Mortiis
Crypt of the Wizard


4.0
excellent

Review

by ScuroFantasma CONTRIBUTOR (80 Reviews)
August 24th, 2017 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trollmannens Krypt

Crypt of the Wizard is a title wholly befitting for what is essentially the final resting place of Mortiis the dungeon synth artist and the compilation accompanying him to the grave. By the time of its release Mortiis had already tucked a trio of highly influential synthesised classics firmly under his belt, each one establishing the craggy foundation upon which a micro-genre was built. Future endeavours would begin fulfilling entirely separate quests, a process which began gradually once Stargate introduced the first signs of deviation from the path, and then grew increasingly experimental beyond that point. Before abandoning this style altogether, however, Mortiis sequestered away the remnants of his signature sound for avid dungeon crawlers to explore.

Upon exhuming this compilation of 12 inch singles and clearing the dust from its cadaver, the reality of its composition sets in. Rather than containing lengthy dungeon synth journeys like the albums that precede it, this Frankenstein’s monster consists of ten separate tales stitched together. Its earliest moments re-animate the fanciful cinematic atmosphere Håvard Ellefson is known for, opening with a tripartite of imposing, monolithic pieces that entirely dominate the soundscape they’ve been allotted. Rhythmic synths steadily establish a marching procession from track to track while epic melodies hang above like a cloud of ash. Crypt of the Wizard is not all doom and gloom though. Elsewhere more optimistic stories are interwoven and playful anecdotes are recited. These lighthearted odes continue to bear all the hallmarks of classic material, but offer a more tranquil balance to the darker moments spread across this release, dominating the runtime in fact. After exiting the mausoleum, Crypt of the Wizard is assurance enough that there is no cause to mourn Ellefson’s evolution beyond dungeon synth, for as long as the artefacts remain, this era will never truly die.



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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2017


10929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://mortiis-earache.bandcamp.com/album/crypt-of-the-wizard





Another little review for Mortiis, hope you enjoy (: Feedback is much appreciated.

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BlackwaterPork
August 24th 2017


2338 Comments


Fantastic review, I might have to check these guys out now.

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2017


13685 Comments


Standard, class review, Scuro. Judging from what it is though, it doesn't sound like my thing.

pjorn
August 24th 2017


4300 Comments


will check man, still been on a DS kick lately.

hard mental pos.

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BallsToTheWall
August 24th 2017


48188 Comments


Awesome!

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2017


10929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks all (: Hope those of you who decide to check this enjoy it.

kingdedethefifth
August 24th 2017


4596 Comments


What's with all this dungeon synth rep man?

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2017


10929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone's gotta do it ;)

Hawks
September 21st 2017


52280 Comments


Scuro so many props for getting me into this awesome genre, this rules. m/

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2017


10929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super glad you're digging this stuff man

Hawks
September 21st 2017


52280 Comments


Fuck yes bro.



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