Saturday, May 06, 2006

DEATH FIRST? WHAT?


Sometimes success comes to really bad bands with even worse band names(Hoobastank) and other times it doesn't come at all because of an awkward name. If you've never heard of Mors Principium Est I wouldn't be surprised, but you're seriously missing out. The name is a total mouthful and doesn't do them any favors despite the fact that translated I think it means "ha ha ha you wish you could play guitars like us".

They released an awesome debut a few years ago and followed up with last years "Inhumanity". Both records are really cool except the first one (The Unborn) suffers from some minor mixing issues(why are the vocals so quiet?), an issue that was greatly resolved on the follow up. Too bad the guitars didn't get the same improved treatment as the leads are still a bit low in the mix. Not that the guitar players really have anything to hide as they can burn the place down with their chops. Some people may be put off by the keyboards but they're really not that prominent and the songs are already pretty melodic so it's really just filler. They(the keyboards) can at times even come off as Electronic(dancy?) but you get used to it so if it bothers you that much either get over it or this band just isn't for you.

The Unborn is a good example of what I'm talking about. It has the electro keyboards and some female vocals which are obviously elements that aren't for everyone. Let's just that the guys that believe 'it ain't metal if it ain't Morbid Angel' probably won't dig this. To me it's cool because these are young guys adding different textures to something that is clearly metal and morphing it into something else.

Highlight - The guitar riff that comes in at :45. Is that in time? Yeah it is, and it's wicked.

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