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|Genres||Heavy metal Doom metal|
|1987 - current|
|Labels||Firebox Records |
(ex-labels:Rage Of Achilles (RIP), Black Lotus Records (RIP)
Spiritus Mortis is a heavy metal band from Finland.
The band was formed in 1987 as Rigor Mortis, founding members were Teemu Maijala (bass, vocals), Jussi Maijala (guitars) and VP Rapo (drums). Because in the USA were also band called Rigor Mortis, they changed their name to Spiritus Mortis. Spiritus Mortis recorded four demos as trio, one demo (1997) with Tomi Murtomäki. With Vesa they recorded "Demo 2000".
In 2001 Veli-Matti Yli-Mäyry joined and the band recorded two demos, Forward to the Battle (2001) and Hot Summer of Love (2002) and their first self-titled album, released through Rage of Achilles in 2004. During recording of the s/t, Veli-Matti announced that he was going to leave the band, and so Jarkko Seppälä was recruited as the new drummer.
After Rage of Achilles folded, Spiritus Mortis began looking for new record deal. They signed with Black Lotus Records and released their second album, "Fallen", through them in 2006. After Black Lotus Records also folded, Vesa Lampi stated he had lost his interest in music and left the band. Tomi Murtomäki took his place for the "20 years of Spiritus Mortis" tour, but he did not wish to continue full-time. In January 2009 it was announced that Sami Hynninen would take the place as vocalist.
Spiritus Mortis signed a record deal with Firebox Records and their third album "The God Behind the God" was released May 2009.