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Mortiis - The Great Corrupter album review

Ex-Emperor ghoul get remixed by industrial heavyweights

Cover art for Mortiis - The Great Corrupter album

There’s no escaping remix albums, and Mortiis’s second remixed collection certainly twiddles all the right knobs. Its 28 tracks are mostly reworked from last year’s The Great Deceiver, with a handful of non-album tracks. More multi-dimensional than Some Kind Of Heroin, its list of remixers resembles a who’s who of the late 90s/early 00s electro-industrial scene, including Chris Vrenna (ex-NIN), Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), and electro kingpin :Wumpscut: with some tracks having multiple remixes. Highlights include Godflesh’s industrial manipulation of The Great Leap and Die Krupps’ extended version of Doppelgänger. Sins Of Mine is treated to a future-pop make-over by fellow Norwegians Apoptygma Berzerk, before it’s transformed into an ambient number by Raison D’Être. It’s not exactly metal, but it has moments of heaviness, making The Great SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“3ba41833-e12c-48eb-aa9a-aeae0605c5fe” id=“a92a05b1-dbc4-43fe-9476-a29f3b7594f3”>Corruptor essential listening for electro-industrial fans.

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.