Mors Principium Est
Liberation = Termination
Finish metallers brutalize once again
Death Is The Beginning is the English translation of the Latin titled melodic death metal sextet Mors Principium Est who formed in 1999. The band, who are vocalist Ville Viljanen, guitarists Jori Haukio and Jarkko Kokko, bassist Teemu Heinola, keyboardist Joona Kukkola and drummer Mikko Sipola, signed with French label Listenable Records for three albums. Their 2003 debut, Inhumanity, was followed up by their 2005 effort, The Unborn, and their latest, Liberation = Termination, is set to continue the trend set by its predecessors.
Thankfully, the noise laden intro Orsus is very brief and you don't have to wait long until the album's first real track, The Oppressed Will Rise, kicks in. It instantly reminds me of Heartwork era Carcass up to the point where the vocals kick in. Musically, this melodic death metal group are hovering somewhere around the Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Carcass styled territory. The haunting female vocals that appear at times throughout The Animal Within only add to the track's intensity and reinforce it as the album's highlight, whilst things stumble a little with Finality, which has a strong At The Gates flavour that is nowhere near as well executed as that of the aforementioned masters.
There's more character and diversity in the riffs and tempos of Cleansing Rain and one thing that this track reinforces is that the lead guitar work across the entire album absolutely shines. The 104 second slow instrumental interlude, Forgotten, is reminiscent of Arch Enemy's Enter The Machine (from 2005's Doomsday Machine), whilst the thrashing riffs of Sinners Defeat mark it as the album's most furious track and other than the instrumentals, the first real variance from the breakneck pace of the album comes in the form of the slower The Distance Between which is a welcome change. It's a return to pace for the majority of It Is Done, although it's the contrast against the slower passages here and there that really give the song some colour, whilst Terminal Liberation seems quite one dimensional throughout in comparison before the album winds down with a soothing, slow instrumental titled Lost Beyond Retrieval.
You could say that the metal scene doesn't need more melodic death metal releases. Although Mors Principium Est aren't injecting anything new into the style, they are doing a fine job working within the realms of it right now, and Liberation = Termination is a brutal ride that should be on the shopping list for all lovers of the genre.
(Listenable Records/Modern Invasion Music Distribution)
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