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“The Great Deceiver killed the band,” says Mortiis, frontman and namesake of the Norwegian ensemble. “As important as is it to myself and who I have become, I haven’t been able to think about it in any way other than ‘I need to just get this thing out of my life and behind me before I lose my mind.’”

It’s not that the record – Mortiis’ ninth - is anything less than stellar. Mortiis’ conflicted feelings toward The Great Deceiver is a result of its torturous state of constant evolution, leading Mortiis – the man and the band - through the darkest of places and back.

Its themes of anger, greed, confusion, self-doubt and re-discovery saturate the album, resulting in Mortiis’ most labored yet honest record yet. The twisted journey weaves its way through feelings of anger and resentment on “Demons are Back,” through the Biblical metaphors of “The Ugly Truth,” then takes on a disdain for greed in “The Shining Lamp of God,” “Feed the Greed” and “Scalding the Burnt.” Self-doubt comes to the forefront on “Sins of Mine,” personal darkness permeates “Too Little Too Late” and “Road to Ruin” expresses a near-admission of defeat, while “Doppelganger” hits upon pure schizophrenia. The cycle of The Great Deceiver takes Mortiis down a path of reparation, with an attempt to exorcize demons on “Hard to Believe” and accepts the ghosts of the past on “Bleed Like You.” The lyrical journey concludes with “The Great Leap,” one of the most lyrically affirmative songs of Mortiis’ career, with an expression of embracing great change.

Musically, The Great Deceiver continues along the winding path that Mortiis’ two-decade career has taken. “There are so many layers and experiments on this record, especially with guitars,” he explains. “We ran a million tracks through all the effects, pedals, rack units and plugins we could find, with more failure than success most of the time.” In the end, it all came together cohesively, mixing together aggressive guitar-driven crossover metal with industrial-type electronics, for a record that could easily be considered the most accessible in Mortiis’ catalog. Yet Mortiis remains in an un-classifiable musical genre, one that encompasses too many elements to be summed up by a simple two-word description.

“It just is what it is - too metal for the electronic crowd, too electronic for the metal crowd. It´s a paradox we´ve dealt with before. If it can´t be stereotyped, then run like hell! We just never adhered to the rules, whatever those rules have been. I never stopped to check and I have no intention of ever finding out. If following the rules will make us more like the rest, then no thanks…the rest doesn´t look that great.”

Mortiis’ last release, Perfectly Defect, which was issued as a completely free download, came in response to his admitted resentment toward the record industry. “My cynicism of the industry had become like a monster,” he says. “We decided that instead of bowing to the ridiculous demands and greed of the music industry, we gave away a record to the fans. Why feed the monster that pretends to be your friend, when in real life they couldn´t care less?”

Following the release of Perfectly Defect, Mortiis retreated to a self-imposed music industry exile, disgusted with the lies and politics that surrounded him and began questioning his own drive to continue creating music after more than 20 years.

The Great Deceiver has come at a high price, financially and mentally. “It kinda took my sanity away a little too,” says Mortiis. But the fortune of having an outlet to express all these intense emotions has not been lost on Mortiis either.

“Some people write when they´re upset, angry, sad, anguished, and so on…I can´t do that. I always write in hindsight of events,” he explains. “I never forget. I carry baggage around and when I´m calm and inspired I will bring that crap back out and relive it, under controlled circumstances. It´s nothing unique, but I like that I can do that, and that I have the privilege of turning all that negativity into something productive. Not everyone has that privilege, though, and they carry that shit around until their dying day. I guess that´s why some people go postal.”

Since the beginning of his career as a solo artist before Mortiis morphed into becoming a full band, visuals have a played a nearly as important a part as the music in Mortiis’ vision. While having shed the image of the past, Mortiis continues to develop the visual end of his art through hypnotic film-like video clips that accentuate the songs.

“I'm all about imagery, visuals, and adding great elements to the music,” says Mortiis. “I have been proving that amidst a storm of ridicule for 20+ years. I am still here, even though every fiber, every cell of my body tells me I´m an idiot for doing it. Maybe that´s because I am meant for this after all, or because I have a stronger faith in our new album than I thought I did…I don´t really know yet.”

MORTIIS ANNOUNCES UK HEADLINE TOUR

Image: Mortiis, Tour Dates, Mazur PR, Michael MazurMORTIIS will be returning to UK shores for a run of seven headline shows in May - the tour kicks off at Newcastle's Cluny venue on May 23 and commences at Bristol's Fleece on May 29. The tour will follow hot on the heels of the forthcoming release of Mortiis' new album The Great Deceiver which is out on March 4 via Omnipresence.

The band comments: "It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards."

MORTIIS 'demons are back' UK TOUR

May 23rd NEWCASTLE Cluny

May 24th GLASGOW Audio

May 25th MANCHESTER Ruby

May 26th BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

May 27th BRIGHTON Haunt

May 28th LONDON Garage

May 29th BRISTOL Fleece

Tickets are on sale now at:

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk| https://www.stargreen.com

Check out the recently released videos for the tracks 'Doppelgänger' and 'The Shining Lamp of God,' both are taken from the forthcoming Mortiis album The Great Deceiver:

'Doppelganger' - https://youtu.be/lF4BYh5xCPU

(free single download available available from http://www.mortiis.com/#!doppelganger/w6nmz)

'The Shining Lamp of God' https://youtu.be/peiIL5ExGnk

(free single download available from http://www.mortiis.com)

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MORTIIS OFFERS FREE DOWNLOAD OF 'THE SHINING LAMP OF GOD'

Image: Mortiis, The Great Deceiver, Mazur PR, Michael MazurOSLO - In anticipation of Mortiis' upcoming The Great Deceiver album, Mortiis is offering a free download of "The Shining Lamp of God."

