MORTIIS reveals cover art for 'Some Kind of Heroin'
Mortiis has made public the cover artwork for the upcoming remix album 'Some Kind of Heroin', out today...
Comments Mortiis on the design process for the sleeve:
"The art is pretty symbolical again, it was created during the filming of the 'Decadent and Desperate' video by Adam Mason, he made all these really gritty looking stills that he sent me afterwards and I always loved them, and it's great to be able to use them for something in the end.
It's cool to be able to use something that is already so closely tied in with the original 'The Grudge' album, it's the final step, we're leaving this space now and it's time to move on. Here it is, upwards and onwards."
The album, released on both CD and a double vinyl with exclusive bonus tracks, will additionally see a first pressing CD housed in a limited edition slipcase sleeve.

Mortiis is partway through a full European tour with Deathstars, with remaining dates listed here.
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added: 16/4/07



Vinyl version of 'Some Kind of Heroin' to feature bonus tracks
Mortiis has announced that the limited edition double vinyl edition of the
forthcoming remix album 'Some Kind of Heroin' will feature bonus tracks not
found on the CD version.
The double vinyl comes with the following list of mixes, including two exclusive mixes and an additional 3 tracks not on the CD, as follows:
Underdog (ZOMBIE GIRL REMIX)
The Grudge (GOTHMINISTER MIX)
Twist the Knife (The Gibbering Mix by IMPLANT)
Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Septic Wound Mix by XP8)
The Grudge (MENTAL SIEGE MIX)
Gibber (PIG Remix)
Way Too Wicked (Psycoholic Comatose Mix) by THE KOVENANT
Gibber (Lysergic Club Mix by VELVET ACID CHRIST)
The Worst in Me (GIRLS UNDER GLASS MIX)
The Grudge (DAVID WALLACE MIX)
The Grudge (The Forgotten Dream by KUBRICK MIX)**
Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (FUNKER VOGT MIX)
The Grudge (Emotional Heresy by KUBRICK MIX)
Way Too Wicked (FLESHFIELD MIX)**
Decadent & Desperate (Therafuck Remix by DOPE STARS)
The Worst in Me (Extraction Mix by IN THE NURSERY)
Decadent & Desperate (Flickin The Bitch Switch Mix)*
The Grudge (Despectus)*
Underdog*
Gibber
(Gibbering Idiot)
Way Too Wicked (Absinthium Mix)

** exclusive bonus mixes
* exclusive vinyl only bonus tracks
Says Mortiis about the exclusive material;
“I grew up on vinyl records, when CD came along and vinyl was dying Away I was gutted, CD still can’t stand up to the pure artistic space that is open to you on an LP.
The creativity that was explored with the vinyl format (especially in the 70’s) was pure magic and that died when CD came along. I think to some extent you can be creative with a CD too but it’s nowhere close. I try to get vinyl versions of everything we do, although sometimes that just doesn’t happen. We’re doing it now, and it is something i will be fighting for with every release we do in the future as well, to be as creative as possible in an environment that reflects that, vinyl records are a great medium to showcase cool ideas.”
'Some Kind of Heroin' is released on April 16, Catch Mortiis now on his European tour with the Deathstars on these dates.
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added: 3/4/07



Advance tracks from 'Some Kind of Heroin' available
Mortiis has made a selection of advance tracks from the upcoming remix album
'Some Kind of Heroin' available via the band's dedicated Myspace page (click here).
The album, which features tracks from 'The Grudge' reconstructed by a number of artists including The Kovenant, PIG, Funker Vogt, In The Nursery, Girls Under Glass and more, will see a European release on April 16.
Commenting on the remixed material, Mortiis described the thought process behind 'Some Kind of Heroin':
"I had remixed several of these artists for their releases earlier so it was really only a matter of bringing out the baseball bat and start yelling "payback time!" - others I would contact direct and work out deals with them. This album mostly came together through mutual contacts, sending out emails or calling up and asking if they wanted to be part of it. Bands like Girls Under Glass and Gothminister I had met and am friends with, so we knew that would work out great."
The streaming advance tracks provide a sense of the diversity the album offers, and give fans a chance to check out other artists take on the Mortiis sound long before the album goes on sale.
Mortiis is on tour with Deathstars around Europe in April.
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added: 8/3/07



MORTIIS TO RELEASE REMIX ALBUM 'SOME KIND OF HEROIN'
Industrial Goth enigma Mortiis is set to release a remix album titled 'Some Kind of Heroin', reworking material from 'The Grudge', on April 16, via Earache Records.
For much of Mortiis' career, the striking visual aspect combined with his rapid musical evolution has become a subject of much urban legend over the years. And yet over a series of progressively more ambitious albums, Mortiis has morphed into a band unit that has become known for aggressive live shows and ambitious records, and has spawned two Top 50 UK singles.
 
In keeping with the rapidly developing nature of the music and the direction of the band, 'Some Kind of Heroin' offers diverse remix material including interpretations by a wide range of contemporaries, such as Zombie Girl, Gothminister, Implant, XP8, Mental Siege, PIG, The Kovenant, Velvet Acid Christ, Girls Under Glass, David Wallace, Kubrick, Funker Vogt, Flesh Field, Dope Stars and In the Nursery.

