Mortiis is a band from Notodden, Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen, who is also known as the namesake of the band. The name is a misspelling of the word 'mortis', which is the pronunciation used by the band. However, Mortiis started as the solo project of Ellefsen as a means to convey a story. This aspect was lost over time and Mortiis slowly formed into a band.
Håvard Ellefsen, often referred to as Mortiis, is the only band constant. He was born in Skien, Telemark. Mortiis began his musical career playing bass for the black metal act Emperor. He stayed with the band just over 1 year before going on to create his own solo project, though unlike his previous band the music would be dark ambient orientated. Ellefsen was experimenting greatly with music during his early solo career. Starting four separate projects, though the focus was always on Mortiis.
Ellefsen wrapped up work on the soundtrack to the movie Broken and The Devil`s Chair (Renegade Films) in 2007. Both films ...