Mors Principium Est

Mors Principium Est
  • Ville Viljanen – vocals (2000 – present)
  • Iiro Aittokoski – LIVE drums (2017–present)
  • Teemu Heinola – bass (2001 – present)
  • Andy Gillion – lead guitar, programming (2011–present)

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 album got some raving reviews from all around the world and the band played few shows in Finland.

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. Also this time the album got some raving reviews, maybe even more than before. The band also played its first gig outside Finland in may 2005 and that was, none other than the BW&BK SixPack Metal Festival in Cleveland, USA. After that, the band played couple of gigs in Finland.

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. Right after finishing the album, Jori decided to quit. He felt this whole band thing is not his thing anymore. Again, the album got some really good reviews and the band played couple gigs outside of Finland and few gigs in Finland. Then it was time to let Joona go.

The years between 2007 and 2011 the band played few gigs with different guitar players, but the core, Ville, Teemu and Mikko remained. When nothing new seemed to happen and they didn’t seem to find the right players for the band, it was time to start searching new members worldwide.

They were sure that there will be the right people somewhere, just need to find them. After about 200 applications the first new member, Andy Gillion, was found from UK. Then, couple of months later, the second guitarist, Andhe Chandler was found from New Zealand.

The band started to write new songs with Andy as the main songwriter. At the beginning of 2012 the band started contacting various labels and the band decided to sign a worldwide deal (excl. Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Australia) with a german AFM Records. For Japan, Korea and Taiwan the band signed with Marquee Records/Avalon Label and for Australia the band signed with Truth Inc Records. The result after working with legendary Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson ath The Panic Room, Sweden was teh 4th studio album “…and Death said live”.

Line-up changes being no stranger to the band, in 2014, Andhe Chandler left and was replaced by Kevin Verlay. By this time, the band’s fifth album was almost complete and at the end of 2014, “Dawn of the 5th Era” was released.

After several months of touring since the new album’s release, Kevin decided to leave the band due to personal reasons.
However, Andy had already written some new material and the basis for a new album was beginning to form. In 2016, the band began to record their sixth album to be mixed and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson” at Panic Room Studios in Sweden.
In 2017, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST return more impressive than ever with their latest masterpiece, “Embers of a Dying World”. The Cover Artwork is painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom).

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Embers of a Dying World / 2017

Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
  • Album Info
  • 2017
  • AFM Records

1. Genesis
2. Reclaim the Sun
3. Masquerade
4. Into the Dark
5. The Drowning  (Bonus track)
6. Death Is the Beginning
7. The Ghost
8. In Torment
9. Agnus Dei
10. The Colours of the Cosmos
11. Apprentice of Death


Embers of a Dying World is the sixth studio album of the melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est, released on 10 February with AFM Records. It debuted the official list in Finland 32.

Dawn of the 5th Era / 2014

Mors Principium Est - Dawn of the 5th Era
  • Album Info
  • 2014
  • AFM Records

1. Enter the Asylum (Instrumental)
2. God Has Fallen
3. Leader of the Titans
4. We Are the Sleep
5. Innocence Lost
6. I Am War
7. Monster in Me
8. Apricity  (Instrumental)
9 Wrath of Indra
10. The Journey
11. The Forsaken


Dawn of the 5th Era is the fifth studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est. It was released on December 5, 2014 with AFM Records.

...And Death Said Live / 2012

Mors Principium Est - And Death Said Live
  • Album Info
  • 2012
  • AFM Records

1. The Awakening (Instrumental)
2. Departure
3. I Will Return
4. Birth of the Starchild
5. Bringer of Light
6. Ascension
7. …and Death Said Live  (Instrumental)
8. Destroyer of All
9. What the Future Holds?
10. The Meadows of Asphodel
11. Dead Winds of Hope


…And Death Said Live is the fourth album by Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est. It was released on December 05, 2012 in Japan.


Liberation = Termination / 2005

Mors Principium Est - Liberation = Termination
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Listenable Records

1. Orsus
2. The Oppressed Will Rise
3. The Animal Within
4. Finality
5. Cleansing Rain
6. Forgotten
7. Sinners Defeat
8. The Distance Between
9. It Is Done
10. Terminal Liberation
11. Lost Beyond Retrieval


Liberation = Termination is the third album by Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est.

The Unborn / 2005

Mors Principium Est - The Unborn
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Listenable Records

1. Pure
2. The Harmony Remains
3. Parasites Of Paradise
4. Two Steps Away
5. Altered State Consciousness
6. Spirit Conception
7. The Unborn
8. Fragile Flesh
9. Pressure
10. The Glass Womb
11. Blood Of Heroes (Megadeth Cover) (Bonus Track)
12. No More (Bonus Track)


The Unborn is the second album by Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est. A limited edition digipack version was also released, with two bonus tracks.

Inhumanity / 2003

Mors Principium Est - Inhumanity
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Listenable Records

1. Another Creation
2. Eternity’s Child
3. In My Words
4. Inhumanity
5. D.I.B.
6. The Lust Called Knowledge
7. Oblivion
8. Life In Black
9. Last Apprentice
10. Into Illusion


Inhumanity is the debut album of Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est. It was first released in 2003 and later reissued in 2006 with new artwork and three bonus tracks.


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September 7, 2020 by Serena
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