|Review: Mors Principium Est - The Unborn|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: December 25, 2005
Reviewed by: Eddiethe'Ead
Rated 4.13/5 (82.67%) (15 Votes)
Mors Principium Est. Translation: Death Is The Beginning. Holy shit, a band from Finland that's not viking metal. Finally, a band to put melodic death metal back on the map. With the decline of In Flames and Soilwork, the disappearance of At the Gates, and the overall sameness of all the bands in this genre, melodic death needed a spark to gain back the interest of its fans. Leading the pack is of course Arsis, probably the premier band in this style, Nightrage, with their star-studded lineup, and Mors Principium Est, a relatively unknown Finnish band.
Mors Principium Est sounds roughly like a mix between At the Gates, old school In Flames, and The Haunted if they were actually good. Think ultra-heavy guitar riffs, an excellent production job, a sprinkling here and there of female vocals to add melody, sweeping guitar solos and awesome performances all the way around especially from singer Ville Viljanen and drummer Mikko Sipola. Album highlights are Altered State of Consciousness, The Unborn, and Fragile Flesh, all of which contain stellar riffs and melodies, but basically every track is a stand-out.
Mors Principum have came out of nowhere with an album that will make you headbang from start to finish, and the surprising thing is they come from a country infested wtih viking metal. I give The Unborn a perfect rating, as it is not only the best melodic death metal album of 2005, but it is also one of the best albums from this genre in the last couple of years.
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