Interviewer: Jeffrey D. Adkins
Finnish melodic death metal band Mors
Principium Est released their new album (third overall) “Liberation
= Termination” in the first part of 2007. They continue to impress
with each record they make, and this one is no different. Ville Viljanen,
the vocalist for MPE since 2000, discusses the new album with us at
MetalFanatix.com, amongst other topics including concerts, the band’s
history, future label considerations, and more. Enough talk, time
to die…I invite you to read on about this mighty metal force
called Mors Principium Est...
Metal Fanatix: Hails! I’d like
to start the interview by congratulating you on your new album “Liberation
= Termination”! What a release!! Also, thanks for doing this
interview for us at Metal Fanatix!
Ville Viljanen: Thanx!
Metal Fanatix: Let’s talk a little
about the band! Mors Principium Est can be translated to “Death
is Just the Beginning” in English. How did you come up with
such an excellent name for a metal band?
Ville Viljanen: Well, actually it is
only "death is the beginning". There is no "just"
in it. And you may be the first one who think it's an excellent name.
heh Well, I just found it that phrase somewhere and we deiced to use
Metal Fanatix: How did you guys get
together to start the band? What were you looking to do with this
Ville Viljanen: I joined the band when
I saw that they were looking for a vocalist. We just wanted to write
our own music and hope that we could get a recording deal. I think
it is the same with every band.
Metal Fanatix: “Liberation =
Termination” is your new disc, and quite amazing in my opinion.
What were your goals when you set out to write this album? Did you
meet those goals?
Ville Viljanen: I don't think we had
any goals, other that to do a good album. And yes, I think we did
achieve that goal, at least I am happy with the result.
Metal Fanatix: Do you like how the
new album progressed from your last release, “The Unborn”?
Ville Viljanen: Off course. :)
Metal Fanatix: Now that you’ve
had some time to reflect on “Liberation = Termination”,
if you could go back to the writing or recording of it, would you
Ville Viljanen: I don't think there
is any artist that wouldn't do something different with their songs
if they had the chance. So yes, I would do something a bit different,
but those would be only some small things, so it doesn't matter.
Metal Fanatix: As I’ve said,
I truly enjoy your new disc! How have your fans taken to your new
album? What is the meaning of the title to you?
Ville Viljanen: I think that the fans
also like the new album. Some still like The Unborn more, but nobody
said that this album would suck. :)
The title just means, that sometimes you need to terminate something
to liberate something. Quite simple. :)
Metal Fanatix: Do you have any favorite
tracks on “Liberation = Termination”? Why?
Ville Viljanen: I personally think that
"Sinners Defeat" is one of the best songs. I just think
it's a cool song and it has all kinds of emotions in it.
Metal Fanatix: Have you guys started
writing material for future releases? Can you tell me about it?
Ville Viljanen: Nope and nope.
Metal Fanatix: From what I understand
“Liberation = Termination” is the final album under contract
with Listenable Records. Are you currently in talks about your future
with the label?
Ville Viljanen: Well, we will probably
continue with them, but we have not signed anything yet. We have been
talking about it with Listenable, but at the moment we just do not
want to sign anything. We want to write some new songs before we sign
anything. We want to be sure that we still can continue with MPE.
Metal Fanatix: Alright, on to shows!
Do you have any plans for a tour in North America? Are you playing
any festivals this year?
Ville Viljanen: There's always plans,
but usually they do not happen. :) hah hah haa
We are playing at one festival in Germany this summer. It is the EARTHSHAKER
Fest and it's at July. That's the only one that has been confirmed
at the moment.
Metal Fanatix: Are there any special
warm up techniques that you use to get ready for a show? Do you have
any superstitions that you need to do before going on stage?
Ville Viljanen: I don't think so.
Metal Fanatix: If you could set up
and pick out bands for Mors Principium Est to tour with, whom would
it be? Any particular reasons?
Ville Viljanen: Well, there's couple
ways to think about that.
One is the bands that I personally like the most and respect and the
second is the bands that I think we would fit ok with. The first,
my favorites, would probably be Megadeth, Metallica, Hypocrisy and
The second list would maybe be Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquillity and let's
say The Black Dahlia Murder.
Metal Fanatix: Do you see any noticeable
differences between the reactions of your native Finnish fans from
the rest of the world when playing in front of them?
Ville Viljanen: Well, we have only played
once in front of some other country than Finland and that time the
people in USA concentrated on our music more than the people in our
shows in Finland.
I mean during the songs they just stood there and listened and when
the song was over, they went crazy.
In Finland they go crazy all the time. :) Well, the true fans go Crazy.
Off course there is always these people who just listen and watch
the band, but do not do anything. But like I said, we only played
once outside Finland, so I really don't know.
Metal Fanatix: I’ve seen many
artists on stage with varying drinks in hand, and for many different
reasons; some for the simple reason of keeping their mouth from getting
dry. What is your drink of choice when jamming out with Mors Principium
Est? Is it for anything more than to keep your mouth from getting
Ville Viljanen: Yeah, I drink water.
And it is for the reason that I do spit a lot during my vocals, so
I need some liquid to keep me moist. :) hah hah haa
Metal Fanatix: Your band has been around
for about 8 years now. What do you see happening in the next couple
years before the bands 10th year anniversary?
Ville Viljanen: Wow.
I hope there will be the 10th anniversary. I really don't know what's
going to happen.
Metal Fanatix: What do you like about
the direction that Metal is going in? What do you dislike?
Ville Viljanen: I don't like shitty
bands and I do like good bands. hah hah haa
Metal Fanatix: Do you have anyone that
you consider and idol or a hero? Not limited to only music.
Ville Viljanen: I think that as a musician
Peter Tägtgren is just unbelievable. So, maybe you could call
him as my idol or something.
But I do not idolize him or anything. I just think he is unbelievable
Metal Fanatix: It’s about time
to wrap things up. Once again, I thank you for time and for doing
this interview! Are there any famous last words you would like to
Ville Viljanen: Famous? Maybe not. :)
All the best!
To keep up with all the latest news & much
more on Mors Principium Est check out the following websites:
- Official Mors Principium Est Site
- Mors Principium Est MySpace Site
© Jeffrey D. Adkins June, July 2007 Not to be re-printed in any
form without written permission.