The Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est is still in the shadow of more prominent bands from both their home country and from abroad, albeit already releasing their sixth album on 10th of February, called Embers of a Dying World. Let’s check it out!
With a current lineup which contains none of the founding members, how much can be left of Mors Principium Est’s unique style? The answer: a lot, and it’s reaching perfection, too. Brutality and in-your-face kickass metal mix very nicely with a melodic tone. On the self-titled (translated) track, Death Is The Beginning, we even find female vocals. Main songwriter and composer Andy Gillion, who also works as a soundtrack producer, threw in bits and pieces of choirs, such as at the beginning of Into The Dark and The Ghost. The tracks are composed in an overall dramatic way, creating a haunting atmosphere. Symphonic elements are perceivable for instance during the instrumental Agnus Dei, and we even find industrial influences in Masquerade. The great compositions are rounded off by top-notch mixing and mastering by Thomas Johansson at Panic Room Studios in Sweden, guaranteeing an epic listening experience.
Conclusion: This is an extremely well-rounded album, solidifying the unique style of Mors Principium Est all while still being innovative. There’s literally nothing to criticize, so go ahead and enjoy what could easily be the album of the year 2017 in the melodeath genre! 10/10.