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Mortiis

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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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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Mortiis Returning To U.S. For New Tour Dates

Mortiis will make a long-awaited return to the United States this fall as the band joins Mushroomhead for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of "The Great Deceiver."

"The idea of going back on the road fills me with a weird sense of excitement and dread," said frontman and namesake Mortiis. "'The Great Deceiver' is not far away - at long last - and we´re getting back out there, brushing off the dust and rust, to get ready for that, and whatever lies beyond."

The group, which hasn't toured the American shores since a 2006 trek with the Genitorturers and the 2005 Blackest of the Black tour, will preview material from the upcoming ninth album, as well as reaching back to favorites from the ensemble's ever-evolving catalog of music.

"The Great Deceiver," which has remained in a torturous state of constant evolution until just recently, led the band through the darkest of places and back. The anger, frustration and disgust that permeate the record will be loud and clear in Mortiis' hostile live performance. More...

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Mortiis Announces Short Film Colloboration

Mortiis has teamed up with Norwegian filmmaker Reinert Kiil for a film short, titled "Vardøger," including "Geisteskrank" by Mortiis, which will debut at the BUT film festival in Breda, The Netherlands, on September 8th. The debut will be followed by a showing at Oslo Fright Fest on September 22.

The mini film "Vardøger" and soundtrack "Geisteskrank" will be made available to everyone via Mortiis.com as a free download starting October 1st 2012. “Vardøger" will be shown in conjunction with Kiil’s full-length films, “Hora” and “Inside the Whore.” This is Kiil’s first musical collaboration.

Kiil and Mortiis initially connected through Mortiis’ guitarist, Levi Gawron, also a film-industry colleague of Kiil. “I really love Mortiis’ work,” Kiil said. “The collaboration started with me writing a script for a story around my deepest demons, all the while listening to old tracks from Mortiis. I sent the script to Levi and he liked it. We talked many times and made the script more personal for me, as well as for Mortiis. I think the result is a film that expresses the essence of me and Mortiis all in one package.”

Said Gawron: “We connected early on in the Norwegian film industry because we share the same views and interest in films. I guess we both like weird and twisted things! We have played around with this idea for some time now. The idea was that he would make a music video for us, but as the project evolved it became a collaboration where he stood for the visual and we for the music. The idea is to share fans.” More...

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Mortiis Re-Releasing Another Early Album

The exploration of Mortiis' classic "Era1" recordings continues this summer with the re-release of his 1995 album, "Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent," by Italian label Ordo MCM on July 23rd.

"Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent" delves deeper into Mortiis' passion for creating dark, epic soundscapes, inspired by the unlikely combination of black metal, KISS/WASP, and Tolkien. "I always said those elements got thrown into a hotpot and out came Mortiis," he said.

Though the album's two tracks, "Reisene til grotter og Ødemarker" and "Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent," were recorded entirely using synths, the writing process behind the tracks was a much more organic experience. More...

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Mortiis To Re-Release Early Album On Vinyl

Nearly 20 years after its original release, cult-legend Mortiis’ “Ånden som Gjorde Opprør” will receive a limited edition vinyl re-release this summer via the Italian label Ordo MCM. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The record, recorded in 1994, is from what is now known as 'Era1' in Mortiis’ evolution, when the singly-named solo artist focused on creating epic synth tracks that evoked images of desolate landscapes and eerie atmospheres. Mortiis’ music was a huge departure from the black metal scene he was largely involved in during his mid-teens, yet it retained a dark ambience that still appealed to the black metal elite, as well as fans of more experimental music and the gothic crowd.

"Taking a cue from experimental/progressive acts like Tangerine Dream, Mortiis threw typical song structure to the wayside in favor of synth-laden soundscapes, of a length and grandeur that would limit 'Ånden som Gjorde Opprør' to just two songs, 'En mørk Horisont' and 'Visjoner av en Eldgammel Fremtid.'"

“Tangerine Dream pretty much singlehandedly got me into making music on synths,” Mortiis said. “I was into stuff like Coil, Kraftwerk, Sleep Chamber, and Throbbing Gristle as well, but Tangerine Dream was the big thing for me.”

The re-release of “Ånden som Gjorde Opprør” will be limited to 500 copies, with 250 available in standard black and 250 in special swirl-colored vinyl. More...

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Mortiis Updates Tour Schedule

Mortiis released the “Perfectly Defect” album as a free download last fall. Mortiis supported the release with a winter European tour with Combichrist and will return to the U.K. this summer for another jaunt with Combichrist. Additionally, four mainland Europe dates have been added to the tail end of the tour.

“It’s been too long since we played in the UK,” Mortiis said in a previous statement “We’re bringing over a new sound and a new band since we were last there. I think people will be surprised. It’s a new monster now. We’ve turned our backs on a dark past and we look forward to a brighter future. What better place to start than the UK?”

The dates are as follows:

June 28 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29 Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30 Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01 Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03 London, UK @ Koko
July 07 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
July 06 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
July 07 Paradox, Ingolstadt, Germany
July 08 P60, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

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Mortiis Launches Remix Website

Mortiis has issued the following announcement about launching a website that allows fans to remix the band's songs:

"The Mortiis Remixed site has now been launched, with remix kits available for anyone looking to manipulate, abuse, and perhaps even improve Mortiis´ songs.

