Mortiis began his journey down an ever-evolving path in the early ‘90s as a singular mastermind who a decade later would be the namesake of Mortiis’ full-band incarnation.
Mortiis – the man and the band - have traveled many musical paths over the course of their career, with each release stepping further away from the last and expanding into new territories. The Mortiis of today takes the darkness of the earlier ambient creations and fuses it with deep-seated anger and aggression.
The Grudge, Mortiis’s most recent release (2004), is a twisted mixture of electronics, fierce guitars, and hard-hitting drumming. “The Grudge is extremely dense,” says Mortiis. “I think there’s some kind of commercial appeal underneath all the layers, but it’s pretty hidden. I always appreciate a good sense for melody. The Grudge kind of blends melody with noise, which is great. The previous record, The Smell of Rain, was essentially a very catchy record, bleak in many ways but quite accessible. The Grudge just went beyond all that and is really angry and sort of emotionally all over the place.”