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Emehntehtt-Re Import

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Limited two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the Prog/Art Rock band's 2009 release including a bonus DVD that contains an hour long testimonial to the intensity of the work during it's recording.. Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré is an intimate epic, an occult stride forward, a quest for the sublime. Initiated in 1975, it's composition beholds it's whole fulfillment after more than three decades. It is the testimony of an unwaveringly timeless inspiration, of which the expectant present asserts itself beyond history. Connecting wide and contrasted scenes, it sets it's coherence within it's very dynamics, playing with chiaroscuro, between choral splendor, operatic jubilation and hurricane of spirits beyond graves. As much a seraphic liturgy as it is a telluric opera, Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré comes as the final closure to a second trilogy, following upon that of Theusz Hamtaahk, in Christian Vander's corpus. This is a music reaching out from a time before man time.
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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002PNFJGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm not going to waste time telling you that Christian Vander's Magma is the greatest musical adventure of our age. Either you've cleared the learning curve of Magma's unique brand of music (a genre called Zeuhl or "celestial music", a combination of funk, soul, gospel, opera, classical choral music and intense jazz fusion) and you know exactly what I mean, or you haven't, and you think I've come from another planet (and in fact, all passionate Magma fans do come from Kobaia...) Magma fans have a tendency to forget that this music is an acquired taste, and marvel at how anyone can hear it and not rocket out of their chairs, eyes glowing. If you're up for the adventure, and ready to change all your ideas about musical genres and their supposedly necessary divisions, there's no better place to start than with this new CD, which consists of some Magma masterpieces, magnificently played and recorded. If you're content with the conventional, however, stay there, make the sign of the cross on your chest, plug your ears with thumbs, and read no further.

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.
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I'm not going to begin to describe Magma's music to the uninitiated. It is NOT music for everyone (my wife, for example, thinks they sound like Manhattan Transfer on acid). Read the amazon.com reviews of their 1973 album, Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh(their best in my opinion, though I won't argue with fans of 1974's Kohntarkosz), to get a sense of what Magma's music is like. Instead I'll address this review to Magma fans, and anybody who has been thinking of investigating Zeuhl music. For Magma fans, I'll say that I like this album even better than the last studio album, Kohntarkosz Anteria, and I really like KA. This new album is more melodic and more dynamic than KA, and a little more rocking too. I felt KA to be skewed a little more toward the free-jazz side of Magma. This new album also showcases Christian Vander's drumming more than any studio effort I've heard: it is the best drumming Vander has ever done in the studio. Plus the second half of the album features lots of killer Zeuhl-style growling bass work that was missing on KA. And if you missed KA and so have not heard the re-formed Magma band in the studio yet, let me tell you that this band has the mojo of the original band from the 70s. The lead male singer is not quite Klaus Blasquiz, but he is an awfully good replacement. And Stella Vander sings better than ever. I am going to start recommending Emehntehtt-Re to anybody interested in discovering Zeuhl. By the way, this album--just like KA--is part of the Kohntarkosz triptych, composed in the mid-1970s but not recorded till 2009. Long time fans will recognize "Hhai" from several live albums. The version on this studio album is a little less intense vocally than the live efforts unfortunately, but musically it rocks, fitting in well into the album overall.Read more ›
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I totally agree on what has been said in previous reviews regarding the attempt to describe MAGMA's music, but it can be said that this jazz-fusion-outofspacey-rock ensemble has exceeded all my expectations with this new release.

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
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The Kohntarkosz trilogy started inside-out: The middle album first, 'waaay back in the 70's, then the first album ("K.A") in 2004...and now, finally, Magma completes the trilogy with "Emehntehtt-Re."
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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