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The Faith That Fades Away (work in progress)

by Mortiis

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This is a work in progress/work mix, obviously, so don't take it too seriously.

Some of you may recognize this song as Towers Of Silence. I changed the title recently, to the more apt The Faith That Fades Away. Towers of Silence was in fact a 2-part song, so there is still a song on the album called Towers Of Silence, although I don't think I ever shared that one yet.

This is a pretty melancholic song (the whole album is sort of melancholic I have realised), very much dominated by voices. The voices are me, Sarah Jezebel Deva, and a male singer called Christopher Rakkestad. He used to play in Ragnarok, and is currently in Bolverk and Elvarhøi.

We are considering adding some guitar layers in certain places here. It remains to be seen. Been playing with the idea of creating some dense walls of sound style guitars like we did on some of the Perfectly Defect and The Great Deceiver songs.

This is the song I've been focused most on lately. I probably spent a week tweaking around with old samples of radios, switches, clicks and buzzes, to create atmospherics in the background of some of the parts of this song. Its gone through a massive transformation from what it was in the beginning, to what it is now, but as always, its all part of the process. Try everything. Nine out of ten times, it sucks, but then you hit that unexpected cool thing, and its worth the hassle.

The cover art, is not final cover art - just a placeholder.


released January 19, 2023
All music and lyrics by Mortiis / Havard Ellefsen

Photo by NecrosHorns


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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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