Mortemia is the new project of one Morten Veland.
Many will be familiar with Veland's work fronting
and before that he was a main player in
he's well versed in the art of symphonic gothic metal.
Since Sirenia is little more than a Veland solo project and is also
rooted in gothic metal, one wonders exactly what makes Mortemia
According to the press, Mortemia's (or, rather, Veland's) goal is to
meld extreme metal and classical music, an ambitious venture to be sure.
To these ears, though, the end result on Misere Mortem
traditional gothic metal rather than some new adventurous metal/classical
Veland plays all the instruments, capably if not brilliantly, while the
vocals mix his death growls with substantial choirs that actually bring
his old band Tristania (circa the great Beyond The Veil
of a decade
ago), though unlike his previous bands there are no solo female vocals.
As gothic metal goes, this is fine, but not really top-tier, so it may
take some more work for Veland to realize his vision of a new musical
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Lords Of Metal
- The One I Once Was
- The Pain Infernal and the Fall Eternal
- The Eye of the Storm
- The Malice of Life's Cruel Ways
- The Wheel of Fire
- The Chains That Weild My Mind
- The New Desire
- The Vile Bringer of Self-Destructive Thoughts
- The Candle at the Tunnel's End