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Exordium Mors is fronted by a guy named Scourge Witchfucker. There's your sales pitch in one alias. The man's ruthless rasp even sounds like his nickname. Scourge Witchfucker. Thanks, we're done. Watch your feet, the mic will now be dropped.

If you require more info because you're a cyborg sent from the future to destroy fun, know that Exordium Mors hail from New Zealand. Like their countrymen, this dual-guitar quintet is ready to wage war. At their most aggressive, Exordium Mors can fly into the vein-exploding aggression of a berserker. When they gallop, their downstrokes are Clydesdale-heavy. When thrashing, they spill more blood than a clumsy vampire. In highly specific academic musicological speak, you'd refer to Exordium Mors as "fucking triumphant." Again, that's a technical term.

What we're getting at is Exordium Mors is a blast if you like metal. The Apotheosis of Death, their debut full-length after a 10-year career of demos, an EP, and a split video(!), excels at metal's three 'R's: it rips, it rages, it roars. But it's also fun. "Fire & Triumph"'s main goal is to put you in a mood for more fire and more triumph. It does so with a party shuffle approach to 'that' riff. Guitarists Santi and Black Mortum have picked some ripe ones across the metal map, just as easily launching into a charred tremolo as they are shredding a solo in the spirit of Michael Denner. However, the rhythm section of Assailant (bass) and Hades (drums) are Exordium Mors' secret weapon. Both do their damnedest to fill any open space, acting as the 'a' in the word 'bananas.' It's not the artsiest approach, but it sounds like they're having a hell of a time doing it.

And that's it, really: there's something to be said for a metal band that loves being a metal band. Scourge Witchfucker gets it. (C'mon: His name is like something spat out of a Speak & Spell rewired by Marduk.) If you get the name, you'll get this, too.

"Fire & Triumph" appears on Exordium Mors' The Apotheosis of Death, featuring the next-level artwork of Nick Keller. The album will be released July 8 by Iron, Blood & Death Corporation and it's available for preorder from the band's Bandcamp now.

— Ian Chainey

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