morbid sense of humor that “there have been no suicides that we are aware of.” That version of the record has been sold out for two decades and was subsequently released in CD format by various record labels. More...

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Mortiis Re-Issuing "Era 1" Material On Cassette

Mortiis is gearing up to re-issue his first four releases on cassette in February. The band just checked in with thsi update:

"For over 6 months we have been working directly with Foreign Sounds/Children of the Night to coordinate the re-issue of the first 4 releases in the 'Era 1' catalog. Mortiis 'Era 1' material needs no introduction. A founding father if you will of what is now known as dungeon synth.

"Originally described by Mortiis himself as dark dungeon music, Mortiis created a number of dark ambient/synth works in the early-to-mid-1990s now known as his 'Era 1' material. These releases are considered to be some of the greatest of the genre. Often imitated, but never replicated, Mortiis' 'Era 1' is available again on cassette.

"Due to territory restrictions these releases are U.S.-only. That being said Mortiis will facilitate some non-U.S. orders himself through his future store and touring. Non-U.S. customers can contact Mortiis direct via e-mail info[at]mortiis.com or through social media. U.S. customers can pre-order from Foreign Sounds/Children of The Night here." More...

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Mortiis Posts "Draugr" Film Clip

The second installment in a trio of short films by Norwegian filmmaker Reinert Kiil set to music by Mortiis is now available.

"Draugr," which features Mortiis' "Too Little Too Late" as its soundtrack, continues the trilogy in Kiil's depravity-driven style.

"Ethanol injected directly into veins, naked chicks with shotguns, split tongues and sword swallowing," Mortiis said. "What could possibly go wrong?"

Mortiis' ninth album, "The Great Deceiver," is available now via Omnipresence. You can check out the previous short film in the trilogy set to music off the album at this location. More...

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Short Film Set To Mortiis Track

"Vardøger," the first of three short films by Norwegian shock filmmaker Reinert Kiil and set to Mortiis' "Geisteskrank," has come online and can be seen below. This Mortiis' track was recorded during the same sessions that yielded latest album "The Great Deceiver."

"The video unpleasantness continues," said Mortiis, who has already unveiled three graphically-intense videos from the album. "A while back Norwegian horror director Reinert Kiil started his short film trilogy based on his own ugly descent into depravity and violence. Never ones to turn our backs to a good cause, we leaped at the opportunity to provide the soundtrack to what is essentially a good old bashing. 'Vardøger' is the first part. I've seen the next one, and it just keeps getting worse." More...

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Mortiis Releases New Album, Video

"The Great Deceiver," the long-awaited ninth album from Norway's Mortiis will officially see release today, March 4, via Omnipresence.

A video for the album's "Demons are Back" track has been revealed in conjunction and is available below.

The album's long and tortured state of evolution took its toll equally on the band and its namesake, leading Mortiis to so much as state that the record killed the band. "As important as is it to myself and who I have become, I haven't been able to think about it in any way other than 'I need to just get this thing out of my life and behind me before I lose my mind,'" he said. More...

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Mortiis Posts Full New Album Online

Mortiis today launches an advance stream of new album "The Great Deceiver" ahead of its release through Omnipresence on March 4th, 2016. Listen in below.

He comments: “We’re pleased to offer Metal Hammer UK our most enthusiastic contrafribularities for streaming our new album, and in advance let me just say that I'm anus-peptic, phrasmotic, even compunctious to have caused you such perambulation!”

New album "The Great Deceiver" is available for pre-order here. In other news, the band will be hitting the road for a run of 7 headline shows in May to debut new material live in the UK. Dates are as follows:

May 23rd Newcastle Cluny
May 24th Glasgow Audio
May 25th Manchester Ruby
?May 26th Birmingham O2 Institute
May 27th Brighton Haunt
May 28th London Garage
May 29th Bristol Fleece More...

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Mortiis Comments On Return Of The Mask

Mortiis has issued a statement regarding his infamous mask, which made its return in a recent video clip. He comments:

"For years I've been stubbornly telling everyone who wanted me to revive the mask to get fucked, more or less. The idea of the mask just rotted away for me, and for a long time it was just this vile thing that I couldn't relate to. It was someone else, and everyone wanted me to go back to being someone else, so how do you think I'd react to that?

"I needed to go full circle. I suppose I had this sort of nihilistic view of the mask for a long time. It just lost all meaning to me. So I eventually worked my way through the disillusionment, hate, indifference and finally back into the reincarnated goodwill towards it.

