Norwegian industrial rock band MORTIIS have commented on their participation in the 2005 Blackest of the Black Tour.

The Blackest of the Black line-up features DANZIG (joined by former MISFITS member Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics), CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, and THE AGONY SCENE.

"I think it's a very interesting package and should draw a rather diverse crowd," said MORTIIS' frontman and namesake. "I'm a big fan of pretty much everything DANZIG ever put out, and always loved his classic horror approach to image and art. I can totally relate to that, given our own image isn't that far removed from what he did early on in the MISFITS."

MORTIIS' one and only tour of America was in 1999 with CHRISTIAN DEATH. "If anyone saw us then and comes to see us now, they're in for a bit of a shock," said Mortiis. "A lot has changed and everything that we used to be has been killed off to make way for a new monster."

Each of MORTIIS' releases shows a marked growth from its predecessor, with last year's "The Grudge" delving into an angrier, more guitar-driven sound. MORTIIS is also now officially a collective effort from a full band.

MORTIIS' first DVD, entitled "Soul in a Hole", will be released November 1. The DVD was filmed last year in London during the two-month "The Unlimited Grudge Tour" tour with SUSPERIA. The DVD will contain four bonus videos, photo galleries, interviews, and other extras, in addition to live footage.

The Blackest of the Black Tour 2005 kicks off on September 30 in San Diego, California.


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