MORTIIS has unveiled the video for “Doppelganger”, the first single from the long-awaited upcoming “The Great Deceiver” album. Check it out below.
The “Doppelganger” single will also be available as a free download at http://www.mortiis.com beginning Monday, October 5. The download also includes a :wumpscut: remix, the downloadable video, a screensaver and other graphics.
“As a song, ‘Doppelganger’ not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit,” Mortiis said. “I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying.”
The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.
“I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation,” Mortiis said. “The knife imitates the words…the truth bleeds out…”
The video for “Doppelganger” is also Mortiis’ reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis’ music. “I always thought that was ridiculous,” he said. “We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference.”
Mortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight seen of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming “Doppelganger,” self-mutilation was naturally the first topic.
“We wanted to original idea to be so messed up that no one who saw it would ever forget it,” said Mortiis. “Perhaps not the deepest or most artistic visual experience, but it would turn some heads. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used. Maybe nobody would ever want to see it, let alone air it, but at least I´d be in control. I never got into this game to get rich anyway.”
Mortiis will return Stateside this month for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver.
The Devils Be Damned Tour dates featuring Mortiis:
October 7, 2015 Wed. Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL
October 9, 2015 Fri. Venue 578, Orlando, FL
October 10, 2015 Sat. The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 11, 2015 Sun. Club LA, Destin, FL
October 14, 2015 Wed. The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX
October 15, 2015 Thu. Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX
October 16, 2015 Fri. Jake’s Backroom, Lubbock, TX
October 17, 2015 Sat. Venue 3405, Joplin, MO
October 19, 2015 Mon. The Granada, Lawrence, KS
October 20, 2015 Tue. POVS, Spring Lake Park, MN
October 21, 2015 Wed. Limelight, Peoria, IL
October 22, 2015 Thu. Austin’s Libertyville, IL
October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner’s, Toledo, OH
October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo’s Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY
October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody’s Music Room, Dayton, OH
October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL
October 28, 2015 Wed. The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI
October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH