Origin: Norway  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: September 24, 2018

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 (Age Of Silence, ex-Frantic Bleep)

Richard Wikstrand

guitars

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 (ex-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



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



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




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



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



Where Dream And Day Collide  EP
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)
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Odd Eivind Ebbesen
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås



Red In Tooth And Claw  
2016
  1. Blood on the Sand
  2. If I Could
  3. Fallow Season
  4. Pitfalls
  5. All the Giants Are Dead
  6. Returning to the End of the World
  7. Parasites
  8. Stones for Eyes
  9. The Whole Where Your Heart Belongs
  10. Underdogs
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Richard Wikstrand
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås



Marrow  
2018 Dark Essence
  1. Untethered
  2. Liberator
  3. Moonlight Over Silver White
  4. Until You Return
  5. My Will Be Done
  6. Far from Home
  7. Marrow
  8. White Snow, Red Shadows
  9. Stumble On
  10. Waiting to Fall
  11. Tethered
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Richard Wikstrand
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås




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