Madder Mortem

Madder Mortem
Tormod Langøien Moseng (Bass [since 2003]), Mads Solås (Drums [since 1999]), Richard Wikstrand (Guitar [since 2014], ex-Chrome Division), BP M. Kirkevaag (Guitar [since 1993], Frantic Bleep), Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Vocals [since 1993], ex-Frantic Bleep), Christian Rudd (Guitar [1993-1999]), Boye Nyberg (Bass [1993-1999]), Sigurd Nielsen (Drums [1993-1999]), Patrick Scantlebury (Guitar [2010-2013], Frantic Bleep), Odd Eivind Ebbesen (Guitar [2003-2010]), Eirik Ulvo Langnes (Guitar [2000-2003])

The region of Hedmark, in the eastern part of southern Norway, is a land of lakes and fields and dark fir forests, of golden, tranquil summers and snowy, silent winters.

This landscape breeds stubborn, earthborn people. To an outsider, they may seem docile, but beneath the surface there’s a will and a strength of heart that’s just as unmovable as the hills.

They will not show off, will not protest, but they will simply put their heads down and do exactly what they wanted to, in their own time and their own way. This is the soil from which Madder Mortem springs. Both band and members are born and raised in Hedmark, and the view from their rehearsal room is not concrete and streets, but fields and trees set against a quiet lake.

There’s nothing urban about Madder Mortem. Just like the land it stems from, the music is organic and earthy.

It resounds with the sweat of hard work, and with the tongue-in-cheek view of life of those who know who they are and where they come from. It’s caressing, it’s chilling, it’s outrageously cheeky and dead serious.

It’s groovy, it’s melodic, it’s clever and it’s open-hearted, but most of all, it’s music made for music’s sake. Madder Mortem discography: Mercury (Misanthropy, 1999) All Flesh Is Grass (Century Media, 2001) Deadlands (Century Media, 2002) Desiderata (Peaceville, 2006) Eight Ways (Peaceville, 2009) Red In Tooth And Claw (Dark Essence Records, 2016) Marrow (Dark Essence Records, 2018) .

Music over matter.