Sunday 2 June 2019

Destroyer Of Light - Mors Aeterna (Album Review)

Release date: May 24th 2019. Label: Argpnauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Mors Aeterna – Tracklisting

1.Overture Putrefactio 01:05
2.Dissolution 07:42
3.Afterlife 05:02
4.The Unknown 01:32
5.Falling Star 06:00
6.Burning Darkness 06:03
7.Pralaya's Hymn 02:05
8.Loving the Void 05:39
9.Into the Abyss 01:32
10.Eternal Death 07:44


Steve Colca: guitar/vocals
Keegan Kjeldsen: guitar
Penny Turner: drums
Nick Coffman: Bass.


Mors Aeterna is the 3rd full length album from Texas Doom/Sludge Metallers – Destroyer Of Light – and the band have evolved their music into a more creepier and theatrical style of music. This allows the band to create perhaps their most enjoyable and riffiest album to date. Taking influence from a wide range of different Doom/Heavy Metal bands over the last 40 years whilst remaining true to their own original ideas.

This album is a gloomy exercise in how to create a pitch perfect Doom Metal album that has a captivating story behind the album. The album is about a man who dies and lives in eternal damnation in HELL itself for all eternity. And what is more DOOM METAL than that cool concept. The album has quite an emotional impact as the band sing about grief, loss, pain and forgiveness despite the individual being stuck in a never-ending cycle of living the same painful experiences over and over again.

Destroyer Of Light deserve credit for creating an emotional and hard-hitting album such as this. The music is another highlight with the band drawing upon influences as diverse as Black Sabbath, Merciful Fate and Electric Wizard. So expect some down-tempo Doom/Sludge Metal sounds throughout the entire album with songs such as Dissolution, Afterlife, Falling Star, Burning Darkness and Eternal Death being the best songs contained on the album.

The main reason why Mors Aeterna works superbly well is the journey it takes the listener on from start to finish. Steve Colca relishes his role as the narrator within this FUCKED UP and GLOOMY UNDERWORLD the band create for this album. All of the songs have similar structures to each other but still sound vastly different to each other as well.

Mors Aeterna is a throwback to the classic Doom Metal albums from the 1970s and 1980s but one that still offers a more modern sound with elements of Sludge/Stoner Metal appearing here and there. Overall, Mors Aeterna is perhaps one of the best sounding Doom Metal albums you’ll likely to hear or experience this year and leaves you wanting more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. Mors Aeterna is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Argonauta Records.