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Mors Principium Est - Liberate the Unborn Inhumanity Award winner

Mors Principium Est
Liberate the Unborn Inhumanity
by Ricardo Casagrande at 16 March 2022, 3:52 PM

Finland's Melodic heavy metaler’s MORS PRINCIPIUM EST have returned with some new material, well in this case, some new remastered old material. The band has taken tracks from their first three full releases Inhumanity, The Unborn and Liberation=Termination. They also have their demo track Valley of Sacrifice Part 1 & 2. There have been multiple line-up changes within the band since their existence in 1999, eleven members in total, including the recent departure of multi-instrumentalist Andy Gillion, which is working itself into a messy situation. With this newest release, they have formed back into an almost original cast, with drummer Marco Tommila working behind the kit.

The album starts off with the track “Cleansing Rain” from the album Liberation=Termination, and is a classic melodic metal track with blast beats and great work by newcomer Marko with the drums. This track hits right to the point of the album, with aggressive riffs, nice solo work and raspy but clean vocals. The next track is “Eternity’s Child” from the band’s first full length release Inhumanity and is a battle within one’s own mind. There is catchy guitar work in this song that draws you to it, appreciating the lead’s work creating the rhythm that takes this song by storm. “The Unborn” is the classic story of being led to your graves by not willing to understand the mistakes of mankind and is brought to life with some orchestral opening, which then becomes a fast paced Thrash meets melodic track with a CHILDREN OF BODOM feeling with the keys. You can also notice how clean Ville vocals come across with the production of the album.

“The Lust Called Knowledge” will be the second single and was taken from their first album. The song opens up with keys and a strong rumbling bass riff that soon is accompanied by duelling guitar riffs that reproduce the frustration in not knowing the purpose of life. Flying solos in front of a thundering double bass puts its stamp on this classic melodic banger. The track “Valley Of Sacrifice, Part 1” is taken from the bands second demo and blast into formation with thundering drums and aggressive vocals. It also includes orchestral arrangements that are a nice touch to the song, giving it more dimensions and a lot of room for the guitars to create catchy riffs and solos as the song comes to an end. The next song “Two Steps Away” starts off with some classical horns before being demolished by double guitar riffs, only to calm itself into some keyboards before Ville’s vocals tear into the track. This song has some raging elements that touch upon Death metal, great solo work, and various rhythm changes that makes this a very catchy track to any melodic metal fan.

With sticking to catchy tracks on the album, “Pure” meets this criteria, as duelling vocals with a female vocalist, acoustic guitar finds its way in along with these vocals and it sounds great. The song eventually finds its great guitar solo once again and the song concludes with the double vocals. The track “Fragile” amps up the pace with some well timed double kick and straight to your face vocals. The guitars can’t be overlooked on this track as they are again very catchy and well structured, and it brings into realization why these first three records received praise for the musicianship. The album concludes with “Valley Of Sacrifice, Part 2” and wastes no time jumping into it and really seems to sum up the band in one song. Strong thunderous drums with the bass hold the rhythm with rumbling force as the guitars riff away, casting energy into harsh vocals. Seems like they picked the right track to finish up the release with.

Though there has been some turnover, the tracks used to form this album shows that there is some serious song writing ability within the band. The album sounds great, the mixing seems to have the time taken to make that happen along with the production in general. This is an album that will be well received by their fans and anyone who has a soft spot for melodic metal, and should create some excitement for some new material in the future.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Cleansing Rain
2. Eternity’s Child
3. The Unborn
4. The Lust Called Knowledge
5. Valley Of Sacrifice, Part 1
6. Finality
7. Two Steps Away
8. Inhumanity
9. Pure
10. The Animal Within
11. Life In Black
12. Fragile
13. Valley Of Sacrifice, Part 2
Ville Vijanan - Vocals
Jori Haukio - Guitars, Programming
Jarkko Kokko - Guitars
Teemu Heinola - Bass
Marko Tommila - Drums
Record Label: AFM Records


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