Kitarō, born Masanori Takahashi, is a Japanese recording artist, record producer, arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, is associated with and regarded as one of the most prominent musical acts of New-age music. He is the winner of a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album and a Golden Globe Award for the Heaven & Earth original score. Masanori Takahashi was born in Toyohashi, Japan, is a graduate of Sahid University. Kitarō, his boyhood name meaning "man of love and joy", a practicing Buddhist himself, was born in a family of Shinto-Buddhist farmers. After graduating his parents were first opposed to the idea of their son having a musical career. In an effort to maneuver him towards their vision, they made arrangements for him to take a job at a local company. In return, he did not show for the job without telling them, managed to convince them to work on something he loved. In high school Kitarō played electric guitar in a band that played American rhythm and blues of Otis Redding and covers by The Beatles.
After graduating, learning to play drums and bass, Kitaro moved to Tokyo to experience and become a part of the music scene, it was there that he discovered the synthesizer. His first synthesizer was analog, he recalls having "just loved the analog sound that it made compared to today's digital sound". In the early 1970s he changed to keyboard and joined the Japanese progressive rock band Far East Family Band and recorded four albums with them. While in Japan and Europe in 1975, he met the German electronica and former Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schulze. Schulze gave Kitaro some tips for controlling synthesizers. In 1976, Kitaro travelled through Asia. Back in Japan, Kitaro started his solo career in 1977; the first two albums Ten Kai and Daichi were released in 1978 and 1979. He performed his first symphonic concert at the "Small Hall" of the Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Shinjuku, Tokyo; the Silk Road: The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations is an NHK Tokushu documentary series that first aired on 7 April 1980, with sequels being broadcast over a 10-year period.
It took a total of 17 years from conception to complete what many consider a landmark in Japan's broadcasting television history. The intention of the program was to reveal how ancient Japan was influenced by the Silk Road trade route; the documentary was narrated by Ishizaka Koji with music composed by Kitaro, who insisted that the show be broadcast in stereo. The music was composed using a Minimoog, Minikorg 700, Maxikorg DV800; the score received a Galaxy Award, the series of soundtracks sold millions of copies. The success created from the program brought Kitaro international attention. In 1984, Kitaro embarked on a "Live in Asia" tour. Notably, he was forced to cancel a leg in Singapore because he had long hair and at that time the country had a policy banning it, he entered into a worldwide distribution arrangement with Geffen Records in 1985–1986. This included a re-releasing of six prior albums titled Ten Kai, Millennia, Silver Cloud and Live in Asia as well as a new album, aptly titled Towards the West.
Due to his combination of electronic and acoustic sounds, mellow music and repeating chords which resembled the umbrella New-age music category in the United States and Europe, his music was labeled as "New-age". However, he's not comfortable with the term. "whether people say my music is new age or not, it's OK with me, I'm just going to keep calling it Kitaro's music". On his music he noted that his outlook on life, study of philosophy, responsibility to create music which has a good influence on society, influence his musical creation. In 1987, he collaborated with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead for the album The Light of the Spirit and in 1992 with Jon Anderson for the album Dream. In 1988, his record sales soared to 10 million worldwide following a successful US tour, he was nominated three times for Grammy Award for Best New Age Album during his tenure at Geffen Records. In 1990 was released studio album Kojiki, inspired by the Japense 8th century chronicle Kojiki, it reached #159 on Billboard 200, #1 on Billboard New Age albums chart.
His soundtrack for the movie Heaven & Earth won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. Kitaro produced an album Scenes released by Shrapnel Records with former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Since his 1994 debut for Domo Records, the Grammy-nominated Mandala, Kitaro has released 24 studio albums. Among them, the live An Enchanted Evening, Gaia-Onbashira, Ancient were all Grammy nominated. In 1999, Thinking of You won the Grammy for Best New Age Album. Kitaro’s and soundtrack album The Soong Sisters received, Best Original Music Award from the Hong Kong Film Award as well as the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival and Award. Kitaro's music has long been recognized for its messages of spirituality. In the wake of 9/11, during which time the conceptual endeavor, which he envisioned as an artistic means to help unify people globally, the artist began recording Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, a series of peace-themed albums inspired by the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage, the travel of Kūkai more than 1100 years ago.
