WEEK 155 – MORS PRINCIPIUM EST

My HeadBangers welcome from Pori, Finland the Melodic Death Metal Band:

MORS PRINCIPIUM EST

“Valley of Sacrifice, Part 1 (2022)”

“Reclaim The Sun”

Well that is intense, and I love it.  Nothing gets to me like Finnish Melodic Death Metal.  It’s like air to me.

“Monster In Me”

Couldn’t help myself, I just had to throw this one in, those vocals are on it, so good…..

Ok, Ok, let’s look at some bio, take from their site:

In the beginning, back in the year 1999 in Pori, Finland, Mors Principium Est was established by the three founding members Jori, Jarkko and Toni. Percussion instruments were missing, but later in the same year Mikko joined the band to play the drums. Jori was playing lead guitar and vocals, Jarkko guitar and Toni keyboards. The band played for a while with this set, but in the beginning of year 2000 Jori got tired of singing and wanted to concentrate only on playing guitar. A new singer was needed.

Meanwhile Ville had just left his old band and was looking for something new. He contacted the band and after audition, he became the new vocalist. The first demo was made without a bass-player, but after Listenable Records got interested in the band, it was necessary to find a fulltime bass-player. In the year 2001 Teemu joined the band to play bass-guitar. Two more demos and few gigs were made and finally the hard work got rewarded.

In 2002, Listenable Records offered a contract, which the band signed for 3 albums. The debut album “Inhumanity” was recorded and mixed by Ahti Kortelainen in Finland at Tico-Tico Studios, in December 2002 and mastered at Finnvox Studios, in January 2003. The album was released in spring 2003.

The second album “The Unborn” was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios, in November 2004 and mastered at Finnvox Studios, in December 2004. The album was released in spring 2005, except for USA, where it was released at the end of 2005.

The third album “Liberation=Termination” was recorded in many places around Finland, one of them was, for example, Astia Studio. The album was mastered at Imperial Mastering in California (USA) in the year 2006. It was released during 2007.

The band has been through a lot of member ups and downs as it is with most bands that have been around for any length of time.  Things get in the way, interests change, you know how it goes. But they seem stronger than ever to me, and still hair moshing wth, I love them.

Left to right:

Jori Haukio – vocals, guitars (1999-2000); guitars, programming (2000-2007, 2021-present)

Marko Tommila – Drums (2021-present)

Ville Viljanen – Vocals (2000-present)

Jarkko Kokko – Guitars (1999-2009, 2021-present)

Teemu Heinola – Bass (2001-2020, 2021-present)

My Thoughts:

All my HeadBangers know my heart belongs to Melodic Death Metal.  That is where I feel at home, it just flows through me.  It’s hard to explain because Thrash, Speed, Folk, my list is long are also some of my favorites.  But, Melodic Death is where I live.  My skin actually tingles when I hear it, I breathe it in and my spirit is one with the sound.  Here is another band I haven’t heard before, thank Thor for the limitless bands that come from the Nordic countries.  Mors Principium Est is definitely on my list.  Check them out you will not be sorry.  They were a great surprise.

Well HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Don’t forget “Hump Day” every Wednesday.  Until then, don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST DONE!!

My HeadBangers, another week, another Hump Day, almost the weekend, so let’s get the blood flowing now.

STAM1NA

from  Lemi, South Karelia, Finland

“Enkelinmurskain”

I LOVE THESE GUYS;  I was lucky enough to see them live at Tuska 2019.  The Kings of hair moshing and listen to that voice, growl vocals, clean vocals, he can do anything and I mean it…..

It’s so hard for me to pull myself away from them, but ok I am.

 

Next we have from Poland, the Symphonic Power Metal Band:

PATHFINDER

“The Lord Of Wolves”

I love this song.  It’s from 2011 but it’s still FIRE!

 

And one of my favorite Postapocalyptic Viking Death Metal Bands, from Germany:

DEATHBALE

“As The Fog Is Gone”

My HeadBangers if these 3 bands don’t get you over the HUMP I really don’t know what will.  Enjoy guys I’ll be back next week with 3 more to get you through your week.  Stay strong and headbang!!!!

