“Soul In A Hole” by Mortiis

Artist: Mortiis
Title: “Soul In A Hole”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date:
Genre: Dark/Ambient/Industrial Metal
Rating: 3/5

Mortiis is a performer who totally shifted gears from his original beginnings as bassist for Black Metal titans Emperor. When he decided to go solo he would not follow in the footsteps of Isahn and company and instead pursued the Dark, Ambient and more Industrial side of the Metal world. This DVD captures a full concert of Mortiis, the group as they deliver a set that covers most of his releases, and is filmed in London, as a part of “The Unlimited Grudge” European Tour from 2004. As you watch, you will see Mortiis garbed in his garish outfit and goblins mask as the performer was rarely seen without it over the course of his career. He is quite energetic and bounds about the stage with fervor and intensity. The sound of this is good but like most Ambient and Industrial groups, they tend to follow certain grooves on a continuous basis. It can become boring for a non-fan who might watch this. Visually, this is very standard for a release and on the dark side in terms of lighting that is used. Lots of deep blues and reds, which make the effect a little less enjoyable. This stuff is great in a live sense and quite dramatic, but hardly comes across the same on a video in my opinion. Essentially, you need to be a fan of Mortiis to be anywhere near impressed by this as it’s the kind of release that is geared more to the core fan base. There are a lot of close up shots and side angles, and as the performance runs its course they inter-lace it with band footage taken from the dressing rooms as they band prepares for the performance or directly afterwards.

Bonus Features: The viewers get the bands video films for “Parasite God”, “Mental Maelstrom”, The Grudge” and “Decadent And Desperate” as well as a bonus interview segment and an image gallery.

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Broken Skin
3. Way Too Wicked
4. Marshland
5. The Worst In Me
6. Monolith
7. Gibber
8. Decadent And Desperate
9. Parasite God
10. The Loneliest Thing
11. Asthma
12. The Grudge
13. Smell The Witch
14. Mental Maelstrom
15. Le Petit Cochon Sordide

Official Web site: www.mortiis.com

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