Comparable to OMNIUM GATHERUM I had heard a LOT of good stuff about fellow Finns MORS PRINCIPIUM EST, even more so than with the former. Especially Vinnie didn't waste a day to praise their debut "Inhumanity" and when the promo from Listenable indeed reached my shores, I was more than eager to give it a spin, to hear, if it could live up to all those recommendations, even more so from someone I know knows my taste, like Vinnie.
And for a debut effort, "Inhumanity" is nothing short than impressive and again conjures up the all encompassing question what the hell Finland has done to come up with so many great Metal bands… But as I will never be able to answer this question (if anybody ever will be), I will not linger here, but rather jump to the occasion and let you know why this CD is so much better than most other Melodic Death albums I have heard of late.
And from the opener "Another Creation" on MORS PRINCIPIUM EST show that it is possible to create a truly fresh Melodic Death Metal album, as also OMNIUM GATHERUM and especially their Swedish colleagues of THE DUSKFALL have shown, after the genre already had been more or less declared clinically dead. Double-bass driven, very melodic, accentuated with some keyboards this song kicks off a fresh, melodic, but never shallow, always heavy album that puts this band right on the map of the greats of the genre.
Following "Eternity's Child" convinces with its super melodic leads, while "In My Words" surprises with a calm interlude, "Inhumanity" brings us great dynamics, "The Lust Called Knowledge" has some excellent drive, heavy riffing, but still great melodies, "Life In Black" also is damn dynamic, maybe the best song, "Last Apprentice" showcases a great, furious guitar solo and closing "Into Illusion" surprises by starting out really calm, with clean vocals, then switching to e-guitars and harsh vocals and back again, altogether very atmospheric, very melodic and most of all very good!
You see, almost every song has something that stands out one way or the other, something that altogether results in a damn good album, which Vinnie regards as one of the best albums if the year 2003 (or so far THE best), I won't go as far, but still, if you like Melodic Death Metal, then MORS PRINCIPIUM EST's debut is something for you and when you hear the description "like CHILDREN OF BODOM, just better" or "like CHILDREN OF BODOM, just without all the cheese", then those are not far off, go, get it…NOW! (Online June 2, 2003)