268. Lusis – Mortal
As a sales rep for Frontline Records we would get together every other month for a sales conference in which new music would be presented to us so that we could then go to Christian Bookstores and sell the new product. It was a week that every sales rep looked forward to as a time to get together, bond, drink, hand out, lsiten to new music, drink, and hone our sales craft. One night there was a bit too much of the drink part and everyone was a little “sluggish” the following morning.
That morning the first piece of product to be presented was the debut album by a new techno-industrial band called Mortal. The record company executives always wanted us to hear the music at full volume to get a real feel for the release and I think they just liked to rock out like the rest of us.So, a night of drinking was followed by MORTAL!
Christian music’s most innovative, melodic and creative industrial band, Mortal was much more accessible than their contemporaries and had more in common with dance and techno than with metal and hard core like their contemporaries in Deitiphobia and Circle of Dust.
The album was produced by Terry Scott Taylor and Allan Agguire (Sacterd Few) and would be very well received out of the box both in sales and on Christian rock radio. I recall the album showing up regularly on critic’s “Best of the Year” countdowns that year.
Mortal also was more “theological” than many of their contemporaries with a strong message that was more Biblically and philosophically influenced than just about any other band for the time. The lead track (Enfleshed) is a reworking of John 1 and Mytho-X deals with reality and presupposes the necessity of the existence of God for reality to be understood.
Mortal also was experimental and atmospheric which allowed for stronger melodies and even something akin to a ballad (Rescinding). The sense of musical form served them well and allowed for greater diversity.
Mortal would record several more albums and also release a techno/dance album under the name Jyradelix and a more alternative rock sound with Fold Zandura.