The Smell of Rain

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The Smell of Rain
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 2001
RecordedA Studio (Sweden), 2001
GenreSynthpop, baroque pop, gothic rock
LabelEarache Records
ProducerHåvard Ellefsen
Mortiis chronology
The Stargate
The Smell of Rain
The Grudge
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

The Smell of Rain is an album released by solo artist Mortiis in 2001.

The initial CD press run for Germany contained a bonus DVD including the 'Parasite God' video. The LP was a double gatefold with a 12" lyric insert. A remastered version was released later, as Mortiis requested. It contained four remixed songs. Initial attempts at getting the CD booklet printed as transparent layers of art and text was turned down by the label, several times. Though this was done for the next album (The Grudge) as a "Strictly Ltd Edition 'Decadent' PVC Sleeve".

The artwork was produced by Johan Hammarman.

Released in 2001 under the Earache label. This was the first album where Mortiis took the role as lead vocalist, which had previously been filled by Sarah Jezebel Deva.

Mortiis looks back on this album, and is amazed at how 'gothic' it sounds - even though it wasn't intended.[citation needed] In the booklet, Mortiis is seen unmasked under the pseudonym of 'John Prozac'.

On the back of the album, there is a circle with symbols inside. This is a form of the 'Secret Seal of Solomon'.

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Mortiis.
  1. "Scar Trek / Parasite God" – 6:02
  2. "Flux / Mental Maelstrom" – 6:46
  3. "Spirit in a Vacuum" – 4:53
  4. "Monolith" – 3:59
  5. "You Put a Hex on Me" – 5:45
  6. "Everyone Leaves" – 6:41
  7. "Marshland" – 4:43
  8. "Antimental" – 6:17
  9. "Smell the Witch" – 5:43

The following tracks were remixes available on a special remastered edition released in 2002:

  1. "Paranoid God Pt.1 (the iconoclast mix)" – 7:00 - Brian Lustmord
  2. "Marshland (the excursion mix)" – 4:40 - Raven Fox
  3. "Monolithic dub" – 7:44 - Brian Lustmord
  4. "You Put a Hex on Me" – 3:51 - Tarmvred


  • Mortiis: Lead Vocal, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Synth Programming, Drum Programming
  • Martina Binder: Additional Lead Vocal
  • Sarah Jezebel Deva: Vocal Harmonies, Soprano Vocal
  • Mika Lindberg, "Raptor", Suvi-Tuulia Virtanen: Alto Vocals
  • Chris A.: Guitars
  • Alzahr: Bass
  • Staffan Wieslander, Åsa Anveden: Cello
  • Cecilia Lindgren, Johanna Wetter: Violin
  • Frederik Bergstrom: Tympani, Percussion


  • Arranged, Produced, Recorded & Engineered By Mortiis
  • Percussion Recorded & Engineered By Erik Lundberg
  • Mixed By Rickard Bengtsson & Mortiis
  • Mastered By Rickard Bengtsson


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