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No, rather than a typical review in which I, the fan, try to convince you, the imagined non-fan, how musically great Magma is, explaining how they soar to celestial heights and descend into the darkest reaches of the mind in this new release, I'd like to try something different, speaking directly to fellow fans. What I'd like to try is a completely subjective report of what this new composition stirs in my imagination. I think this has not been done enough with Vander's compositions, and hope it motivates a dialog among fans about the meaning and nuances of this wonderfully evocative music.Read more ›
An album that took three decades to composea and record (as it is stated in the inner notes), captures in Magma's unique ghostly - eerie mood a whole mystic and even extra-terrestrial experience, Christian Vander's percussive structures and the album's instrumentation in its whole is as superb as it could ever be, and when the operatic choir and the kobaïan lyrics are added... man, that is something that will definitely make the right hemmisphere of your brain tickle.
For the non-initiated on Magma - A great way to start listening to REAL high quality music
For prog-art-avantgarde rock/jazz fans - An album you MUST HAVE
For MAGMA fans - ILLUMINATION
More bombastic than either of its brothers, this album gathers together a number of scattered excerpts from over the years--"Announcement," "Rindoh," "Emehnteht-Re, extrait #2," and "Hhai"--and finally slots them into their proper places, and it is soooo cool to hear how it all fits together! But this is only the beginning; after the familiar stuff, we get into new musical territory that reflects the harsher zeuhl of "MDK" rather than the jazzier stuff on "K.A." The "Funerarium Kahnt" is particularly neat in that respect. AND, you get all the Kobaian lyrics in booklet form, although this is a way harder album to sing to. There is also a "making-of" DVD included, which my poor French could not keep up with, but which is nice to have anyway, and 7th Records used a more environmentally-friendly cardboard packaging this time around (you go, Christian!).
In fact, the only thing I did not like was that this time, there was no libretto. By this I mean that in the past, Christian Vander had always written at least a brief description of the story that his music was telling. He did it for all three parts of "Theusz Hamtaahk," and also for "K.A," so I thought it would be the same here; instead, someone wrote a very nice review, filled with praise but not very informative vis-a-vis the story. But really, zeuhl has always been about imagination, and "Emehntehtt-Re" is certainly imaginative. So I think I can forgive Monsieur Vander the omission this once.
Altogether, this is a fitting end for this trilogy, and I think most other fans of this band will agree.
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At long last, Magma completes the trilogy that began with Kohntarkosz in 1974. In 2009 they released Emehntehtt-Re, and I realize there will be some nitpicking, particularly with... Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by BENJAMIN MILER
There's nothing that I need to add about Magma the band and their music. One thing though that struck me about this album is that it is actually recorded and mixed well. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by KGW