Mors Subita – Into the Pitch Black

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label URL: Inverse Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: Inverse Records Store
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/morssubitaofficial

Band line-up:

Eemeli Bodde – Vocals
Mika Lammassaari – Guitars, backing vocals
Ville Miinala – Drums
Mika Junttila – Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Path to the Abyss
2. Dead Sun
3. Into the Pitch Black
4. I, God
5. Vultures
6. As Humanity Weeps
7. Alas
8. Fear is Just the Beginning
9. Defeat
10. Shadows
11. The Void

Review:

Mors Subita, a Finnish band whose name translates to “sudden death” in Latin, are now here with their third full-length release, Into the Pitch Black. I hadn’t heard of the band prior to the review. I come into this looking at this album alone, rather than as part of their history.

On it’s own merits, Into the Pitch Black is a fairly standard melodeath album with a substantial metalcore side to it. It leans towards the harsher approach rather than more melodic stylings, on first listen reminding me of Disarmonia Mundi, Darkane or Heaven Shall Burn. Here the melodic parts aren’t presented in stark contrast to the more aggressive elements, rather they’re worked in together as an ever-present undertone. A few songs bring it more to the fore, such as “Shadows” or “Dead Sun”, but it’s still never overpowering.

It’s in those harsher, heavier aspects that we hear the distinctly modern, metalcore-influenced sound. Melodeath and metalcore have a history of straying into one another’s paths, and Mors Subita sound quite comfortable straddling that line. It’s there in the chugging, occasionally even djent-ish guitars, the stop-start riffing here and there, the screamo vocals, and even in the odd electronic aspect or moment (“Alas” had me very much thinking of Sybreed with a quasi-industrial feel to it).

Maybe this particular style just isn’t my chalice of blood, but I found myself never really getting into Into the Pitch Black. It’s not a bad record by any means, provided you’re okay with the more modern influences and a band that owes as much to Converge or Earth Crisis as they do to Entombed or Bolt Thrower. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d heard all this before and it wasn’t really bringing anything new to the table. Mors Subita certainly know what they’re doing in general, but I feel like they need to do more to carve out a proper identity for themselves in an already over-crowded genre.

Review by Kieron Hayes
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