MORTIIS has returned home to Norway after a successful U.S. run on the Blackest of the Black tour.
The industrial rock band was chosen to play alongside headliner DANZIG (joined by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle), CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, and THE AGONY SCENE.
"It was great to finally be able to return to the U.S.," said MORTIIS' namesake and leader, who toured America in 1999 with goth legends CHRISTIAN DEATH. "We've had a bunch of offers to come over during the years but it always fell through for various reasons, so that made it extra cool for us to finally get over there and play our new stuff."
MORTIIS' sound has evolved drastically since the 1999 tour, so the band was especially excited to present its newer music to American audiences. "It was important to us to show people how much we've changed," Mortiis said.
MORTIIS began his journey down an ever-evolving path in the early '90s as a singular mastermind who a decade later would be the namesake of MORTIIS' full-band incarnation. MORTIIS — the man and the band — have traveled many musical paths over the course of their career, with each release stepping further away from the last and expanding into new territories. The MORTIIS of today takes the darkness of the earlier ambient creations and fuses it with deep-seated anger and aggression. "The Grudge", MORTIIS's latest release, is a twisted mixture of electronics, fierce guitars, and hard-hitting drumming.
The shocking end to MORTIIS' set saw the frontman removing his elfin pointy nose mask to reveal his human form. "We only tried this once before at a show in Norway, and it was cool to see people's faces when the mask came off," he said.
MORTIIS plans to return to the U.S. in the near future for more touring.
"We're all very excited about this idea and can't wait to return, do longer sets and go to the places we missed this time," said Mortiis.
A day-by-day tour diary is available on MORTIIS' web site.