 

WEEKLY BAND LIST

  • Week 155 – Jan 28 – Mors Principium Est – Melodic Death Metal – Pori, Finland
  • Week 154 – Jan 21 – Becoming – Inspirational Metal – San Jose, California
  • Week 153 – Jan 14 – Affection – Modern Rock/Alternative Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 152 – Jan 7 – Wythersake – Symphonic Black/Death Metal, Washington, DC
  • Week 151 – Dec 31  – Wrap up of 2021
  • Week 150 – Nov 12 – The Raven Age – Heavy Metal – London, England
  • Week 149 – Nov 5 – Penny Billionaires – Hard Rock/Electronica – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Week 148 – Oct 29 – Blood Red Throne – Death Metal – Kristiansand, Norway
  • Week 147 – Oct 22 – Shepherds Reign – Metal/Hard Rock – South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 146 – Oct 15 – Shadow of Intent – Deathcore – Hartford, Connecticut
  • Week 145 – Oct 8  –  Darzamat – Atmospheric Black Metal – Katowice, Poland
  • Week 144 – Oct 1  –  Jungle Rot – Thrash/Death Metal – Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • Week 143 – Sep 24 – Lifechanger – Melodic Rock – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 142 – Sep 17 – Testament – Thrash Metal – Berkeley, California
  • Week 141 – Sep 10 – Bleed From Within – Heavy Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 140 – Sept 3  – At The Gates – Death Metal & More – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 139 – Aug 27 – The Soul Of Bushido – Thrash Metalcore – Lorraine, France
  • Week 138 – Aug 20 – WoR – Aggressive Groove Metal – North Carolina, USA
  • Week 137 – July 3 – Wolves In The Throne Room – Atmospheric Black Metal – Olympia, Washington
  • Week 136 -June  26 – Deathbale – Postapocalyptic Viking Death Metal  – Germany
  • Week 135 – June 19 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fking Geek Metal Revisited – San Jose, Calif
  • Week 134 –  June 5 – Wardruna – Dark Folk Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 133 – May 28 – Rotting Christ – Black Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 132 – May 21 – Carmilla – Metal – Sverige, Sweden
  • Week 131 – May 14 – Wake Up Frankie – Thrash/Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 130 – May 7  – Disquiet – Melodic Death/Thrash – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 129 – Apr 30 – Thanatos – Extreme Thrash/Death Metal – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 128 – Apr 23  – Arched Fire – Heavy Speed Metal – Lapland, Finland
  • Week 127 – Apr 16 – The Haunted – Heavy/Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 126 – Apr 9 –  Updates 
  • Week 125 – Apr 2  –  All Taken – Hard Rock with a little Grunge – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 124 – Mar 26 – Aeon Of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany (Song Review)
  • Week 124 – Mar 25 – Scythian Fate – Dark Prog Thrash – Sydney/Melbourne – Australia
  • Week 124 – Mar 24 – Hate & Deceit – Danish Melodic Death Metal – Slagelse, Denmark
  • Week 123 – Mar 21 – Beyond the Pale – Dutch Metal – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 122 – Mar 12 – Thy Kingdom Will Burn – Melodic Death Metal – Kouvola, Suomi
  • Week 121 – Mar 5 –  H.E.A.T. –  Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – Uppsland Väsby, Sweden              
  • Week 120 – Feb 26 – Temple Balls – Hard Rock – Finland
  • Week 119 – Feb 19 – Aeon of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany
  • Week 118 – Feb 12 – Vreid – Black Metal / Black n Roll – Sogndal, Norway
  • Week 117 – Feb 5 – Artilharia – Heavy/Melodic/Speed/Thrash Metal – Brazil
  • Week 116 – Jan 29 – This week was for Alexi, COB, Rip my dear HeadBanger
  • Week 115 – Jan 22 – Paradise Lost – Death/Doom/Gothic Metal – Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Week 114 – Jan 15 – Wintersun – Power/Folk/Melodic Death Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 113 – Jan 1 – Dark Tranquillity – Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 112 – Dec 25 – SepticFlesh – Greek Symphonic Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 111 – Dec 18 – Die From Sorrow – Melodic Death Metal – Beijing, China
  • Week 110 – Dec 11 – Fireproven – Progressive Metal – Finland
  • Week 109 – Dec 4 – Wolfheart – Winter Metal – Myrskylä, Finland
  • Week 108 – Nov 27 – Angelus Apatrida – Thrash – Albacete, Spain
  • Week 107 – Nov 20 – Gojira – Heavy Metal – Bayonne, France
  • Week 106 – Nov 13 – Enslaved – Prog/Black/Viking Metal – Sveio, Norway
  • Week 105 – Nov 6 –  Like A Storm – Metal – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 104 – Oct 30 – Firewind – Power/Heavy Metal – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, Spain
  • Week 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 89 – July 13 – SPECIAL ON MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Week 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

 

WEEK 154 – BECOMING

My HeadBangers welcome from San Jose, California:

BECOMING

“In The Name of God”

Well there are a lot of top MetalHeads that like where Becoming is going.