Mortiis states: "I´m really stoked we finally got to do a remix album and since it's been in process for quite some time now I'm happy to be able to finally release it.
I've always been fascinated with taking songs and twisting them into something different, the ability to grab the elements you like and put them into a totally different environment. The flexibility of that really appeals to me.

I think the mixes all those guys did came out really cool, many of them vastly different from what would have come out of the studio if I had done them. It's cool to see what happens when you let other people inside your head, so to speak. I think the variety of mixers and sonic realms created here will appeal to a large variety of people."
 
Track listing for 'Some Kind of Heroin' is as follows:
01. Underdog (Zombie Girl Remix)
02. The Grudge (Gothminister mix)
03. Twist The Knife (The Gibbering mix by Implant)
04. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Septic Wound mix by XP8)
05. The Grudge (Mental Siege Mix)
06. Gibber (PIG Remix)
07. Way too Wicked (Rape, Dope and the American Way mix by The Kovenant)
08. Gibber (Lysergic Club Mix by Velvet Acid Christ)
09. The Worst in Me (Girls Under Glass Mix)
10. The Grudge (David Wallace Remix)
11. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Funker Vogt Remix)
12. The Grudge (Emotional Heresy by Kubrick)
13. Decadent & Desperate (Therafuck remix by Dope Stars)
14. Gibber (Gibbering Idiot)
15. Way too Wicked (Absinthium mix)
16. The Worst in Me (Extraction mix by In the Nursery)
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added: 21/2/07



MORTIIS BRINGS STOMPING MADNESS TO AUDIENCES THROUGHOUT THE US - A QUICK REPORT!
Industrial’s favorite evil elfin, MORTIIS, has returned to the stage and has brought on a new, mask free life!
MORTIIS recently completed a full US tour with the infamous GENITORTURES, delivering specks of classic MORTIIS pieces sprinkled through a swirling mix of new material amongst other standards. Drawing crowds of dedicated fans that compliment MORTIIS with every lyric they chant aloud, MORTIIS maintains a higher plane, presenting a vividly booming live show. Joined by a full live band, new MORTIIS material conveys deep industrial grooves, diversely distinctive vocals, weaved in with epic electronic nuances that foretell great things to come for MORTIIS.
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added: 24/10/06



MORTIIS EARLY ALBUMS OUT THIS WEEK
MORTIIS releases three early albums this week on Earache. ‘FODT TIL A HERSKE’, ‘CRYPT OF THE WIZARD’, ‘THE STARGATE’
All three releases come packaged in lavish collectors slipcases with extensive expanded liner notes including in depth interviews with MORTIIS by Tommy Udo (Metal Hammer) about the making of each meisterwerk
To coincide Mortiis is taking time out from the pre-production of their latest new album for a string of UK dates in April.

“The UK has always been good to us,” said vocalist/ mainman Mortiis. “Even though we are starting work on the next record, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to tour the UK.”

This will be the first UK tour to feature guitarist Åge Troite, who replaced Åsmund Sveinunggard for live duties just before the band’s American tour last autumn.

Click here for tour dates
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added: 25/4/06



Three Mortiis re-releases in The Earache Webstore Now
We are delighted to bring you the 3 Mortiis Era 1 albums – ‘Fodt Til A Herske’, ‘Crypt Of The Wizard’ and ‘The Stargate’- totally remastered and expanded with embossed slipcase.
The 3 albums were personally remastered in Nottingham UK by Mortiis himself at the helm for the session. As well as this, critically acclaimed UK Metal Hammer writer Tommy Udo interviewed Mortiis to create some very interesting and detailed liner notes that can be found in each release.

And if this wasn’t enough the first 2 albums ‘Fodt Til A Herske’ and ‘Crypt Of The Wizard’ have also been repackaged in the original sleeve art from the 1993 (Fodt...), and 1996 (Crypt...) pressings. They are once again looking like truly awesome pieces of work and should be included in any Mortiis fans collection.

We are also offering a strictly Earache Webstore exclusive offer when you buy all 3 CDs. We will be giving away a FREE signed 1997 photo card of Mortiis and also a FREE poster. You can order the complete set with signed photo and poster as an item in the store now so get them before they are gone (while stocks last).
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added: 4/4/06



Decadent and Desperate Norwegian single features brand new track
MORTIIS is set for a debut homeland single release when a special version of “DECADENT AND DESPERATE” is released.
Taken from the seminal ‘THE GRUDGE’ album, “DECADENT AND DESPERATE” is released in Norway on Earache on March 6th 2006
“DECADENT AND DESPERATE” comes in three formats, all including exclusive non-album tracks. Both 7” versions feature artwork including two poster sleeves and the CD contains one post-Grudge song “UNDERDOG”
Mortiis is the subject of the March 1st broadcast of ‘Lydverket’ on Norwegian national station NRK 1 at 23:10pm (With a repeat showing on March 5th). Lydverket has 150.000 viewers weekly for its half hour broadcast.
The subject of this edition is the use of masks in music – Mortiis is filmed on the road in the UK and talks candidly about his theatrical stage look alongside appearances from Slipknot, Alice Cooper and Kiss.
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added: 24/2/06



