The God Behind the God by Spiritus Mortis on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Since its origins stretch as far back as 1987 (when it operated under the name Rigor Mortis), Spiritus Mortis is probably Finland's first doom-metal band. With a title like The God Behind the God, the group's sixth studio album may seem rooted in occult worship. Yet from the opening onslaught of “The Man of Steel” to the hard-driving closer, “Perpetual Motion,” it’s clear that Spiritus Mortis worships at the altar of the Chicago doom-metal band Trouble. If the throaty rasp of singer Sami Hynninen sounds familiar, consider yourself well versed in Finish doom-metal; he formerly operated under the name Albert Witchfinder as frontman for the obscure band Reverend Bizarre. Hynninen gives the genre a much-needed dose of unpredictability. Where many in his position mimic Ozzy’s howls or the higher register of Pentagram's Bobby Liebling, Hynninen contrasts the slow and sludgy trudging of “Death Bride” with a vocal versatility that has more in common with those found among New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands—though he never succumbs to the glass-shattering falsettos typical of the genre.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since its origins stretch as far back as 1987 (when it operated under the name Rigor Mortis), Spiritus Mortis is probably Finland's first doom-metal band. With a title like The God Behind the God, the group's sixth studio album may seem rooted in occult worship. Yet from the opening onslaught of “The Man of Steel” to the hard-driving closer, “Perpetual Motion,” it’s clear that Spiritus Mortis worships at the altar of the Chicago doom-metal band Trouble. If the throaty rasp of singer Sami Hynninen sounds familiar, consider yourself well versed in Finish doom-metal; he formerly operated under the name Albert Witchfinder as frontman for the obscure band Reverend Bizarre. Hynninen gives the genre a much-needed dose of unpredictability. Where many in his position mimic Ozzy’s howls or the higher register of Pentagram's Bobby Liebling, Hynninen contrasts the slow and sludgy trudging of “Death Bride” with a vocal versatility that has more in common with those found among New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands—though he never succumbs to the glass-shattering falsettos typical of the genre.

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About Spiritus Mortis

Purportedly Finland's first doom metal band, Spiritus Mortis were formed in 1987 (originally under the name Rigor Mortis) by brothers Teemu and Jussi Maijala. But military service and other distractions resulted in over a decade of relative inactivity for the group, and things only started heating up again when vocalist Vesa Lampi joined in the year 2000. Longtime drummer VP Rapo also moved over to guitar (as well as keyboards and flutes) at this time, making way for new percussionist Jarkko "Sepi" Seppälä to complete their current lineup in 2003. By then, several demos had been recorded and they fared quite well among tape traders and specialized magazines, eventually leading to a deal with Rage of Achilles Records. Combining slothful doom and speedier, traditional heavy metal, Spiritus Mortis' belated eponymous debut album was finally released in January 2004. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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