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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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  • limpicatto

    Mortiis is hilarious. Ah! Those times!

    25 Jul 9:34am Reply
  • CrimsonFlag

    The Smell Of Rain is his best album

    17 Jul 9:13pm Reply
  • hydra_fm


    14 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • TheRockers

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

    30 Apr 4:40pm Reply
  • Serpent669

    Special greeting into all fans of MORTIIS here:

    22 Apr 10:48am Reply
  • kassiamaia


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  • arischblond

    was für gothic gay das ist ein rapper ihr nuttn

    16 Mar 8:39pm 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 4:39pm 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
  • Isaaaaaak

    on the one hand you have dambient babies. on the other you have faux industrial shitters. there is no winner here.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cris-knot


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  • rajmund69

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • icarosmm

    I miss the old Mortiis! [33]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Zimmer34

    I miss the old Mortiis! [32]

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • StBonifacij

    па укурки нириальна расслабляет, посоны!

    11 Oct 2013 Reply

    + Questions here please ... - Havard return my Stamp post! :P

    22 Sep 2013 Reply

    + I can't stand his Industrial, but His dark ambient work is Amazing :))

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TrueFenriz666

    I miss the old Mortiis! [31]

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • EternalViking

    I miss the old Mortiis! [30]

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
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