Re-hear Era 1
Taking time out from writing and demoing for the planned 2006 follow-up to "The Grudge", MORTIIS spent Valentine's Day; February 14th lovingly re-mastering the three early albums he calls ERA 1.
MORTIIS flew to Nottingham, England and upgraded the following three classic early period releases at Rubber Biscuit Studios:
'FODT TIL A HERSKE'
'CRYPT OF THE WIZARD'
'THE STARGATE'
All three releases are due for an April 2006 Re-issue campaign and come packaged in lavish collectors slipcases with extensive expanded liner notes including in depth interviews with MORTIIS by Tommy Udo (Metal Hammer) about the making of each meisterwerk

'SOUL IN A HOLE', the first ever DVD release from MORTIIS is packed full of exclusive interviews, videos and a full live set filmed during Mortiis' mammoth seven-week European tour in support of 'The Grudge' album.
Includes Mortiis' unparalleled videography to date with clips shot as far a field as Death Valley, New York and London plus never seen before interview footage including Mortiis speaking candidly about the recording process, live shows and the reason for the mask!!
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added: 16/2/06



MORTIIS BEGINS WORK ON FOLLOW-UP TO ‘THE GRUDGE’
The legendary eccentric artist has been collaborating with well-known producer Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, DELERIUM, FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY, PARADISE LOST) and is currently demoing material.
"On the new songs, we are focusing more on what I think got a bit lost last time, which is songwriting and continuity," said Mortiis. "Last time I was trying to make a really angry and abusive record, and I wanted to do everything at the same time because I wanted all this noisy stuff to happen. The distorted noise, electronics, and samples are still there, but these songs are more focused and have a more coherent interaction between the programmed and the organic. They are definitely a lot more organic, and I am putting a lot of weight on guitars this time."
Some of the working song titles include: "The Ugly Truth", "Doppelganger", "Hard to Believe", "Zeitgeist", "Scolding the Burnt" and "Great Deceiver".

In other news, guitarist Åge Troite has replaced Åsmund Sveinunggard for live duties with MORTIIS. European and North American dates are being worked on at this time.

MORTIIS recently released his first DVD, entitled "Soul in a Hole". The disc was filmed in 2004 in London during the two-month "The Unlimited Grudge Tour" with SUSPERIA. The DVD contains bonus videos, photo galleries, interviews, and other extras, in addition to live footage.
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added: 10/2/06



MORTIIS RELEASES FIRST EVER DVD ON SEPTEMBER 26th 2005
MORTIIS releases his first ever DVD entitled ‘SOUL IN A HOLE’ on September 26th. ‘SOUL IN A HOLE’ contains a full live set filmed during MORTIIS' mammoth seven-week European tour in support of 'THE GRUDGE' album released last year.
It also includes MORTIIS' unparalleled videography to date with clips shot as far afield as Death Valley, New York and London plus never seen before interview footage including MORTIIS speaking candidly about the recording process, live shows and the reason for the mask!!
Tracklist for MORTIIS is as follows:

MORTIIIS LIVE FROM THE HACKNEY OCEAN, LONDON September 24th 2004
01. Intro
02. Broken Skin
03. Way Too Wicked
04. Marshland
05. The Worst In Me
06. Monolith
07. Gibber
08. Decadent And Desperate
09. Parasite God
10. The Loneliest Thing
11. Asthma
12. The Grudge
13. Smell The Witch
14. Mental Maelstrom
15. Le Petite Cochon Sordide

Music Videos
01. Parasite God
02. Mental Maelstrom
03. The Grudge
04. Decadent And Desperate (Absentia)

Bonus Material
MORTIIS interview
'The Grudge' TV advert
'The Grudge' EPK
Picture gallery

‘SOUL IN A HOLE’ is released on September 26th on EARACHE
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added: 5/8/05



MORTIIS SINGLE AVAILABLE VIA iTUNES WITH EXCLUSIVES
The new Mortiis single 'Decadent and Desperate' is heading towards the UK Singles Chart Top 40, and is now available to download for all European iTunes customers both here in the UK and across Europe.
Available now from iTunes in a variety of formats with all the B-sides and mixes including an iTunes exclusive live version, 'Decadent and Desperate' is perhaps the hardest hitting and most direct song taken from the current album 'The Grudge'.
To get the tracks simply access iTunes Music Store and search 'Mortiis Decadent' for details - each downloaded version of the lead track 'Decadent and Desperate' counts for the chart so download all individual versions of the song for maximum impact!
www.apple.com/uk/itunes/
Help real music get into the charts!

To coincide with this release Mortiis is currently on tour (click here for details)
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added: 26/4/05



MORTIIS NOMINATED FOR METAL HAMMER AWARD – NEW SINGLE AND TOUR IMMINENT
Mortiis has begun gearing up for their second single ‘Decadent and Desperate’ from the critically acclaimed album The Grudge, released on April 25th, by celebrating news of the nomination for this years prestigious Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods’ Awards.  The awards will be held on June 13th at The Astoria London, where Mortiis is among 5 nominees in the category of Best Underground Band.

