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Studio Album, released in 2010

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01. 17870 лет до Менеса
02. Пантеоны Сошедших со Звезд
03. Nεχυες
04. Tool of the Gods, Gods as a Tool
05. Сакральные Знания Небес
06. Megalitharium
07. Легенды Древних Календарей mp3
08. Библиотеки Мертвых Книг
09. Existio Otra Humanidad

Total Time 55:41

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Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Ancientonica' - Senmuth (6/10)

As part of his most prolific year to date, it might be easy for Senmuth's 'Ancientonica' to get lost in the foray of his work. Be that as it may, the album does provide a slightly better listening experience than some of the other work he released close to the time this record came out. Like much of his work, the music here revolves around ancient culture and mythology, and paints large waves of exotic sound in order to transport the listener to another place and time. While parts of the album do have a way of taking the listener on a journey with them, the sparse magical elements are diluted by a somewhat lifeless execution, inconsistent songwriting, and a feeling that this music is nothing new when compared to the eighty-something albums Senmuth released prior to this.

Opening with '17870 лет до Менеса', the sound gently builds from silence to a downtempo, highly Middle-Eastern piece of music, with hints of cosmic electronics to give an otherworldly (or drug-induced) feeling to what would otherwise just be plain old ethno-ambient Senmuth. The slower tracks on the album are often backed up by very heavy and dominating percussion tracks, which when compared to the rest of the mix, feel loud and a bit overdone. The songwriting here is for the most part quite run-of-the-mill for Senmuth's odd, distinct style. Atonal, disorienting chord changes give the feeling the music is random, but there is an added structure here that's rarely heard on a Senmuth album.

The two highlights on the album are undoubtedly 'Tool of the Gods, Gods as a Tool', and the grandiose closing epic 'Existio Otra Humanidad', who easily takes the cake for being both the most atmospheric, and heavy track on the album. Of course, most of the songs here still suffer from the production and fake-sounding issues that Senmuth has contended with in the past, but as a whole, 'Ancientonica' does provide a better-than-average listening experience, at least as far as Senmuth's discography is concerned.

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
2 stars A couple of good tracks and some ambient are not enough for me. Possibly I'm so much into Senmuth's music that I can hardly find new things. I'm not very often surprised.

This "Ancientonica" has good moments, but it's not dissimilat from dozen of other albums of this very prolific artist. This is clear since the opener, which starts quite well, setting up an ambient atmosphere, but losing itself into the usual changes of pitch that sometimes affect his compositions, so what was possibly a good track is jeopardized by the lack of melodic structure. When I say "melodic structure" I don't mean that it has to be melodic, I mean that it should have a structure.

The pompous "Сакральные Знания Небес" (Sacred Knowledge of the Heavens" is another example: a dark symphonic, sometimes Wagnerian piece which could have been better served without passages so disconnected.

The cello sound which permeates "Megalitharium" is, I think, the best thing of the album, but even Tool of Gods is not bad. Taken one by one, none of the tracks is bad, but the album is so empty of true highlights that in the complex it results heavy to digest.

A mention to "Existio Otra Humanidad" (in Spanish: Another Mankind Existed), that sounds very "Post" with a highly distorted guitar, but whose low-volume interludes can be sometimes disturbing as they cut the tension off. At least there's a good melody hidden behind the distortion.

Too few, I've said, to rate it as good. For Senmuth's addicted only.

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