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Senmuth - Oracle Octave (Part II: Sirius Mystery) CD (album) cover




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3.07 | 4 ratings

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3 stars After the first three tracks of this album I started thinking that it could have been the first 4-stars given by me to a Senmuth's album. The distorted voice is disappeared, replaced on the second track "Laba ozu po. Ozuga po ya" by a honest growling. I think the language is Zulu but this time Senmuth's musical travel could have brought us in any other "primitive" area. The graffiti on the cover sleeve may be Australian or European, too.

Also the usual industrial noise is no longer present so that the first 15 minutes of the album are mainly made of good electronic rock. In particular the unusual signature for the percussions on the opening track, the growled track title on the second and the good third instrumental are some of the best things I've heard from Senmuth up to now.

Unfortunately, unlike in "Oracle Octave Part 1", the short suite in three parts this time is not so good. What was the strength of "Part 1" is the weakness of "Part 2" and what is preventing me from giving it the foruth star.

However this is currently the album in this huge discography that's closer to my musical tastes and even if I've found the suite is "nothing special", the two closing tracks are good, too.

Again Metempsychosis and life after death seem to be the central concept. I'm not 100% sure, but it's like the excursions of Senmuth in world music territories are always abouth the local concept of death and resurrection. Even if this album is almost instrumental the reference to a creature mentioned by the Bible (Dagon's Star) seems to follow this line, unless it's a reference to HP Lovecraft, instead.

So still 3 stars which would have been 4 with a bit more effort in composing the suite.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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