The Beginning – Genus Ordinis Dei

  • Artist:   Genus Ordinis Dei
    Release Date:   December 8, 2023
    Format:   Album (Full Length)
    Total Length (MM:SS):   57:13
    Explicit:   No
    Catalog No:   ECLP 96802
    Label:   Eclipse Records
    UPC:   638647968027

    ©2023 Eclipse Records
  • Producer(s):   Tommaso Monticelli

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The Beginning by Genus Ordinis Dei

The Beginning by Genus Ordinis Dei, is the band’s fourth studio album, consisting of symphonic death metal at its finest: epic with a deep groove, rich in story, insight, and atmosphere. While the songs are represented visually by stunning videos, (all created, filmed, and produced by the band members themselves), the album is not just a soundtrack. The Beginning is a concept album and four-part music video series which tells a story of two siblings belonging to a tribe of cannibals in prehistoric times, searching for the truth about their religion, God, and the origins of mankind’s existence. All four videos fit together to tell the complete story. It is an experience, so finely crafted it feels precious, almost religious. Thematically, we visit ourselves at the dawn of mankind, and see our reflections in the beautiful violence, the glorious savagery, and the power of love and betrayal.

Musically, the first thing one might notice, is that the drumming is divine. Nico has an amazing feel for rich hummingbird sixteenths intertwining with that funky backbeat that gets us up on our chairs, hands in the air. Nick’s vocals are stellar and diverse, meeting the needs of those preferring the growl, straightforward traditional, or a heart-breaking hybrid of both, especially in the record’s signature piece, “For a New God.” In terms of Tommy’s guitar sound, it is massive yet unselfish, taking us along to ride shotgun straight to the terrifying colors of the soul.

Highlights on the album include the four singles, each represented by a stunning video episode in the greater four-part metal music video series. “Changing Star” is an epic single featuring powerful vocals in growls and traditional style, often delivered in hypnotic chants and incantations. The hummingbird sixteenths executed on drums are ethereal, and the mixed meter changes are a centerpiece for the first step in this intricate, powerful journey to the soul. “Genesis” puts the listener in a head-space with the divine, starting with gothic choral voices developing into driving melodies and eventual war calls, both addictive and personal. This is best symbolized by the power of the rhythm section, bold thunder, with the production of the ride cymbal, up close and haunting. “For a New God” is the signature song on The Beginning, featuring the most heartbreaking vocal ever recorded in rock music. The instrumental hook is brilliant in all its wonderful darkness, and the singing is a prism of loss, cold sorrow, and tragedy. “The Fortress Without Gates” is the anchor piece of The Beginning, featuring both a groove hook and an orchestral feel, as if blood and religiosity were personified in the form of some exotic beast hunting the world in search of enlightenment. Fangs are bared, souls are consumed, and in the end, only hunger remains.

This album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Tommaso Monticelli at Sonitus Studio, and the cover art was done by Andrea Spoto. The Beginning by Genus Ordinis Dei, front to back, is an awakening. A red dawn. An experience… It was released by Eclipse Records on December 8, 2023.

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Press Quotes & Highlights

  • (100/100) “A bloody really good album talking about human life. It is not easy to capture emotions and feelings with the music. Genus Ordis Dei managed to do it with the facility… a must have!”The Metal Mag
  • (10/10)The Beginning by Genus Ordinis Dei has elevated their music to a level that, together with the lyrical and visual design, creates a true work of art. The Beginning prepares a hard journey through mystical worlds, accompanied by outstanding songs that will rise up powerfully and smash you down with their harsh energy. It is a brutally emotional experience.”Metal Heads DE
  • (9/10) “With each release, the buzz around Genus Ordinis Dei seems to grow, and it is now time for them to be acknowledged as one of the symphonic metal greats. The Beginning is an incredible release.”G B H B L
  • (9/10) “the songs tell a believable, epic story that is able to stimulate the imagination and also provide excellent entertainment on a musical level”Hellfire Magazine
  • (8/10) “one of the most interesting bands of the Italian metal scene!”Metal Italia
  • “The Beginning is sensational, a small masterpiece that deserves to take them even further!”Italia Di Metallo
  • (9/10) “You won’t find any omissions or gap fillers on this well-produced album.”FFM Rock
  • (4/5) “one of the finest symphonic albums of the year and the pinnacle of Genus Ordinis Dei’s discography so far”Angry Metal Guy
  • “The amount of creativity and skill that goes into releasing these albums is insane. Genus Ordinis Dei are extraordinary, incredible”Novacaine
  • (7.5/10) “The Symphonic Death Metal act are definitely one to watch and could offer something very unique to the world of metal”Ever Metal
  • (8.5/10) “an extraordinary record with a special, captivating mix of styles with tempo, tension and drama as well as predominantly strong, very varied songs”Obliveon Mag
  • (4/5) “very epic in every way!”Metal Epidemic
  • (85/100) “a sound of a completely different scale”Acta Infernalis
  • “The Beginning fearlessly explores extremes, not just in music, lyrics, and vocals, but in humanity itself. It invites listeners on a profound journey through humanity’s existence, offering a glimpse into primal thoughts and the depths of human experience.”Amplify the Noise
  • (7/10) “With The Beginning Genus Ordinis Dei continue to move in a logical and correct direction and deliver their strongest album to date”Metal DE
  • (7.5/10) “death metal reinforced by groove and thrash metal solutions”Metalhead IT
  • “The Beginning is a hell of an album within melodic death metal. The changes and variation that the band creates are of great beauty and the album will certainly fill my living room, etc., many times over.”Rock Portaal
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