Norwegian metal from the man with the pointy ears
What does a one man band do when said band gets a degree of success and has to start touring? The one man band evolves into a full scale lineup and that's just what Mortiis has had to do. Moving on from the industrial sounding The Smell Of Rain to a more electronic influenced style which borrows quite substantially from the book of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. Even with the occaisional obvious similarities, the Norwegians manage to keep it on the right side of originality especially given that it's a more metal oriented effort than NIN have done in recent times.
It took six months to record this release and it was worth every minute of it. With a metal world currently clogged up with numerous neo thrash and metal core clones, it's bands like Mortiis that keep things fresh and interesting by providing albums such as The Grudge. In fact, during the history of Earache Records, their ability to sign bands that are different to the norm that has always been their saving grace.