Vera : After the release of the magnificent ’Dawn Of The 5th Era’ (late 2014), Mors Principium Est could finally go all the way in touring. A trek with Onslaught, Spain, the Far East, Japan,… their fetching melodic death metal was an international success. Yet it seems to be quite hard to keep a second guitarist in the band, since the Frenchman Kevin Verlay left as well in the meantime. But well, fortunately guitarist Andy Gillion had already gathering some new material and the four-headed band worked on the songs until they could start recording the sixth studio album in 2016. For the mix and mastering they went to Sweden, just as for the predecessor, to cooperate with Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson at the Panic Room Studios. The result is ‘Embers Of A Dying World’ and that sentence instantly reminds me of ‘Embers Fire’ from Paradise Lost. This as a side-note, now let’s have a look at the musical developments in the eleven new songs of these Finns.
With a dramatic, orchestral intro called ‘Genesis’, we are led to the first energetic stunner ‘Reclaim The Sun’, right away the track for which they shot a video clip. The melodious guitar skills and the tight rhythms are completed with ultra raucous, yet intelligible grunts from Ville Viljanen. It is a hectic and fast song with a refined guitar solo as nice eye-catcher. They keep up the pace with proper dynamics in the slightly epic ‘Masquerade’ (slower chants on ultra fast guitar ornaments), the tight-as-hell ‘Into The Dark’ and the bonus track ‘The Drowning’ with its slower start. In addition to the rough vocals and the marvelous guitar skills, we have an extra element that leaps to the eye: the songs are wealthily regaled with thick layers orchestral arrangements, sometimes just in the background, other times a solo spot on violin or classical piano. Many of the songs have a length of five to six minutes and this gives the band the opportunity to build up tension. One of the most striking tracks is the rather slow and calm ‘Death Is The Beginning’, which is actually the meaning of their band name. It goes from thoughtful plucking guitars and fragile female vocals (only one verse) to rough male chants. An intermezzo with cello and piano and a magnificent guitar solo makes us really enjoy this song. Also the next songs have an interesting flow from quiescent to ultra vigorous, relished with splashing arpeggios and the short ‘Agnus Dei’ happens to be the only remaining moment of contemplation. The two last songs are chockfull and multilayered again, so that several spins are needed to fathom, but the catchy choruses of the guys help us to see the woods from the trees. Soon any of their amazing melodies kept haunting us. And that’s how we know them: harsh, but yet very melodious. Again a stunner!