Embers of a Dying World
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2017 release. Melodic death metal masters Mors Principium Est return with their crushing sixth album, Embers Of A Dying World, retaining their unique sound. Taking a look at the career of Mors Principium Est so far shows that the band easily attracted attention with each album. In the days of their debut Inhumanity (2003) critics were full of praise for the Finns, who still sounded fresh and made no secret of their roots. Comparisons to At The Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, or even the fellow-countrymen Children Of Bodom were common, but Mors Principium Est have never been characterized as just a mere clone of the above mentioned. Even when the follow-up albums The Unborn (2005) and Liberation=Termination (2007) were released, the press were ecstatic. This positive response helped to build a loyal fan base and establish the band internationally. Since 2007, the band had to deal with several line-up changes, which almost lead to their disbanding, ultimately falling into a long hiatus. However, Ville, Teemu and Mikko were determined to carry on the MPE legacy and led an online campaign to search for a new composer/guitarist. In 2011, Andy Gillion from United Kingdom answered the call and became the new songwriter/lead guitarist from over 200 applicants. Six months later, Andhe Chandler from New Zealand joined as a second guitarist. With this new line-up,... and Death Said Live was recorded and released in 2012 - a bold statement that the band was not finished yet.
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I've been a fan of Mors Principium Est since way back when they released The Unborn and Inhumanity. After Liberation = Termination, the band went through a major shift in band members including the departure of their primary song writers, and honestly I was worried about if I was going to like their new music written by the new members. Andy Gillion has done a really fantastic job carrying the torch for MPE, however there is definitely a noticeable difference in writing styles. This is a fantastic melodic death metal album, but for me it can get a bit formulaic at times. It's still really good and better than a lot of other bands out there, but to me it doesn't come close to The Unborn which is one of my favorite melodeath albums of all time. Still, this is a really, really good album.
1. Genesis - 5/5 Fantastic opener with sort of an Inception type feel. It also sets up the rhythm for Reclaim the Sun.
2. Reclaim the Sun - 3.5/5 Solid opener with good synth work. It gets a bit predictable in parts, but has really good melodies in others.
3. Masquerade - 3/5 Decent song, but not a fan of some of the rhythms. Not a big fan of the shouting in the middle of the song and the ascending synth/guitar comes off as predictable. Really good solo as expected.
4. Into the Dark - 5/5 Fantastic song with some really great solo work. Love the synth work as well.
5. The Drowning (Bonus Track) - N/A I bought the MP3 bundle which unfortunately didnt include this song. Kinda cool to have a bonus song in the middle of the album though.
6. Death Is the Beginning - 2/5 This song really loses me right off the bat. It comes off as a cheesy 80s ballad. It's nice to hear female vocals again though ala The Unborn. I wish they would've used her in more songs though, perhaps for background harmonies. But overall it's just a bit too slow for me, too predictable, and the length of the song is too long in my opinion. The main melody is kind of overused, especially turning it into a cello solo at the end was a bit over the top.
7. The Ghost - 5/5 To me, this is the album's best song. This song's lead guitar work is fantastic and highly memorable. Fantastic piano and dual guitar intro. This song alone makes the album for me.
8. In Torment - 4/5 Holy. Freaking. Solo! I love how it just goes to 100 right out the gates. It's very obviously a guest guitar solo, but unfortunately I can't find who did it. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Ryan Knight formerly of The Black Dahlia Murder, I know he's done solos for them before. The rhythm after the solo keeps up with the intensity of the solo. Great guitar work and song, highly memorable.
9. Agnus Dei - 3.5/5 This is almost a bit too happy for MPE. It's very grandios like Jurassic Park almost. It's not bad, but I don't see very much purpose for it on the album to be honest aside from a transitional song.
10. The Colours of the Cosmos - 4/5 Solid song, good rhythms and harmonies.
11. Apprentice of Death - 4.5/5 This was one of the songs they released early and it got me hyped for the new album. Fantastic harmonies and lead guitar work. I wasn't afraid of the tapping section in the middle, it was a bit too weird for my taste, but it has some really great solos and harmonies in the middle. Really memorable and fantastic ending to a great album!
All in all, I believe this is an album worthy of an addition to your collection as a "melodeth" junkie (such as myself) or any metalhead in general. For someone who extremely rarely posts reviews here on Amazon, I couldn't resist promoting such an awesome and highly under rated band. I'm really looking forward to these guy's future albums; to what else they can do. Buy this album; you won't regret it. I know I definitely didn't.