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Experimental/Post Metal

3.02 | 4 ratings

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3 stars An unusual release in the huge Senmuth's discography: only six long tracks for about 70 minutes of music.

"The Rivers of Stars & Black Chasm" is an electronic melodic piece very close to Vangelis, specially in the rhythm. There are some less harmonic passages that are typical of Senmuth. Without them I wouldn't probably be able to recognize him. This is not a bad thing. The album title is about evolution, and Senmuth's music is evolving even if this album represents a broken branch in his musical evolution. However this is a very good track between new age and progressive electronic whose length appears to be appropriate.

"Emptiness of Nun's Chaotic Waters" starts with a windy background, a bass keyboard's chord and semi-acoustic guitars. An excursion in the krautrock realm. I can't believe that I started exploring a metal-related artist and I have finished to discover one very close to my tastes. This track reminds to the darkest works of Vangelis or some early Tangerine Dream, but travelling the inner space instead of the outer. For the whole duration of the track it seems that something is about to happen, but it don't. One of the darkest moments of Senmuth.

"Life is Road: Comprehension of Secrets" is totally different: the rhythmic base is provided by a keyboard and electronic drumming in an Alan Parson's vein, but the musical passages are those usual for Senmuth. After one minute this is evolved into something that can be found on many other of his albums, however it's good music.

"Meditation Of Atlantis" has a title that makes me think to Eloy's Ocean. The dark bass note similar to that on "Emptiness....." has effectively some contact points, also when the introduction finishes and it turns to electronic. Now it's more close to Ricochet or Stratosphear. Progressive electronic.

"Exodus of 13-th Baktun" returns to the ethnic side of Senmuth. The rhythmic base is still electronic "a la Kraftwerk" but the sounds and the melody are the usual commistion of Egypt, Arabia and India. Maybe it's a bit too long.

"Bardo Thodol Level's" Is similar to the previous track: a slow tempo with an ethnic flavour. This is probably the darkest track. There are at least three different sections, but the main theme is very repetitive so one enjoys the variations over the repetitions.

This album is a night spent in a wizard's hall. A sabbath more than a mantra. I would have rated 4 stars the first half of the album, but the second half is not at the same level (or just too different in the mood) so I downgrade it to 3+.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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