If Tribute is Darth Vader, Âme Sombre G1 is The Emperor, at least in the first several minutes. It's darker, smoldering, as if The Emperor kept falling in Return of the Jedi and found himself landing in Mordor's lava in Middle Earth.
I'm about to make the weirdest, but most accurate, association I can think of: the first 15 minutes or so smells like venison jerky my uncle would make after hunting season. It's smokey, thick, spicy, but somehow juicy and mouthwatering. Now, I'm not saying The Emperor TASTES like venison (or a crispy Hobbit for that matter), but there's something appealing about it. I'm at a loss for what it's called at the moment, but had some meals in Las Vegas several times where a bunch of us would sit around a table and they'd keep bringing out these different meats, shaving bits off onto each of our plates. The meats were smoked, glazed, seasoned, and the aroma somehow brings forth those visuals. It sounds strange, but trust me - that's the olfactory illusion, not so much with the meats themselves, but just the aromas all those things conjured up - like you know you're in for a special treat (now I recall said experience in the restaurant was an evening I happened to be wearing Serge Luten's Arabie - so take some aroma, minus the dried fruits, and I see where some of the association comes from.)
Amouage's Tribute opens up a little more airy, not quite as dark and a little more refined; as Kafkaesque noted on their blog, it's the perfect scent for Darth Vader. I get a bit more of a "greener" feel to it that makes it lighter, but within 30 minutes to an hour the two scents are very, very close to one another. When I tried Âme Sombre G1 the previous day, it seemed to venture off into a slightly different, and more interesting, journey than Tribute does - but I'll have to see what happens today as I just started venturing down the proverbial yellow brick road.
As the day wore on, the first several hours the slightly darker accord in Âme Sombre G1 held on though the scent in general seemed to grow a bit softer than Tribute. Somewhere around 12 hrs in it was more or less a skin scent, though very much present if I rubbed my finger on the areas I dabbed and sniffed. About 15 hours later, I definitely smelled the aged patchouli, particularly underneath my shirt. In fact, the whole bit of it feels like a strangely, comforting trip through time - like opening someone's old wooden chest and finding preserved, pressed flowers inside. Their smell is faint, but with the patchouli, cedar and tobacco, it smells... ancient, but not necessarily dry and brittle.
All in all, it's an excellent tribute to Tribute and I'd think anyone at a loss for Amouage's discontinuation of their attars would be more than pleased with the composition here.