Mors Principium Est (Latin for 'death is the beginning') is a Finnish band formed in 1999. The band was founded in Pori, in the west of Finland, by singer and guitarist Jori Haukio, guitarist Jarkko Kokko and keyboardist Toni Nummelin. Singer Ville Viljanen and drummer Mikko Sipola soon joined as Jori would focus on his strings.
The band issued three demos and was offered a three-album deal by Listenable Records. Inhumanity was recorded at Tico Tico Studio. This album was re-released by the label in 2006 including new artwork. Joonas Kukkola joined in 2004. Karri Kuisma joined in 2006 while Tomy Laisto came in 2007. Jarkko Kokko would become a studio members of the act. Tomy Laisto and Kalle Aaltonen left in 2011. Andy Gillion was brought in. Andhe Chandler was also soon recruited. AFM issued ...and Death Said Live in late 2012. Kevin Verlay joined on guitar in 2014.
MORS PRINCIPIUM EST - INHUMANITY - LISTENABLE
Here comes another Finnish band whose label self-assuringly believes is the next big thing. The problem is that Mors Principium Est ('death is the beginning') is a copy of many a other band. The Finns come across as a cross between Children Of Bodom and what In Flames and Dark Tranquillity were up to in the late '90s. The music is generally fast, the rhythms tight and the solos abundant. It is time for something new though. Treble speed metal is fine, but when mixed with pop-tinged harmonies and further defiled by keyboards the results are hardly original. This is why MPE is late to the party. For, despite its tightness, mature delivery and cocky title, the band can not avoid a derivative delivery. Correspondingly, the cover of Inhumanity has an ugly red and green design. What else is there to say, except that once again for Finns death might be just the beginning, but Finnish pop chart action is the end-game. - Ali "The Metallian"
MORS PRINCIPUM EST - LIBERATION = TERMINATION - LISTENABLE
Here is something for Metallian’s dance/techno/trance readers (all three of you!). Mors Principum Est is a Finnish band that gives the metal taste buds that tingling feeling of possibility and potential, yet ultimately remains just a tease content to only scratch the surface.
All things considered one should not be surprised given the Finnish origin of the band. Using commercialism to pitch products is rule number one over in the land of misunderstood musical genres, but when banishing its synthesized loops and groovy samples the band can be so good, so dynamic and so heavy that the listener is left with a bigger feeling of regret than would normally be the case. The sextet (yup, trouble begins right there) knows how to compose a death and thrash mix that sounds like a superior version of Hypocrisy and Dark Tranquillity, yet gives in to its diluted gene pool to heap on all manners of dance elements and thereby crash its own party. Apparently, having recognized this, certain songs are almost bereft of the offensive elements and, consequently, deliver a real smooth dosage of power. Nevertheless, a keyboardist is present full-time and scratches at the band’s credibility with savage steadiness.
Mors Principum Est needs to liberate itself of the shackles of popular aspirations and blatant profit-making and concentrate on the talent bubbling underneath. Otherwise, the group that could never hits a home-run and ultimately things become laughable by the end of the album. - Ali “The Metallian”