The four volumes in the album series were released in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, respectively. Every track on the 4 volumes of Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai contains samples from
Timothy W. "Tim" Alexander is an American musician best known as the drummer for the rock band Primus. Alexander played on Primus recordings from Suck on This to Tales from the Punchbowl, before leaving the band in 1996, only to rejoin in 2003 for the EP Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People. Alexander left the band for the second time in 2010, to rejoin again in 2013. Alexander is hailed for his "polyrhythmic" playing. Before Primus, Alexander played and recorded with Major Lingo, which at the time was a ska-based rhythm band that featured a lap steel guitar as the lead instrument, played by Tony Bruno. Alexander got the job with Primus replacing Jay Lane in 1988, lasted until 1996. Alexander's second stint with Primus was from early 2003 until 2009 when he was replaced by Jay Lane. Les Claypool spoke of Alexander's playing in an interview with Bass Player: " is a precise player; when we're stretching on something, you can tell that we're still a band that doesn't rehearse much. And a huge part of, because of Tim".
Following Alexander's departure from Primus, he went on to form his own group, which released on Claypool's label Prawn Song Records. Alexander has collaborated with experimental bass player Michael Manring and guitarist Alex Skolnick to form the group known as Attention Deficit. Alexander was the first drummer of A Perfect Circle, performing early live shows with the band, recording drums for the track "The Hollow" on the band's debut album, Mer de Noms. Alexander joined the theatrical group Blue Man Group, has played with the Las Vegas-based improvisational rock band Überschall. Despite being known for his drum work Alexander is a guitarist and singer, he performed live guitar with the group Born Naked and held the lead vocal duties on Laundry's second album and supporting tour. Alexander was involved throughout 2008–09 in a project known as into The Presence which features songs by Luis Carlos Maldonado, their debut album was released on Razor and Tie Records and includes performances from bassist Paz Lenchantin and cellist Ana Lenchantin.
Both into The Presence and the Fata Morgana release were recorded and produced at Alexander's own Ghost Town Studios. As of 2010 Alexander is involved as a member of Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer project, he can be heard on their most recent released recordings. On September 25, 2013 Rolling Stone announced via an interview with Claypool that Alexander would be rejoining Primus, with a possible recording session taking place as early as November. Previous drummer Jay Lane would be moving on to other projects including his former band Ratdog. On July 18, 2014, Alexander suffered a heart attack, underwent open heart surgery. Primus updated Alexander's health status on July 21 with a Facebook post stating, "The Mighty Tim "Herb" Alexander has pulled through surgery, the blockage from his heart has been removed with no complications and all signs point to a glorious and speedy recovery." He rejoined Primus for their "Primus and the Chocolate Factory" tour 3 months on October 22, 2014. Suck on This Frizzle Fry Sailing the Seas of Cheese Miscellaneous Debris Pork Soda Tales from the Punchbowl Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble The Desaturating Seven Blacktongue Motivator Mer de Noms Attention Deficit The Idiot King This Is A Dream "V" Is for Vagina "C" Is for Conditions of My Parole Into the Presence Drum Nation Vol. 1 TA on MySpace
The House in Fata Morgana
The House in Fata Morgana is a visual novel video game developed by Novectacle. It was released for Microsoft Windows and iOS by Novectacle in 2012 and 2014 in Japan, for Microsoft Windows by MangaGamer in 2016 internationally. Additionally, a Nintendo 3DS version was released by FuRyu in 2016 in Japan, a PlayStation Vita version was released by Dramatic Create in 2017; the House in Fata Morgana is a visual novel set in a mansion, where the player character wakes up with amnesia. They meet a maid in the mansion, the two visit the mansion in different time periods – 1099, 1603, 1707, 1869 – to learn what has happened to its residents in the past, to try to get the player character to regain their lost memories; the game was written by Keika Hanada, with art by Moyataro. The developers did not target men or women with the game, instead just intended to make a game for players who enjoy stories. Hanada spent more than a year spent on planning the story, influenced by Tanith Lee's books, the films Millennium Actress and The Best of Youth.
