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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00002MJYK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West
2. Ima Suri Dondai
3. Kobaia Is De Hundin
4. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanik
5. Nebehr Gudahtt
6. Mekanik Kommandoh
7. Kreuhn Kohrmahn Iss De Hundin

Editorial Reviews

1973 release for the jazz-rock fusion act features one 38 minute track. Seventh.

Customer Reviews

I was sure in for a surprize!
Leet Rule
Without really understanding the exact cognitive meaning of the lyrics, one can draw many fascinating and imaginative ideas about what the Kobian "culture" is like.
Jeff Hodges
The music on here is a delicious, spellbinding, majestic, highly original fusion of brassy arrangements, choral chants, rock and theater.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Trying to describe this album, and French band Magma's music in general seems like a painful exercise in futility. Sure, you can use such terms as weird, imaginative, skewed and/or certain colloquialisms of your choosing, but somehow words fail miserably when trying to convey to someone in exact terms what this music sounds like, and the effect it will have on you upon listening. To end any possible confusion - momentarily at least - I think this album is absolutely brilliant and one of a kind on so many levels.
First off, as mentioned a few times, Magma's music is highly conceptual, and is based around citizens from a planet called Kobaia. It also should be mentioned that in order to tell this story - which ran from their debut album, and continued through several more - drummer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/conceptualist/bandleader Christian Vander invented his own language called Kobaian. Yes, folks - silly and far-fetched as that may sound - it's the truth. And to add more confusion (and/or fun/intrigue) to things, there are no translations made available anywhere (as far as I know): there certainly are no lyric translations in the sleeves. A personal observation that I have made is that when looking at Magma's album titles and song titles - which are written in Kobaian as well - they share a similarity to the German language. The Kobaian words look a bit like German, and when hearing them sung and spoken, they sound a bit German as well. Now, if you are a reader stumbling upon this review, and just happen to be fluent in German, don't take my words for granted: reading and/or hearing these words, and thinking that you can translate these seemingly Germanesque lyrics will probably lead you to a brick wall.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on October 13, 2003
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Up front, anyone who is newly interested in Magma has to accept their schtick: they were (and are still, it seems) an ongoing French `70's concept group that wrote jazz-fusion albums about people traveling to other planets and back and the social interaction of those people. As I understand it, "Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh" is part of a trilogy that deals with a religion/messiah that develops within this fictional society. Not that I would really know for sure, because all the lyrics are sung in a language called "Kobian", the native language of these fictional space travelers that lead singer/conceptualist Christian Vander created for the project.
If the potential for pretentiousness inherent in this concept does not bother you, read on.
Vander has headed up the Magma project in much the same way that Robert Fripp heads up King Crimson. He is the principal composer and conceptualist. To say that Vander's vocal approach is unique is an understatement. He generally sings in a squeezed-out falsetto that initially sounds like a demented female opera singer a la Diamanda Galas. On the first few listens, I thought the vocals were performed by a female member of his large and varied ensemble. However, a concentrated listen revealed him dropping in and out of this range to emotional, electrifying, and sometimes disturbing effect.
In addition to the bizarre vocal and lyric approach, Magma (as it is realized on "Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh", anyhow) boasts an aggressive jazz-rock instrumentation augmented by a small choir and wind sections. The best reference that I can come up with to describe Magma's sound on "Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh" is "Frank Zappa writes a Klingon Opera". Seriously.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on April 29, 2000
This album by the large prog/jazz/rock/classical/futuristic group Magma really goes way beyond any definition of 'rock' as most people know it. The group is led by Christian Vander, drummer, who also doubles on organ and vocals on this release. Vander is also the composer for the group, and what he does, I think, goes way off the 'rock' map, incorporating elements of composers such as Bartok, Janacek, Orff along with a very hefty dose of jazz (Vander is an admitted Coltrane devotee), and lots of science-fiction. The final part in a trilogy of albums, this work depicts the destruction and salvation of mankind after their war with a race of exiled humans, the Kobaians. The work, in fact, is sung entirely in Vander's constructed Kobian language, which only adds to the extreme otherworldly atmosphere of this piece. But when I say 'otherworldly' here, don't buy this expecting Tangerine Dream or some such; Magma's work is primal, heavy, harmonically dense, reminding one a lot of the harsher and more pounding sections of a work such as Orff's "Carmina Burana". Definitely music that's in a class all its own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on August 2, 2000
This is a quite extraordinary work, unlike anything else in the rock world, but with a certain debt to Orff's 'Carmina Burana'. It has been said that Magma were primarily a live band, and that no album did them justice. But I saw them in 1974, and this album is a pretty accurate representation. Vander's drumming, Jannik Top's thumping bass, and Klaus Blasquiz's Arthur Brown-like chanting, combine to make this the summit of Magma's achievement. I have spent many dollars over the years trying to find another Magma album that is anything like as good as this one. Sadly I haven't found one. My brother & I listened incessantly to this LP when I first got it -- so much so that we knew all the lyrics, even though they were in the invented Kobaian language.
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