LP - Limited Edition Black Vinyl with Bonus 7" (Demos). Includes a four-page booklet with an extended biography on the history of the band, plus rare & unseen images.
Before Arcturus there was Mortem. Originally comprised of members now known from such classic bands as Arcturus, Mayhem and Thorns, Mortem was a leading act of the early Norwegian underground metal scene; their 'Slow Death' demo a highly inspirational work of early Norwegian extreme metal.
Formed by Marius Vold and Steinar Sverd Johnsen in 1989, Mortem were one of the first black metal bands to crawl out of the woodwork in Norway, releasing the highly coveted and brutal 'Slow Death' demo, with Euronymous and Dead of Mayhem acting as producer and cover artist respectively. After the release of Slow Death, the band was laid to rest with members going on to form and feature in acclaimed titans such as Arcturus and Thorns, both of which would become mainstays in the black metal scene and beyond.
This special release of Slow Death contains the tracks newly recorded and reworked in a style more akin to the recent Ravnsvart album material, plus it also includes the legendary pioneering 1989 demo itself, with a fresh transfer from a new tape source. The new recordings also include a rendition of the old Mortem track 'Satanas', plus a cover of 'Likferd' (Funeral Fog) by Mayhem, this time sung in Norwegian. Joining the original line-up of Marius, Steinar & Hellhammer is Tor Seidemann of 1349 on bass guitar. Presented as a special LP/7" package, with the demo presented on 7" vinyl format as it appeared originally. The package also includes a four-page booklet with an extended biography on the history of the band, plus rare & unseen images.
1. Mutilated Corpse ( 03:36 )
2. Milena ( 02:33 )
3. Slow Death ( 03:42 )
4. Agonized To Suicide ( 03:37 )
5. Nightmare ( 04:06 )
6. Satanas ( 05:53 )
7. Likferd ( 05:48 )
1. Intro ( Demo 1989 ) ( 01:28 )
2. Mutilated Corpse ( Demo 1989 ) ( 03:33 )
3. Milena ( Demo 1989 ) ( 02:06 )
1. Slow Death ( Demo 1989 ) ( 02:07 )
2. Agonized To Suicide ( Demo 1989 ) ( 02:25 )
3. Nightmare ( Demo 1989 ) ( 02:17 )