To keep the text from distracting the player, it was written in modern Japanese, with only little use of archaic speech. To make the game feel unique, the Moyataro made use of heavy coloring and shading, to portray a "more realistic kind of beauty" compared to the "cutesy" anime-like artstyle common in Japanese visual novels. Another important aspect in making the game feel unique was its music: more than half of the songs are vocal tracks, intended to make the game feel like visiting a theatre with someone singing in the background. Five composers worked on the music, wrote 65 different tracks. In June 2013, the game distribution platform Playism announced that they were interested in localizing the game for English-speaking audiences, as they wanted to bring visual novels to their platform and felt The House in Fata Morgana might be a good place for them to start, they encouraged people to tell them. Two days they clarified that monetary issues were what caused them to not start localization work right away: Novectacle, being an indie developer, were unable to pay upfront for the localization work.
Instead, Novectacle proposed that all revenue from Japanese The House in Fata Morgana sales would go to paying for the localization. As the Japanese sales on the Playism platform were much too low to finance the localization, Playism considered either waiting and seeing if Japanese sales would pick up pace, or launching a crowdfunding campaign. Playism was still working towards a localization in late March 2014, when they released a localized demo. During the Otakon convention in August 2014, the visual novel publisher MangaGamer announced that they had acquired the license to publish the game. Due to the large range of cultures and time periods appearing in the game, it was important to MangaGamer to decide on a localization strategy early on to avoid an inconsistent script, they decided to follow the same style as the Japanese original using modern language, with some use of words based on the various time periods and regions in the game to give it a "historical flavor": for instance, the word "bedroom" was replaced with "bedchamber", "maid" with "abigail".
The game was released for Microsoft Windows on December 31, 2012 in Japan. A Japanese iOS version followed on May 16, 2014. MangaGamer released the Microsoft Windows version in English on May 13, 2016, both separately and in a bundle with the game's soundtrack. A Nintendo 3DS version was released digitally in Japan on July 27, 2016 by FuRyu, as one of the first three games of their Catalyst line, a PlayStation Vita version was released both physically and digitally in Japan on March 16, 2017 by Dramatic Create; this version includes new content. The game was a runner-up for Hardcore Gamer's Best Story of 2016 award; the Steam release had an estimated total of 8,500 players by July 2018. A manga adaptation of the game, The House in Fata Morgana: Anata no Hitomi o Tozasu Monogatari, was written by Hanada and drawn by Kanemune, it was published by Akita Shoten in four volumes from 2015 to 2017, of which the last three were released digitally. The manga has been licensed for release by Sekai Project, who plan to release it digitally: the first volume is planned for October or November 2017, the second for February 2018.
Official website The House in Fata Morgana at The Visual Novel Database
Litfiba is an Italian rock band formed in Florence in early 1980. The band evolved from British-influenced new wave rock to a more personal rock sound influenced by Mediterranean vibes; the band was formed in Florence in 1980, was named after the telex code for Via dei Bardi, where the band rehearsed. The early line-up consisted of: Federico Renzulli on guitars and lead vocals, Gianni Maroccolo on bass, Sandro Dotta on lead guitar and Francesco Calamai on drums. Antonio Aiazzi on keyboards and Piero Pelù on vocals joined the band shortly after. Punk and new wave were a huge influence on the band's early songs, which had English lyrics, their first show took place on 6 December 1980 in Settignano, near Florence. The band’s first recording was a 5-track EP titled Guerra, followed one year by a 7" single, "Luna/La preda", which won the band first place at the 2° Festival Rock Italiano. Meanwhile, Calamai was replaced on drums by Renzo Franchi. After a while, Franchi left the band, to be replaced by Luca De Benedectis, known as Ringo De Palma with whom the band recorded Yassassin, a 12-inch single containing a brand new track, "Electrica Danza", a David Bowie cover.
