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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.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

One of the only doom metal bands out there that actually plays good stuff? Perhaps. After years of searching for the utter heaviness and darkness of black sabbath, solitude aeturnus, and candlemass through a multitude of sludgy, stoner doom bands who spent more time writing about doing drugs than exhuming darkness, I happened upon this band. Not being a fan of death metal, or death/doom for that matter, this band comes as a breath of fresh air. Instrumentally their riffs are crushing, unique, and heavy as hell. THe vocals are top notch, and I must say that their vocalist goes above and beyond what I've come to expect from "doom" vocalists. My only complaint about this album is the song 'Curved Horizon' which I found to be very long and boring, and seemed out of place on the album.


Genre: Rock

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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"...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 15, 2009

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