Today, Praetorian Sword Records announces October 31st as the international release date for the long-awaited second album of Exordium Mors, As Legends Fade and Gods Die, on vinyl LP and digital formats.
If there’s a word to describe Exordium Mors, it’s outlier. The New Zealand-based band have forged their own path for nearly two decades, disregarding the trends that have come and gone both within the established “underground” and in the more accepted sections of the metal world. This has resulted in hymns that are a chaotic and volatile blend of speed, dynamics, melody, vitriol, and outright violence – too hostile for technically minded “musicians” and, at the same time, too “technical” for those who like simple brutality music. Exordium Mors‘ sound is akin to a glorious sun burning everything in its sight.
The rabid words spat forth to this music rise from Ancient Roman and Hellenic wisdom forged with Satanism and Nietzschean thought: a parable of disdain against the modern world, against the 21st century morality and ultimately against death itself. Exordium Mors are comprised of men who draw from years of experience in metal, both in New Zealand and in Southeast Asia – life experience that knows that the human condition is the same everywhere and that humanity overall deserves contempt.
Over the years, Exordium Mors have been branded “blackthrash,” but this term doesn’t do the band justice, as the music and lyrics are harsher, darker, and more complicated than most bands who fit that often-too-convenient description. Point proof is the band’s long-awaited second album, As Legends Fade and Gods Die. Eight long years after their cult The Apotheosis of Death debut, Exordium Mors‘ second long-playing salvo spreads ultraviolence in all directions, dizzying in construction and DEADLY in execution. There’s fire and finesse in equal measure, as epic songwriting gets ramped up to dangerous speeds and the listener’s sense of safety (and sanity) are wholly disregarded as the quintet dive headfirst into a maelstrom of malice and mystery. More than anything, As Legends Fade and Gods Die displays Exordium Mors at their most nuanced and also most unique; respectively, the production is crystal-clear and gleaming but sacrifices not one ounce of power, and the currents coursing through that songwriting bend and break metallic conventions to their own diabolic design. To restate the obvious, this band is an outlier and not for everybody, and their second album decisively draws a line in the blood-soaked sand.
“The reckoning of my soul hath liberated me from their path. No man is born equal. No man is born free.”
In the meantime, see & hear a visualizer for the brand-new track “A Pyrrhic Sacrament” HERE at Praetorian Sword‘s official YouTube channel. Also hear the track HERE at Exordium Mors‘ Bandcamp, where the album can also be preordered. Cover artwork, courtesy of Khaos Diktator Design, and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Exordium Mors’ As Legends Fade and Gods Die
1. I Saw Oblivion [5:57]
2. A Pyrrhic Sacrament [4:12]
3. Flesh Of The Heathen [8:25]
4. Surrounded By Serpents [4:23]
5. Crown Of Dust [7:30]
6. Torn Usunder [4:47]
7. Triumphator [8:06]