The band released their first full-length album, Desaparecido in 1985. Following the EP, Transea and the second full-length 17 Re, Litfiba toured for the first time, subsequently releasing 12/5/87, their first live album. Litfiba 3 was the last recording featuring Maroccolo, de Palma et Aiazzi as permanent members, although the latter would stay as session musician until 1996; the first three albums form the "Trilogy of power", stating the refusal of every kind of totalitarianism. The release of the Pirata live album, recorded on the 1988-89 tour, marked the end of the "Trilogy of power" years; the second leg of the tour was made into an aptly titled VHS, "Pirata Tour", featured Roberto Terzani on bass, Daniele Trambusti on drums and Candelo Cabezas on percussions besides Pelù, Renzulli and Aiazzi. Pelù and Renzulli went back to the studio to record El Diablo, an album with a much rawer sound, warmly received by fans and critics alike; the following tour, with Federico Poggipollini on rhythm guitar, was filmed for home video release.
Sales of the released Sogno Ribelle album proved the band’s new fame. The record was a compilation of old songs from previous albums rearranged with a more hard rock sounding, live tracks and an unreleased song, titled "Linea d'ombra", it was once more followed by a VHS featuring live performances samples and interviews. The year after, the band released its harder and most rock’n’roll album to date, soon followed by the double live CD Colpo di coda; when changing their label from CGD to EMI, the band hired a new bass player, Daniele "Barny" Bagni, recorded the third volume of its "tetralogy of elements": El Diablo was celebrating fire, Terremoto soil, the new album Spirito celebrates the air. The record was, as usual, followed by a VHS: Lacio drom which contains extracts from the "Spirito tour"; the 1997 Mondi Sommersi album, with its 500,000 copies sold in a few weeks, brought out the missing element, water, as Aiazzi left the band, replaced on keyboards by Terzani, who remained the second guitar player.
Litfiba's biggest tour was immortalized on a VHS, whose profits went to the victims of earthquakes in Umbria and Marche regions, on a double live CD both titled Croce e delizia. Infinito was the last chapter of the band’s history with frontman Piero Pelù as a vocalist. Though much criticized because of its so-called "light" sound, the album sold 650,000 copies. On the "Infinito tour", tensions between Pelù and Renzulli became unbearable; the last show with Pelù took place at the "Monza Rock Festival 1999". He stopped being part of the band on July 11, 1999, subsequently starting a solo career. Pelù took away in his farewell to the band three of Litfiba's musicians: Bagni and Caforio. Renzulli lost the property of the band’s logo, a horned heart, but kept the name Litfiba, copyrighted under his name; the guitarist decided to follow on with a renewed and rejuvenated band, including the new singer Gianluigi Cabo Cavallo and drums player Gianluca Venier, Ugo Nativi, coming from the funk-rock band Malfunk.
The 2000 album, first with new line-up, Elettromacumba reached 100,000 sales. On the following "Elettro tour", with Mauro Sabbione, who had played on the El Diablo album, on keyboards, played in smaller halls than before. After the tour, the band released Live on Line, including 15 tracks recorded during the last tour available only for download under MP3 format through web portal Lycos; the musicians went back to the studio, with Nativi replaced on drums by Gianmarco Colzi, who had played with band Rockgalileo and singer Biagio Antonacci, for the recording of the Insidia album. The record was much different from the previous album, due to darker lyrics with many symbolic references and the significant use of electronics, it was soon followed by the "Insidia tour", a 73 concerts tour, the first part of the "Never ending tour". The band was requested to release the soundtrack for the Italian version of the Tomb raider 6 - The Angel of Darkness video game, resulting in the issue of "Laras
Geld oder Leben!
