Origin: Norway
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Madder Mortem  


Formed in 1993 and led by the brother/sister duo of BP and Agnete Kirkevaag, Madder Mortem have matured greatly since their obscure '97 debut, Misty Sleep. That MCD attracted the interest of Misanthropy Records, who put out their proper debut, Mercury, before folding soon afterward. The band also almost folded, but instead BP and Agnete recruited three new members and have since released two outstanding albums in All Flesh Is Grass and Deadlands. Musically, MM is somewhat in the atmospheric/goth field, though with more breadth and versatility than others in that arena, and a bit more groovy and rocky as well. In several instances clear references to the mighty The 3rd And The Mortal can be heard, with MM taking the style found on TATM's early work and melding it with a more traditional metal sound. Agnete's vocals are wonderful -- not a soprano, but a more relaxed yet emotive midrange voice that fully carries the tunes yet is never overbearing. Flesh and Deadlands in particularly are outstanding and highly recommended albums.

Four years and two member changes later, the band released Desiderata, marking a slight shift in direction. Agnete's vocals are still at the fore, and overall the general feel isn't radically different, but there's decidedly less of a gothic influence, and an increased downtuned guitar presence gives the album almost a nu-metal feel at times. The songwriting seems a bit quirkier, experimental at times, as if the band might be in transition style-wise. To these ears Desiderata isn't as developed as the prior two albums, but this is still a great band.

Current Members

Agnete M. Kirkevaag

vocals

BP M. Kirkevaag

guitars

Patrick Scantlebury

guitars (Frantic Bleep)

Tormod Langøien Moseng

bass

Mads Solås

drums

Former Members/Guests

Christian Ruud

guitars

Eirik Ulvo Langnes

guitars

Odd Eivind Ebbesen

guitars

Boye Nyberg

bass

Pål Mozart Bjørke

bass (Frantic Bleep)

Sigurd Nilsen

drums


Discography



(MCD) Misty Sleep 
1997
  1. Under Another Moon
  2. He Who Longed For The Stars
  3. Sonatine For The Desired One
  4. Lesser Times
  5. Misty Sleep
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Christian Ruud
  • Boye Nyberg
  • Sigurd Nilsen




Mercury 
1999 Misanthropy
  1. Undertow
  2. Under another moon
  3. He who longed for the stars
  4. These mortal sins
  5. The grinding silence
  6. Loss
  7. Remnants
  8. Misty sleep
  9. Convertion
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Christian Ruud
  • Boye Nyberg
  • Sigurd Nilsen

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



All Flesh Is Grass 
2001 Century Media
  1. Breaker Of Worlds
  2. To Kill And Kill Again
  3. The Cluster Children
  4. Ruby Red
  5. Head On Pillow
  6. Turn The War On
  7. Chambers
  8. Ten Times Defeat
  9. Traitor's Mark
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Eirik Ulvo Langnes
  • Pål Mozart Bjørke
  • Mads Solås

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Deadlands 
2002 Century Media
  1. Enter
  2. Necropol Lit
  3. Omnivore
  4. Rust Cleansing
  5. Faceless
  6. Distance Will Save Us
  7. Silverspine
  8. Jigsaw (The Pattern & The Puzzle)
  9. Deadlands
  10. Resonatine
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Eirik Ulvo Langnes
  • Pål Mozart Bjørke
  • Mads Solås
2002 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Desiderata 
2006 Peaceville
  1. My Name is Silence
  2. Evasions
  3. Plague on this Land
  4. Dystopia
  5. M for Malice
  6. The Flood to Come
  7. Changeling
  8. Cold Stone
  9. Hypnos
  10. Sedition
  11. Desiderata
  12. Hangman
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Odd Eivind Ebbesen
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Eight Ways 
2009 Peaceville
  1. Formaldehyde
  2. The Little Things
  3. Armour
  4. Resolution
  5. A Different Kind Of Hell
  6. Riddle Wants To Be
  7. Where Dream And Day Collide
  8. The Flesh, The Blood And The Man
  9. Get That Monster Out Of Here
  10. Life, Lust & Liberty
  11. All I Know
  12. The Eighth Wave
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Odd Eivind Ebbesen
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås




(EP) Where Dream And Day Collide 
2010 Peaceville
  1. Where Dream and Day Collide (single edit version)
  2. Jitterheart
  3. The Purest Strain
  4. Quietude
  5. Where Dream and Day Collide (album version)


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