The Third and the Mortal

The Third and the Mortal were a Norwegian metal band, founded in the city of Trondheim, in 1990, by Rune Hoemsnes, Geir Nilssen and Trond Engum. The band started out as a melodic death metal band with singer Terje Buaas, shifting to doom metal, mixing distorted guitars and heavy drumming with clean guitars and vocals from Kari Rueslåtten. The band went on to experiment with genres such as progressive rock, jazz, ambient, folk and electronica.

The Third and the Mortal
Also known asNightfall (1990–1992)
The 3rd and the Mortal (1992–1997)
OriginTrondheim, Norway
GenresMelodic death metal (early), doom metal (1994), experimental rock (later)
Years active1990–2005
LabelsVoices of Wonder
Past membersRune Hoemsnes
Trond Engum
Geir Nilsen
Finn Olav Holthe
Frank Stavem
Kirsti Huke
Jarle Dretvik
Kari Rueslåtten
Bernt Rundberget
Ann-Mari Edvardsen
Terje Buaas


The story of the band began in 1990, then known as Nightfall, consisting of Rune Hoemsnes, Trond Engum, Geir Nilsen and Terje Buaas. In 1992, Kari Rueslåtten replaced Buaas and, together with Finn Olav Holthe, they became The Third And The Mortal. The band were one of the forerunners of the atmospheric metal scene having been one of the first to have a leading female singer, they inspired bands such as The Gathering, Flowing Tears and Nightwish. Their first EP Sorrow was released in 1994 followed by the album Tears Laid in Earth in 1994. After Rueslåtten's departure in 1995 the band had Ann-Mari Edvardsen join as vocalist. With her, the band released full-length albums Painting on Glass in 1996 and explored an even more experimental sound in 1997 with In This Room.

After the departure of Edvardsen and an absence of 5 years, the band returned in 2002 with Memoirs, an album with recordings made during previous years. A new female vocalist was found in Kirsti Huke, who is present on the majority of songs, with second vocalist Andreas Elvenes backing her up on a couple of tracks. Memoirs differs from previous albums by being more electronics based. After Memoirs, the band did a small tour in Mexico City on July 19, 2002, along with eight shows in Germany and the Netherlands during September and October 2002.

In 2004, the band released EPs And Rarities. This is a compilation consisting of the Sorrow and Nightswan EPs, the b-side of the Stream single and the bonus-track from the Japanese In This Room album. In 2005, the band split up, but not before releasing one last album, Project Bluebook: Decade of Endeavour, a compilation EP with two new studio tracks, another unreleased song performed live in 1998 and four different live versions of Mortal classics recorded on the European tour in 2002.


Final line-upEdit

  • Rune Hoemsnes – drums, keyboards, electronic percussion (1990–2005)
  • Trond Engum – electric and acoustic guitars (1990–2005)
  • Geir Nilsen – electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, grand piano (1990–2002, 2003–2005)
  • Finn Olav Holthe – electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards (1992–2005)
  • Frank Stavem – bass (2002–2005)
  • Andreas Elvenes – vocals (2002–2005)
  • Kirsti Huke – vocals (2002–2005)

Former membersEdit

  • Terje Buaas – vocals (1990–1992)
  • Jarle Dretvik – bass guitar (1992–1994)
  • Kari Rueslåtten – vocals, keyboards (1992–1995)
  • Ann-Mari Edvardsen – vocals, keyboards (1995–1997)
  • Bernt Rundberget – bass guitar (1994–1998)
  • Sander S. Olsen – keyboards (2002–2003)



Studio albumsEdit


  • "Stream" (1996)


  • Sorrow (1994)
  • Nightswan (1995)


  • Nightfall (1991)
  • The 3rd and the Mortal (1993)


  • EP's and Rarities (2004)
  • Project Bluebook: Decade of Endeavour (2005)


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