The ‘Decadent and Desperate’ single hopes to better the performance of the previous single ‘The Grudge’ which reached No. 51 in the UK Singles Chart last summer. Available on 3 formats, the single features a host of brand new material including one completely new studio track ‘Underdog’.

To coincide with this release Mortiis also kicks off their headline UK tour in April
(click here for details)
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added: 13/4/05



Album made available to public for free.
Mortiis' acclaimed 2004 album 'The Grudge' has this week been selected by the Norwegian Culture Council to be made available for listening to the public in all the libraries in Norway for free. The Norwegian Culture Council selects a few recordings each year which best reflect and promote Norwegian Music and Culture, and this year selected Mortiis' 'The Grudge', which will henceforth appear in all of Norway's public libraries during the coming weeks.
Meanwhile the second single and video from the album, entitled 'Decadent and Desperate' is released for sale in the Uk on April 25th on two 7"ers and one CD Single featuring 4 exclusive non album b-sides across the formats.Mortiis tours the UK to coincide with its release from April 19th -30th.
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added: 13/4/05



SECOND SINGLE ‘DECADENT & DESPERATE’ OUT APRIL 2005
The release of Mortiis’ debut single ‘The Grudge’, last year, took one of Rock’s most misjudged and misunderstood  artists straight into the UK National Singles Chart at an amazing number 52. Mortiis, is now set not only to repeat that success but better it with the release of their second single.
Mortiis are set to release their new single -'Decadent & Desperate' - in the UK on 25th April. The single, taken from last years critically acclaimed album ‘The Grudge’  will be released in two 7" Vinyl and one CD Digipack formats, which will contain various exclusive bonus tracks and remixes. The CD will feature 'Decadent & Desperate'  along with a new previously unreleased song entitled 'Underdog' and 'Gibber' - Gibbering Idiot Mix (Remix).  Each vinyl format will come in different  art poster bags.
The video for  'Decadent & Desperate' was recently completed in the UK, with film and video director Adam Mason  (Million Dead, Sikth, Winnebago Deal)  and is based on a dream sequence where Mortiis becomes a split personality and finds himself in a Victorian nightmare with members of  the band, portrayed as his tormentors. Filming took place at the end of February over two nights in sub zero temperatures at a disused RAF base near Cambridge. The shoot went off without a hitch, apart from the local constabulary dispatching a helicopter and patrol cars to see what all the commotion was about. With their curiosity satisfied the police withdrew leaving the bemused band and crew to complete the shoot!
Meanwhile work is still continuing on 'Soul In A Hole' , the forthcoming live DVD which was recorded at the London show on last years 'Unlimited Grudge' European tour and is set for release in May.
Mortiis will be supporting the release of the new single with a 12 date headlining tour of the UK, with NFD, featuring members of Goth legends Fields Of  The Nephilm and UK industrial noisemakers Panic DHH in support – dates here


FORMATS
7” Vinyl Single
Numbered Poster bag
(MOSH 306)

1. Decadent and Desperate
2. Parasite God
(live)
7” Vinyl Single
Numbered Posterbag numbered - different artwork
(MOSH 306S)

1. Decadent and Desperate
2. Way Too Wicked
(Absinthium Mix)

CD Digipack
Numbered
(MOSH 306CD)

1. Decadent and Desperate
2. Underdog
3. Gibber
(Gibbering Idiot Mix)
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added: 17/3/05



Release Parties In Full Swing Across North America
All across the US and Canada, fans are celebrating the release of Mortiis' new masterpiece, 'The Grudge'. With the help of some of North America's biggest industrial DJ's and promoters, Earache has been throwing massive record release bashes in major cities across the land, from LA to DC, featuring abundant giveaways of Mortiis cds, posters, stickers, and shirts! Check out these photos from last week's Mortiis release party in Toronto, Canada...


And for fans in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, your Mortiis release parties are just around the corner -- don't miss out! Here's the details:

Oct 30 Albion-Batcave Halloween Bash @ Downtime - New York, NY
www.albion-batcave.com
Oct 31
HOV-o-ween III @ House Of Voodoo - San Francisco, CA
www.houseofvoodoo.com
Nov 1 The Nightmare After Halloween @ Neo - Chicago, IL
www.neo-chicago.com
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added: 28/10/04



Win 'The Grudge' on ReGenMag.com Today!
Earache and industrial music authority ReGenMag.com are proud to offer fans the chance to win a copy of Mortiis' new album, 'The Grudge'. Five lucky fans will each win their own copy of the 'The Grudge', an album recently hailed by ReGen as "a hard and melodic tapestry of sound that will keep your head banging and your mind swirling." To enter, simply go to www.regenmag.com today and click on the Mortiis banner at the top of the front page.
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added: 26/10/04



Massive Record Release Parties Across North America
Earache is proud to present seven massive record release parties for Mortiis' new album, 'The Grudge', in seven major cities across North America.
Oct 16 @ Bar Sinister at Boardner's B2 Club - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 @ Kadan at Club Electrum - San Diego, CA
Oct 21 @ Alchemy - Washington, DC
Oct 22 @ Savage Garden Nightclub - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Oct 30 @ Albion-Batcave at Downtime - New York, NY
Oct 30 @ House of Voodoo - San Francisco, CA
Nov 1 @ The Nightmare After Halloween at Neo - Chicago, IL

Each party will be filled with massive Earache giveaways, including Mortiis cds, Mortiis shirts, stickers, and more! Stay tuned for more details.

