MORTIIS Offering Free Download Of “Doppelganger” Single
October 5, 2015, 2 years ago
Mortiis recently unveiled the video for "Doppelganger”, the first single from the upcoming album, The Great Deceiver. The "Doppelganger" single is available as a free download at mortiis.com. The download also includes a :Wumpscut: remix, the downloadable video, a screensaver and other graphics.
"As a song, “Doppelganger” not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit," Mortiis said. "I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying."
The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.
"I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation," Mortiis said. "The knife imitates the words...the truth bleeds out..."
The video for "Doppelganger" is also Mortiis' reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis' music. "I always thought that was ridiculous," he said. "We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference."
Mortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight seen of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming "Doppelganger," self-mutilation was naturally the first topic.
"We wanted the original idea to be so messed up that no one who saw it would ever forget it," said Mortiis. "Perhaps not the deepest or most artistic visual experience, but it would turn some heads. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used. Maybe nobody would ever want to see it, let alone air it, but at least I´d be in control. I never got into this game to get rich anyway."
Mortiis will make a long-awaited return to the United States this fall as the band joins Mushroomhead for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver. The revised tour schedule can be found below.
“The idea of going back on the road fills me with a weird sense of excitement and dread," said frontman and namesake Mortiis. "The Great Deceiver is not far away - at long last - and we're getting back out there, brushing off the dust and rust, to get ready for that, and whatever lies beyond."
The group, which hasn't toured the American shores since a 2006 trek with the Genitorturers and the 2005 Blackest Of The Black tour, will preview material from the upcoming ninth album, as well as reaching back to favourites from the ensemble's ever-evolving catalog of music.
The Great Deceiver, which has remained in a torturous state of constant evolution until just recently, led the band through the darkest of places and back. The anger, frustration and disgust that permeate the record will be loud and clear in Mortiis' hostile live performance.
"It's been one hell of a steep climb to where we're at right now," Mortiis said, "and knowing me, I'll step right off of that ledge, and plunge head first into the abyss."
This return stateside to present the new material live will be just a sign of things to come.
Dates are as follows:
7 - Freebird Live - Jacksonville, FL
9 - Venue 578 - Orlando, FL
10 - The Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11 - Club LA - Destin, FL
14 - The Rail Club - Ft. Worth,TX
15 - Dirty Dog Bar - Austin, TX
16 - Jake's Backroom - Lubbock, TX
17 - Venue 3405 - Joplin, MO
19 - The Granada - Lawrence, KS
20 - POVS - Spring Lake Park, MN
21 - Limelight - Peoria, IL
22 - Austin's - Libertyville, IL
23 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
24 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
25 - Diamond Pub & Billiards - Louisville, KY
26 - Oddbody's Music Room - Dayton, OH
27 - The Tree - Joliet, IL
29 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
30 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
31 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH