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Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars I don't know if Senmuth has been disappointed by the missed "end of the world". He closed the 2012 with the good EP End[?]Correlation which was inspired to the Maya prophecy, then he opened 2013 with this album which doesn't fit in any of his ethnic-geographic-histprical subgenres (look at the right side of his homepage). The album title is a multiplication which simply returns 12345678987654321. No reference to any disappeared ancient civilisation or myths.

Only Apparently. Translating the track titles we can see a "design".

The album is opened by "Act:Creation", an unusual kind of track for Senmuth. It's quite melodic and not too dark. It's promising, but when the sitar introduces "Sleepless Dreams" we are in a strange suspended world. A heavy bass backed by his distorted 7-strings guitar repeats itself in a hypnotic way, like it often happens in Krautrock. The difference is in the sitar sound which leads the track. It's quite a stoner.

The good surprise comes with the 3rd track, "Mythological Anomalies". Here the repetitive bass and theindo- arabian melody played by the guitar are unexpectedly Floydian. It reminds immediately to the atmospheres of Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun. It would fit easily in the psychedelic/space-rock subgenre, more than in metal. I think it's one of the best things I have ever heard from Senmuth.

"Constellation Lonely Snake" is inspired to India. I think it's the snake of the title. Another hypnotic track on the borders of psychedelia. Some sounds can also remind to Vangelis, anyway this is another very good track.

"Archaic Sound" is opened by an acoustic guitar backed by keys mimic of a pan flute. It doesn't sound like Senmuth. Very unusual, it has an Eastern Europe feel which reminds again to some Vangelis, just to give an idea. The melody is played by what sounds like a bouzuki. I think I've never heard so many major chords in a Senmuth's track.

Then comes the metal at least in the sound: "Doubts in its Infancy" gives finally room to the distorted guitar which takes the role of the bass. The rhythm is still lazy but the sounds are heavy. When the bass enters it turns again into a sort of psychedelic rock. I wouldn't recognize Senmuth if it wasn't for the indian kind of percussion. This is the longest track of the album and it's another stoner. I would have avoided the piano interlude in the middle because it destroys the atmosphere previously created, but it's just a change in the sounds, with the guitar taking the lead, then it returns to the main theme.

"The Background Process(Evolution)" is the first album track perfectly in line with the usual Senmuth. Unusual guitar passages which seem to be randomic which are replaced by a ethnic section. It's a dark track, still hypnotic. Not bad but not a highlight.

"Spatial Vision" is totally different. Is opened by drums and a keyboard which is between Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. It changes mood quickly, turning into a dark instrumental. I would have apprecieated more if it had followed the initial path, however it's another "good enough" track. It's good that all the tracks have a lazy rhythm. It gives consistency to the album.

The closer is "Prejudice To Oblivion". Heavier in sounds, it returns to the initial mood: heavy repetitive bass and oriental melodies. When it relaxes only bass, tablas and keys remain. Again I can call it a psychedelic track, a good closer for this instrumental album. A stoner track of about 10 minutes which includes the usual ethnic elements but keeping them very well immerged into its can of heavy sounds.

A pleasant surprise for who likes to be hypnotized by music.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |


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