Featured Band April 23: Mortician
was founded in 1983 by five young metal fans in the town of Satteins, Austria. After several months of powerful practices the band hit the stage for its first concert on the 31st of March in 1984, offering an amazing show for 300 metal maniacs. From then on the band played several concerts through its local area mainly at metal/rock clubs and biker weekend parties. In the spring of 1986 the band recorded its first demo “Street Warrior”, which received amazing feedbacks and motivated the band to go into the studio once again in the summer of 87 to produce the nowadays highly appreciated EP “NO WAR”, which has being recognized as a cult item among the specialized press and heavy metal fans. After a lot of local success and the great reaction over the “No War” EP Mortician got selected as one of the best ten metal bands in Austria and was invited to play together with Sepultura and Sodom in Vienna in 1989. After this, also in the year 1989 the band recorded its next demo tape entitled “Break The Rules” and kept on with the hard promotional work playing concerts around Austria. In 1990 due to different personal reasons the band ended up splitting and each of its members took different paths. After 19 years, in 2009, the founding members of Mortician, Thomas Metzler (guitar) and Patrik Lercher (bass) decided to reunite the band. As the original singer and drummer were not available any more they decided to hire Daniel Khan for the vocals and Antee for the drums. Shortly after the reformation the band signed a record deal with Pure Steel Records and in autumn of 2009 the entire Mortician’s material from the 80s was re-released under the title “No War and More”. During 2010 Mortician was booked for the festivals “Up The Hammers” in Athens and “Keep It True” in Germany which gave the band the next kick and positioned it again in the sight of the metal fans from Europe. In November of 2011 the band went into studio once again to record its first LP called “Mortician” under Pure Underground Records label, which achieved a great response worldwide and was highly acclaimed by the press.Through this new Mortician’s era the band shared stage with a lot of great bands like Black Label Society, Magnum, Sepultura, Sodom, Tygers of Pan Tang, Demon, Raven, Biohazard, Lordi, Vicious Rumors, Jag Panzer, Leatherwolf, Jaguar, and supported the European tour of Lillian Axe. As well it performed at the “Pounding Metal Festival” in Madrid, the “Metal Headz Open Air” in Germany, the “After Dark Fair” in Czech Republic, the “Metal Rites Festival” in Greece, etc In November 2014 the latest album “Shout for Heavy Metal” was released becoming an immediate success, with a great demand through the entire world and receiving great reviews from the media. As well, together with the release of the album, a final update to Mortician’s lineup was announced, directly from Mexico, the drummer Alex “Black Cat” joined the band. Since then the band has focused in the promotion of the new album playing gigs across all Europe and started preparing the new songs for a forthcoming album.