I was never
disappointed by MORS PRINCIPIUM EST - and this fact does
not change with the actual work. The cool, vehement style of these
Finns is dominated by first-class guitar work, and the musicians
add some restrained modern influences to spice up their sound.
At first I have to say that I miss catchy and immediately touching
pieces on this record for the present. The firm chords and the
wild presentation push forward irresistibly after the contained
introduction The Awakening, as the band starts in hit-and-run
style with the track Departure, whereby I really enjoy
the playful guitar lines from the first second on. Fortunately,
the guys got the right touch for a break right in time; they throttle
speed and the keyboard stands in the foreground for a while to
get crushed by powerful guitar riffing anew. The group abstains
from ostensible refrains and the long-term-effect profits because
of this tactics.
A while later, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST act in more hymnal style
during I Will Return and hit the bull’s eye again.
Concerning the voice, there are no experiments like clear vocals
– the raspy-throaty-scratchy style adds some aggressiveness.
I come across some modern pinches in course of Birth Of The
Starchild, but the use happens in well-dosed and therefore
In all, the breathers are quite short whilst the compositions
Bringer Of Light and Ascension, the listener can lean
back for some minutes during the theatrical interplay …And
Death Said Live. The piano introduces the tune Destroyer
Of All and the harsh riffing is unleashed all the more intensely.
In this case, I appreciate the quite dark sung chorus as well
as the hymnal prevailing mood. What The Future Holds shows
a tendency towards Black Metal, ere it ends in epic style. Same
is true for the acoustic punch line Dead Winds Of Hope.
A lot of fret board acrobatics dominate this release till the
end and the listener should like breath-taking instrumental rollercoaster
rides. Besides, you can live with discreet modern effects and
missing catchy refrains? Well, then you will be rewarded with
a bunch of steam-hammer songs!