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The Shadow Of The Tower

by Mortiis

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    In collaboration with the legendary cassette label Darkness Shall Rise.
    Comes in an exclusive slipcase, and features additional photos/artwork

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Shadow Of The Tower via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    We got a very limited batch of the Ancient Meadow Records US version of this cassette in stock. Available while they last!

    Deep voices echoing from the distant past… A ritualistic soundscape for journeys to deserts and dungeons.

    This is a recording from 1997. Originally used as background atmospheres for the rare; fairly far in-between live shows Mortiis was doing back then.

    Mortiis discovered this recording on a tape in the attic, some 23+ years later. I thought it would be an interesting piece of sonic history to get out there.

    Around 1997, Mortiis was getting increasingly interested in industrial/ritualistic and experimental music (he also recorded VOND´s 3rd and last album "Green Eyed Demon" around this time, which has a lot of similar vibes, and dark, repeating, loop-based experimentation all over it), and this recording clearly reflects that.

    This is drony, ritualistic and repetetive by nature (and, because of its original purpose, which was to fill silent space and time with atmospherical sound).

    This was originally recorded, with lo fi, noisy gear, and very limited recording and mixing skills, so the recording (thankfully to analog tape, so it´s still acceptable to the human ear) was at times coming in too hot, meaning there´s some moderate overdrive/distortion at times. The recording is cleaned up, turned from mono to a sort of stereo, and fattened up. It still sounds like it was recorded in a cave, which was probably the vision for this piece at the time anyway.

    1997 is now!

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    We got a very limited amount of copies of this 1997 recording, on black and red vinyls. Act fast or you might miss this. See below for more info about the product and recording.

    VINYL
    • full-colored (4c+pantone) colored jacket, flooded black inside
    • insert with info and impressions
    • DinA2 poster, two sided
    • black poly-lined innersleeve
    • 180g limited vinyl, hand- numbered
    • plastic protection sleeve
    hype sticker.

    •Mastered by Jules Seifter at Epic Audio Media, London

    Deep voices echoing from the distant past…
    A ritualistic soundscape for journeys to deserts and dungeons.

    This is a recording from 1997. Originally used as background atmospheres for the rare & fairly far in-between live shows I was doing back then.

    I discovered this recording on a tape in the attic, some 23+ years later. I
    thought it would be an interesting piece of sonic history to get out there.

    Around 1997, I was getting increasingly interested in industrial/ritualistic and experimental music (I also recorded VOND´s 3rd and last album "Green Eyed Demon" around this time, which has a lot of similar vibes, and dark, repeating, loop-based experimentation all over it), and this recording clearly reflects that.

    This is drony, ritualistic and repetetive by nature (and, because of its original purpose, which was to fill silent space and time with atmospherical sound).

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Shadow Of The Tower via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Digibook CD, limited edition.

    CD
    • noble digibook
    • full- colour print
    • limited to 513 copies, hand-numbered
    • sealed
    • hype sticker.

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  • Digital Album
    Streaming + Download

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This is a CD bundle for Transmissions From The Western Walls Of Time (Live 1997) and The Shadow Of The Tower (a recording from 1997)

    This bundle ships with a free Født Til Å Herske woven patch.

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  • Full Digital Discography Full Digital Discography

    Get all 48 Mortiis releases available on Bandcamp and save 80%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of The Shadow Of The Tower, The Unraveling Mind/Throe Bundle, The Great Deceiver/The Great Corrupter Bundle, The Great Deceiver Singles Bundle, The Great Corrupter Singles Bundle, Perfectly Defect/The Perfect Reject Bundle, Fata Morgana / Cintecele Diavolui Complete Bundle, The Complete VOND bundle, and 40 more. , and , .

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about

Note that this version differs slightly from the version posted as an exclusive to COTBW in 2020:

This one has been properly mastered by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media.
The artwork has been put together (better) by Sir Gorgoroth, for The Devil´s Elixirs´ LP and CD versions.

The COTBW version, remains an exclusive to COTBW members.

Neither version is available digitally anywhere else.
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Deep voices echoing from the distant past…
A ritualistic soundscape for journeys to deserts and dungeons.

This is a recording from 1997. Originally used as background atmospheres for the rare & fairly far in-between live shows I was doing back then.

I discovered this recording on a tape in the attic, some 23+ years later. I
thought it would be an interesting piece of sonic history to get out there.

Around 1997, I was getting increasingly interested in industrial/ritualistic and experimental music (I also recorded VOND´s 3rd and last album "Green Eyed Demon" around this time, which has a lot of similar vibes, and dark, repeating, loop-based experimentation all over it), and this recording clearly reflects that.

This is drony, ritualistic and repetetive by nature (and, because of its original purpose, which was to fill silent space and time with atmospherical sound).

For the connoisseurs, you´ll notice this sounds similar to a work-in-progress I shared a few months ago, of the same name. What you heard then, is the continuation, and evolution of this piece, and it´s still in the stages of evolution. Bringing this piece of sound into the future, has been one of my ongoing projects during 2020.

credits

released November 12, 2021

Remastered by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media, London.
Artwork by David Thierree.
Design and layout by Sir Gorgoroth

LP and CD released by The Devil´s Elixirs/Van Records. Licensed from Omnipresence Productions.

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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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