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3.51 | 4 ratings

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3 stars After the quite poor "Tenha Vuva" Senmuth returns to Bulgaria with an album that's about the Tracians. I have made a bit of research in the web and I have found that in the original Tracian language "Bryton" means "Beer". Apart of it the first two tracks of the album are not much different from the usual Senmuth. The surprise arrives with the unexpected world music of "Tatul. Adytum. Orpheus". Tatus il the bulgarian name of a village but also of the Datura Stramonium, an hallucinogen plant very common in the mediterranean area. Adytum is usually a sacred hidden temple, whose entrance is forbidden to non-adepts, a secret chamber and I'm expecting that everybody knows Orpheus. Effectively this circular track appears to be the sum of three different parts with the closure identical to the opening. Very light, unusual and melodic.

We can think that the Adytum of that track is the secret chamber and not a Canadian death metal band because the following track can be translated as "Visions of the Prophetess" and is an unusal dark and misterious track. Not as dark as the book of the deads but dark enough even though the percussions are not too obsessive.

The Oracle of Dyonisus follows. Good but non-essential. It's another usual ethno-metal track. Only the title gives the idea of a continuity in the album's concept. Non-essential but good.(said in this order appears more positive, isn't it?)

Translating the following one is quite impossible as it has three different meanings in Russian Serbian and Bulgarian and none of them has a sense to me. It has to do with fire, but I'm not sure about it. It's made of an electronic rhytmic part and few ethnic sounds above it. Less dark and with more squared waves it could be a Tangerine Dream track until the usual percussions arrive. Some flute (not a real one of course) then the distorted guitar and the drums make it more interesting. Not bad, really. Also the flute melody above the chaotic percussion makes a nice contrast.

The following one is Russian and means "Initiation of Alexander the Makedonian". It gives the idea of a hidden ritual so I think it meets its goal. If it wasn't for the sounds used, this could be Vangelis or even Tangerine Dream.

"Mysteries of the rocky sanctuary" seems to offer the vision of Alexander proceeding in the exploration of a dark place. The bass line is very Krautrock while the keyboards remind to Vangelis. Another very good track with a pompous final in the vein of the final part of Saucerful of Secrets.

Finally we have a track represented (but rerecorded I think) from Tenha Vuva.

It doesn't reach the four stars but has some very good moment. It doesn't represent all the aspects of Senmuth's music and I wouldn't suggest it as a starting point to explore this artist, but I can't say that it's bad.

I think that three stars are an appropriate rating.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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