True Norwegian Black Metal
Mork was created by Thomas Eriksen in the town of Halden in Norway during 2004. Both then and now the band functions as a one-man-band, much like many others within the Black Metal-genre. Mork was primarely a side-project for Eriksen from the inception until the debutalbum was made in 2013. The demo “Rota Til Ondskap” was compiled of recordings done between 2005-2007 and was released DIY-style as a limited 100-copies CD-R, in 2007. During the summer 2013 Eriksen visited the old rehersalhaunts of the norwegian band Darkthrone, which is and has always been a big part of his inspirations. The visit triggered such a big part of Eriksen’s inspirational flow that he went straight back home and made what would become the debutalbum “Isebakke”. “Isebakke” similar to the first demo was made into 100 CD-R copies just for fun and was never intended to be a big deal. However, the album was recieved very well and more people started showing attention to Mork. Recordlabels started to show an interest, which resulted in the now ongoing cooperation with the canadian label HSP-Productions. The debut “Isebakke” was released physically during 2014 and was praised by both critics and Black Metal-fans. Tracks from the album has gotten airplay several times after it’s release, including an airing at Silenoz’s (Dimmu Borgir) show 333 – Half Evil. 2014 was also the year when Eriksen gathered enough members to make Mork into an full live-act. The band debuted live in january 2015 in Olsztyn, Poland. 2015 saw the release of the EP “Fortid Og Fremtid” which is a compilations of re-recorded songs of the first demo as well as a new track and a live track. December 2015 Mork released the digital single “I Sluket Av Myra” along with a music video and was named “BAND of the WEEK” by Fenriz (Darkthrone). The video was premiered at Metal Hammer Norway. 2016 would show to be the year Mork bacome more active than ever. The second album “Den Vandrende Skygge” was released in February to much praise from critics and fans alike. The album includes a special-guest apperance by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) who does vocals on the track “Hudbreiderens Revir”. This song appeared on Radio Fenriz, run by Fenriz (Darkthrone). The releaseparty was also the first of several live-shows along the new band Order, including members from Mayhem, Satyricon and Gluecifer. During easter 2016 Mork played a fully packed venue at the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo. The show got great reviews, amongst others; Scream Magazine 5/6 and Norway Rock Magazine 4,5/5. As well as a recongition in Metal Hammer UK. In june 2016 Mork appeared at the Tons Of Rock festival in the bands hometown, to much praise and huge crowd. This show also was praised and recieved amongst others; Metal Hammer Norway 8/10. July the band heads over the atlantic to do their first tour of Canada. After two weeks of touring Canada’s east-coast the band returns to Norway to continue shows along with Order. In November the band plays one show in St. Johann in Tirol, which marks the bands first visit to Austria. 2017 kicked off in March with a show at Garage in Bergen with Order and one at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo along with Nidingr. Later the same month Mork headed to Turkey to play a very exclusive show in Izmir, booked by the same person who had Mayhem there back in 1990.