Mors Principium Est
... and Death Said Live
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Release date: 14 December, 2012
Playing time: 46:18

More than five years ago the band released 'Liberation=Termination' and I already thought that the band didn't exist anymore. Suddenly (for me) there is their fourth full length. Their music is still a mixture of Children of Bodom, At the Gates and In Flames. In fact you could call them a heavier version of Dark Tranquility. This is melodic Death the way it should sound, never falling back into wimpy stuff, but with the keyboards used in an excellent way. They fill up the gaps and see to it that the songs get the atmosphere they need.

Ville Viljanen has an aggressive voice sounding like a combination of grunt and thrash. Perhaps he can use a bit more variety on the next album, but that's just me looking for something. That the band has NWOBHM influences can be heard in the guitar riff in the song "What the Future Holds". I have to say that the guitar work (harmonies, solos) on the album is excellent and the rhythm section sounds very tight. Nevertheless, I'm not really sure if this album is the best one in Mors Principium Est's career, but it certainly is a very good one if you are into heavy aggressive melodic death metal.

My favorite track is "The Meadow of Asphodel", but don't ask me why, it just is.


01. The Awakening
02. Departure
03. I Will Return
04. Birth of the Starchild
05. Bringer of Light
06. Ascension
07. .... and Death Said Live
08. Destroyer of All
09. What the Future Holds
10. The Meadow of Asphodel
11. Dead Winds of Hope

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 December, 2012