Magma
Mekanïk Destruktiw Kommandoh


4.5
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Review

by Friday13th USER (10 Reviews)
June 26th, 2013 | 39 replies | 3,280 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meusik fruhm da planeutt Kobaia fur jeu stekehn pruhg raukerz

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Suppose the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t a complete sham. It’s hard to imagine, but humor me for a minute. Sure, they recently inducted Rush, but they rejected Deep Purple in the process which makes all their efforts toward musical integrity void. So again, hypothetically, if they acquired unbiased judges who knew a thing or two about music, and they had an award for most original and unique band in history, Magma would no doubt be a top contender. And of all their albums, M.D.K. is the album that deserves recognition as one of the most bizarre yet completely focused albums in history.

Magma was founded in 1969 by drummer Christian Vander of France. Basically, Vander is a mastermind of weirdness who concocted one heck of a crazy band and genre in the process. If I as a regular musician were interested in a job and asked Vander about his band back in 1969, he’d reply “I want our band to play jazzy, Carl Orff-inspired prog rock that is sung by the most bizarre choir of lunatics singing in a language I invented.” Either I’d think he’s joking or I’d run back home, listen to In the Court of the Crimson King, and repeatedly tell myself it’s still the most out-there thing on the planet. Magma stopped at nothing to become one of the world’s most daring bands. While Magma’s first two albums had all the basic elements of the new genre dubbed “Zeuhl,” it was only until Magma’s third opus M.D.K. that they became more than just a zany jazz fusion band with weird vocals and lyrics.

Right from the first track, “Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West,” you know you’ll either hate or love this album. Pounding drums, piano, and bass open the song with an ominous, plodding march that is made even more eerie with chanting vocals in the constructed language of Kobaian. Sounds kind of like nazi aliens marching towards your doomed town and demanding your subjugation under threat of complete annihilation. At 9:34, this track is a real tour de force with horns, female choral parts, and even a short bluesy jam.

What you’ll notice with M.D.K. is that it’s very bombastic, rhythmic (often grooving in 7/8 time), repetitive and linear in its patterns. Usually songs will continue to repeat and build on one theme and then move on to the next. Songs constantly utilize chimes, horns, and flutes along with the standard rock instrumentation. “Ima Suri Dondai” is one of the more pleasant songs vocally, and it also showcases the different instruments very well.

Still, the most striking element of M.D.K. is the powerful choirs of male and female singers. And then there’s that one…vocalist. Yeah, there’s a dude in there that sings in the most laughable, shrill voice imaginable. It may be Vander himself for all I know, and if it is, I advise him to keep his mouth far away from all microphones. He specifically ruins the track “Nebehr Gudahtt” with his shrieks and horrifying squeals that come off as both frightening and extremely unpleasant. Then again, black metal fans may enjoy one of the freakiest vocal tracks ever put to vinyl. It is a shame, because “Mekanik Kommandoh” comes right afterward and deserves to have a better introduction. This song is the album’s highlight. It is upbeat, has powerful choruses, a groovy guitar solo, and a bombastic conclusion if ever I heard one.

This albums only real flaw is certain tracks don’t quite stand out and can be very repetitive. I think Vander could have used a few more good solos or hard hitting jams, especially on the yawner “Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanik” which drags on and on for its 7:47 running time. Still, this is quite a feat of unrivaled music that undoubtedly created a small but dedicated following in France. If you’re tired of your same old symphonic prog rock that everyone’s dad knows, let Magma come into your world and, like a swarm of nazi aliens, destroy your perfect little world of easy-listening music.



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Mad.
June 26th 2013



3695 Comments


How the hell did this not have a review?!

This was sehr gut, pos'd

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KILL
June 26th 2013



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

had this for a while cant rly get into it damn

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Friday13th
June 26th 2013



2341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks haha iz fuhn speikin un faek Kobaian

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KILL
June 26th 2013



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sieg heils!

sonictheplumber
June 26th 2013



4359 Comments


its alright

Gyromania
June 26th 2013



15482 Comments


first song is amazing. i have john hanson to thank for this one

KILL
June 26th 2013



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eloy>

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2013



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fk me sput user reviewer picks have improved since i been gone....rush, motorpsycho, peter green, deep purple and now magma all on front page

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jtswope
June 26th 2013



2067 Comments


Damn I still need to listen to this.

Jethro42
June 26th 2013



12391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, posd. Welcome back menawati!

MeatSalad
June 26th 2013



14431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Holy shit is that actually menawati I see right now

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MrSirLordGentleman
June 26th 2013



4272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some people said this was an essential... I think I really need to listen to it

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ethixx
June 26th 2013



1170 Comments


funny album

NightmareCinema16
June 26th 2013



2016 Comments


Glad someone reviewed this.

jtswope
June 27th 2013



2067 Comments


Yeah why the fuck haven't I listened to this yet?

Friday13th
June 27th 2013



2341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Though it clearly has its flaws, I think everyone should listen to this album at least once.

sideburndude
June 27th 2013



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hooray finally a review
album rules man

beefshoes
June 28th 2013



3518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing to me solely for the wtf factor. It's not an album I could listen to repeatedly though.

MrSirLordGentleman
June 28th 2013



4272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok... so I listened it, and it's not bad... however I think that the songs are pretty similar and that it needs more instrumental moments, pretty interesting though

Gyromania
June 28th 2013



15482 Comments


where the fuck is iluvator this is so wrong



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