Mors Principium Est

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Mors Principium Est
Origin Pori, Finland
Genres Melodic death metal
Years active 1999–present
Labels AFM Records
Members Ville Viljanen
Mikko Sipola
Teemu Heinola
Andy Gillion
Past members See below

Mors Principium Est (Latin for "death is the beginning") is a Finnish melodic death metal band formed in 1999.


The band was formed in 1999 in Pori, Finland by singer/lead guitarist Jori Haukio, guitarist Jarkko Kokko and keyboardist Toni Nummelin. Drummer Mikko Sipola joined in late 1999, soon followed by the arrival of new vocalist Ville Viljanen in early 2000 when Haukio decided to focus on his guitar work. Bassist Teemu Heinola was not appointed until after the band's first demo, Before Birth, which attracted attention from French record label Listenable Records in 2001.[1]

One year and two demos later, Mors Principium Est signed a three-album contract with Listenable Records completed by the album Liberation = Termination released in March 2007.[2][3]

The band announced on April 25, 2007 the new lineup of the band. Karri Kuisma joined the band as the rhythm guitarist in 2006 and Lead guitarist Tomy Laisto joined the band in 2007. Jarkko Kokko will still be a member of M.P.E. but he will not play any live shows.

In March 2011, the band stated that members Tomy Laisto and Kalle Aaltonen had parted ways to pursue other ventures. The band stated "If we still want to continue with Mors Principium Est, we need new guitar players" and proceeded to ask for anyone who could try out around the world to do so.[4]

On April 30, 2011, the band announced on their website that Andy Gillion had been recruited as the first replacement guitarist. On September 29, 2011 the band announced on their website that Andhe Chandler had been recruited as the second replacement guitarist.


Current members[edit]

  • Ville Viljanen – vocals (2000 – present)
  • Mikko Sipola – drums (1999-2007, 2007–present)
  • Teemu Heinola – bass (2001 – present)
  • Andy Gillion – lead guitar, programming (2011–present)

Former members[edit]





  • Before Birth (2000)
  • Valley of Sacrifice (2001)
  • Third Arrival (2002)


  1. ^ "Band History". Mors Principium Est. Archived from the original on 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Metal Storm – Mors Principium Est – New Album Details". Metal Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Listenable Records". Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Blabbermouth - Mors Principium Est Seeking New Guitarists". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 

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