After five long years they have arisen, awoken by the Ten-Commandments-extended-edition-carrying Death itself (see above). Finland's MORS PRINCIPIUM EST new album, ‘…And Death Said Live’, is already out in Japan, Europe and Australia (December 2012) on AFM Records, Marquee/Avalon and Truth Inc Records, and will be released in the U.S. on January 15th, 2012 via AFM Records. ‘…And Death Said Live’, recorded at the Panic Room Studios in Sweden, features guest appearances of BRING ME THE HORIZON's Jona Weinhofen and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's Ryan Knight. Get the album here (Europe), here (USA), here (Australia) or via iTunes and Amazon. Listen to the track ‘…And Death Said Live’ here (SoundCloud).
Compared to the likes of AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES and DARK TRANQUILLITY throughout their career which started in 1999 in Pori, Finland, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST's (“death is only the beginning”) demos found their way into Listenable Records offices in 2001. “Treading that nebulous ground between death metal and black metal”, MPE's debut full-length was issued in 2003:
“Incredibly accomplished for a debut release, ‘Inhumanity’ finds this technically proficient sextet surrounding death metal's razor sharp riffs and high-pitched guitar harmonies with the screeched vocal delivery and blast-beat drumming velocity of black metal. Think DARK TRANQUILLITY or AT THE GATES locking arms (or butting heads, as it were) with ROTTING CHRIST or MARDUK and you’ll get the picture. But even more astounding than their instrumental skill is the young group's amazingly mature songwriting chops, which produce instantly distinctive highlights like ‘Another Creation’, the title track, and ‘The Lust Called Knowledge’. It’s quite impossible to find a single weak link here (OK, maybe the rather ho-hum instrumental ‘Oblivion’); just standout after standout,” [wrote Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here]
MPE's follow-up albums, 2005's ‘The Unborn’ and 2007's ‘Liberation=Termination’, were met by similar positive response from the press and fans alike. But in 2007, with personnel problems abound, the group nearly disbanded. Trying out different musicians and combinations over the years that followed, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST salvation finally arrived in 2011, in form of guitarists Andy Gillion from United Kingdom and Andhe Chandler from New Zealand.
MORS PRINCIPIUM EST features: Ville Viljanen – vocals, Mikko Sipola – drums, Teemu Heinola – bass, Andy Gillion – guitar and Andhe Chandler - guitar