"The return of the mask - at least for it to be part of the equation again - had to happen sooner or later. I guess I just needed to put a lot of stuff in its right place in my mind before I was ready to consider putting it back on. Let's face it, though, I'm a sucker for visual sh*t, so obviously the mask was bound to come back at some point. I just wasn't ready to admit it to myself until now, and certainly not to some entitled ass hat yelling that he wants it back." More...

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"In The Nightside Eclipse" Converted To Sheet Form

Composer Martin Romberg has taken on the task of transcribing influential black metal into full classical sheet music, beginning with Emperor's 1994 masterpiece "In the Nightside Eclipse."

"Martin has clearly put a lot of time and effort into transferring the 'Nightside Eclipse' record into actual sheet music," said original Emperor bassist Mortiis, "and it's cool to be a small part of that."

The 72-page score includes all instruments and chord analysis for study and performance, published by Raven Music Editions, a sheet music publisher founded in 2014 and specializing in producing scores from dark alternative and black metal music genres. The score is available at this location.

In the 20 years since the release of the album, Mortiis has gone on an eponymous journey that began as solo dark, ambient music and has since evolved into a full band playing equally dark, angry, industrial-influenced heavy music. Mortiis' long-awaited new album "The Great Deceiver" will be available March 4th, 2016. More...

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Mortiis Announces "Demons Are Back" Tour

Mortiis will be returning to U.K. shores for a run of 7 headline shows in May - the tour kicks off at Newcastle’s Cluny venue on 23rd May and commences at Bristol’s Fleece on 29th May.

The tour will follow hot on the heels of the forthcoming release of Mortiis’ new album "The Great Deceiver," which is out on 4th March via Omnipresence.

The band comments: "It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards."

May 23rd NEWCASTLE Cluny
May 24th GLASGOW Audio
May 25th MANCHESTER Ruby
May 26th BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
May 27th BRIGHTON Haunt
May 28th LONDON Garage
May 29th BRISTOL Fleece More...

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Mortiis Offering Track For Free Download

In anticipation of Mortiis' upcoming "The Great Deceiver" album, Mortiis is offering a free download of new track "The Shining Lamp of God."

"The Shining Lamp of God" download will come complete with a remix by MELT, the track's recently release music video, artwork, screensavers and other bonus graphics. Grab it all over here.

"We know fans have been waiting a long time for 'The Great Deceiver,' so this is our way of giving them a little extra gift, as well as wetting their appetites for the full album," Mortiis said.

Fans have the option to donate if they wish, with funds going to offset the costs of recording and releasing "The Great Deceiver." A music video for the track can also be seen at this location.

"We are digging deep into our own shallow pockets to finance everything ourselves this time around," Mortiis said. "So, it's certainly not required, but donations are always appreciated!" More...

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Mortiis Releases New Video

Mortiis' new video "The Shining Lamp of God" is out now and can be seen in the player below. "The Shining Lamp of God" continues the story that "Doppelganger" started last year.

"We made two videos, although they were shot as one," Mortiis said. ""The Shining Lamp of God' is another chapter - same place, same hellhole, just escalated, I suppose. It never really ends…"

Directed by Robyn Van Swank and Nick Plotquin, “The Shining Lamp of God” is equally rife with graphic images, bringing to life the internal struggles and demons that the song’s lyrics tackle. Whereas “Doppleganger” was conflicted and self-loathing, “The Shining Lamp of God” metaphorically uses religious symbolism to convey an inner anger toward others’ selfishness so deep that one fails to see their own ego centrist behaviors.

The disturbing clip leaves a lasting impression – which was Mortiis’ goal after years of feeling controlled and confined by the restrictions of a record label. “The old label is history, the shackles are off, and I decided to just sell my record collection in order to finance some videos that we, and nobody else, actually have any control over,” he said. “We pretty much used to be hogtied down in terms of what we were allowed to do and not to do in our videos. I always thought that was ridiculous, like we were some sort of pop band. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used, and if I wanted to show someone getting injected with sewer water, I would.”

The new Mortiis album "The Great Deceiver" will officially be out March 4th, 2016 worldwide. More...

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Mortiis Releases "Doppleganger" Video

Mortiis has unveiled the video for "Doppelganger," the first single from the long-awaited upcoming album "The Great Deceiver." The "Doppelganger" single is available as a free download at the Mortiis website today.

"As a song, 'Doppelganger' not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit," Mortiis said. "I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying."

The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.

"I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation," Mortiis said. "The knife imitates the words...the truth bleeds out..."

The video for "Doppelganger" is also Mortiis' reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis' music. "I always thought that was ridiculous," he said. "We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference."

Mortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight scene of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming "Doppelganger," self-mutilation was naturally the first topic. More...

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