Mortiis' 'The Grudge' hits stores in the US and Canada on October 19.
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added: 11/10/04



Mortiis:  The Enigma
by John Mincemoyer
Never has there been a more misunderstood or maligned underground music personality. There may have been more controversial and more outlandish personalities, but no one has faced the outright ridicule like the man known as Mortiis.
After toiling for years in relative obscurity, Mortiis, through Earache Records, emerged from the dismal, ambient shadows into an ignorant world unprepared to look him straight in the face—imagine being the “new” main attraction at the traveling freak show. Here was a man living his “art” and being mocked for it.

To paraphrase a cliché, time heals wounds and with his newest effort ‘The Grudge,’ Mortiis shatters all previous misconceptions about his music and his persona with a clenched fist right into those previously mocking faces.

Let us look behind the mask…
Although ‘The Grudge’ is not out yet, you have had some time to absorb it.  What are your thoughts on the outcome?
Mortiis: It is out [in the UK/Europe], and I still like it. It basically encompasses who I am and also who I no longer am.

How has the press treated you this time around?  Do you care at this point?
Mortiis: Yes I care. It’s been pretty good treatment this time. They’ve pretty much been forced into realizing that my music is to be reckoned with… Besides, you can only crack the same joke twice.

‘The Grudge’ sounds extremely confident. Do you feel most comfortable within this type of “sound?”  Why not a straight-forward rock band?
Mortiis: Because how boring would that be? I like mixing up organic music with electronics.

You entered the UK Singles charts with the song ‘The Grudge.’  How did that make you feel?  Do you feel that “legitimized” what you are doing or trying to accomplish (In essence spitting in the faces of your critics)?
Mortiis: I never really bothered that much… I thought it was cool when I received the call that we were in the charts, but it did not really impress me to be honest… My first thought was ‘Yeah. Okay, it’s the UK, we have a presence there already, make this happen in the US, Germany or Japan and I’ll be impressed…’

Is programming difficult?  What did you learn during Mortiis: Eras 1 & 2 that helped you with Mortiis: Era 3?”
Mortiis: I find it difficult at times, because I always try to come up with new interesting things. Dance club stuff doesn’t keep me interested for too long, even though it may sound hard and cool for a while, it’s just all the same. I try to find inspiration in various places. So it’s an effort to figure out how various things are done. Era 1 taught me nothing, in retrospect I feel it was waste of time that I didn’t start programming earlier. I wasted a lot of time playing shit music in Era 1. Era 2 taught me the basics, and Era 3 taught me to try out various things—be more experimental, and collaborate in a multi- person situation.

How do you “develop,” or rather create songs?  Is writing easy or difficult for you?  Does this depend upon your emotional state at the time?
Mortiis: Yeah, I guess… I don’t work well when pissed off or down. I need to be in a fairly positive mood to create music, and songs are mostly created through developing stages, starting points can be anything from a cool theme to a weird sound that may trigger ideas or whatever.

Considering all of the criticism you have faced, is your answer to that criticism reflected in your music?
Mortiis: Not really, none that I am aware of. I tend to not think about the critics when creating music, as I make music first and foremost for myself.
Besides the influences that you have previously named on ‘The Smell of Rain’ and in interviews, what are some other influences that may not be as strong as others, but no less important to what you’re doing?
Mortiis: The strong ones are the important ones. Other artists and people I think are cool are John Carpenter, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Chemical Brothers, et cetera.

What exactly drew you towards predominantly electronic-based music…the control?
Mortiis: The fact that I used to be into a lot pure metal and pure electronic music. I like the energy and also the fact that computer-made music is incredibly flexible and open for manipulation.

On ‘The Grudge’ your voice is used almost as a weapon or another instrument.  Was this intentional?  It was amazing that people reviewing ‘The Smell of Rain’ criticized your vocal style?
Mortiis: I actually wasn’t aware that my vocal was criticized on ‘The Smell of Rain’ with the exception of one or two assholes in the British journalist world that nagged to get to review the album only to butcher it. Whatever, they mean nothing. And at any rate, you just can’t please everyone.

Considering that rock music is mostly based on fantasy, why do you think it is so difficult for people to accept the persona you have created?
Mortiis: Because people always judge before understanding and once that judgment has been made, you’re marked and that’s the end of it. With each album, I am breaking the curse bit by bit.

Do you think it will be difficult to sell the idea of Mortiis as a real “band?”
Mortiis: No, so far people seem to find that fascinating.

