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Notodden, Norway (1993 – present)

Mortiis is a project from Notodden, Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen. The name is a misspelling of the Latin word “mortis” (death). Mortiis started in 1993 as the solo project of Ellefsen as a means to convey a story. This aspect was lost over time and Mortiis slowly changed into a band.

Håvard Ellefsen, often referred to as Mortiis, is the only constant band member. He was born in Skien, Telemark. Mortiis began his musical career playing bass for the black metal act Emperor. He stayed with the band just over one year (performing on the seminal “Wrath of the Tyrant” demo and writing the lyrics to “I Am the Black Wizards”), before going on to create his own solo project, though unlike his previous band the music would be dark ambient oriented. Ellefsen was experimenting greatly with music during his early solo career. He started four separate projects, though the focus was always on Mortiis.

Dark Dungeon Music was the personal record label of Mortiis. It operated between 1995 and 1999 while Mortiis resided in Halmstad, Sweden, and released mostly limited-edition vinyl. It was dissolved as Mortiis moved back to Norway in late 1999. Mortiis as a band was formed shortly after the release of “The Smell Of Rain”.

Era I: The title of Era I was never intentional. It came about in 2001 when Mortiis was set to release The Smell of Rain, which was such a departure from his earlier records that he wanted to brand it in a way to signify this. All works previous to The Smell of Rain were thereafter referred to as Era I as consequence.


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  • bckmschng

    was für gothic gay das ist ein rapper ihr nuttn [3]

    13 Mar 6:36pm Reply
  • Post-romantic

    I miss the old Mortiis! [39] Era I > all

    10 Mar 10:33pm Reply
  • EternalViking

    I miss the old Mortiis! [38] Era I > all

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Diabolus66

    I miss the old Mortiis! [37] Era I > all

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MarcAwesome

    was für gothic gay das ist ein rapper ihr nuttn [2]

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Hari_Maia

    I miss the old Mortiis! [36] Era I > all

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Keetreh

    I miss the old Mortiis! [35] Era I > all

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LocustDay

    I miss the old Mortiis! [34]

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Joedjunior


    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dani666v

    hail mortiis

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TenebresBand

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • limpicatto

    Mortiis is hilarious. Ah! Those times!

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CrimsonFlag

    The Smell Of Rain is his best album

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheRockers

    Mortiis lost it after the Stargate album. He went full retard

    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Serpent669

    Special greeting into all fans of MORTIIS here:

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kassiamaia


    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • arischblond

    was für gothic gay das ist ein rapper ihr nuttn

    16 Mar 2014 Reply

    Can anyone honestly tell, why in the name of the ancient secrets of the freakin universe, why isn't "The Great Deceiver" been released yet ?? Are we all have been deceived ? :D In all seriousness though. If mister Ellefsen doesn't follow his page here or read comments, at least i am most certain that his fb activity is HYPER obvious. Anyone spoke to him or ask him what's the huge mistety behind his new album ? Hell, it's already what, 4 years after "Perfectly Defect", right ? I remember seeing him live in my country ( it was a freakin riot for sure !! ) Best live i've ever seen and that was pretty much it. Well, is he still in business or what ?! Mister Ellefsen sir, WE DESPERATELY want new material please. Just throw a little hint or something. Come on ! geez louise...

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • PootyMunster13

    I'm with you CyberMusicLover! I enjoy all of Mortiis' work :)

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    I like Mortiis, no matter which Era the music comes from. I think it is all good and perhaps it is all a matter of reinventing their Music? Of course, I loved is Dark Ambient stuff better, I still love the Industrial side of his music too.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
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