Madder Mortem

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Madder Mortem
Also known asMystery Tribe
OriginNord-Odal, Hedmark, Norway
Years active1993 (1993)–present
Associated actsSoulswarm
  • Agnete M. Kirkevaag
  • BP M. Kirkevaag
  • Tormod Langøien Moseng
  • Mads Solås
  • Anders Langberg
Past members
  • Odd Eivind Ebbesen
  • Christian Ruud
  • Boye Nyberg
  • Sigurd Nilsen
  • Eirik Ulvo Langnes
  • Patrick Scantlebury
  • Richard Wikstrand
  • Paul Mozart Bjørke

Madder Mortem is a Norwegian progressive metal band.[1] They were originally formed by siblings Agnete and BP M. Kirkevaag in 1993 as a doom metal/gothic metal band as Mystery Tribe,[2] but changed the name to Madder Mortem in 1997.[3]

The group released their first full-length album, Mercury, in 1999, but the band's label folded soon after its release, and all members except the Kirkevaags left.[3] A new lineup recorded the All Flesh Is Grass album for a new label, Century Media, in 2001, and Deadlands followed on The End Records in 2002, after which further lineup changes ensued. On 21 July 2014 the band announced the addition of a new guitar player, Richard Wikstrand, formerly of Chrome Division.

Red In Tooth And Claw, their sixth full-length album, was released on 28 October 2016 via Dark Essence Records. The band followed with the worldwide release of Marrow on 21 September 2018.[4] The release of Marrow also coincided with another lineup change, with guitarist Richard Wikstrand being replaced by Anders Langberg, known from Souls Of Tide.[5]


Current lineup[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Christian Ruud − guitar, backing vocals (1993–1999)
  • Boye Nyberg − bass guitar (1993–1999)
  • Sigurd Nilsen − drums, percussion (1996–1999)
  • Eirik Ulvo Langnes − guitar (2000–2003)
  • Paul Mozart Bjørke − bass guitar, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals (2000–2003)
  • Odd Eivind Ebbesen − guitar (2003–2010)
  • Patrick Scantlebury − guitar (2010–2014)
  • Richard Wikstrand − guitar (2014–2018)

Live performances[edit]

In September/October 2001, Madder Mortem supported Tristania, Rotting Christ, and Vintersorg on a 23-date European tour. During February and March 2003 Madder Mortem supported Opeth on the European leg of their "Deliverance" tour.[6] In addition to various cities across Western Europe, the Opeth tour also brought them to the UK for the first time, with a total of 33 gigs.

They have played festivals including Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic, Popkomm in Germany, Yuletide Metal Meeting in Northern Ireland,[7] and Conmusic in Mexico; as well as the Norwegian festivals Transistorfestivalen, Southern Discomfort, Inferno Metal Festival, and Quart Festival.

With guitarist Richard Wilkstrand, Madder Mortem performed at the festival Livestock at Alvdal in rural Norway on 11 July 2014.[8] In 2017, the band supported the Soen European Lykaia tour.[9]




  • Misty Sleep (1997)
  • Demo 98 (1998)
  • Demo 2000 (2000)

Singles & EPs[edit]


  1. ^ Madder Mortem at MusicMight.
  2. ^ Madder Mortem :: Band › Biography › Biography Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Madder Mortem at Allmusic
  4. ^ "Marrow". Madder Mortem. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  5. ^ "ALTERNATIVE METALLERS MADDER MORTEM ANNOUNCE LINEUP CHANGE". Dark Essence Records. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ Madder Mortem - Biography
  7. ^ Madder Mortem To Headline Ireland's YULETIDE METAL MEETING
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  9. ^ Titus, Christa. "Exclusive: Watch the Premiere of Soen's 'Lucidity' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
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