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Mortification is a Christian metal band from Australia. Founded in 1990
out of the 1980s metal band Lightforce by Steve Rowe, TCameron Hall and
Jayson Sherlock. Mortification had been one of the first extreme
Christian metal bands. The way Mortification combined the Christian
faith with the heaviness of the music was unique and many of today's
Christian Metal band were inspired by Mortification.
In the late-eighties, bassist Steve Rowe played in the Australian
classic metal band Lightforce, with a rather great success in their
homeland. Around 1990, the band broke up, but Steve still wanted to play
heavy music with a Christian message, and he was joined by drummer
Jayson Sherlock and guitarist Cameron Hall. They released a demo in 1990
entitled "Break the Curse" under the Lightforce name, where Steve
handled the vocals. With this release, the band changed musically
towards thrash metal with a death metal touch to it. Steve felt the new
direction of the band also required a new name, and so the band changed
their name to Mortification. "Break the Curse" was remixed and
re-released in 1994 by Nuclear Blast Records with a bonus track called
In 1991, they released their self-titled debut album, "Mortification",
on the American Christian label Intense Records. Michael Carlisle
handling the guitar works as Cameron Hall had left the band, and the
direction of the music changed once again. A lot of the songs were taken
from their demo "Break the Curse", but the band tuned their guitars
down, and the feel to the songs were way more heavy and doomy than to
begin with. Also, Steve proved to be an excellent death metal vocalist,
presenting some awesome growls throughout the album.
In 1992, the band had signed a deal with none other than Nuclear Blast
Records in Germany, who had the biggest death metal names on their
roster. Mortification released their second album "Scrolls of the
Megilloth" which had great success, and in the Christian metal scene is
considered a classic. The line-up had outdone themselves, playing some
fast death metal with a few doomy touches here and there. A
video-compilation which featured 8 Mortification music-videos was also
The band conquered new ground with their 1993 release "Post Momentary
Affliction". Most notable were Steve's "new" vocals. Mixed together with
the growls, he had some thrash-like screams which actually worked very
well. The band also experimented with industrial, which they haven't
done much since. Jayson Sherlock had his last concert with the band at
the Blackstump Festival '93, and the concert was released both on CD and
also VHS under the name "Live Planetarium". Jayson joined Paramæcium,
and the new drummer were Phil Gibson.
The band released a new album in 1994 called "Blood World". They leaned
more towards modern groove/thrash rather than death metal, and Steve
mainly used his shouts rather than growling. A brave step to change so
drastically, but nonetheless, the album had a great success in the US.
Sadly, both Phil and Michael left the band, and Steve stood by himself.
1994 also saw the birth of Steve's own record label, "Rowe Productions".
Together with numerous friends, Steve recorded the album Primitve
Rhythm Machine which was released in 1995. The sound of the album is
really nasty and messy with a tribal-percussion to it. Musically, Steve
mixed all the styles Mortification had played in the past, death metal,
thrash metal and groove metal.
Also, Mortification's Best of... 5 Years were released. A compilation
album of older material. 2 songs from each previous release made a good
introduction to new fans, and showed the bands innovation. This was the
last album to be released by Mortification through Intense Records.
In 1996, Steve Rowe started his search for a new drummer and guitarist.
The drum position was filled by long time roadie Keith Bannister, who
had become a Christian during the first Mortification tour back in 1990.
He learned how to play the drums while Mortification was on tour, and
when they came back, Steve saw that he had been practicing, and was
amazed at his progress, and instantly chose him to fill the spot as the
drummer of the band. The guitar position was filled by guitarist Lincoln
Bowen. Together, they recorded the album "EnVision EvAngeline". This
disc mixed elements of classic metal, thrash metal and added a punk feel
to some of the songs. The first cut is an epic 18+ minute about
Christ's crucifixion from the angels point of view.
Two live EP's were also released, "Noah sat down and listened to the
Mortification live ep while having a coffee" and "Live without Fear".
Unlike their first live album "Live Planetarium" from the Blackstump
festival, this was recorded at a small club, with a raw and nasty
sound... the sound of a true Mortification concert.
A video-compilation from the band called "EnVidion" were released, containing numerous music-videos and interviews.
