Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
In fall 2011, when founded by Asgharoth Morthus Diaboli (guitar), Hellum Nokthurl Infernalus (bass guitar) and Krypoth (drums), Morthus started writing its first songs. Soon the compositions turned out to be gloomy but melodical, so the band decided to tread the sinister path of melodic black metal. They also looked for a second guitar player and a vocalist to complete the line-up, but this proved difficult.
After several line-up changes (intermediately assisted by Ira / Triebtat and Sethurion a.k.a. Alex / Path of Destiny), Hrafnagud and Kharon Phormeus Inferorum joined Morthus as second guitar player and vocalist. So the band's style changed to blackened melodic death metal.
Until the end of 2013 Morthus wrote up to seven hymns. So the band decided to besiege a record studio for their first Demo EP in early 2014. In summer 2014, after playing several club gigs, Morthus recorded four well chosen songs at Nautilus Studio in Gera / Germany. So the EP “Into Oblivion“ was finally self-released on October 22nd in 2014. But during the studio records, the cooperation between Morthus and Hellum Nokthurl Infernalus was quit because of problems in the bands chemistry. Therefore all bass guitar recordings were performed by the producer Florian Rahm (Dubiosis). The band also decided to perform upcoming shows without a new full-time bass player until the end of 2014. Soon Florian Rahm (Dubiosis) stepped in as temporary bass player for all upcoming shows and enabled to play further gigs until a permanent substitution is found.
Current Line up:
Kharon Phormeus Inferorum - Vocals
Krypoth - Drums and Percussion
Hrafnagud - Rhythm Guitar
Asgharoth Morthus Diaboli - Lead Guitar
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
The sound of Morthus is gloomy and melodic. It combines several elements from scene icons such as Dark Funeral, Naglfar or Dissection, without copying those influences. Dynamic, forceful guitar playing, which also convices by atmospheric, clean parts, combined with powerful and varying drum play, are our foundation. Our infernal sound is completed by charismatic and aggressive vocals, which are characterized by diabolic screams and forceful growls.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Metalheads, who like Naglfar, Dissection or the swedish Style of Black Metal will definitly like Morthus as well.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
October, 22nd 2014 - Self-Release of the EP "Into Oblivion", which can be purchased on http://morthus666.bandcamp.com/ or by sending a private message via the Morthus Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MorthusMetal/
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
After several club gigs in 2014 Morthus will play live in 2015 as well, the next 2 Shows are on April 17th in Gera/Germany and on May, 30th in Liebengrün/Germany
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
The Release of our EP "Into Oblivion" is only a pretaste for what is coming in fall this year. Our debut album will set the level of our songs higher than they are now. Everything, people like listed above should know, can be found here: http://metalmessage-pr.blogspot.de/2015/04/hollische-leidenschaften-scheinbar.html (German only)
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The goal for 2015 is the release of our Debut album in fall 2015 and to play live as much as we can. The next higher setted goals are to play festivals (maybe bigger festivals) as well.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Morthus/3540388235
For the moment a Webpage is under construction, so our stuff can be purchased on http://morthus666.bandcamp.com/ or by sending a private message via the Morthus Facebook page www.facebook.com/MorthusMetal