Geld oder Leben! is an album by the Austrian band Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung. Released in Germany in 1985 on catalogue number EMI Columbia 1333631 on the vinyl format and reissued in 1986 EMI Columbia 1333631 on vinyl but with a different cover. In 1986, the album was reissued on CD in Germany, on catalogue number EMI Columbia 7462302; this album was released three times on cassette tape in The Netherlands, two of them in 1985, one on catalogue number EMI Columbia 1333634 and the other on catalogue number EMI Columbia 33394-8. The third issue was in 1991 with a different cover. In 1991, the album was reissued on CD in The Netherlands, on catalogue number EMI Austria 7462302; the tracks which feature "Johnny" at the start of the title are short humorous skits, in which the punchline changes the perspective of the previous part from a stereotypical Mafia-style criminal situation into something much more common and everydayish due to words with multiple meanings - e.g. in "Feuer", Johnny asks his boss whether he has fire, his boss responds with opening gunfire, in "Bullen", Johnny warns his boss about "the bulls are coming", to which the boss responds "let them in", followed by the noise of a bull stampede.
The band attempted to become better known on the international market by releasing their first – and only – English language single "Ba-Ba-Bankrobbery" in 1986. This English-language version of "Ba-Ba-Banküberfall", released in 1985 on a single but only in Germany appears on the "Geld oder Leben" album. "Ba-Ba-Bankrobbery" was released as a single in the UK, Germany and Canada on both 7" and 12" formats. The single was released in Japan on 7" only; the 12" version appears on the "Kann denn Schwachsinn Sünde sein?" album, although the 7" English version does not seem to appear on any albums. The song was a rap about how a man with no money can survive and comes up with the idea of robbing a bank as he can't think of any other way; this track was not melodic, which did not seem to do it any favours. The "English-German" version is just the English version in a German accent, it is not a bilingual version. The "British-British" version is the same but with a British accent, this appeared as an extended form on the 12" releases along with the standard length "English-German" version and the German-language version itself.
As if this was not confusing enough, the 7" labelled the A side as "Ba-Ba-Bankrobbery". The Guinness Hit Singles book printed this title how it printed on the label which made it look as though the authors were not sure of what they were printing; this was in the 7th edition, however more recent copies appeared to have dropped the question marks. The song did not do well. For instance in the UK, it was in the top 75 for just 4 weeks, peaking at number 68; the standard UK 7" featured the German accent version on the A side and the German-language version on the B side. It may have seemed a better idea to have recorded a few more English language tracks and released them as well in order to gain more international favour like the German band Dschinghis Khan did; the band did not record any further English-language versions of their songs, but used English in some of their regular songs. Despite the band's failed attempt to gain international fame, they still remain quite popular in Germany and Austria.
Klaus Eberhartinger: lead vocals Thomas Spitzer: guitars, lead vocals on "Helden" Nino Holm: keyboards, backing vocals Eik Breit: bass, backing vocals Anders Stenmo: drums Mario Bottazzi: backing vocals Günther Schönberger: backing vocals Marion Müller: backing vocals
Jean Alexandre Michel André Castaigne was a French artist and engraver, a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Alexandre Cabanel. Subsequently he became a leading illustrator in the United States, he is recalled as the original illustrator of the first edition of The Phantom of the Opera. Castaigne created more than 36 art pieces about Alexander the Great for an 1898–99 series; as an illustrator, he captured images of the first modern olympics. André Castaigne was the son of Jean Eusèbe Joseph Castaigne, himself a painter, Mathilde Debouchaud, his brother Joseph Jean Destrains Castaigne was a poet. In 1878, he began his studies at what was the Académie Suisse. After a few months he transferred to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, he was in Cabanel's studio for a year before moving to Gérôme's studio where he won first place in the General Competition three times–for nude figure painting and general excellence. His work was selected for the Prix de Rome on three occasions and, although he never won, it was a compliment as only ten paintings were selected for the competition.
