Mortiis is a band from Notodden, Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen, 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. 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.
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 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.
Ellefsen wrapped up work on the soundtrack to the movie Broken and The Devil's Chair (Renegade Films) in 2007. Both films were directed by Adam Mason who first worked with him on the Mortiis video for Decadent & Desperate. Having completed an album's worth of songs, Ellefsen commented at how they were "atmospheric and eerie" and also "very dark" while "some of it actually is semi-song structured, with some melody and sense to it." They were done under the Mortiis name. The collected music will eventually be released as a Mortiis album.
Mortiis as a band was formed shortly after the release of The Smell of Rain.
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 (Håvard Ellefsen) - lead vocals, programming, mixing,
Levi Gawron (Levi Gawrock Trøite) - lead guitar, programming, mixing, bass,
Sarah Jezebel Deva - female vocals (soprano),
Leo Troy (Svein Tråserud) - drums (2001-2007),
Åsmund Sveinnungard - guitar (2001-2005),
Endre Tonnesen - session/studio bass for The Grudge album,
Magnus Abelsen - session bass for The Grudge album,
Mortal (Anund Grini) - guitar (2001-2002),
Joe Letz - drums (2008-2010),
Tim Van Horn - live drums,(2011),
Åge Trøite - live guitar, 2005-2011,
Chris Kling - live drums 2009-2011
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