This song is from the 3rd album, “In The Name of God”.  Now don’t think this is a religious song, it’s not.  In my talks with Becoming’s, Jason Hardouin, who not only does the writing but also the mixing and recording, he is non-religious.  Jason told me his music is meant to be more into “Cosmic Consciousness” but as he said to me God is in all of us.  I love the video it has some great pics and it all just flows.

Let’s look at some bio on Becoming:

BECOMING was founded by multi instrumentalist/vocalist Jason Hardouin. BECOMING is “Metal For Life” and has been passionately creating a “Consciousness Revolution” since 1998.  Tackling many of life’s difficult topics while shining a light into the darkness to help the listener self-actualize and gain the perspectives and strength necessary to make it through difficult times in this crazy world.

In a world filled with imitations, negativity, and gimmicks, BECOMING innovates to take you away from the everyday typical metal clichés to a place where you feel energized, empowered, and uplifted. BECOMING does not allow the listener to wallow in self-pity or hold a victims mentality. 

BECOMING captivates the most diehard of heavy music fans and attracts new fans from all genres who are searching for something more to raise their consciousness, shatter illusions, and find the divinity within…

BECOMING hit #23 of the Top 50 most played albums on Metal Radio in North America during the 2020 pandemic year with their new album “In The Name of God”, and have released several excellent music videos to rave critic and fan reviews alike.

This album was written, produced, engineered, and mixed by founding member Jason Hardouin and final mastering was done by the legendary Chris “Zeuss” Harris (also known for his groundbreaking work with Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, Demon Hunter, Shadows Fall, Queensryche, Soulfly, Whitechapel, Suffocation, Overkill, and Dee Snider).

For the album artwork and music videos BECOMING worked with Melody Myers “DesignedByMelody” to help bring the vision to life.

“In The Name of God” is an album that takes the listener away from all the everyday metal clichés while empowering them and bringing hope during these turbulent times in a world that desperately needs an awakening.

“In The Name of God” transcends genre while truly innovating in all the right ways. True to their bay area metal roots, but complete with tight hooks, bouncing grooves, and quality lyrical and musical content, BECOMING has created an epic album with “In The Name of God”. This album will earn its place in your musical catalog and soul.

From the 2nd album “Sonic Revelation’s”:

“The Lost”

“Wish”

This is my fav, watch out if your ears are sensitive to cussing, I guess they aren’t you hear me enough.

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers like I said something different, and yet the same.  You never know what I’m going to find when I start looking for something to bring to the blog.  As I said at first you could think this was about religion, but clearly you can see it’s more about how people use religion to further their own agendas and control.  I agree that the world is in constant turmoil these last few years and who knows where it will end up.  Only people can change the way we move forward on this rock.  

https://linktr.ee/metalforlife

Click on the link above, space limits how much I can put on here, but there are some great interviews that you might like to hear.  I have to say that Jason is very passionate about his music and it really comes through.  Sometimes I am surprised when I listen to a band I’ve never heard before and this is definitely one of those times.  I hope you all enjoyed this week as much as I did.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST DONE!!!

It’s HUMP DAY so here’s a couple of bands I can’t do without……

“Rise Against”

Thy Kingdom Will Burn…. I have loved this band since I first heard them.  Check them out.  Great growl vocals and  one of my top 10.

“Sunset Shore”

The first time I heard and saw this band, Týr, they had me.  From the Faroe Islands, I just burn everytime I hear these guys.  Listen the those drums and that bass, just kill me.  Sorry I gotta put another one on, you know how I love my Vikings…

“Hold The Heathen Hammer High”

“Feuer Frei”

I was listening to this at work today.  I fking love RAMMSTEIN, bang bang………

I think we all need a HUMP DAY wake up so I’m adding this to the blog.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  What would we do without music, I would die…..

 

 

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