He had his first exhibition in Paris in 1884, from whence his painting Dante et Béatrice went on tour to New Orleans where it received a great deal of attention. In 1887 he exhibited the huge painting, five yards by four, The Deluge, placed in the municipal gallery of his native city Angoulême. In 1888, he painted a portrait of the Vicomte de Dampierre in his hunting jacket and in 1889 he created a painting titled After the Combat, acquired by the Peabody Gallery in Baltimore. Castaigne spent six months in England went to the United States in 1890 and remained until 1895, he became director of an art school in Baltimore called the Charcoal Club and under his direction the school, in decline and became one of the best art schools in the region. He painted several notable portraits the first year. In 1891, he began the illustrating work, his first work of this type was The Forty-Niners' Ball in the Century Magazine for May 1891, followed by The Bowery in December of the same year. These images of the West earned him immediate recognition as a master of a American art form.
After that he illustrated for several of the leading magazines. His designs included pictures of Texas cowboys in Scribner's Magazine—On the Great Cattle Trail, part of a series titled Cattle Trails of the Prairies and the World's Fair drawings and illustrations for'Polly' in the Century Magazine. In 1893, he painted eight illustrations for an article by A. C. Fletcher on the Omaha tribe in The Century, he illustrated B. I. Wheeler's Life of Alexander the Great, for which he did over 36 paintings and drawings from November 1898 to October 1899, his work for Century Magazine included travelling extensively, visiting Corsica, Italy and the Rhineland to illustrate travel articles by Augustine Birrell. For The Century he did over 160 illustrations, he worked for Harper's Magazine from 1901 to 1913. He was official painter for the Olympic Games in 1896. On his return to France in 1895, he became instructor in the Académie Colarossi and opened a studio in Paris, he remained permanent European correspondent for The Century and made trips to the US from time to time to do American illustrations for the magazine.
These include Mammouth Cave and Niagara Falls He visited Canada at this time and produced Canadian Rapids from the Island. Little by little, photogravure replaced engraving and lithography and Castaigne no longer did travel pictures after around 1910. In France, he published Fata Morgana, a novel dealing with the art life of Paris and illustrated by himself. During a six-year period in France where he divided his time between a winter studio in Paris and a summer studio in Angoulême, he illustrated William Milligan Sloane's The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Richard Whiteing's Paris of To-Day and Bertha Runkle's The Helmet of Navarre. While in France, Castaigne was principal draughtsman to the President of France Félix Faure who awarded him the Red Ribbon of the Legion of Honour, he died unmarried in 1929 at the Clinique St. Marthe in Angoulême where he had been admitted with a hernia. Due to complications as a result of not obeying medical orders and getting out of bed, this proved fatal. Jean André Castaigne at Illustration Art Solutions Works by A. Castaigne at Project Gutenberg Works by or about André Castaigne at Internet Archive J. André Castaigne at Library of Congress Authorities, with 59 catalogue records
Mortiis is a band from Notodden, Norway fronted by Håvard Ellefsen, known as the namesake of the band. The name is a misspelling of the word'mortis', the pronunciation used by the band. Mortiis started as the solo project of Ellefsen; this aspect was lost over time and Mortiis formed into a band. Håvard Ellefsen referred to as Mortiis, is the only constant band member, he was born in Telemark. Mortiis began his musical career playing bass for the black metal act Emperor, he stayed with the band just over one year before going on to create his own solo project, though unlike his previous band the music would be dark ambient oriented. Ellefsen was experimenting with music during his early solo career, he started four separate projects. Ellefsen wrapped up work on the soundtrack to the movie Broken and The Devil's Chair in 2007. Both films were directed by Adam Mason who first worked with him on the Mortiis video for Decadent & Desperate. Having completed an album's worth of songs, Ellefsen commented at how they were "atmospheric and eerie" and "very dark" while "some of it is semi-song structured, with some melody and sense to it."