Similar to late last year's free download of "Doppleganger," "The Shining Lamp of God" download will come complete with a remix by MELT, the track's recently release music video, artwork, screensavers and other bonus graphics.

"We know fans have been waiting a long time for The Great Deceiver, so this is our way of giving them a little extra gift, as well as wetting their appetites for the full album," Mortiis said.

Fans have the option to donate if they wish, with funds going to offset the costs of recording and releasing The Great Deceiver.

"We are digging deep into our own shallow pockets to finance everything ourselves this time around," Mortiis said. "So, it's certainly not required, but donations are always appreciated!"

The video for "The Shining Lamp of God" can be viewed at https://youtu.be/peiIL5ExGnk.

Mortiis's The Great Deceiver will be released March 4, 2016 via Omnipresence/MRI.

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MORTIIS UNVEILS 'THE SHINING LAMP OF GOD'

Image: Mortiis, Michael Mazur, MazurPROSLO - Mortiis' new video for "The Shining Lamp of God" is now available.

"The Shining Lamp of God" continues the story that "Doppelganger," released late last year, started. "We made two videos, although they were shot as one," Mortiis said. "The Shining Lamp of God' is another chapter - same place, same hellhole, just escalated, I suppose. It never really ends..."

Directed by Robyn Van Swank and Nick Plotquin, "The Shining Lamp of God" is equally rife with graphic images, bringing to life the internal struggles and demons that the song's lyrics tackle. Whereas "Doppleganger" was conflicted and self-loathing, "The Shining Lamp of God" metaphorically uses religious symbolism to convey an inner anger toward others' selfishness so deep that one fails to see their own ego centrist behaviors.

Chilling images of physical torture perfectly encapsulate the mental anguish of Mortiis' music - an incredible fete based on the depth of mental and emotional agony of the lyrics on Mortiis' long-awaited album, The Great Deceiver.

The disturbing clip leaves lasting impression - which was Mortiis' goal after years of feeling controlled and confined by the restrictions of a record label.

"The old label is history, the shackles are off, and I decided to just sell my record collection in order to finance some videos that we, and nobody else, actually have any control over," he said. "We pretty much used to be hogtied down in terms of what we were allowed to do and not to do in our videos. I always thought that was ridiculous, like we were some sort of pop band. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used, and if I wanted to show someone getting injected with sewer water, I would."

Mortiis's The Great Deceiver will be released March 4, 2016 via Omnipresence/MRI.

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MORTIIS GUITARIST LEVI GAWRON SIGNS ON WITH ESP GUITARS

Image: Mortiis, Levi, ESP, MazurPR, Michael MazurMortiis guitarist Levi Gawron has entered into an endorsement deal with ESP Guitars.

"I'm really picky when it comes to my instrument," he said. "They feel great, they play great and they sound great."

"It always gets me excited when someone I am a fan of jumps on board with ESP," said Chris Cannella, Director of Artist Relations/ Product Management. "Being a part of the '90s Industrial and Black Metal movement myself, it's great to have a band that has kept it together all this time while still progressing. Not only that, but Levi is a killer player who doesn't just follow the keyboard melody with power chords - he actually plays guitar!"

Levi can be seen solely playing his brand new ESP EII Eclipse guitars on The Devils Be Damned Tour, Mortiis' current US tour with Mushroomhead.

Mortiis' US trek is the first is in nine years. The band is previewing material from the highly-anticipated album The Great Deceiver, due out early next year.

Remaining tour dates are as follow:

October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner's, Toledo, OH

October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI

October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY

October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody's Music Room, Dayton, OH

October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL

October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH

October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

 

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MORTIIS UNVEILS HORRIFIC NEW "DOPPELGANGER" VIDEO AND FREE DOWNLOAD

Image: Mortiis, Mushroomhead, MazurPR, Michael MazurOSLO - Mortiis has unveiled the video for "Doppelganger," the first single from the long-awaited upcoming The Great Deceiver album.

The "Doppelganger" single will also be available as a free download at www.mortiis.com beginning Monday, October 5. The download also includes a :wumpscut: remix, the downloadable video, a screensaver and other graphics.

"As a song, 'Doppelganger' not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit," Mortiis said. "I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying."

The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.

"I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation," Mortiis said. "The knife imitates the words...the truth bleeds out..."

The video for "Doppelganger" is also Mortiis' reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis' music. "I always thought that was ridiculous," he said. "We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference."

Image: MazurPR, Mortiis, Mushroomhead, Michael MazurMortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight seen of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming "Doppelganger," self-mutilation was naturally the first topic.

"We wanted to original idea to be so messed up that no one who saw it would ever forget it," said Mortiis. "Perhaps not the deepest or most artistic visual experience, but it would turn some heads. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used. Maybe nobody would ever want to see it, let alone air it, but at least I´d be in control. I never got into this game to get rich anyway."

Mortiis will return Stateside this month for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver.

The Devils Be Damned Tour dates featuring Mortiis:

October 7, 2015 Wed. Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL
October 9, 2015 Fri. Venue 578, Orlando, FL
October 10, 2015 Sat. The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 11, 2015 Sun. Club LA, Destin, FL
October 14, 2015 Wed. The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX
October 15, 2015 Thu. Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX
October 16, 2015 Fri. Jake's Backroom, Lubbock, TX
October 17, 2015 Sat. Venue 3405, Joplin, MO
October 19, 2015 Mon. The Granada, Lawrence, KS
October 20, 2015 Tue. POVS, Spring Lake Park, MN
October 21, 2015 Wed. Limelight, Peoria, IL
October 22, 2015 Thu. Austin's Libertyville, IL
October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner's, Toledo, OH
October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY
October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody's Music Room, Dayton, OH
October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL
October 28, 2015 Wed. The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI
October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

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