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Review: Mundanus Imperium - The Spectral Spheres Coronation
Mundanus Imperium
The Spectral Spheres Coronation

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1998
Duration: 42:43
Tracks: 8
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: November 2, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
The Spectral Spheres Coronation

Rated 3.91/5 (78.18%) (11 Votes)

Mundanus Imperium are something of an oddity. They started as an Atmospheric Black Metal band called Nattefall, released a demo under that name, changed it and rereleased that demo as an EP, and then by their first and only full-length they completely changed directions and became a Progressive Metal act with a heavy emphasis on symphonic elements before disbanding shortly after. The music on here is mainly comprised of percussive riffing that fails to generate much excitement and exists solely to back up all the faux orchestration that makes up the bulk of the music. The most interesting thing about this band is that this was where former Masterplan singer Jørn Lande got his start with his rough, Dio-esque vocals, and his powerful performance goes a long way in hiding how shapeless this album really is. There are some cool symphonic melodies on here, but they don't really gel together in a coherent fashion, and even Jørn sounds like he's singing for a different band most of the time. The only tunes that stand out are the irritating "Star Wars" and the well-meaning but entirely inferior cover of Rainbow's "Stargazer", and the fact these songs are the worst on here largely because they generally lack orchestration is telling. As a curiosity, this is listenable, but there's no reason to go out of your way to get it.

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