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AEONICA MONUMENTARIUM

Senmuth

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

01. Heaven's Mirror
02. Rakchi
03. Tolmens of Caucasus
04. Kailas
05. Ziqqurat
06. Nan-Madol
07. Precession
08. Qenko
09. Petra
10. Sarcophagus Nandu
11. Chavin De-Untar
12. Yonaguni
13. Saksaywaman
14. Astronomical Conformity
15. 13.0.0.0.0.

Total Time 1:18:58

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- Senmuth / Guitars, Programming

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self released

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Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Aeonica Monumentarium' - Senmuth (5/10)

Here is yet another one of the Russian one-man experimental project Senmuth's more ambient and ethnic albums. As an act that has released a nearly unprecedented number of albums in a relatively short time of a few years, 'Aeonica Monumentarium' doesn't really feel as if it contributes anything truly unique to the discography of multi-instrumentalist Valery Av, but it is slightly more melodic than many of the other albums of similar ilk, and throws in a couple of tracks that stand out from the others.

The vast majority of the music here is either driven by the Indian sound of the sitar, or some Middle-Eastern guitar lead work. However, 'Aeonica' is far from being a traditional album of world music. As is typical of Senmuth's work, a significant portion of the music's sound is derived from heavy electronic and industrial sources, giving the otherwise exotic and cultural Eastern sound a much darker and cold feeling. In terms of 'Aeonica Monumentarium's position in the rest of Senmuth's discography, there is a bit of a more melodic pallour to the sound here, which is generally found lacking in many other Senmuth titles. While one would still do well to consider 'Aeonica' (and by extension- the majority of Senmuth's ethnic music) to be ambient over any other label, there are a few calming melodies that do leave their mark, seeming to have a bit more success at dragging the listener in. Tracks such as 'Rakchi' and the thirteen minute closer '13.0.0.0' have recurring themes in the music that are quite memorable.

In terms of the execution here, things are pretty standard for Senmuth, sharing both the same strengths and flaws of other Senmuth work. The biggest issue here was and still is the fact that many of the instruments here are computer-synthesized, giving a pretty cold and dry sound to the music, where Senmuth may have done quite a bit better to put some extra human warmth into it. As always, Senmuth's lead guitar work pokes up here and there, but alot of the lead work feels a bit listless in nature, meandering around in some improvisation that ultimately contributes little to the mix itself.

As an album, there is not nearly enough new, fresh material and concepts to warrant such a long length; the album nearly reaches the 80 minute point. Senmuth has made a decent album with 'Aeonica Monumentarium,' but there are still a great many flaws here that the Russian composer has yet to solve with his music.

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Posted Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review by octopus-4
COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
3 stars It seems that Aeonica is a sort of newage phylosophical movement whose scope is building what they call "a parallel reality". This fits very well into Senmuth's mystic world and I have few doubts that the album title isn't related to it.

From a musical perspective this is very similar in the concept and in the mood to "Internal Images": A list of instrumental tracks with an ethnic flavour quite close to new age, each of them inspired by a specific place or monument or ruin around the world.

The first thing that I have noticed is on "Rakchi", the second track. The main theme is backed by the guitar which uses a low-pitch but less distorted than how it's usual on the industrial tracks. Considering that this use of guitar is one of the causes of what I call "Industrial Noise", what we hear in this context is surel not noise. It just makes it sound a bit more powerful. This track has those bad "randomic" changes of pitch, but it fades into "Tolmens Of Caucasus" with a great guitar solo. (I think Tolmens is a mistyping for Dolmens). The acoustic guitar is then back after being missed from the last two albums.

Another good track containing a nice guitar part is "Ziqqurat", but also this has the defect of the randomic pitch changes which have the effect or interrupting the melodic line too suddenly. I mean the problem with those "jumps" is that they seems to not be following any rule so they can't be "anticipated" by the listener's mind. Sometimes it's good, too much is bad.

Another interesting track is "Qenko". A sort of Bolero mainly made of chords alternated to percussions. Also this track suffers of the unstructured pitch changes.

"Petra" is different. I think the music reflects the sense of wonder caused by that famous dead city in the desert, and the music has a Krautrock flavour. The best track of the album.

A track which reminds directly to TD of late 80s is "Saksaywaman". A 4 stars track.

Finally, 13.0.0.0.0 seems to be a Babilonese arithmetical notation or something like this. The nice thing is that the track is exactly 13:00 minutes long.

An average good album with some weaker moments that don't allow it to gain the 4th star.

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Posted Friday, April 08, 2011

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