Music / Mortiis
Mortiis, in his natural habitat.

Mortiis is a band from Notodden, Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen (former member of the Black Metal band Emperor), who is also known as the namesake of the band. The name is a misspelling of the word 'mortis', which is the pronunciation used by the band. However, Mortiis started as the solo project of Ellefsen as a means to convey a story. This aspect was lost over time and Mortiis slowly formed into a band. Between 1993 and 1999 the solo project focused on dark ambient music, which around two decades later was one of the main inspirations for the Dungeon Synth genre. He abruptly changed genres in 2001's electronic influenced The Smell of Rain, which featured more lyrics and style-wise ranged from Industrial to Synth-Pop. With the release of The Grudge Mortiis became an official band rather than a solo project, and the music shifted toward Industrial Metal.

Until 2007, Mortiis was never seen without his mask; a troll-like face with a large nose and pointed ears. The mask changed over time as well; by the release of The Grudge it began to look like it had been stitched and stapled in place. Finally after 2007's Some Kind of Heroin, Mortiis removed the mask permanently; or so it seemed, as Ellefsen has been reappearing in the mask since 2016, perhaps due to fans requesting it.


Era I
  • The Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost (1993)
  • Født til å Herske (1993)
  • Ånden som Gjorde Opprør (1994)
  • Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent (1995)
  • Blood and Thunder (1995)
  • Crypt of the Wizard (1996)
  • The Stargate (1999)
Era II
  • The Smell of Rain (2001)
  • The Grudge (2004)
  • Some Kind of Heroin (2007)
  • Perfectly Defect (2010)
Era 0
  • The Great Deceiver (2016)