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In comparison to Martin Shirenc's later works under the Hollenthon name, the debut 'Domus Mundi' sounds practically amateurish, but this eclectic, jumbled mix of death metal, Austrian folk and Eastern elements only endears it to me more. This is a very weird metal album that would be best approached after at least some degree of initiation through the more approachable symphonic metal works of Haggard, Therion or Dark Lunacy, but it's still guaranteed to be full of surprises.
Shirenc's metal rasp and heavy riffs keep the album rooted in a dark and heavy foundation, even when the folky counterpoint attempts to raise it to the cheerful heights of Finntroll, most prominent in the immensely fun third track. The symphonic elements, though clearly synthesised, are used excellently, from the sample of Rimsky-Korsakov in track two that evolves into an Eastern chant over a groove metal riff to the odd accordion and flute in track five, that nevertheless work as a perfect counterpoint to the heavy riffs, assuming I'm using the terminology correctly (imagine how annoying my music reviews would be if I actually knew how to write about music from a technical point of view).
This is a strange, jumbled, eccentric and bold metal debut.
1. Enrapture: Hinc Illae Lacrimae
2. Homage: Magni Nominis Umbra
3. Vestige: Non Omnis Moriar
4. Lure: Pallida Mors
5. Interlude: Ultima Ratio Regum
6. Reprisal: Malis Avibus
7. Premonition: Lex Talionis
8. Eclipse: Vita Nova
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Enrapture-HInc Illae Lacrimae
2 Homage-Magni Nominis Umbra
3 Vestige-Non Omnis Moriar
4 Lure-Pallida Mors
5 Interlude-Ultima Ratio Regum
6 Reprisal-Malis Avibus
7 Premonition-Lex Talionis
8 Eclipse-Vita Nova