Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mors Principium Est.-...and Death said live

AFM Records

It was back in 2007 when Finland's Mors Principium Est. (that's a mouthful!) released their last album "Liberation = Termination". Since then the band, who formed in 1999 and whose name (according to the Metal Archives) is Latin for "Death is the beginning" or "the basis" or "the ruler" (take your pick), managed to pick up a new pair of guitarists in Andy Gillion (Shadow Law) and Andhe Chandler (ex-In Dread Response, ex- The Mark Of Man) and (seemingly) a renewed appreciation for their craft. While that craft fell along the lines of At The Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and Children Of Bodom (all of them influences on the band's early sound) it's fair to say that since forming, and despite the numerous line-up changes, the band has forged it's own identity. The new album, which is ten tracks plus the intro number "The Awakening", finds the band, who is filled out by Ville Viljanen (vocals), Mikko Sipola (bass) and Teemu Heinola (drums), laying down some simply sinister metal. With each new release this Finnish band has been making huge strides in an attempt to stand out from the crowd. This new album achieves that goal with equal amounts of technical skill (there are some great time changes) and utter brutality. With production taking place at Swedish Panic Room Studios (Solution .45, Scar Symmetry and many more), and the album featuring guest appearances from Jona Weinhofen (Bring Me The Horizon) and Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder), "And Death Said Live" is a release that should please fans of old while also serving as an enticement to new listeners.

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