Luna Mortis

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Luna Mortis
Origin Monroe, Wisconsin, United States
Genres Melodic death metal[1]
Power metal[2]
Progressive metal[1]
Thrash metal[2]
Years active 2001-2010, 2013–current
Labels Century Media
Website www.facebook.com/lunamortismusic
Past members Mary Zimmer
Brian Koenig
Cory Scheider
Jacob Bare
Erik Madsen

Luna Mortis is an American heavy metal band based in Madison, Wisconsin.

The band was formed in late 2001 in Monroe, Wisconsin as The Ottoman Empire.[3] In 2006, the band self-released their debut studio album, Way of the Blade. In June 2007, Luna Mortis played the first Flight of the Valkyries female-fronted metal festival in St. Paul, MN under their original name, The Ottoman Empire.[4]

In 2008, the band self-released an EP, The Answer: Does Not Exist. That same year, the band changed their name to Luna Mortis and signed a recording contract with Century Media.[5][6] On February 10, 2009, the band released their debut for Century Media, The Absence, which was recorded in 2008 at the Audio Hammer Studios and produced by Jason Suecof.[7]

In June 2009, the band returned to St. Paul (now as Luna Mortis) for the festival's third installment.[8] Luna Mortis was dropped by Century Media Records in December 2009.[9]

On February 15, 2010, Brian Koenig announced on Luna Mortis' MySpace page that the band had been dissolved and the members would be going their separate ways.[10] On February 11, 2013, The band announced through their Facebook profile that the band would be reuniting in 2013, planning festival appearances and new material. [11]

Musical style[edit]

Luna Mortis' musical style is often described as a mixture of different genres. Among the genres used to describe Luna Mortis are melodic death metal,[1] power metal,[2] progressive metal,[1] and thrash metal.[2] The band's vocal style is characterized by Mary Zimmer's use of both clean vocals and growled vocals. Brian Koenig, the band's principal songwriter, states some of his influences were Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Megadeth, Metallica, Yngwie Malmsteen, and classical music.[3] Mary Zimmer states some of her influences were At the Gates and Carcass.[12]

Members[edit]

Final Lineup[edit]

  • Mary Zimmer – Vocals
  • Brian Koenig – Guitar
  • Cory Scheider – Guitar
  • Jacob Bare – Bass
  • Erik Madsen – Drums

Session members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Works prior to The Absence were released under the band's former name, The Ottoman Empire.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "OUTBURN No. 47". Outburn. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sandeep (April 9, 2007). "Metal Monday: The Ottoman Empire The Way of the Blade". Sound on the Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Mike (April 27, 2007). "The Ottoman Empire (now called Luna Mortis)". Adrenalin Metal Union. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "LUNA MORTIS Comments On CENTURY MEDIA Deal". blabbermouth.net. July 28, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Ottoman Empire Changes Name to Luna Mortis". metalunderground.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ "LUNA MORTIS Returning To AUDIOHAMMER Studios". blabbermouth.net. August 15, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=132543
  10. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=5075298&blogId=529240540
  11. ^ "Luna Mortis Announces Reunion". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  12. ^ Bowar, Chad (February 11, 2009). "Luna Mortis Interview: A Conversation With Vocalist Mary Zimmer". About.com. Retrieved March 7, 2009.