Would you associate yourself with the Phantom of the Opera or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or neither?
Mortiis: Neither. I associate me with myself. I try not to imagine myself as fictional characters. I prefer to stay rooted in reality these days.

Tell me about the video for “The Grudge.”
Mortiis: Dark, fast-paced, disturbing in a subtle way. I love the work Charlie Deaux did and hope to work with him again later too.

Where was it filmed?
Mortiis: New York

Was this your first video?  If so, what was that experience like?
Mortiis: No, more like the third. Good experience—the best one so far—fast and effective. Everyone worked hard for 12 hours or so, and that’s it.

What is the story-line behind the video?
Mortiis: Desperation and schizophrenia.

Are there plans to do further videos from ‘The Grudge?’
Mortiis: Yes, we are talking about doing ‘Decadent and Desperate’ after this tour.

‘The Grudge’ is going to be released in four different formats.  What drove this?
Mortiis: Just different ideas, and also finally getting the plastic booklet version.  It is finished and it looks great (The plastic booklet version of ‘The Grudge’ is only available through the Earache.com webstore). Germany wanted a special version so they got their version with a couple of remixes on as bonus, which came from the single.

So, it appears that you will indeed be touring in the U.S. to support ‘The Grudge.’  Are you excited, anxious?
Mortiis: I am touring Europe right now and we want to get to the States ASAP [sic]. It will be early next year.

You once wrote a book of poetry, and maybe prose (I have never seen it) detailing Mortiis: Era I. With your transformation since that time do you think you might write another book?
Mortiis: It was a collection of lyrics, not really poetry (which I really can’t stand to be honest).  I don’t think I’ll write another book.

If you could do things over again, would you?  What would you change?
Mortiis: I would get into programming the same day I bought my first keyboard… Get a computer real early on and get into sequencing and things like that. Also I would have tried to understand studios better earlier.

What can we expect from Mortiis in the future?
Mortiis: More touring, another single and another video after this tour.
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news added: 4/10/04



Hear an exclusive interview on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show TONIGHT!!
On Friday before the London show at The Ocean, Mortiis popped into the BBC for a chinwag with The Rock Show host Mike Davies.
On the show tonight Mortiis will be discussing his stunning new album “The Grudge”, life on the road, his debut single and exclusively talking about those days in Emperor and those notorious Norwegian church burnings.
Tune in tonight to BBC Radio 1 between 01:00 – 03:00 or listen on www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/rockshow/
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news added: 28/9/04



“The Grudge” released TODAY in UK & Europe
For all you Mortiis fans out there the wait is finally over! Today is the day you can finally get your hands on a copy of Mortiis's outstanding new album “The Grudge”.
“The Grudge” will astound Mortiis fans everywhere and silence any of his detractors. To mark the occassion Earache is releasing "The Grudge" in several exciting formats :

1. 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 will be available to buy everywhere except Germany. It will be made available in the USA only from the Earache webstore. When they’re gone they’re gone so get your order in early!!!
2. Regular CD version (MOSH 280 CD) comes with a 16 page paper booklet containing with full lyrics – available across UK / Europe and the USA

3. 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)

4. 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
You’ll only be able to buy the mix colour vinyl from the Earache webstore and as you can see the numbers are very very limited so get your order in early to avaoid disappointment
The release date in the USA is 19th October 2004 so all these formats are available to pre-order here or telephone 1-866- GOT MOSH
Don’t forget that Mortiis is on tour in the UK & Europe right now check here for a gig near you.
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added: 20/9/04



UK CLUB PROMO NIGHTS
So you can’t wait any longer to hear the brand new Mortiis album “The Grudge”? Well then, if you are near any of the clubs named below you won’t have too – over the next few days all of the clubs below are holding Mortiis promo nights. You’ll be able to hear some of the new album tracks and win yourself some Mortiis goodies
FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
London
Sin City @ The Electric Ballroom
Camden High Street, London, NW1
From 10:30pm – 4am
£5 members / £7 all others
For more info: 020 7833 9110

Glasgow
The Cathouse
9 Union Street, Glasgow, G1
From10.30pm
£2 before 11.30pm, £4/£2 thereafter.
www.glasgowcathouse.co.uk

Birmingham
Edwards No.8
Back To School Party (in conjunction with Kerrang Radio)
Lower Severn St, Birmingham.
Under 18’s club from 6:00-9:30pm and the main club is 10-2:00
www.edwardsno8.com

Cardiff
Inquisitions @ Gretzky’s Bar
Above the Ice Rink - Hayes Bridge Rd, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1GH
SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
Sheffield
Corporation
Milton Street , Sheffield, S1
Doors 10pm - 2.30am
Adm: £3adv/£1 before 10.30pm/£5 after.
www.corporation.org.uk


Don’t worry if there’s not a promo night listed near, you there’s more to be announced in the coming days
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added: 16/9/04



MORTIIS Breaks into the UK National Singles Chart
Congratulations to Mortiis, who, with their awesome debut single ‘The Grudge’ has burst into the UK’s National singles chart at a massive number 51! As well as making number 7 in the UK’s Indie Singles Chart

Norway’s electro-industrial overlord is surely one of the more bizarre acts to be seen in the UK charts, right now Mortiis is sitting pretty amongst popsters George Michael , Kelis and .. er.. McFly!

