Mors Principium Est

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Mors Principium Est
Mors Principium Est performing in 2016
Mors Principium Est performing in 2016
Background information
OriginPori, Finland
GenresMelodic death metal
Years active1999–present
LabelsListenable (2002–2007)
AFM (2012–present)
MembersVille Viljanen (vocals)
Jarkko Kokko (guitars)
Jori Haukio (guitars;programming)
Teemu Heinola (bass)
Marko Tommila (drums)
Past membersSee 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 25 April 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 30 April 2011, the band announced on their website that Andy Gillion had been recruited as the first replacement guitarist.[citation needed] On 29 September 2011 the band announced on their website that Andhe Chandler had been recruited as the second replacement guitarist.[citation needed]

In April 2012, the band signed a new deal with AFM Records,[5][6] with the first single for fourth album ...And Death Said Live being released in October of the same year, followed by an album release in December in Japan, then a United States release in January 2013.[7][8] The band's deal with AFM would continue with Dawn of the 5th Era in 2014, Embers of a Dying World in 2017, and Seven in 2020.

In June 2021, the band announced that they had parted ways with Andy Gillion, with Gillion being unaware of his removal.[9] In February 2022, the band would announce a compilation album of rerecorded material called Liberate the Unborn Inhumanity, with a new rendition of "The Lust Called Knowledge" from their debut album Inhumanity being released on the same day.[10] The album would later be released on April of the same year.[11]


Current members[edit]

  • Ville Viljanen – vocals (2000–present)
  • Jori Haukio – lead guitar (1999–2007, 2021–present)
  • Jarkko Kokko – rhythm guitar (1999–2009, 2021–present)
  • Teemu Heinola – bass (2001–present)
  • Marko Tommila – drums (2021–present), session drums (2007, 2020)

Former members[edit]

  • Toni Nummelin – keyboards (1999–2004)
  • Mikko Sipola – drums (1999–2017)
  • Tomy Laisto – lead guitar (2007–2011), live rhythm guitar (2016–2017)
  • Joona Kukkola – keyboards (2004–2007)
  • Kalle Aaltonen – rhythm guitar (2009–2011)
  • Andy Gillion – lead guitar (2011–2021)
  • Andhe Chandler – rhythm guitar (2011–2014)
  • Kevin Verlay – rhythm guitar (2014–2015)
  • Iiro Aittokoski – drums (2017–2021)

Former touring musicians[edit]

  • Karri Kuisma – live rhythm guitar (2007–2008)
  • Tom "Tomma" Gardiner – live rhythm guitar (2008–2009)
  • Lauri Unkila – live rhythm guitar (2017–2021)
  • Joni Suodenjärvi – live bass (2019–2021)





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


  1. ^ "Band History". Mors Principium Est. Archived from the original on 15 December 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Metal Storm – Mors Principium Est – New Album Details". Metal Retrieved 16 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Listenable Records". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Blabbermouth – Mors Principium Est Seeking New Guitarists". Roadrunner Records. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  5. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Signs With AFM RECORDS". Blabbermouth. 27 April 2012.
  6. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Ink Deal with AFM Records". BraveWords. 27 April 2012.
  7. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST: New Song Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth. 18 October 2012.
  8. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST - New Album, Title, Artwork Revealed". BraveWords. 20 August 2012.
  9. ^ Neilstein, Vince (8 June 2021). "Mors Principium Est Fire Main Songwriter/Guitarist Andy Gillion". MetalSucks.
  10. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Stream New Rendition Of 'The Lust Called Knowledge' Track". Metal Forces. 22 February 2022.
  11. ^ "MORS PRINCIPIUM EST Releases New Single 'The Lust Called Knowledge', New Album "Liberate the Unborn Inhumanity" Coming on April 8th". Sonic Perspectives. 27 February 2022.

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