Mortiis – Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør (1995)

April 29, 2023
Mortiis – Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør (1995)

I recently listened to the remastered version of this, which was great fun as it’s been years since I’ve heard this, I used to play it all the time when wasting my life on WoW through the small hours of every night.

Anyway, enough about me. Anden Som Gjorde Appror isn’t as good as Fodt Til A Herske or Song Of A Long Forgotten Ghost, but it does introduce more bombast into the music. These earlier compositions that I mention are much more forlorn and singular in their vision; like a wave of sadness eminating through the fog in the fjords. As others have noted over the years, Anden Som Gjorde Appror is more akin to marching to battle, to conjuring images of high fantasty and castles and king and queens and epic struggles and all of that good stuff. Both kinds of synth work have their place, but I prefer the earlier visions.

Still, a legendary release for the dungeon synth genre, in a time when such a genre didn’t exist.

An alternative cover from back in’t day. I think this one is objectively better but a.) the original art above is much colder and more fitting to the music, and b.) yo dawg I think she might be under-age, why don’t you have a seat over there…
More alternative art, this time for the picture disk version.
Recent re-issue / re-master art – I think this is some very solid dungeon synth artwork but not as good as capturing the vibe as the original.

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