Also released this year was a novel by Steve Rowe titled "Minstrel." A good read and a collectors item now.
The next year would see Mortification going through some unbelievable
tragedies. Steve Rowe contracted a disease that would drag him down for
the next year and a half: Accute Lymphatic Leukemia. Steve almost died
several times, but through MUCH prayer and a strong will to live to see
his vision for his family, band, and label fulfilled, Steve managed to
make it through. God has performed miracle and he lived to tell about
it. This was despite doctors who had given him only hours to live - on
more than one occasion - and a seemingly failed bone marrow transplant.
Soon after his miraculous recovery, Mortification recorded and released
"Triumph of Mercy" in 1998, which was released by Rowe Productions in
the US and Nuclear Blast Germany in Europe. This disc centered around
what Steve and the band had gone through over the two years previous.
The style of the album was a mixture of groove and thrash, and is a
testimony of Steve's healing through God.
1999 saw the release of "Hammer of God", and like "Triumph of Mercy", it
was a mix of thrash and groove. The death metal elements were
completely gone now, but the message of the band were the same:
In 2000, Mortification released another live album called "10 Years:
Live Not Dead", which mainly featured material from their newer albums
plus a new song called "Dead Man Walking". It was recorded at the
Blackstump Festival 1999 and had a great sound to it. Keith Bannister
left the band, and a replacement was found in the very young drummer
The new line-up released the album "The Silver Chord Is Severed" in 2000
and the band went on its first world tour. The music continued to be
thrash and groove. At the end of 2000 Lincoln Bowen left, and the band
was split, which seemed like it was the end of Mortification.
A collection of Mortification songs was released in 2002 on the compilation-album "1990-2000: Power, Pain and Passion".
However, things changed when the guitarists Jeff Lewis and Mick Jelinic
joined the band, and in 2002 they released "Relentless". The band went
in a slightly more heavy direction with a good doss of thrash and
classic metal. The band played live as a 4-piece only a couple of times,
as Jeff Lewis left the band.
2004 saw the released of "Brain Cleaner", now with ex-Cybergrind member
Michael Forsberg on the drums. This were the heaviest released from the
band in 10 years, and fast thrash dominates the album with lots of
groove and death metal influences.
Now in 2006, Mortification is releasing a new album called "Erasing the
Goblin". It was originally titled "Impaling the Goblin", but after many
complaints that in some cultures this term had a sexual connotation to
it, they changed the name to "Erasing the Goblin". The album cover is
hilarious, showing a warrior throwing a sword of some sort into a goblin
sitting on a rocking chair in a cave. This just goes to show another
side of Steve Rowe's humor. The album is said to be a take on their
older death/thrash sound around the time of their first 2-3 albums,
which makes old fans very happy and brings a breath of fresh air to the
fray. New developments to come as they happen.
1990- Steve Rowe - vocals, bass
1996-2001 Lincoln Bowen - guitar
› 2011- -//-
2011- Andrew Esnouf - drums
1990 Cameron Hall - guitar
1990-1993 Jayson "Anonymous" Sherlock - drums
1991-1994 Michael Carlisle - guitar
1994 Phil Gibson - drums
1996-1999 Keith Bannister - drums
2000-2003 Adam Zaffarese - drums
› 2008-2010 -//-
2002 Jeff Lewis - guitar
2002-2011 Mick Jelinic - guitar
2003-2005 Mike Forsberg - drums
2005-2008 Damien Percy - drums
2008 Dave Kilgallon - drums
1990 - Break The Curse
1991 - Mortification
1992 - Scrolls Of The Megilloth
1993 - Post Momentary Affliction
1994 - Blood World
1995 - Primitive Rhythm Machine
1996 - EnVision EvAngelene
1996 - Noah Sat Down And Listened to the Mortification Live EP While Having a Coffee
1998 - Triumph Of Mercy
1999 - Hammer Of God
2001 - The Silver Cord Is Severed
2002 - Relentless
2004 - Brain Cleaner
2006 - Erasing The Goblin
2009 - The Evil Addiction Destroying Machine
2012 - Scribe Of The Pentateuch [EP]
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