Mortiis
Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør


4.5
superb

Review

by Scuro EMERITUS
March 25th, 2022 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Spirit Who Rebelled

Ånden som Gjorde Opprør is the follow-up full-length album released by Norwegian dungeon synth artist Mortiis, and if his recent personal renaissance is any indication, it’s clearly a record that the man himself holds dear. Standing in tense opposition to his shadow-self for decades, Mortiis’ weary reclamation of lost years was formed around a re-imagining of this 1994 release, finally taming the rebellious spirit with a series of live performances preceding a reconciliatory return to the genre in 2020 - a genre which he arguably birthed and subsequently disowned long ago. It isn’t difficult to see the appeal of the two lengthy pieces which form this release, in terms of negotiating a peace deal with inner demons. "En Mørk Horisont" gallops out the gate with a boastful opening theme, marching along proudly and building confident momentum. Shadows clung to the wistful and murky hermit who stood in Mortiis’ position during the debut and demo, but here, his black cape flows behind him almost regally in the evening breeze, as he stands upon a ridge in the setting sunlight as a prince of darkness, fully exposed to the golden rays of a triumphant, synthesized symphony. The contradiction creates internal commentary. Melancholy underlies the Byronic heroism as the piece progresses, certainly, and darkness pierces the sentimental heart with tragic fatalism, but nevertheless there’s an unmistakable spirit of hope waging a quiet war against defeat itself, making a solid return right at the end of the A side to rouse the listener. "Visjoner Av En Eldgammel Fremtid" picks up the flag, and where pale white may have once flapped, the strident chords color it crimson and wrap it prominently around a harsh, trebly melody. The slow-plodding rhythmic sections Mortiis employed frequently on prior releases makes a return during the middle sections of both pieces, adding a storied-dimension to the composition and underscoring the struggle, but it’s impossible to shake the feeling that better times are just around the corner, and inevitably they arrive with bombast. I can’t say with any degree of certainty that these optimistic tones are what made this a natural choice of home-turf for the mature musician to face the ghosts of his past, but speculation and specters are what dungeon synth is all about.



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ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 25th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hello everyone. I’m super rusty and this a bit of an unorthodox retrospective mixed into a review, but I was inspired and had some time. Feedback is appreciated (:

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2022


17227 Comments


Gets bumped into Emeritus, starts reviewing again. I dig it.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 25th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha. I probably couldn’t have picked a less relevant album but hey, when the mood hits.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2022


17227 Comments


How are you lad?

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 25th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very well thank you, I’m studying again and everything is going great in my personal life (: How are you?

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2022


17227 Comments


Not sure if you’ve been keeping up with the goss on Olympus. But some days are good, some are bad - the world keeps spinning. Good to hear you’ve got some nice study and life balance. Keep it up.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 25th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I’m very much out of the loop on everything going on here, including new music even. I hope the good days are outweighingthe bad though, and I’m wishing you the best (:

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2022


7484 Comments


Hi Scuro!

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 25th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey hey (:

garas
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2022


7230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Mortiis review, and by Scuro!!

Superb writeup!

Egarran
March 27th 2022


28253 Comments


Don't care much for Mortiis, but I'm all in for the Scuro news

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TyrranT
March 29th 2022


4 Comments


This one is not too bad, but I still have difficulties entering into this band

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
March 30th 2022


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys < 3



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