- Audio CD (January 7, 2013)
- Imported ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Seventh Records
- ASIN: B001HOA3RS
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album! I've listened to it enough times to have it playing in my head on auto-pilot... which is great! Progressive jazz-rock fusion at its finest from 1973.Published on April 12, 2014 by Cody Harder
Overrated, though only in the context of this often being cited unquestionably as the pinnacle of what many consider the greatest progressive unit to dare out... Read more
Start with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Keep the vocals, percussion and horns, but replace the rest of the orchestra with a jazz fusion band: mostly drums, piano, and heavy bass,... Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by clearcutter
I find it pretty hard to describe this record. Picture Carmina Burana by Orf mixed with Wagner with some prog rock thrown in, and you get close to what you can expect listening to... Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by Joseph C. Helton
The CD is really a work of art that, like all of the Magma CDs that I've heard so far, does require a couple of listens to really sink in. Read morePublished on September 11, 2008 by Jack Smith
Update- April 6, 2016.
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh has been on my mind lately so I just HAD to re-listen to it. Read more
Magma is not for everyone. I'll admit that right up front. Not only do they mainly sing about a science-fictional, dystopian future Earth, but they also do so from the viewpoint... Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by L. M. Gulick
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh is the third album by this band lead by Christian Vander. They were of course the founding of the Zeuhl movement, and in fact the word "Zeuhl" is... Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by BENJAMIN MILER