Mortal was a Christian industrial/dance band fronted by Jerome Fontamillas and Jyro Xhan. Both members went on to found the alternative rock group Fold Zandura, and for a time were members of both bands simultaneously. The band is known for its lyrical intellegence, incorporating advanced theology with what has been billed as "Industrial Praise and Worship."
The group began in 1988 as Mortal Wish. They produced a six-song demo with additional members Ray Tongpo and Wilson Peralta. Four years later they released their debut record on
Intense. Lusis (Greek, meaning Freedom) was produced by Terry Taylor. At the time of its release it was called "the strongest debut project to enter the alternative Christian market in years."
Mark Salomon and Jeff Bellew of Stavesacre appeared on Intense Live Series Vol. 5.
Wake was to be their final album. After their farewell tour, they formed Fold Zandura and released that band's debut. However, they returned to the Mortal name to release Pura in 1995, which featured synthesized instrumental sounds. They followed up with a self-titled album with 5 Minute Walk records in 1996.
In 2002 Jyro and Jerome released a Mortal reunion album called Nu-En-Jin with Tooth & Nail Records.
Jerome Fontamillas ended up joining and touring with Switchfoot shortly after the release of their third album, Learning to Breathe, and is now a permanent member of the band. His first release with Switchfoot was their 2003 release, The Beautiful Letdown.