Mors Principium Est grabbed my attention with their previous album, Dawn of the 5th Era, an effort that made my top 10 of 2014, so I was happy to see their name pop up on the upcoming release list. The combination of Melo Death and orchestral components results in a fantastic product that could easily be overblown and a pompous display. MPE does a great job of keeping the orchestral elements to a minimum and implemented for effect rather than being the complete focus. Their blend is quite well done.
The Finns are less well known than some other Melo Death entities, like fellow countrymen Children of Bodom and Insomnium. They are, however, no less talented and should be elevated to a position higher in the pecking order. Perhaps Embers of a Dying World is just the solution.
Track after track solidifies MPE’s credentials in the genre, but In Torment sums up what this band is all about. A flurry of speed, acrobatic leads, angry death howls, and superb riffs abound making for the highlight of the album. It is the perfect combination of Melodic and Death. The Colours of the Cosmos is satisfyingly a close second to In Torment, perhaps surpassing it in intensity. MPE does not mess around here delivering an aggressive blast of Metal.
At times, MPE approaches an epic, almost bigger than life sound in their music. This is exemplified no better than in the first proper track of the album, Reclaim the Sun. The incorporation of the orchestral elements goes a long way toward making this a better than average song. Into the Dark is bolstered likewise with the non-guitar driven instrumental pieces. Closing track Apprentice of Death is just as, if not more, epic as Reclaim the Sun. Ponderous and thrashing, it is a fitting conclusion to the album.
There aren’t many moments that are lacking, but the track Death is the Beginning just doesn’t do much for me. It kind of drags down the momentum, although its predecessor, The Drowning, is average at best, lacking a lot of the energy found elsewhere on Embers of a Dying World. Aside from these two songs, I can’t fault MPE at all and find the rest of it to be very compelling.
Check out Apprentice of Death:
And here is a brilliant commercial for the album:
Other than the lull in the action mid-way through, Mors Principium Est has delivered a crushing example of how Melo Death should be done. I am loving this album and find it to be one of the more interesting pieces I’ve heard in the genre in a while. Definitely Harley recommended to those who lean in an extreme direction.
I hear the sound in a Metal way.
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