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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 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.


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!"

The dates are as follows: More...

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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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Mortiis Offering New Album As Free Download

Mortiis is currently offering the new album "Perfectly Defect" as a free download. You can listen to the entire album or download all eight tracks in several different formats via the official Mortiis website. The track listing is as follows:

1. Closer to the End
2. Perfectly Defect
3. Sensation of Guilt
4. Sole Defeat
5. Thieving Bastards
6. Halo of Arms
7. Impossible to Believe
8. This Absolution

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Mortiis Streaming New Album Samples Online

Mortiis is set to release the new album "Perfectly Defect" as a free download on October 10th, 2010 via the band's official website here. In the mean time, Mortiis is currently streaming three new songs online from the album. The tracks "Closer to the End," "Thieving Bastards," and "This Absolution" can be heard at this location.

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Mortiis To Offer New Album As Free Download

Mortiis is set to release the new album "Perfectly Defect" as a free download on October 10th, 2010. "Putting ‘Perfectly Defect’ out as a free download was a decision we made after some consideration," said the band’s namesake Mortiis. "The new model of the music business is important to keep in mind; there's a new mentality out there in terms of how people acquire their music now. For better or worse, music seems to have become a medium a lot of people aren't prepared to pay for in the old fashioned way. So, we paid to record it out of our own pockets 'cos we thought it would be a really cool gift to our fans that have been waiting around for ages for something new to come out."

Mortiis has spent much of the past frew years writing and recording “The Great Deceiver,” the long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s full-length “The Grudge” and the 2007 remix album, “Some Kind of Heroin.” "Perfectly Defect" is the prelude to the “The Great Deceiver” – while the latter is heavier and darker, the former is varied, experimental, and largely instrumental.

"When we were writing and working on ‘The Great Deceiver’, we were coming up with all sorts of inspired stuff, a really varied collection of music," Mortiis explained. "Some of it was far too varied and experimental to be included in such an angry, dark album as ‘The Great Deceiver’ so we created a brand new album that is the introductory element to the more intricate world of ‘The Great Deceiver.’ More...

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Mortiis Announces New Album

Mortiis has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Perfectly Defect." The band has issued the following brief announcement about the release of the album and posting new content on October 10th: "New Mortiis Album! Make sure you drop by mortiis.com on 10.10.10 - it will be worth it. Get a copy of this flyer for your social networks, blogs, emails, etc."

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Mortiis Announces New Tour Dates

Mortiis has announced they will be performing a series of shows in Holland and Belgium. “We’re all looking forward to going back to Holland,” said band namesake Mortiis. “We haven’t played there in a long time and we always had a great time there. We’re also doing a couple of towns there we haven’t played before, so that will be interesting as well.”

Mortiis is currently in the process of finishing the recording for "The Great Deceiver," their upcoming full-length album. “We’re gearing up to release ‘The Great Deceiver’ at long last, and it felt like it would make sense to do a few shows before 2009 comes to an end,” Mortiis said. “Shake the dust off and get back into the ‘live mode,’ so to speak. We obviously plan on coming back to Holland/Belgium and as many other countries as possible during 2010.”

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

12/16/09 Wed. Zaandam, Kade - HOLLAND
12/17/09 Thu. Basement, Watt - HOLLAND
12/18/09 Fri. Leeuwarden, Gloppe - HOLLAND
12/19/09 Sat. Hermes Project Event, O C DeVonke, Heule - BELGIUM

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Mortiis Posts Music Video "Making Of" Clip Online

Mortiis has posted a third "behind-the-scenes" video during the filming of a music video in Los Angeles. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Mortiis Announces Tour Date In Belgium

Mortiis has issued the following brief statement about an upcoming live show in Belgium:

"We´re doing a double headliner show with Clan of Xymox in Heule, Belgium on December 19th. Should be a blast. Tickets & Info can be found here."

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Mortiis Posts Video Recording Clip Online

Mortiis has posted a new "behind-the-scenes" clip online of their video recording sessions in Los Angeles. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Mortiis Selling Original Emperor Bass Guitar

Mortiis has issued the following announcement about selling the bass guitar he used during his time with Norwegian black metal band Emperor:

"And for those who might care, we´ve still got that original Emperor bass guitar I used back in ´92. We ended up not selling it the first time around, to be brutally frank, it didn't reach a very great price, and we pulled it out. Click here to check it out.

"If anyone has any questions about the guitar, you can email us at info@mortiis.com and we´ll get back to you asap."

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Mortiis Posts "Behind The Scenes" Video Footage

Mortiis has posted a "behind the scenes" video clip, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:

"We just uploaded part 1 of our 'behind the scenes' of our video shoots to YouTube. We´ll be posting a few more, aprox once a week so make sure you check back in to check out the other exciting stuff as well. Oh, and as if we´re not always saying this but, we´ve been busy the last couple of months finnishing off even MORE new music. Is there going to be a lot of new music coming from us ? Oh, yes..." More...

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