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Senmuth - Монумент 6 / Monument 6 CD (album) cover

Монумент 6 / MONUMENT 6



Experimental/Post Metal

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2 stars Time for another Senmuth's review, before he releases other 5 or 6 albums....

This album is classified by Senmuth as "Dark-ethnic-ambient". That means "the usual stuff".

The first track is entitled "Tanhabakal" which is the name of an ancient Maya capital before Palenque. The ethnic percussion don't remind too much to Central America and this track is not different from many of his Egyptian tracks. Most of it is just the usual alternance of ethnic percussion, some guitar and the normal quota of electronics. Already listened. A lot of times.

"Temple Cross" (I translate from cyrillic using Google) names some ruins in Palenque. A bass note and the usual percussion setup a dark environment which doesn't go anywhere. If you haven't listened to anything of Senmuth before it could be interesting, but this the 91st album that I review from this prolific artist and this kind of things is starting to bother me.

The "House of Five Heights" should be a Maya pyramid in Tikal, but I'm not 100% sure. The music doesn't help in identifying it. I can't hear much difference from the previous two apart of the last 30 seconds of ambient sounds including a distant helicopter which are not bad. At least there's asome pan flute on this track which gives the idea of Latin America and the melody is not too bad. Also the usual interruption in the rhythmic part is not disturbing.

"Sacred Count of Kin" is about the Maya calendar, the same which should predict the end of the world (as we know it) on December 2012. Percussion and bass long notes. Nothing more

The following track is inspired to K'Inich who succeded to Hanab Pakal.....story of Maya kings. Another percussion based track with electronic noise and a tribal flavor. If you are in the right mood it's ok. Today I'm not, probably.

Google translates the 6th track as "Nine vertical Sixty". I don't think it's a monument, but it may be...However there's nothing secually explicit or implicit in this dark ambient track that's one of the 3 stars tracks of the album.

Track 7 has no translation. Just in Latin characters it's "Bolon Chan Yok'inu". Whatever it means I hear also no differences with the previous one. Listening better there are some passages more, but it's still the same stuff.

The closer is "Kingdom Groceries". I don't trust too much Google in this case. Usually Senmuth follows a concept at least in the track titles. There's some pan flute back but the mood is exactly the same of the previous tracks. At least there are some ideas a bit more original than on the rest of the album and this track is quite decent.

Wishing to explore this very huge discography....this is not an album I'd suggest starting from.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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