Mors Principium Est
The Unborn


5.0
classic

Review

by Sleepy USER (7 Reviews)
May 1st, 2006 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


With the release of The Unborn in mid-2005, Mors Principum Est (I'll say MPE, it's rather long) brought a breath of fresh air to a declining Melodic Death Metal genre. Formed in 1999, this is MPE's sophomore album, and it is one hell of a release. This could possibly be the one album to refresh the sound of Melodic Death Metal, and get more youth into its very 'seasoned' populace. The obvious At The Gates influence is here, but on crack - the riffs on this album are catchy and ridiculously fast. This is a furious trip to hell and back, but with the MPE's signature industrial element, hell seems to be a very beautiful place.

Therefore, I guess a proper metaphor for MPE's The Unborn would be a forest fire - reckless, destructive, and merciless; yet entrancing. This album will burn you in a most memorable way.

After debating with myself for a while, I decided that a traack by track review of this album wouldn't be possible - nothing on here seems worthy of anything less than a five. What's the fun in a TBT if there's fives across the board? I'll give you a brief history of The Unborn's high points.

Pure begins with a simple, yet melodic guiar riffed harmonizing with the keyboards for added emphasis. Under this layer of sound is a pounding, relentless drum line focusing on bass and toms, always there no matter what the rhythm and lead sections are doing. Then, it stops. The drummer taps a few cymbals, the keyboards recede to an atmospheric role, and a woman with the voice of an angel comes in, singing softly for about 20 seconds.

Then the album takes off - MPE's musicians take back the track with a furious round of tremolo picked riffs and blast beats, along with screamed vocals that sound remarkably similar to Dark Tranquillity's Mikael Stanne back in the Skydancer era. Eventually, the lady who sang previously comes back in, providing sheerly beautiful atmospheric vocals behind the main vocalist's harsh growls. They meld perfectly and compliment the lead guitar and keyboardist as well, making Pure one of the best intros I have ever heard.

Parasites of Paradise begins with a simple blast beat that begins, ends, and begins again in a frantic cycle. After a few such rounds, the lead guitar comes in, lending this course track a melodic sound. The vocals appear soon afterwards, solely growls and screams done with such emotion that I can think of no comparisons except for Mikael Stanne and Mikael Akerfeldt, two of the best vocalists in metal today. You'll hear the title of this track ringing in your head for hours after its play is done. Well, at least until The Unborn comes on.

The Unborn begins with the keyboard playing a fast-paced, melodic line with a string ensemble sound to it. The drums, guitar, and bass come in a few seconds afterward in a deliberate, mighty crescendo with echoed moans of a distinctly angelic female voice playing off of each speaker in your sound system. With a monstrous growl, the title track is begun.

The song takes off from there, playing several variations from the intro riff at a thrashy speed, and a mixture of Death growls and nearly Black Metal groans coming from the lead vocalist, all shadowed with the doomy voice of the female vocalist. This is a three and a half minute trip to the deepest cricle of hell, the lyrics painting a morbid picture of broken bodies, aborted infants and strangled victims surrounding you as you plummet further and further into the fiery womb of despair. You will not come from this song unsinged.

In recap, Mors Principum Est's The Unborn is original, creative, and emotional. Any fan of Melodic Death Metal, Metal, or music in general will be greatly pleased by this album. It has got everything a metal masterpiece needs, and then some extra originality and experimenting thrown in for good measure. If this isn't at the very least a superb album, I don't know what is. The only con I can possibly think of is that, like all good things, comes to an end.

Pros
-AMAZING intro
-industrial element sets it apart from similar bands
-blazing work on guitars and keys
-vocally brilliant, combining operatic female vocals and passionate screams
-original song structures

Cons
-some songs seem to end prematurely
-outro not as strong or memorable as intro

Overall, 5/5. A Melodic Death Masterpiece, indeed.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2006


16089 Comments


You probably would have done better to do an overall. And I downloaded the first three tracks off of here a while ago, and they were pretty damn good. As good as melodic death metal can be, that is.
Good, if skimpy review.

Battle Against Time
May 1st 2006


2 Comments


I'll be downloading this one. Great review Jake.

Shattered_Future
May 1st 2006


1541 Comments


Decent review, but it's a bit lacking. A bit more information would put you on the right track.

For some reason, I don't like this release. It has all the elements I could possibly want, yet I find myself not adjusting well to it...

Shadows
Moderator
May 1st 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band is extremely bland and boring.

Elnimio
May 2nd 2006


3 Comments


Great album, one of my favorites from last year as well.

King_Of_Terrors
June 30th 2006


52 Comments


Noice review, I've been wanting this album forever. I am going to try to download it again.

TheTastyLettuce
August 21st 2006


130 Comments


"This band is extremely bland and boring"

No, they are really not

Amazing album

jrowa001
April 17th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just heard about these guys and i downloaded this album. i have to say that its pretty good. only listened to the album once but will listen to it more soon.

kalkal50
April 30th 2007


2386 Comments


A good review, but the rating is a bit too generous. It's a great melodic death metal band, but its nothing that will stick to your mind over a long period of time.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2007


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It took me forever to get a hold of this album, its very hard to find. I love it though.

BallsToTheWall
November 7th 2007


44786 Comments


I Want This... Heard a couple tracks, it's pretty sick. why in two fucked nonsense is this 40 bucks?

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Crimson
November 7th 2007


1935 Comments


Is this any better than their latest? I heard it's more progressive, if so I might be interested.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2007


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why in two ****ed nonsense is this 40 bucks?


It's an import and its out of print.

BallsToTheWall
November 7th 2007


44786 Comments


Thats horrible news. This and Vinterland, im going to have rob someone.

kalkal50
November 7th 2007


2386 Comments


This band is pretty bad.

botb
November 11th 2007


9757 Comments


^^
No, this band is pretty sick.

Digging: Solstafir - Ótta

rasputin
March 9th 2008


14555 Comments


I find the production and vocals on this album a chore to listen to.

willfellmarsy
May 5th 2008


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^agreed...some okay melo-death with some twists to make it a little more interesting but somethings needs to be done about the vocals. They either need a new vocalist or produce the vocals higher in the mix or something...because they are very meh.

Yazz_Flute
June 22nd 2008


18847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i li3kz d1s albm

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01JP
July 16th 2008


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is probably my favorite release by Mors Principium Est. I gave it a 5 because its just PURE metal: solos, riffs, insane vocals...the lot. I also really like the samples/keys used in Mors Principium Est, really adds to the songs. Check this out fans of melodeath! you will not regret it!This Message Edited On 07.16.08



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