Deathhammer’s Cato Stormoen is also the mastermind behind MIRAGE, and for those used to the utterly evil and destructive sounds of this Norwegian thrash metal horde, the post-punk sounds of Mirage might be a surprise. It’s a fucking great surprise, since I love post-punk and this is a solid piece of eerie audio. Today we’re very happy to be able to share the video for “Erasure,” one song off the two-song 7″ about to come out July 30th via Svart Records. It’s as dark and weird as a post-punk video can be, and the song is fucking fire. If you agree with me, I suggest you head over to Svart to pre-order the 7″ here – there are only 300 copies available worldwide.
Mirage began as a solo project of mine sometime during 2013. I started playing these cold riffs out of nowhere and they quickly became full songs. I recorded some instrumental demos during that year and tried to find a proper singer but it never came to fruition and I didn’t think much about the songs for a while. Come fall 2015, I knew my friend Jan was going to Norway with Occvlta to play a couple of shows up here and these songs popped up in my head again because we always shared a similar interest in the realm of dark rock music, post-punk, 80s synth, experimental stuff and whatever. I hastily recorded the songs right before he arrived in Oslo to do the vocals and we recorded everything very fast. He wrote the lyrics on his trip over here I believe and I don`t think he even listened to the songs for some years prior to the recordings so I think the result is very good. As for the music, the riffs just came forth as I said and I had absolutely no intent of starting a band like this but I’m glad it happened because I think the songs are good. I listen to an extreme amount of very diverse music all the time but when I listen to these songs “Erasure” reminds me a bit of Sisters of Mercy (first era-style) and “Oslo” I guess reminds me of old Christian Death. Unjoy!