Origin: Finland  
Genres: Melodic Death Metal
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Last update/review: May 1, 2022

Mors Principium Est

There are certainly no shortage of melodic death metal bands out there, though Finland has produced fewer than other countries (such as, obviously, Sweden). Mors Principium Est came together in 1999 and have released two albums, with the 2003 debut Inhumanity reviewed here. The band has been compared to fellow Finns such as Omnium Gatherum and Children Of Bodom, both valid reference points though MPE is at least trying not to clone the melodic death genre. Keyboards are using sparingly but effectively, giving the group a slightly darker tone to blend with the speedy riffing and typically harsh vocals. As with many bands, they are neither blatant copyists nor blindingly original, relegating them (for now) to up-and-coming status.

Recent album: Liberate The Unborn Inhumanity, released on April 8, 2022.

Current Members

Ville Viljanen

vocals

Teemu Heinola

bass (Depressed Mode)

Mikko Sipola

drums

Former Members/Guests

Jori Haukio

guitars (ex-Depressed Mode)

Karri Kuisma

guitars

Jarkko Kokko

guitars

Andy Gillion

guitars

Andhe Chandler

guitars

Kevin Verlay

guitars (Agressor)

Toni Nummelin

keyboards

Joona Kukkola

keyboards



Discography


Inhumanity  
2003 Listenable
  1. Another Creation
  2. Eternity's Child
  3. In My Words
  4. Inhumanity
  5. D.I.B.
  6. The Lust Called Knowledge
  7. Oblivion
  8. Life in Black
  9. Last Apprentice
  10. Into Illusion
  11. Hijo de la Luna (japanese bonus)
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Jori Haukio
  • Jarkko Kokko
  • Teemu Heinola
  • Toni Nummelin
  • Mikko Sipola



The Unborn  
2005 Listenable
  1. Pure
  2. The Harmony Remains
  3. Parasites of Paradise
  4. Two Steps Away
  5. Altered State of Consciousness
  6. Spirit-Conception
  7. The Unborn
  8. Fragile Flesh
  9. Pressure
  10. The Glass Womb
  11. Blood of Heroes (digipack bonus)
  12. No More (digipack bonus)
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Jori Haukio
  • Jarkko Kokko
  • Teemu Heinola
  • Joona Kukkola
  • Mikko Sipola



Liberation = Termination  
2007 Listenable
  1. Orsus
  2. The Oppressed Will Rise
  3. The Animal Within
  4. Finality
  5. Cleansing Rain
  6. Forgotten
  7. Sinners Defeat
  8. The Distance Between
  9. It Is Done
  10. Terminal Liberation
  11. Lost Beyond Retrieval
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Karri Kuisma
  • Jarkko Kokko
  • Teemu Heinola
  • Joona Kukkola
  • Mikko Sipola



... And Death Said Live  
2012 AFM
  1. The Awakening
  2. Departure
  3. I Will Return
  4. Birth of the Starchild
  5. Bringer of Light
  6. Ascension
  7. ...and Death Said Live
  8. Destroyer of All
  9. What the Future Holds?
  10. The Meadows of Asphodel
  11. Dead Winds of Hope
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Andy Gillion
  • Andhe Chandler
  • Teemu Heinola
  • Mikko Sipola



Dawn Of The 5th Era  
2014 AFM
  1. Enter the Asylum
  2. God Has Fallen
  3. Leader of the Titans
  4. We Are the Sleep
  5. Innocence Lost
  6. I Am War
  7. Monster in Me
  8. Apricity
  9. Wrath of Indra
  10. The Journey
  11. The Forsaken
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Andy Gillion
  • Kevin Verlay
  • Teemu Heinola
  • Mikko Sipola
2014 Readers' Album #84




Embers Of A Dying World  
2017 AFM
  1. Genesis
  2. Reclaim the Sun
  3. Masquerade
  4. Into the Dark
  5. The Drowning
  6. Death Is the Beginning
  7. The Ghost
  8. In Torment
  9. Agnus Dei
  10. The Colours of the Cosmos
  11. Apprentice of Death
  • Ville Viljanen
  • Andy Gillion



Seven  
2020 AFM
  1. A Day for Redemption
  2. Lost in a Starless Aeon
  3. In Frozen Fields
  4. March to War
  5. Rebirth
  6. Reverence
  7. Master of the Dead
  8. The Everlong Night
  9. At the Shores of Silver Sand
  10. My Home, My Grave



Liberate The Unborn Inhumanity  
2022 AFM
  1. Cleansing Rain
  2. Eternity's Child
  3. The Unborn
  4. The Lust Called Knowledge
  5. Valley of Sacrifice, Part 1
  6. Finality
  7. Two Steps Away
  8. Inhumanity
  9. Pure
  10. The Animal Within
  11. Life in Black
  12. Fragile Flesh
  13. Valley of Sacrifice, Part 2




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