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Lucerna Mundi - The Fall of Man

The Ancient Echoes Of Aeons - 92%

baal_moloch, June 9th, 2024
Written based on this version: 2022, 2CD, Independent

Lucerna Mundi is the solo work of Canada-based Lebanese metal artist Anthony Ba'al Abdo and 'The Fall of Man' being the band's debut. Its blend of symphonic arrangements mixed with death and black metal is not something new, but Lucerna Mundi's key strength here, is atmosphere. Every song is a well-crafted composition of shifting moods inside a wider narrative that holds the song together and gives it direction. After a melancholic vocal intro carried on ominous synths, things get heavy.

Ba'al strings together his musical compositions with the careful attention of a craftsman working a marble sculpture. The slightest mistake could ruin the whole thing. And on 'The Fall of Man', the slightest overuse of one musical element could easily derail the end output and turn a symphonic work into a circus. Fortunately, the songs progress seamlessly, with a classical-music narrative guiding the powerful metalwork, never boring with pointless arrangements and never losing direction. Each song is its own metallic symphony where riffs, solos and harsh vocals soar over a desolate and ancient landscape. Balancing all musical elements in perfect doses, the classical arrangements let the fierce guitarwork, vocals and drums do the talking, complimenting and fully highlighting the album's metal soul. Ba'al's vocals add a cavernous texture to the compositions, lending them an ageless character.

Although each track is a standalone, the album flows like one long song with subtle fluctuations in mood and atmosphere. 'The Fall of Man' feels like an apocalyptic journey through disgrace, fall and finally, a dim hope for a possible redemption. It surely would fit right in as an opener for a Triptykon live set. The album feels a bit short -clocking in at 46 minutes- as it closes with a terrific rendition of Carl Orff's classic composition, O Fortuna. Many metal bands have offered their own take on this timeless classic, and Lucerna Mundi's is up there with the best. To sum it up, 'The Fall of Man' is an apocalyptic musical landscape whose detailed movements don't lose track of the bigger picture: Creating a standout symphonic extreme metal offering that can stand next to established names like Ex Deo or Hollenthon.