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Senmuth - Dиск.Oм.Форт CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars I have to say that I prefer Senmuth when he remembers to be a guitarist and picks his 7 strings guitar up like in this album. The russian title is a sharade: "Disc" "om" "fort" (Discomfort).

The first of the three tracks starts with the mentioned guitar, naintaining an ethnic middle eastern mood from the beginning, but the closure is hypnotic with distorted guitar in background, the percussion and that sort of arabic trumpet. The second track is 24 minutes long but reprises the final theme of the previous one. After the intro there's some clean guitar, which is what I like the most from Senmuth: guitar; clean or distorted. And there's a lot of guitar in this album.

The track titles are a sort of loop: Symbol of Light, Light of Sound, Sound of Fortis. Effectively there are recurring themes.

Surprisingly, the long Sound of Symbol is like a bridge: after a lazy progression driven by few bass guitar notes, started fron the end of the first track, in the middle of the track it suddenly turns into a dark psychedelic piece made of percussion and background sounds like bells, noises, rings...very dark ambient music. Even if the guitar disappears in this section, also this is very good if you are in the right mood for it. This is the "discomfortable" thing the album title is likely referencing to. The background noises grow slowly involume and more bells enrich the soundscape, arriving to a sudden stop when the percussion becomes obsessively slow but loud. Behind is like wooden objects are percussed. Knowng Senmuth, it may represent people working on building something.

While this slows down and fades out, the initial theme returns from "downside". This is the bridge to the last track.

There's no pause between the end of the second track and the beginning of the third. Tabla percussion, a minor keyboard's chord, cymbals introduce a strange rhythm, an ethnic interlude and we are suddenly into dark metal with a loud and strongly distorted guitar, but the ethnic part persists in background and is alternated to the distorted phase. The sound of a violin is the glue between the metal and the ethnic parts. Tablas and cymbals are then left alone with some other percussion. It's another hypnotic passage. Accelerations with the presence of the guitar and dark ambient moments alternate continuously and approaching the end of the track there's also a bit of psychedelia before returning to the tablas main theme. Usually I don't like tracks fading out, but in this case I think that there wasn't a best way to close the album. It remains suspended.

Another very good album, despite the incredibly huge number of releases.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |


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