Today on Thrash Mercenaries Tour 2016 Chronicles, we have the Finnish Melodic Death Metallers Mors Principium Est… If you are wondering what this Latin phrase means, it's “Death is the Beginning”--this being in line with the Finnish personality as the country is filled with dark and cold gloom for 6 months of the year, which defines a lot of Finnish bands’ musical path.
Sadly for this tour the original MPE Drummer and Bassist couldn’t make it due to personal commitments, and their Rhythm guitarist left in 2014. That leaves the band with 2 original members, the wizard Andy Gillion, from the UK, and hellish vocalist Ville Viljanen (cowabunga!!). But the supporting sessionists were incredible as well, and loads of fun: we have Guitarist Tomy Laisto (Tomy was an official member of MPE from 2007 till 2011, will he join back?), Bassist Toni Tieaho and Drummer Liro Aittokoski. Tomy lived up to national expectations by having the darkest sense of humour on the tour. Andy was the one we got to know the most, musically and otherwise. There is something very touching about his melodies, they ensnare you and enchant you (watching Mors Principium Est during the tour became a regular ritual especially for our Drummer and Manager). We also spent many a late night hooked on Andy's surreal humour.
As for the Finns, unlike what you might imagine Death Metallers are like, they were an extremely calm and relaxed bunch off stage. But on stage they just seemed to come from another realm altogether, morbid, melodic and crushing!
It was not till the last day of the tour, before they disappeared into the darkness, that we finally had the time to chill out properly with these amazing guys… thanks to the great cataclysmic socialiser: BEER... but certainly not before witnessing Toni's hilarious 70s-inspired dance moves during the all-band stage invasion on Onslaught's set (more on that to come) \B/
This was Blaakyum reporting from the aftermath of the Thrash Mercenaries Europe invasion of 2016.