Earache would like to say a big thank you to all of you who bought the single and supported Mortiis!


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added: 23/8/04



MORTIIS ON SCUZZ - LAST CHANCE TO DARKEN THE CHARTS!
Those good people at Scuzz have saved us all the bother of setting our videos to record Kerrang! TV. As of 6.00am tomorrow, you can vote to see MORTIIS 'The Grudge' pretty much all day, every day if you want. All you need to do to vote is hit the red button on your Sky remote, send a text with 010 to 88729 (texts cost 50p/msg + normal network charges), or call Scuzz on 09014 900352 (UK: 50p/call) and select 010.


And remember, if you can tear yourself away from your TV briefly, Saturday 21st of August is your last chance to push MORTIIS into the charts by picking up 'The Grudge' single available on CD £1.99 and vinyl £0.99. Both versions feature all new tracks but there's not many copies left out there - check out HMV, Virgin, or any good Independent stores Saturday or you'll miss out!
DIGIPACK CD

1. The Grudge (single edit)
2. Decadent And Desperate (Flickin The Bitch Switch Mix)
3. The Grudge (Despectus)

ORDER HERE
7" VINYL POSTER BAG

A the Grudge (single edit)
AA Decadent And Desperate



ORDER HERE
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added: 21/8/04



'THE GRUDGE' VIDEO NOW ONLINE
Anyone without access to Kerrang! TV in the UK need wait no longer to see
the brand new MORTIIS video courtesy of earache.com. You can now watch 'The
Grudge' right here by following the link below.


'The Grudge' is the first video to be taken from the forthcoming album of the same name and is available as a single right now for just one week only! UK fans should be able to get the single from your local HMV or Virgin, fans outside the UK can follow this link to order the single from hmv.com.
Both formats of the single feature alternate versions of tracks that will not be on the album and are available as strictly limited editions. Based on midweek sales 'The Grudge' is riding high at number 42 in the UK singles charts, so if you don't want to miss out, get your copy quickly!
DIGIPACK CD

1. The Grudge (single edit)
2. Decadent And Desperate (Flickin The Bitch Switch Mix)
3. The Grudge (Despectus)

ORDER HERE
7" VINYL POSTER BAG

A the Grudge (single edit)
AA Decadent And Desperate



ORDER HERE
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added: 17/8/04



THE GRUDGE IN UK STORES NOW
Don't forget the first ever single from MORTIIS will be in UK stores for one week only. Featuring exclusive non-album tracks the single will be available on Digipack CD for £1.99 and 7" poster bag vinyl for just 99 pence.
DIGIPACK CD

1. The Grudge (single edit)
2. Decadent And Desperate (Flickin The Bitch Switch Mix)
3. The Grudge (Despectus)

7" VINYL POSTER BAG

A the Grudge (single edit)
AA Decadent And Desperate




Remember, both formats will be deleted after just one week so make sure you
pay HMV a visit early in the week!
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added: 13/8/04



MORTIIS VIDEO AIRS ON KERRANG! TV
UK fans get their first chance this weekend to see the brand new MORTIIS video for 'The Grudge' when it will be added to Kerrang! TV in the UK from 22.00 CET this Saturday night.
Shot recently in New York by cult Los Angelean director Charlie Deaux (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, ZOETROPE), ‘The Grudge’ is the first clip to be taken from the album of the same name and is in many ways prime MORTIIS, picking up where 2001's 'The Smell Of Rain' left off, whilst offering tantalising hints of the future that MORTIIS Era 3 will hold.
'The Grudge' will also be the first ever single from MORTIIS and will be on sale on Monday 16th August for one week only. Follow the links right to guarantee your copy from HMV.
Kerrang TV will be airing the video all week after 22.00 CET (that's 10 pm to you) each night. Tune in to witness the beginning of Era 3!! Channel 454 on Sky Digital, Channel 332 on Telewest, Channel 819
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added: 6/8/04



Hear exclusive play of ‘The Grudge’ on the Radio 1 Rock Show
Be one of the first people to hear the first radio broadcast of Mortiis’ debut single ‘The Grudge’ on Tuesday night’s Rock Show on BBC Radio 1. The Rock Show is now hosted Mike Davies and is broadcast from 01:00-03:00 GMT
If you can’t stay up that late(!!) or you’re not in the UK then check out the following link as all the shows are also broadcast through the website www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/rockshow/
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added: 2/8/04



Mortiis hosts Vice Magazine Benefit Concert
Mortiis has been chosen by cultural trendsetters, Vice Magazine, to host 'Deficit Disorder', a benefit concert being organized by Vice and political action group, Downtown For Democracy. Mortiis, who arrives in New York City this week to shoot the first video off his forthcoming album, 'The Grudge', will take time out of his shooting schedule to host the event..
The concert consists of 10 diverse acts, each performing a 10-minute set. Among the artists performing are: legendary NYC guitar composer & Sonic Youth collaborator, Glenn Branca; Cam'ron sidekick, Juelz Santana; and Mike (Rites Of Spring) Fellows's latest project, Miighty Flashlight. The money raised from the concert will go toward voter drives.
'Deficit Disorder' takes place Friday, July 16, at Volume, 99 North 13th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

