Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
We are very satisfied with the Savage Garden EP. The production sounds crisp and professional, and the songs are solid. The first track, the title track, is a fast paced epic that gives every band member a time to shine. The second track, "Ashen Arms and Open Wings", is a slow paced gloomy song that's heavy and drenched in atmosphere. The third track, "My Requiem", is very progressive: going through many different sections with fast and slow parts, and some rhythmic time signature noodling. The final track is a cover: an upbeat metal cover of Billy Joel's "For The Longest Time". Its very fun to listen to and play. 

How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
The music on the Savage Garden EP is a unique mix of progressive metal, power metal, and gothic music. It has a strong emphasis on melody and progressive Dream Theater (with less talent)-esque songwriting, but with a dark fantasy vibe that calls to mind classic gothic horror imagery. There aren't too many bands out there like it.

Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
It was recorded at Dungeon Audio, which is located in Langhorne, PA. The EP was recorded over a period of around 2 months. The recording sessions were pretty ordinary, other than some people farting in the studio and almost and putting everyone else at risk of asphyxia. 

What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover art is based on an untitled work by Boleslaw Biegas from a series of paintings he did in the 1910s of vampires. This piece was chosen because the savagery between the vampire attacking its victim matches the savagery depicted in the "savage garden" that the title track speaks of. The title track is about the vampire Lestat, the protagonist of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles books, and he describes the world as being a "savage garden", a world filled with beauty, but also filled with cruelty and death. The other songs deal with apocolyptic imagery and the undead.

What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
We expect to gain more recognition and fans through this release. Our aims are to play shows, get more fans, and to get the word out in order to make more of a presence for ourselves.

Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
As of September 2015, the EP is only available in digital form on our bandcamp page. We are planning to get physical copies pressed soon though.

Where and how will you promote this new release?
We have few, if any, media connections. So we promote the new EP by posting in internet groups/forums, and by contacting people directly and telling them about the EP.

Where can we order it from?
The EP can be downloaded for free or purchased at whatever price one wishes from our bandcamp page.
Sample of album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbYEwyEIneQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mortaniusband
Bandcamp: https://mortanius.bandcamp.com/album/savage-garden-ep
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Mortaniusband


October 2015

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