"Get access to separated audio tracks and create your own mixes. Wether you´re a weathered pro or just starting out - as long as you have access to a music program (Live, Cubase, Logic, Garageband, etc) you can try your hand.

"When you´ve created your masterpiece, you can upload it back to the Mortiis Remixed site, and we´ll put it in the remix player"

Mortiis also recently announced upcoming U.K. tour dates with Combichrist. Details are available here.

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Mortiis Announces U.K. Shows

Following a recent run of European shows, Mortiis will once again team up with Combichrist for another round of dates in the U.K. this summer.

"We haven't played the U.K. in a while, it feels great to finally be able to get back over there and meet some old friends and hopefully gain some new ones," said band namesake Mortiis. "The European tour with Combichrist was a blast so we know this one will be too."

The Mortiis/Combichrist European tour took the two groups on a two month-long trek all throughout the continent. During the tour, Mortiis offered fans a preview of the band's newest material. Prior to the European tour, Mortiis was focused on preparing for the release of the upcoming full-length "The Great Deceiver" and "Perfectly Defect," a free digital download album.

The dates are as follows:

June 28 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29 Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30 Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01 Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03 London, UK @ Koko

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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.

Humorous

Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:

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Mortiis Gearing Up For Tour With Combichrist

After a month of prepping, Mortiis is ready to hit the road later this week for a full European tour with Combichrist. "The new material rocks hard,” enthused Mortiis, namesake of the ever-evolving band. “The old has been upgraded to the point where it stands well next to the new material.”

The new material will be drawn from the band’s latest release, “Perfectly Defect,” which was released last fall as a free digital download. Mortiis will also showcase songs from the upcoming release, “The Great Deceiver.”

“Right now I’m equally curious, nervous, and excited about how our fans, old and new, will take to this,” he added. “We’ve spent a lot of energy in the last few weeks improving the quality of our live sound and I think it will be very obvious. I think it will translate to the actual performance of the band itself, as well.”

Mortiis also posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming 2011 tour dates, which can be viewed below.

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Mortiis Comments On Upcoming Tour

Mortiis will be kicking off a European tour this coming January alongside Combichrist. "In some fundamental ways, Combichrist and Mortiis are very different, but in other fundamental ways, we are very much the same," explained vocalist and namesake Mortiis. "At the end of the day, both bands have this 'f-you' attitude. It's expressed somewhat differently musically, but energy and attitude-wise we're carrying the same torch, so to speak. I think fans of both bands will pick up on that."

"We've seriously pimped up a selection of older songs that we'll be performing," Mortiis said. "So, across the board, it will be a new, and for lack of a better expression, very 'pimped up' bunch of songs!"

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Mortiis Reveals European Tour Dates

Mortiis has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour in support of techno-industrialists Combichrist. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Jan. 20 - Sao Mamede, Guimarães, Portugal
Jan. 21 - Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Jan. 22 - Salamandra 1, Barcelona, Spain
Jan. 23 - Totem, Pamplona, Spain
Jan. 25 - Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
Jan. 26 - X-Tra Limmathaus, Zürich, Switzerland
Jan. 27 - Tunnels, Milan, Italy
Jan. 28 - Alpheus, Rome, Italy
Jan. 29 - Velvet, Rimini, Italy
Feb. 01 - Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
Feb. 02 - Le Divan du Monde, Paris, France
Feb. 03 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Feb. 04 - Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb. 05 - Essigfabrik-PLUSWELT-Festival, Köln (Cologne), Germany
Feb. 06 - Tivoli, Bremen, Germany
Feb. 08 - Posten, Odense, Denmark
Feb. 09 - Forbrændingen, Albertslund (Kopenhagen), Denmark
Feb. 11 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
Feb. 12 - Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
Feb. 13 - Kägelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb. 15 - Yo-Talo, Tampere, Finland
Feb. 16 - On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
Feb. 18 - Kosmonaut, St. Petersburg, Russia
Feb. 19 - Tochka, Moscow, Russia
Feb. 20 - Tele Club, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Feb. 22 - Riga Melna Piektdina, Riga, Latvia
Feb. 24 - Ucho, Gdynia (Gdansk), Poland
Feb. 25 - Berlin Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
Feb. 26 - Bunker/Strasse E, Dresden, Germany
Mar. 01 - Silver Church Club, Bukarest, Romania
Mar. 02 - RBF, Sofia, Bulgaria
Mar. 03 - Mylos Club, Salonica (Thessaloniki), Greece
Mar. 04 - SKC, Belgrade, Serbia
Mar. 05 - Boogaloo, Zagreb, Croatia
Mar. 06 - Szene Wien, Wien/Vienna, Austria
Mar. 07 - A 38, Budapest, Hungary
Mar. 09 - Backstage, München, Germany
Mar. 10 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
Mar. 11 - Meier Music Hall-Festival of Darkness, Braunschweig, Germany
Mar. 12 - Universal dog-Dark Dance Treffen, Lahr, Germany

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