Mundanus Imperium – The Spectral Spheres Coronation (1998)

MundanusImperium_Spectral4.5 out of 5 Stars!

This band from Norway released only a single full-length album, but what a sizzling and scorching barn-burner it was.

The Spectral Spheres Coronation contains Symphonic Metal at its finest, with numerous Progressive Metal passages, blazing guitars, thundering rhythms, and pomp keyboards. Tracks such as “Distant Conglomeration,” “The Unborn Breathes in Silence,” “If the Universe Transformed,” and “The Life of What You Seek” blaze wonderfully through the speakers with orchestral embellishments, while the album also features a thoroughly stunning cover of Rainbow’s classic “Stargazer” from the Rising album that nearly equals the power of the original track.

And with the melodic and mighty Jørn Lande (Ark/Beyond Twilight/The Snakes/Masterplan/etc.) appearing as vocalist on this album, belting his heart out like there’s no tomorrow, especially on the aforementioned cover tune, how could this not be great?

Sadly enough, The Spectral Spheres Coronation never got the plaudits it so richly deserved. Again, this is Symphonic Prog-Metal at its finest.

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