Full show info here: viceland.com/issues/publisher/deficit
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added: 17/7/04



Video Shoot This Week in NYC
Enigmatic visionary Mortiis arrives in New York City this week to shoot the video for the title track off his forthcoming album, "The Grudge".
Directed by acclaimed LA director, Charlie Deaux (acclaimed for his videos for such bands as System Of A Down), the video for "The Grudge" will be shot on location in lower Manhattan, beginning July 15.

Look for "The Grudge" video hitting the airwaves soon! Mortiis' forthcoming album, "The Grudge", hits stores in the UK and Europe on September 13th, and in the US on September 21.
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added: 13/7/04



Mortiis- The Grudge single
Brand new exclusive Mortiis double A -side single 'The Grudge/Decadent and Desperate' is released Monday August 16 in UK.Only instores for ONE week then deleted.
Available on 3 track Digipack CD single and 7" poster bag vinyl ( both formats contain unreleased material/edits/re-mixes by Mortiis, not taken from the forthcoming album 'The Grudge' due Sept 13.

CD Single:
1) The Grudge (Single Edit)
2) Decadent and Desperate (Flickin the Bitch Switch mix)
3) The Grudge (Despectus)

7" Vinyl:
A) The Grudge (Single Edit)
AA) Decadent and Desperate
photo: AWAIS BUTT
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added: 6/7/04



LONG AWAITED NEW ALBUM TITLE CONFIRMED
Earache Records are extremely pleased to announce details of the brand new album from Norway’s legendary eccentric artist Mortiis.
Leo Troy: Drums, Mortiis: (seated) Vocals, Asmund Sveinunggard: Guitar, Levi Gawron: Guitar (seated)
The title of the follow up to 2001’s critically acclaimed ‘The Smell Of Rain’ has been confirmed as ‘THE GRUDGE’ and is scheduled for release in September 2004.

The album has been recorded over the last six months at Silvertone Studios in Fredrickstad, Norway by Mortiis (Vocals, Synths, Programming, Sound Design), Levi Gawron, (Guitar), Asmund Sveinunggard (Guitar) and Leo Troy (Drums) and has been co-produced by Vegard Blomberg and is due to be mastered at Norway’s premier facility “The Living Room” in Oslo.

Mortiis, himself is saying very little about ‘The Grudge’ at the moment, other than “It may have taken a while, but we all feel that it was right to spend the last couple of years on the album. We´re now working to meet deadline’s and I think people will be mighty surprised again” …. as secretive as ever! What we can say is ‘The Grudge’ will contain ten new tracks, including "Decadent And Desperate" and "Broken Skin" with all the songs drawing from an eclectic mix of inspirations, emotions and experiences,

Once ‘The Grudge’ is completed Mortiis will be spending the summer months rehearsing for their mammoth upcoming autumn European tour -details of which will be announced in due course.
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added: 12/5/04



MORTIIS BEGIN RECORDING IN NORWAY
MORTIIS are currently holed up at Silvertone Studios in Fredrikstad, Norway with producer Vegard Blomberg working on new material for their forthcoming album.

Work on the follow up to the acclaimed 'Smell Of Rain' album has been going well. "So far the studio has been totally right for us," said Mortiis. "Good vibes, good people and it's cool to finally be able to work in Pro Tools as well The sound really speaks for itself on that level, even though we're still totally on a 'work-in-progress' level."

In a departure from the bands' last album, MORTIIS have adopted a different approach to the recording, preferring to lock themselves away for short periods. Mortiis added "I like the way we are working now, by coming in and living in the studio for a week at a time and just working on whatever we feel like working on at the moment. It is a much more creative environment compared to last time when I had to live as a squatter for months on end and went out and got drunk every day because I didn't want to go back to the flea infested mattress that was my home for several weeks. It feels good not to have to deal with that this time around." 
Working titles for the newly recorded tracks include: 'Way Too Wicked', 'The Grudge', 'Twist The Knife' and 'Broken Skin'. "The songs so far sound a lot more certain of themselves and all around  it is a lot harsher, a lot heavier. It contains the anger I was unable to vent last time around basically", said Mortiis.
The new material is set to appear on what will be the bands' third album for the Earache label, with a release scheduled for summer 2004.
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added: 11/11/03



MORTIIS PREMIERES ON MTV2'S EXTREME ROCK SHOW
Mortiis' new video "Mental Maelstrom" is set to premiere on MTV2's Extreme Rock show on Thursday night/Friday morning, May 29, at 2 am.
The video has also been accepted for airing on Much Music Canada's metal show, "Loud".
www.muchmusic.com
Mental Maelstrom (Implode)

for those of you who can't wait...
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added: 24/5/03