When one looks back at the blood stained history of black metal, the names are as
familiar as those of old friends: Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone.
But in the shadows lurks the band that everyone forgot.
Formed by Marius Vold And Steinar Sverd Johnsen in 1989, Mortem was one of the first Black Metal bands to crawl out of the woodwork in Norway, releasing the highly coveted and brutal Slow Death demo, with Euronymous and Dead of Mayhem as producer and cover artist, respectively.
After the release of Slow Death the band was laid to rest as members went on the form
other bands, such as Arcturus and Thorns, both of which would become mainstays in
the black metal scene and beyond.
But In a moment of nostalgia and a desire for something fresh and brutal the corpse of Mortem was revived, and the unholy duo of Marius and Sverd once joined forces again for a studio album. The duo are joined once more by the legendary Hellhammer on drums, and Tor Stavenes of 1349 and Svart Lotus on Bass.
The long awaited album will possess the same raw brutality as the original offering, as well as fresh new elements, drawing influences from the gore and glory of those early days of Black metal.
Steinar Sverd Johnsen, Guitar (Arcturus, Covenant, Satyricon ..)
Marius Vold, Vocals (Stigma Diabolicum, Thorns, Arcturus)
Hellhammer, Drums (Mayhem, Covenant, Arcturus..)
Tor R. Stavenes, Bass (1349, Svart Lotus, Den Saakaldte …)