Exordium Mors - The Apotheosis Of Death (CD Review)

02.As The Vultures Descend
03.Ascension Through Vanquished Flesh
04.The Corpse Of Your Divinity Now Burns
05.The Purging Storm Of Chaos Unfurls
06.Unto Lightning Swords Of Conquest
07.Fire & Triumph
08.Abandon All Hope
09.Blade Of Brutus

Scourge Witchfucker (Vocals)
Santi (Guitar)
Black Mortum (Guitar)
Assailant (Bass)
Hades (Drums)

Formed in Aukland, NZ in 2004 they have been described as "Merciless", "Inexorable" and "Barbaric" but according to the press release: "are all but words that attempt to describe the unholy force which is Exordium Mors."
The album it is noted is already set to become "Legend" and the band themselves, well they say: "We are Exordium Mors and we will see your body condemned to the flames; your shade forever hailing our name along the pathway towards eternal chaos and battle."

I, err, cant help think that these guys have a sense of humor and are probably all called nigel or something, but hey lets click play and see what all the hype is really about.

Well its an intresting first track, 'Axiom' (Not a cover of the classic Akercocke song) definatley has that chaotic early black metal feel, demonic vocals, endless riffs and fast drums, add to that plenty of timing changes and we are off to a good start.

Crashing straight into 'As The Vultures Descend' we get more of the same, this may sound odd to you but its almost like they are throwing too much into the mix, the sounds and paces all seem to blend into one, and it sounds a bit messy.

'Ascension Through Vanquished Flesh' is better defined and while it still presents a relentless wall of pure power it does have a cleaner sound overall, also has some of the fastest drumming i have heard in a while.

Definatley a nod to Slayer with 'The Corpse Of Your Divinity Now Burns' reminds me of 'Silent Scream', good use of backing vocals lurking in the mix.

A slower start to 'The Purging Storm Of Chaos Unfurls' and some sound F/X thrown in, when it gets going it has a good thrash metal vibe, and then gets quiet towards the end and makes for a great instrumental, the song seems to lead well into 'Unto Lightning Swords Of Conquest' that thrash sounds remains before going into speed overkill.

Keeping with a more thrash inspired sound comes 'Fire & Triumph' and 'Abandon All Hope', both of which blend their black metal twist perfectly.

The extreme black metal madness returns for 'Blade Of Brutus', laden with more demonic vocals and finger bleeding solos.

And then another instrumental with 'Outro', complete with a bit of creepy piano right at the very end.

Rating 8/10
For Fans Of: Darkthrone, Satyricon, Destroyer 666, Bathory, Cephalic Carnage, Deicide


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