Madder Mortem

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Madder Mortem
Also known as Mystery Tribe (1993-1997)
Origin Nord-Odal, Hedmark, Norway
Genres Progressive metal, avant-garde metal, alternative metal
Early: doom metal, gothic metal
Years active 1993–present
Labels Misanthropy Records (1998-1999)
Century Media (2000-2001)
The End Records (2001-2002)
Peaceville Records (2005-2010)
Dark Essence Records (2016-present)
Associated acts Soulswarm
Members Agnete M. Kirkevaag
BP M. Kirkevaag
Richard Wikstrand
Tormod Langøien Moseng
Mads Solås
Past members Odd Eivind Ebbesen
Christian Ruud
Boye Nyberg
Sigurd Nilsen
Eirik Ulvo Langnes
Patrick Scantlebury
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.


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)

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.[4] 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,[5] and Conmusic in Mexico; as well as the Norwegian festivals Southern Discomfort, Inferno Metal Festival, and Quart Festival.

With new guitarist Richard Wilkstrand, Madder Mortem performed at the festival Livestock at Alvdal in rural Norway on 11 July 2014.[6]




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

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