Mors Principium Est - Inhumanity
17 April 2003

01. Another Creation
02. Eternity's Child
03. In My Words
04. Inhumanity
05. D.I.B.
06. The Lust Called Knowledge
07. Oblivion
08. Life In Black
09. Last Apprentice
10. Into Illusion
11. Hijo De La Luna [J. M. Cano cover] [Japanese bonus]
12. The Lust Called Knowledge [2005 remix] [Re-release bonus]
13. Inhumanity [live] [Re-release bonus]
14. Pure [live] [Re-release bonus]

Inhumanity, the first full-length of Mors Principium est, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Finland in December 2002. Mainly known as "The In Flames Successor" and the "Bodom-sound," the Finnish machine of melodic death is typically more stronger, more intricate and never sounds monotone. Even after owning this opus for two years I still discover something new with each repeated listen.

The opening track, "Another Creation," managed to be as a microcosm for the intentions of the remaining tracks. A very good demonstration of the abilities of the band rather traced to Gothenburg/heavy metal whether naturally offers well implemented keyboards and very varied music structure mixed with very catchy chorus. Followed with Eternity's Child, a song that truly reminds you of In Flames's The Quiet Place, double-bass outbreaks here and there, powerful solos,. and also (like always) beautiful guitar leads and strong vocals. Seriously, the first time I listened to this album's heartpiece, I believed I was listening to the old In Flames or At The Gates. If I had the permission, I would mention every single song but alas I can't. Anyway, I have to confess, these guys have tremendous potential.

Musically, Inhumanity has an impressive spectrum, from the acoustic parts featuring simplicity and beauty of "Oblivion" to the atmospheric keyboards and the pressing drums of the intense "The Lust Called Knowledge." Everything is damn good and dynamic, with catchy and varied passage, at times supported by keyboards and multi-faceted vocals. Except the Ville Viljanen's performance, his voice is awesome but stands out from time to time as on "Last Apprentice," he is a bit too throaty. I think Inhumanity could be slightly above the average without this track.

Melodic death metal, a genre that has had depleted me since the turning of Children Of Bodom to Britney Spears. M.P.E managed to pull me back. I've read a review of Richard (I believe) on MS, describing a band as a "King without Crown," Mors Principium Est is like that.

Killer Songs: Another Creation, Eternity's Child, The Lust Called Knowledge, Oblivion.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 10

Band profile: Mors Principium Est
Album: Inhumanity


written by Mindheist | 14.09.2006

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This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.


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The Thrasher - 07.09.2008 at 21:07  
this cd blow my brain!!!
Deadmeat - 28.01.2009 at 14:58  
Wow this one is just great!! Great Great Great album and great review! Nothing else to say... Every day I have another song on my mind. They have just great melodies!!!
Ragana - 28.01.2009 at 15:12  
"The Lust Called Knowledge" and "Into Illusion" are the greatest songs from this album, but all other stuff... hmm, can I use the saying "nothing special"?
CrowKiller - 27.03.2009 at 09:03  
This album is really great. Every song is has a really great melody and is unique. Can't stop listening to it. Great review.
Ill_Rodri - 06.03.2010 at 05:45  
Into Illusion is one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life! Amazing CD, amazing band!
Oriax - 02.07.2011 at 14:20  
Written by Ragana on 28.01.2009 at 15:12

"The Lust Called Knowledge" and "Into Illusion" are the greatest songs from this album, but all other stuff... hmm, can I use the saying "nothing special"?

Yea I agree those songs were good, but the rest was nothing amazing. It felt like it was meant to be 'main-stream' which was sort of a turn off.
Demonic Tutor - 23.03.2012 at 04:22  
Listening to it right now [for the Nth time this year], it blows my mind every time.

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