Mortiis are the undisputed inventor of dungeon synth and ha reveals artwork for the new and forthcoming album Spirit Of Rebellion. The album artwork was created by French visual artist & fantasy illustrator David Thiérrée who is also known for his work with Behemoth, Primordial and Wolves In The Throne Room, and many moore. The track Visions Of Ancient Future which gives a first taste of things to come for the re-interpreted music of Spirit Of Rebellion,
Spirit Of Rebellion is a re-interpreted 2 track long expansion and continuation of the 1994 Era I classic Ånden som Gjorde Opprør. –The new album is penned for release on 24th January 2020 via Omnipresence Production / Dead Seed Productions.The godfather of dungeon synth comments.
«I had to fend off a lot of demons to get to this point. They’ll be back, they always come back, but at least my vision is no longer clouded…When I was working on re-interpreting my old music for the Cold Meat Industry festival in Stockholm almost two years ago, I had no idea that I´d eventually create an (almost) new record, nor that a section of it would be used for my first dungeon synth video since 1996. But here we are».
Mortiis is scheduled to perform a number of Era I shows throughout Europe this autumn/winter. In early 2020 the king of dungeon synth will be returning to North America for an Era I headline run, supported by avant-garde black metal hybrid T.O.M.B.
After Mortiis left Emperor, the Norwegian black metal band he was part of starting, in late 1992, he started Mortiis as a solo project, and released a number of solo records between 1993 and 1999. Reinvented as a proper band, Mortiis released The Smell of Rain in 2001. Followed by The Grudge in 2004, and the remix record Some Kind of Heroin in 2006.Disenfranchised with the brutality and hypocrisy of the record industry, Mortiis did not release a new album until 2010, when the band self-released the album Perfectly Defect – as a limited edition CD, and as a free download through Morttis own website.
The next record, The Great Deceiver, was completed around 2013, but did not see the light of day, until 2016 due mostly to events beyond the band´s control. Mortiis´ personal mental health being one of them. The Great Deceiver was finally released in March 2016.
In the fall of 2016 work started on remixing The Great Deceiver. The result was The Great Corrupter and features over 20 reworks/remixes of material from The Great Deceiver, by artists as diverse as Godflesh, Die Krupps. In Slaughter Natives, Godflesh, Chris Vrenna, John Fryer, Prurient, Apoptygma Berzerk, PIG, and many more.
Mortiis has toured fairly consistently for the past 15 years, and has shared the stage with a variety of artists and bands spanning genres ranging from black metal, to punk to industrial and EBM. Some of the bands Mortiis has toured with are Danzig, Behemoth, Apoptygma Berzerk, Combichrist, Christian Death, Mushroomhead, The Genitorturers, Deathstars, etc.