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Senmuth

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Studio Album, released in 2011

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01. Kawumumbu 7:51
02. Aramahas 9:25
03. Donhogol 9:18
04. Nobinwago 9:30
05. Obeidort 9:29

Total Time: 45:53


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Review by colorofmoney91
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3 stars I had been wanting to check out Senmuth for quite a while now and just recently decided to do so, not knowing what to expect. I usually dislike a lot of music in the Experimental/Post Metal genre, so I didn't have high hopes for this album or artist. Fortunately, I was surprised by some rather interesting music.

I would sum this album up as electronic world fusion metal. All the tracks on this album are very similar, and they all include ethnic instruments (real or synthesized/programmed; indigenous to somewhere, I suspect Nubia) and strong electronic elements of the drone and beat sorts, but also elements of metal. The metal elements on this album don't seem apparent at first, because it all just sounds like space-tribal music, but it actually is quite heavy. It's all instrumental also, which is how I personally prefer my metal most of the time.

I'm a huge fan of progressive electronic music, not a huge fan of world music, and a moderate fan of the metal sort; this was an exhausting listen. After the first couple of listens I was finally able to grasp onto what is going on in the music, which really isn't too much besides the elements mentioned above in super dense mode.

There isn't much in the way of standout tracks on this album, but it does flow nicely. If there were a standout track, I'd say it would be "Nobinwago" because the melody that it starts off with is sort of infectious and kind of beautiful. This album sounds like when the aliens came and destroyed ancient Maya civilizations for insufficient sacrificing of women and corn liquor.

I honestly found this to be quite enjoyable, and any other fans of electronic world metal would probably enjoy it too. Also, this is a free album, as are all of Senmuth's albums, so you're not risking anything by listening and possibly enjoying this interesting music. I would suggest this to anyone looking for something "new" or "different" sounding, but I don't think I would call it essential.

Also, good luck finding your potential favorite Senmuth album; he's released a vast quantity that an army of Mayans led by Odysseus wouldn't attempt to journey.

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Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars I don't like how it starts. "Kawumumbu" alternates minor and major chords in a way that I find disturbing and useless, but as it often happens, a Senmuth's album needs some listens and even though I still don't like the first 3 minutes of the first track I have to say that this album is not bad.

On the ethnic-ambient side of Senmuth, with a heavy distorted guitar behind all the tracks the album has a continuity that's not very common in Senmuth's albums. Unfortunately neither Wikipedia is of any help in understanding what the tracks titles are about, likelythey are name of places in Sudan (formerly Nubia at the time of ancient Egypt). The nubian masks are still typical of the local culture and I suppose the one on the cover sheet is "enigmatic" bacuse it can make you think to an alien even if to me it looks like a lion or a cat face.

Back to music now. The already mentioned"Kawumumbu" after the first minutes changes several times so that it can be considered a short suite, and the remaining parts are quite good.

"Aramahas" is opened by percussion with that kind of background noise that was typical of the first Senmuth's albums. It also contains the usual ethnic interlude that this time is an African tribal choir instead of the usual Indian instrumentals. The track then proceeds very dark. Not bad also this. Obsessive and repetitive, this time the interludes are not disturbing.

"Donhogol" starts as one of the interludes of the previous track but the music seems to be more inspired to the Maghreb than to the sub-Saharian zone. This track doesn't have the strong percussion heard up to now. It's more ambient-oriented but the distortion is omnipresent. It's like Senmuth has connected his vocal distortion kit to a guitar or a similar instrument. This track can be called "experimental".

"Nobinwago" has a melodic intro played by a strings instrument but it's followed by percussion and a keyboard with an unusual sound. After the intro we are back in the usual (for this album) distortion noise that starts looking abused.

"Obeidort" continues on the same line. Dark ambient made of subtle keyboards, obsessive percussion and heavy distortion. It has some nice moments but nothing special.

An average Senmuth album, surely not one to start with. 2.5 stars rounded up.

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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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