Spiritus Mortis

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Spiritus Mortis
Origin Alavus, Finland
Genres Doom metal
Years active 1987 - current
Labels Firebox Records
(ex-labels:Rage Of Achilles (RIP), Black Lotus Records (RIP)
Members Sami Hynninen
Jussi Maijala
Kari Lavila
Teemu Maijala
Jarkko Seppälä
Past members Vesa Lampi
Tomi Murtomäki
VP Rapo
Veli-Matti Yli-Mäyry

Spiritus Mortis is a doom metal band from Finland.


The band was formed in 1987 as Rigor Mortis, founding members were Teemu Maijala (bass, vocals), Jussi Maijala (guitars) and VP Rapo (drums). Because in the USA were also band called Rigor Mortis, they changed their name to Spiritus Mortis. Spiritus Mortis recorded four demos as trio, one demo (1997) with Tomi Murtomäki. With Vesa they recorded "Demo 2000".

In 2001 Veli-Matti Yli-Mäyry joined and the band recorded two demos, Forward to the Battle (2001) and Hot Summer of Love (2002) and their first self-titled album, released through Rage of Achilles in 2004. During recording of the s/t, Veli-Matti announced that he was going to leave the band, and so Jarkko Seppälä was recruited as the new drummer.

After Rage of Achilles folded, Spiritus Mortis began looking for new record deal. They signed with Black Lotus Records and released their second album, "Fallen", through them in 2006. After Black Lotus Records also folded, Vesa Lampi stated he had lost his interest in music and left the band. Tomi Murtomäki took his place for the "20 years of Spiritus Mortis" tour, but he did not wish to continue full-time. In January 2009 it was announced that Sami Hynninen would take the place as vocalist.

Spiritus Mortis signed a record deal with Firebox Records and their third album "The God Behind the God" was released May 2009.

Band members[edit]

  • Sami Hynninen - Vocals
  • Jussi Maijala - guitars
  • Kari Lavila - guitars
  • Teemu Maijala - bass
  • Jarkko Seppälä - drums

Former members[edit]

  • Vesa Lampi - Vocals 1999–2007
  • Tomi Murtomäki - Vocals 1997–1999, ”20 years of SM”-tour 2007
  • VP Rapo - Drums 1987-2001, Guitars, keyboards, flute 2001 - 2006
  • Veli-Matti Yli-Mäyry - Drums 2001-2003



  • The Year Is One (Svart Records, November 2016)
  • Spiritus Mortis/Fall of the Idols -split 12" LP (I Hate Records, October 2009)
  • The God Behind the God (Firebox, May 2009)
  • When The Wind Howled With A Human Voice/ Waiting for the Sun 7" (Firebox, March 2009)
  • Burned Alive - split cassette/Spiritus Mortis/Witchtiger (Metal Warning, June 2008)
  • From the Ultima Thule-split / Spiritus Mortis / The Gates Of Slumber (Emissary Records, October 2007)
  • Fallen (Black Lotus Records, March 2006)
  • Spiritus Mortis (Rage of Achilles, January 2004)


  • Hot Summer of Love (October 2002)
  • Forward to Battle (February 2001)
  • Demo 2000 (April 2000)
  • Ars Moriendi (December 1997)
  • Demo (June 1997)
  • Demo (November 1996)
  • Demo (January 1994)
  • At the Halls of Death (August 1990)


  • Knock'em Down to the Size "Sweet Oblivion" (Metal Coven Records, January 2008)
  • Metal On Metal II "Leave Me, Rise From Hell" (Metal Warning, August 2006)
  • At the Mountains of Madness II "Flames"
  • Nad Brzegami Czasu "Sleeping Beneath The Lawn"
  • Out of Focus, vol. II "The Omen"
  • Rock-Yhdistys CD "Rise From Hell, Baron Samedi" (Alavuden Rock-yhdistys, 1992)


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