The Awaken: Forgotten Songs from The Smell of Rain

by Mortiis

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These are demos of songs that were written, but never properly recorded (nor used) for the The Smell of Rain album.

They were recorded sometime in early 2000 (my estimate), directly onto a Cassette Deck, using my shitty Fisher Stereo System at the time. No fancy digital vocal editing or anything, just one take right onto tape.

These are my earliest (with one or two exceptions, and they don´t really count) attempts at lead vocals.

To the best of my knowledge and recollection, these are also the only audio recordings from my time spent living on top of a mountain, in a 100+ year old cottage, with no hot water, and no proper bathroom or plumbing. I had a sink, with ice cold water coming out of the tap, and an ancient barn, with an outhouse inside of it.

I lived there for 18 months, and slowly lost my mind.

I wrote The Smell of Rain there.


released November 29, 2019

All music and lyrics by Mortiis / Havard Ellefsen
Photography: Sebastian Ludvigsen
Graphics and additional FX: Karine Marin


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Mortiis Oslo, Norway

Joined Emperor 1991.
Fired from Emperor on grounds of a "bad attitude" late 1992.
Formed Mortiis next day.
Planned recordings in Transylvania 1993.
That did not happen.
Released several solo albums in the 90´ies & weirding out the music industry with his prosthetic mask.
Oh those yonder days of media hypocrisy.
Became band. Band died.
Broke ribs, dreams and industry shackles, but remained free.
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