**It’s New Zealand Music Month this May. **New Zealand’s **annual celebration of homegrown music. Generally, that involves a lot of mainstream media highlighting a lot of mainstream acts. So I’m here to try and redress the balance a bit. **I’ll be posting a link to some rowdy New Zealand music for you to check out every day over the next month. Some bands will no doubt be familiar; others I hope will be fresh to your ears.
Exordium Mors – The Apotheosis of Death
Black and thrash metal brutes Exordium Mors showed total commitment to a grand vision on their 2014 full-length debut, The Apotheosis of Death. The album started with a six-part, 30-minute opus, and then Exordium Mors followed that up with even more hell-hammering hymns.
Exordium Mors threw everything into the mix on The Apotheosis of Death. But far from being a jumble of their many influences, Exordium Mors showed astute judgement in making sure every element was gauged for maximum effect. The Apotheosis of Death was one of New Zealand metal’s finest full-length debuts. And it was great to see the album being deservedly hailed on so many overseas sites last year as well.