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A pick of the litter - 71%

Cravinov13, July 23rd, 2008

Bark Of Ra is only one of around 20 albums by the conceptual instrumental band Senmuth. It is actually probably only around 20% actual metal, with nothing extremely intense. The album does however, have a very strong surrealistic feel to it. The music is very deep and holds strong even without vocals to tie it down. With no restrictions to vocal harmonies or need to be brutal, Senmuth really goes anywhere they feel like. Sometimes the atmospheres bring to mind Pirates Of The Caribbean, only cranked up a notch. Sometimes the music goes completely folk. One thing’s for sure, this is no slouch of an album.

The best and worst thing about this album is that the music really doesn’t have anywhere to go. It’s a great listen to mellow out to or simply not concentrate on, but anyone looking for something with deep meaning should stay away. The doom metal elements of the album do bring some color to an otherwise red album. What I mean is that it’s fairly one dimensional from song to song, even though nothing sounds the same, it feels the same.

Though it’s nothing to jump up and down about, Senmuth provides some good tunes that make them a rather unique band. This being the only album I’ve heard from them, I can not say anything about their other music. Standout listens are Way Of Tortuga and Mantra Lost Sun.