Eero Silvonen: Guitar
Kauko Kuusisalo: Drums
Juho Räihä: Guitar
Aki Salonen: Bass
GLORIA MORTI began their journey in Heinola, Finland in 1999. The goal was simple: have fun and play thrash. Not long after their inception, and a handful of lineup changes, the music was steered towards a more demanding and aggressive sound.
After a series of rough demos, the band entered Sundi Coop to record "Ephemeral Lifespan". The release would lead to the band signing with Japan’s World Chaos Productions. With the help of such individuals as Lars Eikind and Nino Laurenne the debut album "Lifestream Corrosion" was created.
GLORIA MORTI’s second album, "Eryx", continued to push the band’s sound in an even more aggressive direction. The sophomore album was the first album to be recorded and mixed by the band’s guitarist Juho Räihä. "Eryx" was released through Stay-Heavy and Cyclone Empire.
After "Eryx", GLORIA MORTI’s line-up went through a change with drummer Jarmo Juurikka and keyboard-player Jenni Kemppainen parting ways with the band. The place on the drum throne was quickly taken by Kauko Kuusisalo. With the keyboard and orchestration duties, the band decided to trust their long time friend, and producer of the first album, Lars Eikind.
With the new and driven line-up, GLORIA MORTI entered Juho Räihäs’s project studio to record their next album, entitled "Anthems of Annihilation", which took a more cinematic, yet aggressive, direction. The album landed the band their first European tour and took GLORIA MORTI one step further. Between the tour and the recordings for the fourth studio album, guitarist Juho Matikainen decided to leave the band and concentrate on other aspects of his life. Matikainen was replaced by a young and talented Eero Silvonen (Casket, Final Harvest, Routasielu, Death Confronting).
GLORIA MORTI’s fourth album, Lateral Constraint, was recorded and mixed by the band’s guitarist Juho Räihä and mastered by Svante Försback.
Guitarist Juho Räihä elaborates: "On Lateral Constraint, I made a conscious decision to write without over analyzing or burying the point with anything unnecessary. The lyrics are about mankind’s inability to step aside and think outside the box. Almost all of our problems seem to be a side-product of clinging to old beliefs and institutions. Mankind needs to evolve laterally if we want to survive and elevate ourselves to the next level. We are not civilized as long as we have wars and poverty. Musically, Lateral Constraint was probably the easiest Gloria Morti album to write. We just went to the natural direction of the band and had a really relaxed and emancipated recording experience. All in all I honestly think that Lateral Constraint is by far the best Gloria Morti album to date, and it will be hard to top in the future."
GLORIA MORTI have been "blessed" with a vast number of exceptional supporting slots. They have had the honor to share the stage with such bands as BEHEMOTH, ZYKLON, MAYHEM, THE CROWN and DISSECTION. Lateral Constraint is an exceptional entry in the field of melodic death metal, more than worthy of mention alongside releases from Septic Flesh, Zyklon, Amon Amarth, etc.