They were done under the Mortiis name. The collected music will be released as a Mortiis album. Mortiis as a band was formed shortly after the release of The Smell of Rain. Dark Dungeon Music was the personal record label of Mortiis, it operated between 1995 and 1999 while Mortiis resided in Halmstad and released limited-edition vinyl. It was dissolved as Mortiis moved back to Norway in late 1999. Mortiis – lead vocals, mixing Levi Gawron – guitars, mixing, bass Tim Van Horn – drums Sarah Jezebel Deva – female vocals Leo Troy – drums Åsmund Sveinnungard – guitars Endre Tonnesen – session/studio bass for The Grudge album – session bass for The Grudge album Mortal – guitars Joe Letz – drums Åge Trøite – live guitar, 2005–2011 Chris Kling – live drums 2009–2011 Jerry Montano – live bass, 2015 The title of Era I was never intentional, it came about in 2001 when Mortiis was set to release The Smell of Rain, such a departure from his earlier records that he wanted to brand it in a way to signify this.
All works. All of the Era I albums were composed on synthesizers, creating a sound that Mortiis described as "dark dungeon music"; the last album of this era, The Stargate, went a step further by introducing a wider range of instruments including acoustic guitars and dark vocals. Songs on The Smell of Rain were electropop, frontman Ellefsen took to lead vocals for the first time; this would be the only release under the title of Era II. It was during this era that Ellefsen decided he needed to seek members to perform in a live setting, which helped change how Mortiis as a band sounded. With Era III came The Grudge, which took an more drastic turn from previous eras and is said to have made the biggest impression of any of his albums; the Grudge took on a heavy industrial rock emphasis, combining grinding guitars and industrial programming. Some of the longtime fans were again not too happy with this turn, but it helped gain Mortiis more new fans. In 2005, the Norwegian Culture Council selected The Grudge to be available for listening to the public in libraries across the country.
On April 16, 2007 Mortiis released a remix album titled Some Kind of Heroin, reworking material from The Grudge, via Earache Records. "Some Kind of Heroin" offers diverse remix material including interpretations by a wide range of contemporaries, such as Zombie Girl, Implant, XP8, PIG, The Kovenant, Velvet Acid Christ, Girls Under Glass, David Wallace, Flesh Field, Victor Vortexx, Dope Stars Inc, In the Nursery among others. In late 2009 and early 2010 earlier music has been reprogrammed and re-arranged for future live use. On 10 October 2010 Mortiis released Perfectly Defect as a free internet only download album. Regarding why the album was free, Mortiis stated, "The new model of the music business is important to keep in mind. During this time and the subsequent tours, the visual appearance and sound was similar to that of Era III, but with a more Industrial appearance closer to Combichrist and without any form of mask, a key characteristic of previous eras. Although this is marked as being part of Era III, this could be construed as a movement in Era IV.
Between 2011 and 2015, Mortiis never stated that the project was on hiatus, although the last tour ended at P60 in Amstelveen on July 8, 2011, with no performance, recording or releases since. However, during this time the mailing list, Instagram account and Facebook page was active, hinting at a return at some point; the four-year hiatus was broken on 8 June 2015 when a message placed on the band's Facebook page suggested a new album was on its way in a new era, Era 0. This was confirmed on 5 October 2015 when the release of the single "Doppelgänger," off the forthcoming album The Great Deceiver; the artwork for "Doppelgänger" included the familiar Mortiis logo, but with the Era 0 subscript, confirming the new Era. The album was finished in 2008, included mixes by Chris Vrenna. Additional material was finished with enough material for anoth