Tuesday 6 October 2015

Review: Mortiis – 'Doppelgänger'


It has been five years since
Håvard Ellefsen AKA Mortiis' last outing on the 'Perfectly Defect' digital only album, and over ten years since the last physical full-length studio album proper 'The Grudge'. But there is light at the end of the tunnel with a new album in the form of 'The Great Deceiver' announced for release early next year, and to celebrate Mortiis has unleashed a new single in the form of 'Doppelgänger' to whet our appetites.

The single caries on the industrial rock formula that characterised 'The Grudge' and 'Perfectly Defect' with a combination of hard guitars, anguished vocals and a steady, near dance-friendly beat liberally sprinkled with darkly groovy synths.

The single also includes a remix courtesy of Wumpscut which reworks the track into something that would be quite comfortable on 'The Smell Of Rain' album, which is never a bad thing.

Mortiis is making all the right noises with 'Doppelgänger'. In terms of the production it sounds nice and fresh and stirs in a little of that 90's Wax Trax! / Nothing Records flavour for good measure.

This is a promising single that hints at a nice and heavy, yet approachable industrial feeling full-length album to come. Throw in the fact that the download comes with a copy of the cool accompanying promotional music video, and this release is well worth checking out.

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